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Payal Kumar CPsychol B.A (Hons.) M.Sc Post M.Sc.Dip CounsPsych

London SW4 & SW12
07508 058344 07508 058344 Registered / Accredited
London SW4 & SW12

About me

My Work
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and clinical supervisor based in Clapham/ Balham. I provide psychological therapy to adults experiencing a range emotional and psychological problems such as:

  • Low mood & Depression
  • Post-Natal depression
  • OCD & Perfectionism
  • Anxiety & Panic
  • Social anxiety
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Work place difficulties
  • Low self-confidence
  • Long term health conditions
  • Bereavement
  • Life transitions such as parenthood, divorce, redundancy, relationship difficulties and cultural transitions

I also provide goal focussed interventions for time management and achieving work-life balance.

My Experience
I have over 15 years experience of working in the U.K. and abroad. I have worked with adult, families, children, adolescents and university students, in a range of public, private and voluntary settings such as NHS, education and charities in U.K. and abroad. In addition to my private work, I practice in the NHS doing individual therapy and teaching trainee psychologists.

My Approach
I believe that clients possess the inner resources to bring about change, and attempt to collaboratively uncover these as well as to develop new coping strategies to create a profound difference. I have an empathic, warm, non-judgemental and curious stance and endeavour to provide clients with a safe therapeutic space within which they can move towards their aspirations. I draw on a range of evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Therapy (incl. Family therapy), Solution Focussed Therapy, and also incorporate principles from Mindfulness and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) into her work.

I am sensitive to the many contexts we all belong to. My own inter-cultural experiences of living and working in different countries, being a qualified social worker, a psychologist as well as a clinical supervisor and my personal life transitions of migration, relationships, parenthood, being an employee and a business woman have enabled me to be aware and respectful to the challenges we all face.

I have experience of working with a range of clients from diverse backgrounds such as education, law, medicine, finance, media, journalism, fashion and politics and have a special interest in parental mental health (e.g. pregnancy, becoming a new parent)., long term health conditions (such as chronic fatigue syndrome, physical health problems), workplace stress and the impact of major transitions in life, including redundancy.

Fees and Insurance

I am registered and hence can offer therapy to clients insured with the following:

  • Axa
  • BUPA
  • Aviva
  • WPA
  • Cigna
  • Pru Vitality Health

If you would like to see me using insurance from any of these insurance providers, then please do get in touch by email and I can guide you through the process.

Fees for Self Funded Treatment

I offer an initial 15 minute free of charge telephonic consultation.

Following that the fees for a 50 minute session is as follows:

  • Individual Therapy (face to face): £120/ session
  • Individual therapy (Skype/FaceTime): £120/ session
  • Couples Therapy (face to face): £160/ session
  • Supervision: Trainees £80/ session

Training, qualifications & experience

M.Sc in Counselling Psychology
Post M.Sc Diploma in Counselling Psychology
M.A. in Social Work
Post Qualification consolidation in Social Work

Presently pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Couples Therapy
Presently pursuing Foundation level accreditation in Systemic Therapy


I am registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), The British Psychological Society (BPS) and I am on the BPS Register of Accredited and Approved Supervisors.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

BPS

British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Impact of life transitions such as pregnancy, parenthood, migration, relationship issues, job loss and redundancy on emotional and psychological well-being. I also have a special interest in long term health conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Integrative
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Further information

Languages spoken: English and Hindi

Thurleigh Road GP Practice
88A Thurleigh Road
London
SW12 8TT

The Awareness Centre
41 Abbeville Road
London
SW4 9JX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages English and 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 8 AM - 12:00 Noon Wednesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Supervision

BPS accredited supervisor and on the Register of Approved and Accredited Supervisor list on the BPS.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Payal Kumar CPsychol B.A (Hons.) M.Sc Post M.Sc.Dip CounsPsych

Payal Kumar CPsychol B.A (Hons.) M.Sc Post M.Sc.Dip CounsPsych