Sherry Singh Panchal
*I am currently offering online and telephone counselling for clients throughout the UK. I am based in Edinburgh and will resume to Face to Face work in due course*. I currently have availability to take clients.
Hello, my name is Sherry. My aim is to offer you a comfortable and open environment to work in confidence with a qualified and experienced therapist. I have gained my Diploma in Counselling from the University of Edinburgh and later Graduated with a Masters In Counselling. I have been in practice for over 15 years and in this time, I have worked with clients presenting a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, self-esteem, domestic abuse, childhood sexual abuse, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, PTSD, Trauma, relationships, coping with long term illness, working though change, and parenting.
I have worked with both men and women from different ethnicities and am aware of and sensitive to issues of gender, race, ethnicity and cultural differences. I am aware of how these differences can impact on the overall well-being of an individual and their personal circumstances. I can offer counselling in English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. I have been trained from the person-centred and Psychodynamic modalities and I find them both useful tools to understand my clients better. I work according to the needs of my clients. I offer counselling on a one to one basis, however, for those who may find it more appropriate due to time or distance, I also offer counselling over the phone and online platforms.
Apart from my core training in counselling qualifications, I have also acquired basic training in Motivational Interviewing techniques, CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and Coaching. I am able to use them if needed in order to assist my clients’ exploration in therapy, however, the client’s needs and choice takes priority.
The therapeutic relationships at the heart of my work and endeavor to make my clients feel comfortable. I believe provided the ideal conditions any individual has the potential to grow to the best of their ability and I try to offer that to my clients to the best of my ability.
Apart from counselling I have worked in the Voluntary Sector in a supporting capacity for a number of years and continue till date. Working for the betterment of individuals and offering a facilitative environment to empower is at the core of my practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). and work according to their professional standards. I have experience of working both long and short term counselling. As a therapist, I have worked with various organisations/projects such as the Health In Mind (Edinburgh), Resolve (Edinburgh), The Rivers Centre (NHS Lothian, Edinburgh) and Future Pathways (Edinburgh). which has widened my capacity to work with various clients and their presenting issues. I have also worked as a Crisis Counsellor for the enquiry committee run by the Scottish Government for their investigations into child abuse.
In addition to offering one to one therapy, I work with the University of Edinburgh as a Professional Development Mentor for counselling and psychotherapy students (Diploma and PhD level) and am currently in a teaching position at Edinburgh University. I have experience working both long and short term counselling. My experience of working with clients is wide. It runs from working with EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) services for organisations, counselling providing organisations and working with individuals in a private practice setting.
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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience in working with issues of ambivalence, stress, anxiety etc related to parenting and parental roles.
I also offer counselling to individuals who are considering a lifestyle change, losing weight or making dietary changes in their lives. It is geared towards those who are required by expert advice (for example a medical practitioner) or by personal choice to change their lifestyle due to health concerns such as a heart condition, diabetes, gestational diabetes, obesity or any other health issue that may require one to change their lifestyle for the betterment of their overall well-being.
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
I charge my clients £50/hour but am mindful that for some this may not be possible and am open to discussing a sliding scale.
Concessions offered for
My availabilities change according to client work load and are fluid. I would encourage you to get in touch and we can to discuss my availability to match your requirements.