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I currently offer hybrid appointments that include face to face and online platforms.
Welcome, my name is Umaa Thampu. I am currently working in private practice while also teaching Diploma Counselling Course at The Gestalt Centre in London.
My passion lies in raising body awareness and supporting others through their interpersonal dynamics and internal conflicts. I work with my clients in a confidential environment that is not based on assumptions and fosters a spirit of curiosity and openness.
I have gained over 10 years’ experience in mental health settings including managing a local community counselling organisation. I have honed the ability to help clients create meaning and understanding when faced with challenging experiences in their lives.
In addition, I hold a strong commitment to provide a person-centred approach which empowers individuals through awareness and growth. There is no fixed method or one size fits all solution so I remain client-led through offering a therapeutic service which is unique to each individual’s needs.
The Gestalt approach involves working in the present but does not ignore the influences of the past. As a Gestalt therapist, I am keen to understand patterns and stuck loops of behaviour. I believe that raising self-awareness gives clients more autonomy and choice in their lives which allows them to thrive. Gestalt therapy focuses on noticing body sensations and tensions. By raising awareness of the body, we can become better equipped to take care of ourselves.
I am a BACP accredited counsellor and a member of BAATN (Black, African and Asian Therapy Network). I adhere to both organisations core values and code of ethics..
To gain more of a sense of how I work please look my website: www.talkingwithUmaa.com
Areas of interest
Body stress and trauma
Cross cultural themes
Healing the hurt connected to racism
Feeling Alone, Loneliness and Solitude
Exploration of the Gender Construct
Identity and sexuality
Life changing events
Understanding the impact of shadism, colourism on self esteem
Stress including burnout
Grief work and loss
Preparing for a plant medicine journey and integrating the impact of psychedelic experiences.
Affiliations / memberships
BAATN (Black, African and Asian Therapy Network)
Other ways of contacting me
I can be contacted directly using Skype. My Skype ID is: umaa.counsellor
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Counselling session - (>50)