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Psychodynamic counsellor -CBT and Solution Focussed therapy

About me

Hello. COVID continues to disrupt and pose challenges to our mental and psychological wellbeing. Lockdowns, isolation and social impositions have put increased strains on our relationships. Much of this is been due to uncertainties created by the unknown; how it will end including when and what will survive. The ensuing increases in stress levels and anxieties has ramped up the prevalence of depression, low self esteem, low confidence and increases in levels of sadness due to our many loses. They place considerable increases in pressure upon our personal, home, work and social relationships.

Just as in walking, once learnt we don't think about every step we take and this frees us up to invest more energy in other walks of life. Most of our time is lived on autopilot. However, since our brains are highly plastic, behavioural patterns can be altered to respond differently allowing us to face new challenges.

On autopilot, old coping skills bring up our unresolved conflicts so old issues resurface and they make what was previously bearable seem difficult and intolerable to manage. With no rules on how to navigate out of this, it is hard to put the pieces back together. Weakened and depleted, our resources require additional help and support to restore and heal and since our mental health and wellbeing is in distress, it becomes harder to move on. This is something I can help with. 

Acknowledging the need for help and support is an important step forward. Working at your pace, we will map a way forward through this new normal and explore ways to improve the quality of your life and relationships. I work with young adults, couples and older adults to address a wide range of emotional and psychological issues. I offer support face to face (subject to COVID protocols), as well as telephone and online support using platforms like zoom and teams. I follow strict ethical and professional standards and I maintain confidentiality at all times. 

You can call or email me for an initial consultation at a reduced rate and together we will safely explore how to get you where you want to be.   

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Honours) - History and Philosophy (University of Hertfordshire)

Postgraduate Diploma - Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling (University of Hertfordshire)

Diploma - Counselling (University of Hertfordshire)

I have more than ten years clinical experience as a therapeutic counsellor. Although I am Psycho dynamically trained, I have attended further training in CBT and SFBT. I work in private practice and with Mental Health Charities in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and North London. I am empathic with a good sense of humour and I am flexible working at a pace that suits your needs. I believe in finding organic solutions to challenging clinical situations. I also have many decades of life experience and I speak Hindi, Urdu, Kachi, Gujarati and Swahili.  

My work with charities involves young adults between the ages of ten and twenty-five years, most of whom are students. The nature of my work with revolves around the challenges young adults face and include coping with the demands of a student life, exam stresses, assignment deadlines, being accepted in peer groups, managing disappointments and expectations, changes in home environments as well as in their personal relationships.

The clients I work with in private practice tend to be older and include couples and groups. I work with issues arising from health concerns, children, family, work or personal relationship issues as well as a wide range of other issues. I have found even the most resilient amongst will sometimes find that coping skills become overwhelmed and seem inadequate to deal with when facing some difficult and challenging situations and this is something I provide help and support for. 

I offer support for many issues including Anger , Bereavement, Depression, Anxiety, Abuse, Addiction(s), Relationship Issues, Adolescent Issues, Low Self-Esteem, Lack of Confidence, Separation, Divorce, Eating Disorders, LGBT, Trauma, Stress, Abuse, Bullying and others listed below.

As part of my ongoing professional development I have attended many courses and workshops.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Sessions are normally fifty minutes.

The initial session is at reduced rate of £45.

Further sessions are £50 (evenings £55).

Couples sessions are £65 (weekends £75).

Low income and Students fees can be negotiated depending on circumstances.

Please note

Cancellations require at least 24 hours notice. Non attendance without appropriate notice will be charged at the full rate.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am flexible and I can work around your requirements. Please contact me to discuss current availability.

Further information

I have more than forty years of work experience and decades of life experience. I have lived on three continents and I also speak several languages. Yet now more than ever before, the pandemic and its disruptive effects have emphasised to me how similar we all are beneath this apparent diversity when facing its challenges. The frailty of our human condition has revealed to me how similar we are in dealing with these difficulties. It has confirmed to me that despite holding different views and beliefs towards cultures, traditions and social values, we are more alike than we are different.

70 Brookdene Avenue, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD19 4LF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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For face to face consultations, I am based in Watford and there is generally ample off street parking available nearby. The entrance to my practice has wide steps with short in-steps and grab rails to assist mobility impairments.

Additional languages


Swahili, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Kachi & English

Online platforms