Umaa Thampu - Dip.Couns MBACP (Accred)

Umaa Thampu - Dip.Couns MBACP (Accred)

About me

Welcome, my name is Umaa and I am an ethical and independent Gestalt Counsellor Dip.Couns MBACP (Accred) . My passion is enhancing people's well-being. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma and cross cultural themes.

I have over 10 years experience in a diverse mix of professional settings which include social services, youth charities and corporate settings. My practice offers a warm, confidential and discreet environment in Shoreditch. By recognising  unhelpful patterns of behaviour, you can reduce internal conflict and develop a greater sense of compassion towards yourself and others.


How long does it take? - I offer both open- ended and short term counselling. The minimum amount of sessions I offer is 6. I constantly offer reviews and remind you that at any point you can stop. I welcome feedback.

How do I know if I need therapy? Often by the time some people have booked an appointment they can be suffering and very distressed. It really needn't take such a level of suffering to access a supportive space. Only you can decide if you need therapy.

What happens if I become reliant on you? During the initial stages of therapy it is normal to feel a sense of urgency and dependency. I strive to empower you, we will work together to develop a set of skills that works for your personality and lifestyle post-therapy. One of the main goals in counselling is to develop the language of self-responsibility.

How do you not take work home with you or be able to separate your stuff from what a client brings? I attend supervision, peer support, CPD workshops and this enables me to process the work, attend to any blind spots and ensures I am working ethically. I practice good self-care. I find the work incredibly powerful, life affirming and rewarding. It is one of the few places authentic dialogue can happen, discovering new ways of being and having more choices in life! I enjoy my work because I witness change happen! It is a rewarding process.

What do you work with? I work with loss, anxiety and relationship difficulties. I have found a client may initially want to focus on loss and actually we travel to many other places. Please see my website for more information:

This is what I can offer you:

  • I can help create meaning when difficult feelings arise and offer a different perspective on 'life's curve balls' such as bereavement, family conflict, frustrations at work.
  • I will support you to implement change in your life, assist in understanding your defences, emotional blocks at a pace that is safe.
  • Collaboratively working together to understand why and when you feel triggered and develop self-soothing strategies.
  • Often counselling can be seen as "talking therapy" and I can offer different ways of working such as experiments, drawings, body awareness and movement.
  • Benefits of counselling include developing a deeper sense of calm, awareness and increased self assurance.

Next Steps

You can email me and we can meet face to face for a co-assessment session. Co-assessment is a mutual process. During this initial session, you can tell me what you would like to work towards and I can tell you how I work and we can both decide if it is suitable to go ahead.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Gestalt Counselling  - The Gestalt Centre, London - (BACP accredited)

Certificate in Humanistic Counselling - The Gestalt Centre, London - (BACP accredited)

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I abide by the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

I have worked and managed various counselling agencies and charities supporting individuals and couples through bereavement, trauma, communication difficulty, intimacy and I am currently working in private practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


Fees: £70 for individuals and £100 for couples

Duration: 50 mins - weekly sessions

I prefer payment after session and cancellation fee is the cost of the session if less than a week's notice is given. The more notice you can give me the better, i will do the same regarding holidays etc.

Further information

Client Feedback:

"Umaa is warm and friendly and instantly put me at ease. She is compassionate, non judgemental and empathic."  J - 33 sessions

"She listens carefully and what she picks up; she feeds back in a gentle, caring manner."     
M - 12 sessions

"She made me feel safe and secure. She listens attentively and helped me to control my anxiety. Highly recommended." 
V - 53 sessions

What is Gestalt?
There is no fixed method or one size fits all solution. Gestalt is about working in the present but does not exclude the past. It is noticing body sensations and tensions and by raising awareness of the body we can become better equipped to self care.

I welcome any questions you may have.

Maps & Directions

London, EC2A

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Daytime and weekend slots available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults