Shobhna Walsh (Relate Trained Individual/Couple Therapist) Reg. MBACP
I am a Relate trained therapist and a registered member of BACP. Are you feeling stuck in frustrating or unsatisfying patterns that you can’t seem to break out of? Maybe you are struggling in relationships or your job. You may be continuing to be affected by past events or relationships. My job and passion is to help identify those stuck points that cause stress in your life and relationships and help to move past them. It is my belief that stress inhibits our ability to function to full capacity. As a therapist, I focus on restoring balance to daily life.
I have experience of working with individuals and couples from a variety of backgrounds, experiencing a range of issues, mental health problems and relationship difficulties. As an Integrative therapist I combine a range of techniques and approaches in psychotherapy to tailor therapy to the needs of each individual client/s.
Relationships are an integral part of our lives. Although intimate relationships bring many rewards, they also can be challenging to maintain. This is particularly highlighted after a few years of togetherness when people become more independent and self-sufficient or after the children become independent and the couples' focus is forced back on the relationship.
You are not alone
All relationships face challenges. How we deal with these challenges is the key to having a happy and fulfilling relationship. How a couple manages and resolve conflict plays a significant role in how we experience our close personal relationships. Ineffective communication gets in the way of maintaining a close, intimate, passionate and fulfilling relationship. This is the most common difficulty that couples present in the therapy sessions. Here are some of the other reasons couples decide to receive relationship therapy:
- Couples finding it challenging to resolve conflict in ways that brings closeness.
- Couples repeatedly arguing over trivial 'seeming' matters, creating disharmony and tension within the home.
- Couples who are facing the end of their relationship but hoping to give it a last chance through therapy.
- Couples who are ending their relationship but want to end amicably especially where children are involved.
- Couples experiencing sexual or intimacy difficulties.
- Couples who have lost passion and spark in their relationship but still love each other and want to fall back in love.
- Couples who feel that they have become more of room mates than intimate partners.
- Couples who are about to make long term commitment but want to receive relationship coaching before moving forward.
- Cultural difficulties for interracial couples.
- Couple facing parenting issues especially in step families.
- One of the Couple have had an affair.
What to expect from our sessions
Relationship counselling gets to grips with how you and your partner relate to each other. As a Systemic therapist I can help you recognise and understand the communication, behavioural, sexual and emotional dynamics and patterns that might exist between you, and together we will explore how to intercept those unhelpful patterns which are causing conflict, pain and a feeling of stuckness.
I also work with Individuals facing issues in their life due to various reasons including difficulties in forming and maintaining relationships whether with their partners, parents, children or friends. As a Relate trained therapist my expertise lies in helping clients understand relationship dynamics and explore and learn healthier ways of relating which would result in a contented and peaceful life promoting good health and a feeling of general well being.
As with individual therapy your first appointment will provide an opportunity for you and your partner to discuss any issues within your relationship, identify any goals in couples therapy and begin a process of open communication. People often have questions about how couples counselling might help and we can address any concerns you may have about therapy at this first meeting.
I understand that issues within relationships are often very sensitive and personal. All discussions in individual and couples counselling are handled sensitively and discussions within the therapy sessions are always confidential.
Training, qualifications & experience
Honours Degree in Social Work
Practice Teacher (Social Work)
Post graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy
I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to its ethical guidelines and standards, assuring clients of high standards of professional care. I have completed the Certificate of Proficiency, which is the latest qualification required by qualified members of the BACP to complete to show that they are ethically competent.
I undertake Continual Professional Development, attend training courses and workshops, undergo regular supervision.
I have full professional indemnity insurance.
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
My particular areas of interest
- Individuals struggling with family issues
- Parenting related issues
- Lack of confidence
- Low self esteem
- Life Changes - Divorce/'Empty Nest /Retirement
- Identity issues
- Interracial relationships
Individuals: £60 per session.
Couples: £70 per session.
Weekdays, Evening and Saturday afternoons
How to get here
Ample public transport is available.
I am located just 8 minutes walk from Purley High street and 10 minutes from Purley train station-trains service London Victoria, and London Bridge.
Bus stop close by.
Plenty parking is available on site.