I am a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist with over twenty years experience working with people who struggle with a range of emotional, psychological and relationship difficulties.My specialist training is in Group Analysis, which is a powerful model of psychotherapy where the members of the group come together to explore and work through their internal conflicts and distress as well as their difficulties in relationships.
I have spaces available in a long-term psychotherapy group and welcome enquiries related to the group. Most people are understandably anxious about being in a group, and have concerns about whether they will feel safe and whether their confidentiality will be protected. It might be helpful to know that I always meet with people a few times on an individual basis before the start of the group, so we can get to know each other as well as prepare them for the group. These conversations involve discussing your difficulties in some detail and addressing any fears and anxieties you might have about joining a group. I will help you to think about how you might use the group to work through your difficulties before we decide together when might be the best time for you to begin in the group.
If you are new to therapy, and/ or are concerned that your experience of being othered, be it through gender, race, class, religion, disability, sexuality etc, might make it difficult for you to access and benefit from group therapy, please do get in touch. Together we can try to understand what your experiences and fears are. It is possible that belonging in a therapy group can be a healing and reparative experience for you and I would welcome you to think about that with me.
I see my clients for psychotherapy in Hampden House, Withington. If you are considering group psychotherapy there is further information on the Hampden House website that might be helpful.
I work in the NHS alongside my private practice.
How I work:
I provide a confidential service to people suffering with depression, anxiety, relationship distress, difficult thoughts and feelings, and family problems. I believe that most problems are related to difficult experiences in one's life and that working on the underlying issues is the most helpful way of addressing them.
While my training and experience as a clinical psychologist has equipped me with expertise in a range of models of psychotherapy, the approaches that I draw from mainly are psychoanalysis and group analysis. Some experiences, thoughts and feelings, particularly those that are painful and distressing, can often remain unacknowledged and unprocessed within one's mind. These can then express themselves in symptoms of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder etc. or even in a sense of deep unease within oneself in relation to others. Psychotherapy helps 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 one's life. Understanding relationships, past and present, is central to the way I work and this includes the relationship in the room between therapist and client.
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.
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.
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.
Individual psychotherapy sessions are weekly and last for 50 minutes.
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Eating disorders
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Work-related stress
My charges are £120.00 for an initial consultation over two fifty-minute sessions, with subsequent sessions at £65.00 an hour for individual psychotherapy.Group psychotherapy sessions are charged at £35.00 for an hour-and-a-half session. The group runs for 40 sessions in a year, which works out to £116.00 per month for membership of the group.
I will consider individual circumstances while setting up any fee arrangements.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Hindi, Urdu|
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am an experienced supervisor and have provided supervision to colleagues in the NHS for their work in individual and group work.