I am a chartered clinical psychologist and group analyst with over 20 years of experience in the UK and abroad. My private-practice is based in Hampden House, Withington, in South Manchester where I offer psychotherapy to individuals and groups. I also provide supervision and training to professionals working in mental health and in other disciplines.
Problems that I can help with
Recovering from loss/trauma
Relationship difficulties and family issues
Low self- esteem, struggling to fit in, isolation
Recovery from addiction
Difficulties with identity
Emotional problems: making sense of difficult to manage feelings and emotions
What I offer
Individual Psychotherapy : I offer a safe and confidential relationship in weekly psychotherapy to explore and understand your inner struggles and pain and to discover how they affect your everyday difficulties in relationships and coping with stress.
Individual psychotherapy sessions are weekly and last for 50 minutes.
Group psychotherapy: I facilitate a weekly analytic psychotherapy group, where the members come together in a safe setting to find support and belonging in their distress and to work through their experiences towards change.
The group psychotherapy sessions are also weekly and last 90 minutes. Group members will have a period of individual sessions prior to starting in the group, and the number and frequency of these sessions will depend on their needs and situation.
If you are new to therapy, and are concerned that your experiences of being marginalised because of your race, religion, class, sexuality etc. would make it difficult for you to benefit from group therapy, please do get in touch. We can work together to try to understand your experiences and fears, and explore if a therapy group could be as healing and empowering experience for you as it is for many others.
The Initial Consultation: The initial consultation will be over two sessions of 50 minutes each which will give us the opportunity to discuss what you might want to address in psychotherapy and to explore if we might be able to work together. I will help you to work out what the best options for you might be with regard to what you are looking for. It is possible, in some situations, that we might arrange to extend the consultation process and meet for one or two additional sessions before agreeing to begin psychotherapy.
How I work:
Understanding the issues that lie beneath pain and distress: I believe that most problems are related to difficult experiences, especially within the significant relationships of our early years. In my experience as a psychotherapist, I have found that working on these underlying issues is the most helpful way of addressing them.
Sometimes we may not even be aware of what is causing our distress: Some experiences, thoughts and feelings, particularly if they are painful and distressing, can remain unacknowledged and unprocessed in our minds. These can then express themselves in symptoms of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder etc. or even in a sense of deep unease within ourselves in relation to others. Through psychotherapy I can help you to gently explore and understand these thoughts and feelings that are consciously and unconsciously experienced, and to integrate this awareness into the other aspects of your life.
Developing coping strategies : Understanding what lies beneath the pain and distress will help us to together recognise its meaning in relation to your current distress. Here, every experience and relationship in your life matters, including the one between you and your therapist. This exploration and understanding can be a highly effective way of alleviating the painful feelings that have so far remained unrecognised. It can also lead to a better sense of one’s self and identity, and through that help you to find a way of bringing change in your life.
The process of psychotherapy is often not easy or comfortable, but the guidance and support of an experienced psychotherapist can help make any changes be more meaningful and enduring.
More about me:
I have been working in the NHS for several years, primarily with adults who struggle with a range of complex mental health difficulties. Before that, I worked in India, my country of origin, for many years. My first formal training in Clinical Psychology and my subsequent work were all based in hospitals that served the needs of the people from economically deprived and socially marginalised backgrounds.
While I mainly draw on psychoanalytic and group analytic approaches in my work, I am also heavily influenced by my experiences across cultures, of migration and by social and economic issues. I strongly believe emotional distress has a historical and social context, and give considerable thought to my clients’ intergenerational and cultural stories as well. I am particularly interested in issues such as difference, belongingness and marginalisation across a range of areas such as race, class, gender, sexuality etc, and believe that it is crucial that the experiences of power and of powerlessness and of being othered are addressed as central in the relationship in psychotherapy.
How to get in touch:
I can be contacted by email. I offer a free 15-minute telephone conversation before arranging a meeting.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am accredited by the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP) and registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). I am a Full Member of the Institute of Group Analysis and a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society.
I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in India over twenty years ago. I undertook further training in on my move to the UK and have been registered as a chartered clinical psychologist for nearly fourteen years . Since then, I completed a further intensive, specialist training in Group Analysis. In addition, I keep my skills and knowledge up to date through regular attendance of training events.
Most of my experience has been working with people with complex and severe emotional difficulties, both in India and in the UK. I currently work within the NHS in the North West and offer therapy to individuals as well as groups. I supervise therapists and other colleagues and am involved in the teaching and training of psychotherapists.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Telephone consultation (20 minutes) free
Initial Consultations (Two 50-minute sessions): £120
Long-term Individual Psychotherapy (weekly sessions for approx. 6 months or more): £ 70 per 50-minute session
Extended Consultation/Short-term Individual Psychotherapy ( 1 to 10 sessions) held weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on need: £ 80 – £100 per 50-minute session based on the number of sessions.
Concessions offered for those on a low income.
Group sessions (weekly sessions of 90 minutes): £35 per session.
I offer 40 sessions a year for which I charge a monthly fee of £116.
Individual sessions to prepare for the group (50-minute sessions at varying frequency, depending on need) : £65
Individual Supervision: £60 per hour
Group supervision: £90 per hour for three people.
Reflective Practice Groups for groups of up to 8 people: £ 100 for an hour.