Varinder Samra. AIfl, CLS (Open), MBACP (Registered)
I offer facetime, WhatsApp and skype counselling during the COVID-19 Pandemic, in line with governing body guidelines.
I am a male therapist serving the Bedfordshire area including Luton and Dunstable, and I am available nationally via Facetime, Whatsapp and Skype.
My philosophy is that therapy should be available to all who need it, which is why I am willing to work weekdays, weekends and evenings. I am bi-lingual (English and Punjabi), warm, compassionate and non-judgmental. My pricing policy reflects my ethos of making therapy available to all, regardless of income. A sliding scale exists, so please call for further details.
My professional orientation is psychodynamic, phenomenological and existential. I feel motivated towards this approach as I believe it encourages the experience of life as a unique individual. This philosophical approach often encompasses a journey of personal exploration and growth that seeks to assist individuals in finding the answers for themselves.
Within my practice, I offer a formal and professional relationship that is integrated and authentic. This service is confidential and attempts to accommodate individuals with ways of working which can encourage the development of self-awareness and self-responsibility. My personal philosophy incorporates the provision of a safe environment from which individuals can explore their thoughts, emotions, experiences and perceptions within framework of acceptance.
I have experience of assisting with anxiety, phobias, depression, addiction and many other areas of distress. I have previous experience of working at a residential rehabilitation centre and I am fully aware of modern addiction treatment methods. I like to introduce existential and spiritual aspects within my practice. Mindfulness and physical wellbeing are cornerstones upon which I build my practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Registered, Experience with working with addicts at a residential rehabilitation centre. Providing one to one therapy and group therapy. Using a range of techniques, the 12 step program, CBT and incorporating an integrative model.
The University of Oxford, (Ewart House). Existential Therapy.
Aylesbury University, CPCAP L.5 Psychotherapeutic counselling.
West Thames College, CPCAB L.4 Therapeutic counselling.
Milton Keynes College, CPCAB L.3
The Open University, Law
The University of Wolverhampton. Psychology.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I am aware that finances during these unprecedented times may be stretched, please call and we can negotiate.
I am available Monday to Saturday, AM, PM and Evenings.