U. Priya Vigneswaran, CPsychol
I am an experienced child and family therapist and clinical psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Family life is often joyful but can sometimes be difficult. Many families with children experience periods where life can seem more difficult and problems arise in their lives that can cause anxiety and distress.
These feelings may be experienced by one individual or as part of the relationship between partners or between parents and children. I am a clinical psychologist and offer a supportive, caring and non-judgmental space where families can reflect on the situation at these times and explore different solutions to their problems.
I develop a collaborative and respectful partnership with families that places the family and individuals as the expert on their lives and honours the skills, experience, knowledge and significant relationships of the people who come to meet with me.
I help families understand their situations and their behaviours by examining together the stories they use to shape their lives. I have found that even in the face of distressing, frightening or desperate situations, families still maintain a sense of hope and a wish for life to be better. We acknowledge the pain and difficulty of the situation, and I help families' harness their unique imaginative and creative problem-solving resources that allow them to discover new choices. As they do so stories of hope and change begin to emerge.
Families' difficulties are unique and unlimited, however, to give you a sense of the sorts of issues I have helped some families with, they include:
- coping with pregnancy and a new baby
- antenatal and postnatal parental issues including postnatal depression and responses to birth trauma,
- Infant related issues including sleep issues and feeding problems
- toileting issues
- temper tantrums
- Social and emotional difficulties
- lack of confidence or self esteem
- Separation anxiety
- Worry and anxiety (including panic attacks, phobias and Obsessive-Compulsive traits)
- Traumatic experiences
- Sleep difficulties
- Low mood and depression
- School-based difficulties (e.g. peer relationships, bullying, social media issues, attendance, examination stress/anxiety)
- Adaptation to life events (e.g. the arrival of siblings, divorce, bereavement, chronic illness)
- loss and bereavement
- impact of chronic illness on children and family members
- school refusal and school issues (e.g. bullying)
- conduct problems and setting limits
- parenting advice and support
My therapeutic style is based on a systemic narrative therapy approach and incorporates questions and conversation to explore your situation, information and support in parenting techniques as well as play therapy techniques when appropriate.
I work with individuals or family members depending on the nature of the problem. Usually a session lasts fifty minutes. One might have 3 - 6 sessions at weekly or fortnightly intervals, and then review. Alternatively a single session might be enough to make a difference.
I usually want to meet with the whole family first, but may also work with people on an individual basis, or suggest individual sessions within a series of family meetings.
Sessions take place in consulting rooms at Healthwise Therapy, Blackheath which is accessible by bus or train and there is free parking nearby.
Training, qualifications & experience
2008 Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Royal Holloway University, DClinPsy (included specialist training at the Tavistock Centre)
2002 Postgraduate Diploma, Applied Psychology BA, PGDip AppPsy
2002 Counselling training, Lifeline
1997 Bachelor of Arts, Major Psychology
1995 Counselling certificate, COPE
My training specialised in a range of therapeutic models including:
family and systemic therapy
Play therapy - including art work
Infant mental health
Maternal Mental Health and Infant well being
Paternal Mental Health
Cognitive Psychology and cognitive assessments of children and adolescents
Webster-Stratton parenting groups
Video Interactive Guidance in therapy
Child Protection assessments and support
Telephone counselling and suicide prevention
I have been working with children and their families across a broad age range from babies to adolescents for nearly 20 years, including working with several Child and Adolescent Mental Health teams, providing a perinatal service to first-time parents and their families, working with families where children have been fostered or adopted. I have worked with a wide range of families with differing cultural backgrounds across several boroughs in London, Scotland and Australia.
As a clinical psychologist my work draws on a research evidence-base to guide my practice and also to design group programmes for children and families based on the most recent clinical research and guidelines. I developed a program and CD for Relaxation for Children drawing on current clinical guidelines and I am currently delivering a programme I developed for parents-to-be on Bonding with your Baby, which is drawing on the most recent research on infant emotional development.
I have full indemnity insurance and adhere to the ethical standards of practice as established by the British Psychological Society. I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health Professions Council.
I am also a mother of two children.
My PhD research looked at children and adolescents’ experiences of a cardiac treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital, which has been presented at international conferences and is currently being prepared for publication in a major international journal.
I am committed to ongoing training and professional development to extend my skills and ensure that my practice is always up-to-date so I can provide the best possible service to clients.
Intensive Narrative Therapy
Mentalisation and Mind-Mindedness with Infants
Parental Mental Health and Infant Well-Being
Working with troubled adolescents
Attachment focused therapy
Chartered Clinical Psychologist - British Psychological Society
Member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)
Member of the Association of Child Psychologists in Private Practice (AChiPPP)
Member of the Association for Infant Mental Health (AIMH UK)
Fully Insured and CRB checked
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Autism and ADHD assessments
Therapy Fees for Families or Individuals
£130 for an initial assessment session
£130 per fifty-minute follow-up session
I am registered with many of the main healthcare providers, please enquire for further information.
"Priya Vigneswaran was the first counsellor I felt at ease with. She was great and helped me tremendously. I would recommend her without hesitation and will certainly go back to her should i need any help in the future. "
"Dr Priya was great - involving the whole family. Friendly and empathetic, Dr Priya was still a composed professional throughout. She gave us great ideas to help, with good success. I would recommend Dr. Priya to anyone."
"Priya is fantastic, very sensitive and understanding. It was a pleasure to work with her."
"As soon as [my daughter] met with Priya it was such a relief ... [my daughter] felt so much better in such a short time."
I welcome any questions you may have either by email or phone.