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Nina Guha - Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist (Registered Member of BACP)

About me

“I am a human being first; Therapist second.” ~ Nina
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

I am an Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist offering Counselling & Psychotherapy sessions tailored to suit your needs at my private practice in Wallington, Surrey. I have seventeen years post-qualification experience working with a wide variety of clients, on a short and long term basis, including clients experiencing multiple and complex difficulties.

I offer face-to-face and online sessions (telephone & video) and have worked with individuals of all ages, (children, teenagers, adults, families, student counsellors, young adults and older clients), in diverse settings such as School, Counselling Centre, Cancer Centre as well as in Private Practice. I also offer life coaching sessions and Specialist Mentoring to students in Adult Education.

As a registered member of the BACP, I adhere to BACP's ethical framework for good practice.  My clinical work is regularly supervised by an experienced BACP & UKCP registered supervisor.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • MSc, Clinical Psychology
  • BSc, Psychology (Honours)

What I can help with:

  • Abuse
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Cancer
  • Career coaching
  • Child related issues
  • Confidence building
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cultural issues
  • Depression
  • Development coaching
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Health related issues
  • Life coaching
  • Loss
  • Mediation
  • Personal development
  • Pregnancy related issues
  • Redundancy
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-harm
  • Serious illness
  • Stress
  • Terminal illness
  • Women's issues
  • Work related issues

Type of therapy:

Integrative

Clients I work with:

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Older adults
  • Organisations
  • Student / Student Counsellors / Trainees
  • Teenagers
  • Young adults

How I deliver therapy:

  • Online video sessions
  • Long-term face-to-face sessions
  • Short-term face-to-face sessions
  • Telephone sessions
  • Time-limited sessions
  • Walk-and-Talk Therapy

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

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

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

FAQ

How can I book a session?
You can book an Initial consultation session online by clicking on – https://Book-a-session-with-Nina-Guha.as.me/ If you are not ready to book a session yet and simply want to send a message, you can do so using the Contact page.

What happens next?
You will be asked to come for an Initial consultation session (which can be booked online at - https://Book-a-session-with-Nina-Guha.as.me/); alternatively, this can be arranged on a mutually convenient date and time by email.

Can I have a telephone chat before booking an Initial consultation session?
I would be happy to have a 5 minutes’ chat with you over the phone if this is important to you. However, please note, my call to you (or your call to me) will only be a very brief 5 minutes’ chat and not a full-fledged counselling session. If you have a lot to talk about, I would encourage you to book an Initial consultation session.

How long does the Initial consultation session last and what does it cost?
Your Initial consultation session can last up to 50 minutes and costs £40 (for Student / Student Counsellor / Trainee), £50 (for Individual sessions) and £60 (for Family sessions). All sessions have to be paid for in advance to avoid no shows. Sessions not paid for in advance are considered cancelled.

What happens at the Initial consultation session?
Your Initial consultation session is a chance for you to meet your Therapist and also an opportunity for you to decide whether you want to book regular sessions in future. It is also a chance for your Therapist to find out whether they can offer the help you are looking for. If you decide to have ongoing sessions, you will be asked to fill in a Client detail form and send by e-mail or bring along to your second session.

How long will my sessions last?
Your sessions will last approximately 50 minutes (30 minutes if you opt for shorter online video or telephone sessions).

How does online video session work?
Online video session involves providing sessions (30 or 50 minutes – whichever you prefer) over the internet via your mobile, laptop or PC using Apps like WhatsApp and Zoom.  Online video therapy has limitations and might not be suitable for every client and/or certain presenting issues. However, this is becoming increasingly popular and appealing to clients looking for affordable and convenient therapy options and also to those who might feel uncomfortable attending traditional face-to-face sessions. You will need to find a suitable, quiet place where you can sit down comfortably and won’t be disturbed during your sessions for privacy and confidentiality reasons. When agreeing a mutually convenient day/time for your session, please consider practicalities i.e. when is it likely to be a good and quiet time for you to have your session without being disturbed by others?

How does telephone session work?
Telephone session involves providing sessions (30 or 50 minutes – whichever you prefer) over the internet via your mobile, laptop or PC using Apps like WhatsApp and Zoom. You will need to find a suitable, quiet place where you can sit down comfortably and won’t be disturbed or overheard during your sessions for privacy and confidentiality reasons. When agreeing a mutually convenient day/time for your session, please consider practicalities i.e. when is it likely to be a good and quiet time for you to have your session without being disturbed by others? It is also helpful to keep a drink handy for your telephone session.

How can I access online and telephone sessions?
Please see links below for WhatsApp and Zoom. If you click on these links, it will direct you to instructions on how to install WhatsApp and Zoom either on your laptop or on your mobile phone.

WhatsApp: https://www.whatsapp.com/download
Zoom: https://zoom.us/download

How does a 'Walk-and-Talk Therapy' work?
'Walk-and-Talk Therapy' involves an exploration of presenting issues whilst walking outdoors in nature. Minimum session duration is 1 hour but can be longer if the client so desires. Clients are encouraged to have the initial consultation (i.e. first session) indoors to agree the outdoor working contract i.e. confidentiality, meeting point, chance encounters, weather limitations, risks and other related issues. 'Walk-and-Talk Therapy' might be unsuitable for some clients (e.g. very vulnerable clients) which is always explored and ascertained in the first session before formally agreeing to work outdoors. For some clients, it is often advisable to initially work indoors and gradually transition to outdoor work at a pace that suits the client and their presenting issues.

What day of the week will I have my sessions?
Usually, you will have your session on the same day and time every week. There is some flexibility to accommodate clients who work shifts which can be discussed and agreed at the Initial consultation session.

How often will I have my sessions?
Most clients have weekly sessions. However, there is some flexibility with regards to the frequency to suit your needs. We can discuss this at your Initial consultation session.

How much will my session cost?
Please refer to my Fees page - https://ninaguha.com/fees/

When do I have to pay?
All sessions have to be paid for a week in advance. Sessions not paid for in advance are considered cancelled.

How do I pay for my sessions?
You can pay for your sessions online by visiting – https://Book-a-session-with-Nina-Guha.as.me/ or by bank transfer. If you wish to pay by bank transfer, payment details will be sent to you by e-mail after mutually convenient dates and timings have been agreed by both parties.

How many sessions will I need?
This will depend on your personal circumstances. Most clients tend to have between 6 and 12 sessions; others with complex / multiple presenting issues tend to opt for long term sessions. The total number of sessions can be discussed at your Initial consultation session. There is no obligation to commit to further ongoing sessions after your Initial consultation session.

Can I cancel my session?
Yes, you can cancel your session with 24 hours notice. You will be charged full session fees, (at the pre-agreed hourly rate), if you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice. Exceptional circumstances will be taken into consideration provided they are not a repetitive pattern.

Is parking available on site?
Yes, parking is available on site on the front driveway.

Can I bring someone along to my session?
If you have booked an Individual session, you cannot bring anyone else with you unless this has been agreed in advance between your Therapist and yourself to accommodate exceptional circumstances e.g. if you need an interpreter. If you have booked a Family session, all parties involved can attend the session.

What type of therapy will I be having?
I use Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy which is a combined approach to psychotherapy bringing together different elements of specific therapies. Therapy techniques are predominantly client-led; they are also tailored to meet individual needs and personal circumstances.

What is Integrative Counselling?
Essentially, Integrative Therapists are not only concerned with what works, but why it works – tailoring therapy to their clients and not the client to the therapy.

Are you a member of any recognised regulatory body in UK for Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Yes! I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) which is a recognised and esteemed regulatory body in UK for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. To be a member of BACP, all Counsellors and Psychotherapists have to undergo extensive training and stringent checks. I abide by the BACP’s ethical framework for good practice.

How do you keep your clinical knowledge and skills as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist up-to-date?
I attend regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops, seminars and events every year (a minimum of 30 hours annually to comply with the BACP’s mandatory membership requirements) to maintain, enhance, develop and keep my personal clinical knowledge and skills up-to-date.

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Fees

From £40.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial Session:

(Initial Session - one-off session that lasts around 50 minutes. Gives both the Therapist and the Client a chance to get to know each other and see whether they can work together.)

  • Adult -  £50
  • Children -  £50
  • Discounted session Family - £45
  • Discounted session Individual - £35
  • Family - £60
  • Online video / Telephone (Family) - £60
  • Online video / Telephone (Individual) - £50
  • Student / Student Counsellors / Trainees -  £40
  • Walk-and-Talk Therapy - £60

Discounted sessions:
Discounted sessions,  (Family session - £45; Individual session - £35), are available for clients facing financial difficulties. If you want to avail discounted sessions, please e-mail at least one form of documentary evidence as proof of your financial difficulty (e.g. scanned copy of job seekers allowance, Universal Credit statement, housing benefit statement or similar document).

Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be made with 24 hours’ notice. Clients will be charged full session fees, (at the pre-agreed hourly rate), if they cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice. Exceptional circumstances will be taken into consideration provided they are not a repetitive pattern.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Weekdays - morning, afternoon & evening.
Saturday - early mornings only.

To check my availability & book a session, click on the link below:
https://Book-a-session-with-Nina-Guha.as.me/

Further information

Previous work experience:

  • Interim Centre Manager at the South East Cancer Help Centre - www.sechc.org.uk
  • Specialist Mentor at Terra Consultancy - www.consult-terra.com
  • Telephone Counsellor at AXA PPP Healthcare - www.axappphealthcare.co.uk
  • Volunteer Manager at SeeAbility - www.seeability.org
  • Centre Manager at the South East Cancer Help Centre - www.sechc.org.uk
  • Manager at Relate Croydon & Wimbledon - www.relate.org.uk
  • Counsellor - www.wlcc.org.uk
  • Counsellor - www.place2be.org.uk

I hold an enhanced DBS certificate for children and adult workforce.

Other Interests:

In my spare time, I like to contribute meaningfully to my community and volunteer as:

Wallington
Surrey
SM6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

DBS checked

Languages offered

Bengali

Hindi

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Skype
Zoom
Nina Guha - Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist (Registered Member of BACP)

Nina Guha - Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist (Registered Member of BACP)