Punam Farmah ~ Red Maple Counselling
From August 5th 2021 Face to Face Counselling will be offered and in line with social distancing guidelines. Red Maple Counselling will continue to offer telephone and online counselling. The fees and assessment information can be found in that section.
Professional Counsellor in private practice, Red Maple Counselling.
I provide an inclusive counselling service that offers a safe, non-judgmental space for all clients. I appreciate that there may be many different reasons why someone might consider counselling.
You are the primary focus at all times; counselling sessions will focus on you and your journey. My role is to walk alongside you in your experiences. I understand the importance of respecting and understanding individuality in the uniqueness of your experiences. What you feel, say and experience will be held within the boundaries of confidentiality, safeguarding and ethical working.
Clients are encouraged to get in touch via email or telephone.
Red Maple Counselling is able to work with clients internationally; except the USA and Canada.
I offer all clients an initial face to face assessment to see if I offer the best fit. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a person-centred counsellor, and I believe that the way you see and experience the world is crucial in ensuring that you are at the centre of the therapeutic work. I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I have worked with a variety of diverse clients to gain varied experience in the following areas. Further to this, I have a teaching qualification with significant experience in educational environments.
Areas of Focus and Experience:
- Relationships: Peer, marital and family
- Life events
- Family challenges
- Work-related concerns
- Male Mental health
- Clients from the Black, African and South Asian Community
- Infant loss and subsequent pregnancy
- Family and peer conflict
- Substance Misuse
- Survivors of sexual abuse, domestic abuse and violence
- Anxiety, low mood and depression
- Confidence and self-esteem.
- Pain conditions and other health-related concerns.
- Culture and Identity
- Teaching and Education
- Additional learning needs
The relationships that we form as well as the experiences that we have can shape way that we understand the world around. Understanding and exploring these is paramount during the course of the counselling journey. There may be times when those make us feel uneasy and the chance to reflect and think out aloud is necessary. Having support, an objective ear can help to better understand ourselves, how we relate to others and the journey that we are on.
Your journey may be related to personal relationships, your working life, family challenges, life events and many other aspects of the world around us. You are not alone, in all that you are experiencing; you will be heard, listened to and understood. I am further aware of how our experiences can be shaped by culture, identity and awareness.
Understanding how you experience the world and how this impacts upon you is crucial to working safely and effectively. All your concerns will be held, valued and supported to ensure that you are at the centre of the process.
My previous client work has involved working in Children's centres with parents with who have children aged between 0-19. As such, I understand the pressures of raising children in potentially challenging circumstances. I am able consider and reflect upon the role of mothers, fathers and also the impact of cultural experiences upon these roles.
I have worked with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and abuse. Creating and maintaining trusting and supportive relationships are areas for understanding and support. I am able to consider how our backgrounds and cultural experiences can impact upon the way we experience the world and our relationships with others. Specifically, I have worked with clients from the South-Asian Community to ensure access to counselling. Linked to this, I have gained invaluable experience and understanding in working with Male Mental health concerns.
It is important to me to each clients who may not otherwise access talking therapies and mental health support. Such work is done within the confines of the BACP ethical framework to maintain confidentiality where possible and working safely to support clients on their journey.
My experience of working in Educational Organisations and with students who have additional support needs has also informed my counselling practice.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Infant loss and subsequent pregnancies
- Cultural beliefs/identity
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Work and relationships
- Life events and changes
- Living with long-term health conditions
- Male Mental Health
- South Asian Mental Health
From £30.00 to £50.00
Concessions offered for
Red Maple Counselling offers sessions face to face as well as telephone and the online platform ZOOM.
The fee for sessions online or via telephone is £40 and sessions remain at 50 minutes in length.
Initial Assessments remain in place at £30.
Face to Face Counselling sessions will resume from the 5th August 2020.
Payment will be expected to be made in advance via BAC's and/or Paypal. These details will be made available on request.
Concessions as indicated below, remain in place.
All clients are offered an assessment at the cost of £30. These can carried out over the telephone, via an online platform or face to face.
Face to face sessions are charged at £50 for 50 minutes.
The initial assessment and all counselling sessions are 50 minutes in length.
Clients can pay using bank transfer, cash, card and Paypal.
Concessionary rates are available to:
- Teachers (£40)
- Trainee Counsellors (£30)
- Front-line staff, i.e. Doctors, nurses and health care professionals (£30)
- Students not in employment (£30)
- Students in employment (£40)
- Clients on maternity leave (£30)
- Senior Citizens (£30)
- Low Income/Unemployed (£30)
Sessions are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8am and 8pm.
Please contact me directly to check availability.
Red Maple Counselling has a first floor location accessible only by stairs. Northfield Therapy Centre where the service is based, is accessible by car, train and bus.