Dr Ritika Sukthankar PsychD MSc BSc. Canary Wharf & Kettering
It can be difficult to know where to turn when we face challenging experiences and we are expected to manage. Located in two locations; centrally in Canary Wharf and in Kettering, Dr Ritika at the London Wellness Centre can provide you with a discreet, comfortable and confidential space to support you through these times.
I am able to work in a number of approaches (cognitive-behavioural, humanistic, mindfulness and psychodynamic) depending on your needs. Having been trained at top tier universities including, Kings College University London and University of Surrey. I am committed to offering my clients a high standard of professional therapeutic care.
I offer a fresh and original approach to therapy where I not only listen but also provide practical coping skills. My clients have stated my style not only allows them to talk openly but that they have learnt tips, tricks and techniques that aid them to move on when feeling stuck.
I work with people across the lifespan from many backgrounds and with a range of issues including: anxiety, depression, relationship issues (including affairs, separation and divorce), family issues, work-related stress, low self-esteem and abuse to name a few. I aim to provide a safe and engaging space for anyone experiencing difficult periods in their lives and needing support in moving forward.
Having completed a doctoral thesis in online psychotherapy and counselling, I am now preparing a chapter to be published in a book. Although I see most of my clients in Canary Wharf and Market Harborough, I have the clinical expertise and treat many clients around the UK and world using distance therapy via Skype, telephone, text-chat and email.
On a personal note, I was born in the UK and have lived in Singapore and Hong Kong. I come from a culturally rich and diverse background which enables me to appreciate the uniqueness of each individual I see. I therefore work with people in the context and development of their own lives.
Therapy can be helpful for
- Those wanting to understand the causes and the maintenance of their problems.
- Thinking about where you are in your life and how you wish to move forward.
- Exploring relationships (intimate, family, work).
- Managing general life stressors.
Choosing to come to therapy can be a daunting experience. Clients are usually on the edge where they have tried to cope on their own for a sustained period, however this has no longer become effective. Discretion and a non-judgemental attitude are the key qualities I hold and what keeps my clients coming back to see me each week.
My practice is located inside the renowned London Wellness Centre
Canary Wharf Clinic, London
7 minutes from Canary Wharf Station
1 minute from West India Quay DLR Station
5 minutes from Westferry DLR Station
*the above are walking distances
Kettering Clinic, Leicestershire
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, which is a protected title and ensures a high level of expertise. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS) which is a gold standard, demonstrating a commitment to professional development and high ethical standards of practice, teaching and research. I currently run my own private practice in Canary Wharf and Kettering.
With over 13 years of experience in the NHS, private practice and research, I ensure that I provide a high standard of treatment for each person I see. I have worked across services including primary care, secondary care and inpatient. Such services have been located within London including the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Nightingale Hospital in Marylebone. My experience has included working with general adult psychiatry, child and adolescent mental health services and forensic mental health services. Within these settings I have worked both short and long term with clients presenting with various mental health difficulties.
I have carried out research at the Institute of Psychiatry and also worked for organisations providing mindfulness and mental health wellbeing workshops in the workplace for employees. This has included locations around the world including the City of London and Hong Kong.
In addition, as part of my ongoing development and learning as a practitioner, I have completed various courses including Schema Therapy for Personality Disorders, Working with Self-Harm, Behavioural Experiments, Understanding Complex Trauma, Masterclass in Substance Misuse and Metacogntive Therapy.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Distress Tolerance and Emotional Regulation
Coping Skills for work-related anxiety (i.e. presentations, meetings etc).
£180 per session.
Insurance/ Company Schemes
I am also a recognised provider for private health insurance including AVIVA, BUPA INTERNATIONAL, AXA-PPP, CIGNA, VITALITY and WPA. I am happy to accept payment through these schemes. Fee's are priced at £250 for assessment and £180 per subsequent session.
I offer a free initial consultation over the phone where you can discuss what brings you to therapy and what you aim to get from it. I will have an honest conversation with you about working together therapeutically to manage the challenges you may be facing. If you decide therapy is right for you I will invite you to come and meet me for an assessment, where I will take a more detailed history. At the end of the assessment I will ask you how the experience was for you and whether you feel comfortable to work with me. If so a regular time will be allocated and we will agree on a initial number of sessions which will be reviewed on a regular basis. If you feel that the relationship did not click between us I will be happy to refer you on.