I am a BACP registered integrative counsellor. This means I work with what you know and can tell me about yourself, your experiences and your history, to uncover the roots of your concerns. I have good clinical experience working as a counsellor with a diverse range of clients within the NHS and private practice.
I value your uniqueness that stems from the diversity of your personal experiences and understanding. I understand that therapy is different for everyone and is an empowering space where you can explore your feelings and work through your emotions to gain valuable insight. I believe that the emotional quality of the therapeutic relationship matters the most in enabling you to understand your own life story, find your solution and heal, rather than specific techniques. Therefore, the relationship between you and I is central to my approach as I aim to provide a warm, safe, welcoming and non-judgemental space in which you can feel acknowledged and heard.
You might feel anxious coming to counselling for the first time which might cause you to worry what to say. I provide the space for you to talk and, together with you, we explore what brought you to counselling, what’s happening in your life, your needs and challenges, what changes you would like to make and what is holding you back.
I am dedicated to inclusive counselling; valuing the uniqueness of each other whilst recognising the differences we bring, as therapist and client, to the therapeutic relationship. As a client you get to decide if you want short-term therapy (between 6-12 sessions) or long-term/open-ended therapy sessions.
Integrative therapy with Raja
My integrative approach to counselling draws on concepts from the psychodynamic and person-centred models of therapy. By talking and thinking about the different aspects of your life and by exploring your relationships, unconscious themes and patterns start to emerge. This allows you to better understand your own unique experience, history and narrative which can lead to self-awareness and a deeper insight into your personal story. Additionally, therapy enables you to make different choices through understanding where you are at and exploring your thoughts and feelings.
I believe that we are born congruent, able and resourceful and that therapy works best in a reparative and reflective relationship. Working together, I will help you to explore the underlying issues that you struggle with, which could be based on childhood experiences, that withholds you from experiencing more fulfilling relationships. I will also aim to help you create a new perspective, find ways of relating to internal conflicts and achieve a balance, discover and develop new ways of approaching life; with less influence from the old patterns that have contributed to your distress and suffering in the present.
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I also have an MA in Psychology.
Languages other than English
£60 per 50 minute session