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”I AM NOT DEFINED BY MY SCARS BUT BY THE INCREDIBLE ABILITY TO HEAL."

LEMN SISSAY OBE FRSL

ABOUT
வணக்கம் and Welcome

My name is Umaa Thampu MBACP (accred). I am a qualified Gestalt therapist accredited by the BACP and I have been working independently in the field since 2012.

I deeply appreciate the courage and commitment required to embark on the therapeutic process.

Our emotions provide valuable information, but they can sometimes feel overwhelming. In therapy, having a dedicated reflective space will empower you to make sense of these emotions.

As therapist John Bradshaw wisely states, "Anger serves as a boundary that guards us. Fear advises us to proceed slowly and carefully. Sadness assists us in closure and recognizing that life involves profound farewells."

ABOUT ME

I find enrichment in private practice and delivering presentations. Currently serving as a Legacy Support Worker for , "The Challenge of Racism" workshops, I am under the mentorship of Dr. Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, exploring her concept of the Black Empathic Approach. Additionally, I facilitate seminars for organisations and therapeutic spaces.

1-2-1 Therapy

With a background of working with clients in diverse settings, my commitment lies in promoting well-being and fostering meaning in individuals. I create a space for curiosity and creativity, encouraging you to connect with your internal wisdom, strengthen the mind-body connection, and identify obstacles preventing the realisation of your potential. My goal is to shed light on the available options by providing a fresh perspective.

Couples'  Therapy

In this capacity, my role is to facilitate a transformative dialogue between two people, providing a pathway out of stagnation and conflict.

Collaboratively addressing your challenges can enhance communication, question perceptions, and break entrenched habits that may have developed over time. I specialise in working with various relationship stages, whether it involves navigating exploring :

  • Pre- marital counselling

  • Intimacy and Connection Building

  • Infidelity Recovery and Rebuilding Trust

  • Fostering a renewed understanding of each other

  • Parenting and Co Parenting Support

Writing and Facilitation:

Furthermore, my ongoing initiatives include leading seminars focused on my published chapter, "The Power of A Name," featured in the BAATN Anthology, "Therapy in Colour," released in April 2023.

Therapy in Colour: Intersectional, Anti- Racist and Intercultural Approaches by Therapists of Colour.

Order your copy here. 

Group Work and Seminars .

I facilitate a series of immersive workshops where I include body awareness alongside mind expanding topics.

These workshops are designed to empower participants, fostering personal growth and enhancing facilitation and interpersonal skills through group work.

 

Engaging in group work can be demanding, yet it proves to be the most efficient method for developing skills in the following areas:

  • Developing active listening and deepening understanding the theory of projection.

  • Grasping group relational dynamics.

  • Strengthening the ability to confront, assert, and negotiate within group settings.

  • Enhancing communication styles, particularly during challenging situations and conflicts.

 

Finally, I am committed to continuous professional development, adhering to the BACP Code of Ethics, and proudly hold membership in BAATN (Black, African, and Asian Network), aligning with their core values, ideology, and mission statement. 

For current updates follow me on Instagram or TikTok @Talk2Umaa 

 
UPCOMING EVENTS 2024 
22 March Friday - Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Seminar, "A Gestalt Therapy Approach to the Darker and Lighter Sides of Family Dynamics."
11 April Thursday - Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh - Guest Speaker - in person talk, "Differentiating between the Nuances of Fears and Anxieties
In the Practice of Gestalt Therapy."
20 April Saturday In Person Workshop 10am - 2pm - London Bridge. A Gestalt Perspective on Anger: Transforming Conflict into Connection. For more information and booking details. Email me.
COMPLETED EVENTS 2024 
 
19 January 2024 - BAATN Therapy in Colour Book Talk - Interview with Editorial Team and Seminar on Power of A Name for colleagues at North London Group Therapy.

Themes that we can work on:
  • Anxiety

  • Blocks to Creative Process

  • Body Stress and Trauma

  • Cross-Cultural Themes

  • Healing the Emotional Impact of Racism and Intersecting Oppressions

  • Feelings of Isolation, Loneliness, and Solitude

  • Identity and Sexuality Exploration

  • Intimacy and Connection Building

  • Infidelity Recovery and Rebuilding Trust

  • Coping with Life-Changing Events

  • Understanding the Impact of Shadism on Self-Esteem

  • Relationship Challenges

  • Suicide Ideation Support

  • Stress Management, Including Burnout

  • Grief Work and Loss

  • Preparation for pre, post and Integration of Plant Medicine Journeys, Including DMT, San Pedro, and Ayahuasca Experiences.

FEES  

EXPERIENCE AND APPROACH

How and Why Did You Become a Therapist?

My journey into therapy began during my time volunteering at a Sydney-based LGBTQIA+ charity. The inspiration I drew from this experience prompted me to embark on my therapy training, for which I am profoundly grateful.

How Much Experience Do You Have?

I have been dedicated to working with clients since 2012. This encompasses managing a local counselling service in Balham, lecturing at The Gestalt Centre and also conducting workshops for survivors of CSA in the Tamil community via ANBU UK.

What To Expect And What Is On Offer?

In my role, I strive to broaden your perspective by showcasing the multitude of options available. My practice is influenced by a profound respect for ancestral indigenous practices, incorporating Gestalt concepts, family constellations, inner child work and creatively adapting to neurodiverse needs.

Employing a trauma-informed lens, I am committed to ethical practices, recognising fixed Gestalts (habitual patterns) in relation to the enduring impact of social constructs. The aim of Gestalt therapy is to raise awareness. I walk alongside you, respecting your uniqueness as an individual.

Accessibility:

The building is wheelchair accessible via a portable ramp at the front door and has access to all floors via a lift. There are steps leading to some meeting room. Dedicated accessible bathroom facilities are available on the First Floor, and the Refectory in the Basement is also fully accessible.

Next steps: 

Complete the form below, and we can coordinate a time for a 15-minute complimentary Zoom introductory chat to assess whether I am the right counsellor for your needs.

CONTACT

Book an Appointment

Get in touch and I aim to respond within 48 hours.

PHONE

+ 44 (0) 7954 344 248

ADDRESS

London Bridge - UK

E-MAIL

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