Dr M. Sharmaline D Attygalle
As an Integrative Counsellor I am able to use the approach best suited to your individual needs and unique experiences. I work with adolescents, young people and adults. I am an accredited member of the BACP and abide by their ethical framework and their code of conduct.
I offer you a safe, trusting and confidential space with the aim of establishing a professional and therapeutic client-counsellor relationship based on respect and acceptance. In the time we have together I will listen to you and provide you with a holding environment for you to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviour.
As you explore you will aim to gain a deep understanding and an insight which will give you choices, enable you to feel empowered and enhance your self-development. I will facilitate your exploration and the evolving counselling process which will be largely led by you.
Counselling is a journey. It is your journey. It does not promise to be easy. You will be trying to make sense of your experiences, unravelling certain areas and freeing yourself so that you feel able to grow and develop.
My work can be assisted by the use of a range of creative materials if this is something that you were interested in and would benefit from. Children and adults both enjoy and value the freedom they feel expressing themselves with the use of these materials.
Please feel free to visit my website www.yourhaven-counselling.co.uk for more information about me and the counselling services I offer.
Training, qualifications & experience
I run my private practice seeing private clients in Cambridge and in Wilburton.
In addition I am employed by Bellerbys College Cambridge as their College Counsellor. Bellerbys College is a private international college for students studying for their GCSEs, A-levels and Foundation year.
I have worked for 2 years for the charity Centre 33. I was based in their Huntingdon branch where I counselled children and young people ranging from 13-25 years.
I have worked for JHD Counselling Services for two years as one of their team of counsellors. My work involved counselling university students at some of the Cambridge University Colleges and seeing private clients.
My work has involved counselling in primary and secondary schools, running family play therapy sessions, conducting workshops and talks.
As a qualified counsellor I have a Diploma in Counselling and I am an accredited member of the BACP.
I also have a Diploma in Working with Depression.
My special interest is in Eating Disorders and Self-Harm. I have completed the NCFED Diploma in Practical Skills in Eating Disorders and have worked with several clients with eating disorders.
Some years back I qualified as a medical doctor and I also have a degree in psychology. I find the knowledge and experience I have received in doing these extremely valuable in offering the best practice for my clients.
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
I have a special interest in Eating Disorders, Self-harm and Dissociative disorders.
I provide individual counselling sessions
Therapy may be short-term or long-term
Sessions are 50 minutes each
I recommend weekly sessions or sessions on alternative weeks
My charges are £50/ per counselling session
I offer an initial assessment for us to meet and discuss what brought you to counselling and the possible hopes and aspirations you have for counselling. It is also an opportunity for us to get to know a little about each other and to find out if we are happy to continue further sessions together. The relationship is crucial and it is important to choose a counsellor whom you can relate to and engage with.
We will review the counselling process at regular intervals and assess how the counselling is going.
Please do not hesitate to contact me and we can discuss any questions you may have. I always look forward to hearing from you with any enquiries about starting counselling
My counselling sessions are held in Cambridge and in Wilburton. Home visits can be arranged in certain cases.
There is off road parking in Cambridge and in Wilburton.
I will be more than happy to give you directions once you contact me.