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About me

Main area/s of expertise

I have been practicing counselling/psychotherapy for over 22 years and have developed experience to work with wide range of issues. I believe I am good with people and has good interpersonal skills; I understand the complexity of interactions that can lead to people's presenting issues.

Skill/ability for safe practice

My work involves both in NHS PSS and in private practice that provides therapeutic support to people with complex issues related to bereavement and to people who are living with the diagnosis of a terminal illness or have an immediate family member with a terminal diagnosis. The work is highly specialized affected by complex issues both pre and post death. It includes working with people bereaved by suicide, murder, fire, road traffic accident, illness and sudden or traumatic death. Because of the complex nature of the work many clients, although overtly presenting with issues triggered by bereavement or impending loss, struggle with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, existential anxiety and a collapse of their identity as well as many other related problems; the prospect of death or the aftermath of it brings many other issues to the surface.

I am a highly skilled practitioner and able to work with people of different ages and with different and diverse backgrounds and needs. I work intergratively and have worked successfully with clients requiring short-term, solution-focused interventions as well as longer-term work where an understanding of psychodynamic ideas and the importance of early life influences on clients has been more appropriate.  I also have a good grounding in working with clients with mild to moderate depression and with anxiety and stress. I am CBT trained and able to utilize a broad range of cognitive tools to assist clients in managing distressing symptoms and, at the same time, facilitate a greater understanding of the role that anxiety can play in people’s lives. I am trained in Mindfulness to assist clients in trauma incidents and to help clients to learn to live in the present moments.

I have the ability to offer counselling in other languages which can be a huge bonus as I have a particular sound understanding of the specific cultural issues that Asian men and women face in the modern world.

Please contact me by email to arrange an initial consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. (Integrative) I have studied for over 4 years, 2 years in Psychodynamic Approach and 2 years in Integrative Approach.

I am also CBT trained and can help people with their cognition and behavioural problems. I use a mindfulness technique to help people to bring focus into their life from overthinking, which can also help people with their anxiety and depression.

l have also studied 2 years in Psychology and have training in Complementary and Alternative Therapies.

I have over 22 years of experience working both in NHS and in private sector.

I specialising in Depression - (stress, anxiety), Bereavement/Loss - (terminal illness, accident, suicide, job loss,) Phobias -  OCD - Low - Self Esteems - Relationships difficulties and Cultural difficulties.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cultural difficulties.

  • ISSUES RELATED = CULTURAL EXPECTATIONS FROM FAMILIES AND SOCIETY.
  • ISSUES RELATED = GENERATION GAP BETWEEN CHILDREN AND PARENTS.
  • ISSUES RELATED = ARRANGE MARRIAGE.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individuals: £45 per session.

Unemployed: £25.00 per session, additional proof required.

When I work

Monday - Friday - 8.00am-6.00pm. Saturday - 9.00am-2.00pm

Further information

Questions for seeking Counselling:

Bereavement/Loss:

  • Are you affected by the death of someone or loss of something?
  • Do you feel lost or alone in your Grief?
  • Do you feel that NO-ONE understands how you feel?

Cultural Issues:

  • Are you struggling to deal with the pressure of Cultural Expectations?
  • Do you find yourself alone and not being understood, caught between cultures, experiencing conflict?
  • Maybe you could benefit from talking things through with a COUNSELLOR in confidence.

Relationship Issues:

  • Is there a Breakdown in Communication in your relationship?
  • Do you feel like you are going around in Circles?

Depression, Stress, Anxiety:

  • Are you Overwhelmed with feelings of Loneliness, Sadness, Lack of Motivation, Loss of energy and emptiness?

Ilford, Essex, IG5 0LX

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

Hindi, Gujarati (I'm not fluent in Urdu, Punjabi but can understand conversation and reply in Hindi)