Tina Malhotra MBACP (Accred) Counselling and Psychotherapy
Update March '20 - I am currently running all sessions by Zoom or by phone during these unprecedented times
I offer Individual and Couples sessions in Counselling and Psychotherapy, working with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, panic, relationship and family issues, abuse, trauma, PTSD, bereavement, low self esteem and self confidence, boarding school and attachment issues.
I work from The Practice Rooms in Clifton Village and in Long Ashton, near Ashton Court.
Supporting you to make changes in your life with integrity, depth and soul.
Counselling and therapy is a place for you to talk, to feel your feelings, to be witnessed, to find yourself more at home in your body, to come to a deeper experience and understanding of your life.
There are many reasons why people seek help. It might be that you need support for a specific reason, at a particularly stressful time in your life or you might be interested in a more on-going commitment to explore a bit deeper.
How I work
I will encourage you to breathe, to drop into your body, to be in the 'here and now' and connect with your emotions and to tell your story from this more embodied place so that real, lasting change can take place. I work creatively depending on what you want and need and what you bring to the session. I offer both short and long term counselling and psychotherapy.
My main training is in Psychosynthesis which is a holistic and person-centered approach to counselling and therapy. It is a transpersonal psychology which means that as well as addressing life's problems on a physical, emotional and intellectual level, it also holds a spiritual view for those who are interested in exploring or developing this aspect of themselves. It is designed to adapt itself to the uniqueness of each of us as individuals, combining a spiritual perspective with a down to earth approach.
Previous Clients have included:
Teachers, musicians, artists, performers, creatives, environmentalists, web designers, IT technicians, builders, engineers, CEO's, administrators, homemakers, new parents, entrepreneurs, doctors, psychologists, psychotherapists, trainee counsellors, life coaches, high net worth individuals, decision makers, game changers, ordinary people and extraordinary people ..............
What happens when I call you?
We'll have a conversation (typically 10 - 15 mins), I'll ask you what you're looking for and briefly why you're thinking about counselling or therapy. Remember you choose how much you want to say or not. I appreciate that contacting a counsellor is a big step for most people. You can ask me questions or ask me to clarify anything that you don't understand. I'll also ask if you've had counselling or therapy before and whether that was a positive experience.
If you think you might want to meet or work with me then we'll talk about practicals, days/times that I have available and what might work for you, whether you're interested in sessions in Clifton or Long Ashton or both and we'll book in a free initial meeting. If you want time to think about it that's absolutely fine. Choosing a therapist is a very personal thing, it's fine to take your time and trust your instincts.
What happens at the Free Initial Meeting?
This is a chance for us to meet face to face and carry on the conversation we started on the phone. If you want to you can tell me more of why you're looking for a counsellor and again you can ask me any questions. You'll also start to get a sense of who I am and how I work and you'll see the space that I work from. This meeting usually lasts between 30- 45 mins.
If you decide you want to work with me we'll find a regular day and time that works for us both (sessions are normally 1 hour) and I will ask you to commit to 6 sessions. If for any reason we don't think I am the right therapist for you I will aim to point you in the right direction.
What does a typical session look like?
As you may have guessed there is no typical session, every one is unique, and everyone's story is individual and personal to them. A lot of people want to talk and be deeply listened to by someone who understands or has empathy with what they're going through. Some people want to cry, some want to shout, some have difficulty accessing any feeling at all and feel numb or scared or shut down. Some people just want to be, to have a safe respite from their situation or their overwhelming feelings.
Some people want to share things that are currently going on in their lives, while some want to share experiences or trauma from their past. Some people are doing really well and are happy in their lives and want support to enhance that. Some people want to sing or make sounds, some draw, some move their bodies or dance. Every session is unique. There is no expectation for you to be or do anything, simply support and encouragement to breathe, be in your body and to be curious about who you are.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as my main formal training - Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling and Therapy 1999 - 2002 and some Couples training in 2013, I also bring to my work almost 35 years of my own intensive personal development, spiritual journeying and other trainings.
I have much experience in the following:
- Meditation, mindfulness and a long term gratitude practise
- Reichian bodywork, Rebirthing,
- Voice Work
- Addiction/12 Step Recovery (OA, ACOA, CODA / Overeating, Eating disorders, Sugar addiction, Adult Child of Alcoholic, Codependency)
- Dance therapy, 5 Rhythms, Contact Improvisation,
- Process groups, Encounter groups, Women's groups, Anger work, Osho meditations
- Speaking Circles
- Enlightenment Intensives (including participation in the only UK 6 week EI)
- Family Constellations
- Educo 2 week intensive
- EFT level 1 & 2 training,
- Psych-K Basic and Advanced training
- Tantra, including co-teaching Tantra groups for a couple of years
- Hemi-sync, Law of attraction and running The Abundance Group for a year
- Physical detoxing, Bio-Resonance
- The Path of Love, intensive and retreats
- Pre and Perinatal work, including womb twin loss
- and Body Psychotherapy.
"Tina combines sensitivity and empathy with an ability to gently challenge her clients.She is able to support people at depth, with difficult life experiences, bringing courage and creativity to her work."
Allison Priestman, Embodied-Relational Therapy, www.allisonpriestman.co.uk
"It has been my pleasure to know Tina for many years. Over that time I have been inspired to see how deeply she is committed to developing and applying her natural warmth, presence and abilities to counselling. She is dedicated to helping others and I have no hesitation in recommending her."
Barry McGuinness, Psychologist and writer, www.PersonalitySpirituality.net
"I salute the inspiring and solid and wise person that you have become!"
Benjamin Brelain, Musician,
Before training as a therapist I worked in Environmental Education for many years out of the CREATE Centre in Bristol. I devised and managed projects that were rolled out to over 50% of primary schools in the South West.
Prior to that I worked with young adults and students with spinal cord injuries and I also worked in several residential special schools with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties / mild learning difficulties / visual impairments.
I am 53 years old and live in Long Ashton with my daughter.
In my spare time I love to dance, swim, spend time in nature and I am actively involved in many of the Long Ashton Transition initiatives and my local community.
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
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Free initial meeting and then;
£75 - £180 per 60 minute session for individuals
£120 - £240 per 90 minute session for couples
(sliding scale is based on income and ability to pay, as a rough guide the bottom end of the scale is for anyone on an income up to approx £40k, the top end of the scale is for anyone on an income of £100k+)
Sessions for Individuals are 1 hour and usually take place weekly on the same day/time.
Sessions for Couples are 1.5 hours and usually take place weekly on the same day/time.
Cancellations - 24 hours notice or I will need to charge the full fee.
I am a registered and accredited member of BACP and abide by its code of ethics and conduct.
For those thinking of or already training at BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling), I am on their Counselling Practitioners List.