Lalitha (Lara) Charles

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MBACP, Dip.Couns, MA
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London SW11 & SW9
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About me

Lara Charles empowers and supports her clients through compassionate and attentive listening to identify and meet their needs. Using an integrative approach which combines psychodynamic and humanistic models, she provides a positive space for the client to explore issues in confidence. She employs techniques from Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and object relations theories working on a wide variety of issues from relationship difficulties, identity and family dynamics to work stress, anxiety and depression. She believes in the power of the individual to resolve issues and flourish through empathic and authentic support from the therapist. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Lara has a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB- Counselling and Psychotherapy Awarding Body) as well as an MA (International Relations) from Sussex University. She is an integrative psychotherapist and MBACP - member of the BACP.  She is also a member of the Black, African & Asian Therapy Network (BAATN). Lara works privately online and in person. She has experience of working with an eclectic mix of clients including Wandsworth NHS referred adult patients, young people aged 11-25, as well as long-term /open ended clients.

Lara is from a mixed heritage background and grew up in central London. She previously worked in international conflict and urban development in India and Mexico before returning to London and working as a Research Fellow in the War Studies Department at Kings College London. She has a strong interest in conflict resolution as well as experience with groups and individuals suffering from deprivation, conflict and trauma. She also has experience working in bereavement and loss, relationships and sexuality and trauma both in adults and children. She is currently focussed on working with those who struggle with identity issues stemming from multi-dual heritage and racism. 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Issues around racial identity, multi heritage and dual heritage.


£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I charge £70 for a fifty minute session. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

I have professional insurance cover with Balens/Zurich Insurance plc.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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