Sumeet Grover

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MSc, Dip. Psych., MBACP, UKCP Reg, CCTP, C-PD
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Leighton Buzzard LU7 & Marlborough SN8
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

The experience of coming for therapy is an opportunity for you to discover for the first or subsequent time in life that you can let go of all the judgements, the fear and hesitation, and begin to talk about what is bothering you. We become wounded within a sense of connectedness - in families, relationships, friendships and society - and paradoxically it is within a sense of connectedness that we can begin to heal. Healing the emotional brain takes time, but it is a creative and deeply fulfilling process that brings wonderful gifts with itself. 

I offer Individual Psychotherapy and Couples Counselling.

Individual Psychotherapy

What often brings clients to individual psychotherapy is a sense of conflict within their relationships or within themselves or unresolved trauma, along with the desire for the suffering either to be resolved or to be made meaning of. I believe that there is no such thing as 'fixing' people or a 'fix' for things. The goal of therapy is to become more conscious of all that happens within an individual and within their relationships, so that from this new sense of becoming awakened, a person can make choices to change the course of their lives.

More often than not, there are no ready-made answers to the specific suffering of someone's life, but the effort lies in being open to discovering the answer that would naturally arise from you, out of your own inherent wisdom that you perhaps are not yet able to see. From experience, the more sincere the effort you put into this process with openness, the more you get something in return, but it all happens at a steady pace that doesn't overwhlem you.

Psychotherapy can feel like an unfamiliar setting because the therapeutic conversation is not like any social conversation; but this is precisely why psychotherapy works - because we get to look at the mind in ways that are driven by curiosity, compassion and wisdom rather than habitual approaches.

Specialisms

Although all clients seeking help with their mental health are welcome, I specialise in working with individuals who suffer from: Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD, Low Self-esteem, Inter-personal Relational Issues, Work-Related Stress, Difficulty Accepting one's Sexuality. I provide a warm and welcoming space to LGBT clients and gay men. I also welcome the use of arts and creativity in the process of psychotherapy, and I offer sandplay therapy for trauma survivors. 

Couples Counselling
People often come to relationship therapy when there is a lot that they have tried amongst themselves, and nothing seems to work to make two people understand each other.

The type of psychotherapy I offer aims to facilitate a space for you so that you can get a deeper understanding of what happens within the unspoken space between both of you, and how your individual life histories - more often than not - continue to play a role in influencing how you relate to each other. My focus in relationship psychotherapy is twofold: to understand how your past shapes your present, and to understand what is happening between both of you in the here and now. 

Lastly, relationship therapy invites two individuals to open up the vulnerable parts of themselves to their partner in the guiding presence of a psychotherapist, in order to relate to the other person from a different place than a habitual one. 

First Session & Subsequent Appointments

Couples Psychotherapy: All sessions last for 60 minutes. Before our first appointment, I will send both of you a detailed relationship therapy questionnaire to fill in, which will give me a deeper understanding of what has brought you to therapy.

Individual Psychotherapy: Initial Assessment Session lasts for 55 minutes, and is a structured appointment with a set of questions that I go through with you in order to understand you and your life history at a deeper level. All subsequent sessions last for exactly 50 minutes.

Psychiatric Conditions Not Covered

At present I do not offer psychotherapy for new clients with a diagnosis of, or signs of, personality disorders at my private practice. However, I do welcome enquiries from former clients with an existing personality disorder diagnosis. 

More About Me

Prior to training as a psychotherapist, I have had a wide exposure in life: I studied a master’s degree in engineering, worked in financial services for a decade, authored three books of poetry, wrote art and book reviews, been a member of a few international arts and conflict transformation NGOs, and read Buddhist philosophy for fifteen years. I speak English, Hindi and Dutch, and have a keen interest in Dutch art and culture, and in European arthouse films.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE, London) - A BACP and UKCP Accredited training.
  • Psychiatric Observational Placement in a PICU setting at Baldock Manor Hospital, Hertfordshire.
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills, Manor House Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (MHCPC, London).
  • PD Certification Training: Advanced Diagnosis, Treatment & Management (PESI UK).
  • Certificate in Working Creatively with Trauma, Jill Carter Training LTD, London.

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Evergreen Certifications.
  • Certified PD Treatment Provider (C-PD), Evergreen Certifications.

Other Qualifications

  • MSc (SEng), University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.
  • Online Nederlands Niveau A2, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

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.

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£65.00 - £85.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

Additional information

  • Individual (1:1) Psychotherapy: My fees are on a sliding scale of £65 to £85. Please get in touch to enquire. I offer both online and in-person sessions.
  • Couples Therapy: £95 for Weekday appointments. £100 for Saturday appointments (where available). Online sessions only for Couples Counselling.

For individuals with an insurance policy, I currently accept the following insurance plans: Aviva, AXA Health, Vitality Health, Aetna Global Benefits, The Exeter, WPA Health Insurance, and Cigna.

When I work

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Further information

  • I offer somatic psychotherapy and sandplay therapy for trauma survivors. 
  • Couples therapy is only offered online at present.

PUBLICATIONS

Below is a list of some psychotherapy articles that I have written:

  • Understanding Childhood Trauma - https://www.transcend.org/tms/2022/09/understanding-childhood-trauma/ - Transcend Media Service (TMS)
  • The Role of Artmaking and Symbolism in Trauma Therapy - https://www.transcend.org/tms/2023/07/the-role-of-artmaking-and-symbolism-in-trauma-therapy/ - Transcend Media Service (TMS)
  • Surviving Childhood Trauma: The Impact of Domestic Violence - https://www.transcend.org/tms/2023/08/surviving-childhood-trauma-the-impact-of-domestic-violence/ - Transcend Media Service (TMS)
  • Recovering from Childhood Trauma: Exploring Rage as the Missing Piece - https://www.transcend.org/tms/2023/11/recovering-from-complex-trauma-exploring-rage-as-the-missing-piece/ - Transcend Media Service (TMS)
  • Book Review: Building a Life Worth Living by Marsha M. Linehan - https://www.transcend.org/tms/2022/01/building-a-life-worth-living/ - Transcend Media Service (TMS)

Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7

Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Sumeet Grover
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