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About me

Often we are overwhelmed by our challenges, and can feel stuck in survival mode or unable to fully express ourselves. But no matter how impossible a situation may seem, I believe that it holds potential for healing and growth.

Maybe you’re depressed, but don’t know why. Or exhausted and sad, but can’t find the time or space to figure out what’s going on. Are you sick of that voice telling you you’re not good enough? Or feeling anxious as Covid restrictions are lifted? I help people to explore their difficulties and frustrations and to relate to them in a different way. I can provide a safe and respectful space where you can discover more about who you are, what you want and how to get there.

I am based in southwest London and practice near Hammersmith and Clapham Junction stations. I see clients for weekly 50-minute sessions and am currently working predominantly online, via Zoom.

I offer brief counselling for shorter periods to look at particular issues, or longer-term therapy to explore what’s going on in more depth.

If you are interested in working with me, the first step is to give me a call or send me an email. We will then arrange a free 20-minute introductory phone call so you can tell me a bit about your current issues and ask any questions you may have. If we are then happy to meet, we will fix an appointment as soon as we can. 

The first session is a chance for us to get to know each other and for you to tell me what brings you to counselling. You will get a sense of how we may work together and what it’s like to talk with me. We can then decide if we’d like to go ahead with further sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a professionally trained Psychosynthesis counsellor, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling. Psychosynthesis counselling values times of crisis, conflict and loss as opportunities to learn more about our true selves and what is meaningful to us. I believe our pain and suffering can be a catalyst for personal growth and transformation. 

In my practice, I use a range of therapeutic approaches tailored to suit individual needs, including Gestalt, person-centred, humanistic, integrative and Psychosynthesis therapy. I may draw on techniques including guided imagery, meditation, breathwork, art therapy, journalling and creative dialogue. 

Therapy can help with many issues, including:

  • Attachment and intimacy
  • Anxiety, panic or stress
  • Depression, shame and low self-esteem
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Coming to terms with illness
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Work problems
  • Sexuality and gender issues
  • Culture, identity and belonging
  • Loss of purpose and meaning
  • Life changes
  • Climate or political anxiety

The search for who we are and what we want is a fundamental part of being human. I was born in London, and my parents were born in India. As a young adult, my search for identity and belonging led me to learn languages and travel the world. I realised that different people, places and situations brought different personalities to the surface: the adventurer, the shy schoolgirl, the wild wolf.

I spent 20 years in book publishing and was a Managing Editor at Penguin Random House for 10 years. Books offered me another opportunity to get to know the different characters inside me. I realised that therapy works in a similar way as it allows us to be seen and accepted for who we truly are – wild wolf and all – and to show more of who we are to the world. 

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please get in touch to arrange a free 20-minute introductory phone call.

Member organisations

BACP

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

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

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Long Covid
  • Menopause
  • Climate anxiety
  • Political anxiety

Fees

£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

My standard fee is £65 for a 50-minute session. I offer a free 20-minute introductory phone call.

When I work

I am available for sessions during the day and in the evenings.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom