Meena Patel

Ilford IG5 & IG1
07939811402 07939811402 Registered / Accredited

About me

During this uncertain time, I am reducing my current session fee of £45 per session to £30 per session (telephone session) for the duration of the Government enforced lockdown due to COVID-19. Once the Government starts to ease the restriction they have put in place, my fee will resume to the original price which is £45 face to face per session.

Main area/s of expertise

I have been practicing counselling/psychotherapy for over 20 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 highly skilled practitioner  and able to work with people of different ages and with different and diverse backgrounds and needs. I work integratively and has 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 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 ability to offer counselling in other languages which can be a huge bonus  as  I have particular   sound understanding of the specific cultural issues that Asian men and women face in the modern world.

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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 behavioral problems

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

I have over 15 years of experience working both in NHS and in private sector.

I specializing 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

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Individuals: £45 per session.

Unemployed / students: £25.00 per session, additional proof may be required.

I offer concessions for low income groups.

I offer concessions for key workers.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

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
IG1

Ilford
Essex
IG5 0LX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Hindi, Gujarati (I'm not fluent in Urdu, Punjabi but can understand conversation and reply in Hindi)

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

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

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
Meena Patel

Meena Patel