Like many people living in London, I wasn’t born in the UK. I come from a large extended family, which in turn is part of a large community of Gujarati Indian immigrants. Having moved here as a young child meant I had to navigate multiple cultural spaces. This has led to a lifetime of interest in themes of difference and belonging. Community, belonging, the inhabitation of different spaces and the impact that has on one’s identity and feelings of inclusion/exclusion thread through my personal and professional identity.
I hold a Masters Degree and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from the Minster Centre, one of the oldest and most respected integrative training courses in the UK. These qualifications are accredited by Middlesex University. My training has required me to be in personal therapy for six years. I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and am bound by its code of ethics. My work is regularly supervised and I am fully insured. Additonally I am a member of the Black and Asian Therapist Network.
As well as working as a psychotherapist in private practice, I have also managed counselling services in the community, carrying out assessments and recruiting volunteer counsellors. I am currently working as a counsellor with the Amy Winehouse Foundation, providing therapy to women in recovery living in supported accommodation.
I also work in the care and support sector within a large housing association, managing support services for various client groups across London. My work means I understand the needs of a diverse range of people, from those facing homelessness, to older people and individuals suffering severe and enduring mental health. As a result I have worked with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, religions and cultures during my career to date.
Additionally, I have an Masters in Globalisation and International Development, which has led me to understand the interconnectedness of people and communities and the importance of seeing things from different perspectives.