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Vannakum and Welcome

I value the courage and commitment that is needed to embark on the therapeutic process. 

Our feelings are information and at times feel unbearable or overwhelming. In therapy, having a dedicated reflective space will enable you to make sense of them.

As therapist John Bradshaw writes, "Anger is a boundary that guards us. Fear is telling us to go slowly and carefully. Sadness helps us complete things and recognise that life is a profound farewell. " 


My name is Umaa Thampu Dip.Couns MBACP (Accred). and I am an accredited, ethical and independent Gestalt Counsellor

Currently, I enjoy working in private practice with couples, individuals and groups. I lecture on the Diploma in Counselling course at The Gestalt Centre, London. I am a group facilitator on the Challenge of Racism workshop and mentored by Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga.

I am the co founder of Our Identity with my colleague Darren Nelson. We offer a series of experiential workshops that enable participants to grow and enrich their facilitation and interpersonal relationships via groupwork.

Groupwork can be challenging and is also the quickest way to developing skills in the following:

  • Understand group dynamics.

  • Develop key skills in facilitating.

  • Expand ability in how to confront, assert and negotiate in groups.

  • Build on communication styles during challenge and conflict

I am excited to share with you, my news regarding my written chapter "The Power of A Name" in the upcoming BAATN book - Therapy in Colour: Intersectional, Anti- Racist and Intercultural Approaches by Therapists of Colour.

Published on 18th May 2023 and order your copy here. 


I am also presenting my chapter "Power of A Name" :

Sunday June 4th - in person - click below

Book Launch of Therapy in Colour

Friday 14th July - online - click below

Online Events Workshop

Themes that we can work on:
  • Anxiety

  • Body stress and trauma

  • Cross Cultural themes

  • Healing the hurt connected to Racism and other intersecting oppressions.

  • Feeling Alone, Loneliness and Solitude

  • Identity and sexuality

  • Life changing events

  • Understanding Shadism on development of self - esteem 

  • Relationship Issues 

  • Suicide ideation

  • Stress including burnout

  • Grief work and loss

  • Preparing for a plant medicine journey and integrating the effect of psychedelic experiences.



How and why did you become a therapist?

During my time volunteering at a Sydney based LGBTQIA+ charity, I was inspired to begin my therapy training. I am grateful for the insight and experience.

How much experience do you have?

I have been working with clients for over a decade and this includes managing a local counselling service, providing workshops for survivors of CSA in the Tamil community.

What do you like about being a therapist?

My passion is strengthening people's well- being and to help make meaning. I offer a transformational space to be curious and creative.

What to expect and what is on offer?

My role is to highlight how many options you have by offering a fresh perspective. My practice is influenced by respecting ancestral indigenous practices and includes Gestalt concepts, family constellations and inner child work.  My approach enables you to connect to your internal wisdom, amplify mind - body connection and spot blocks that hinder the expansion of your potential.

I utilise a trauma informed lens and strive to work ethically by recognising fixed Gestalts (habitual patterns) in relation to the ongoing impact of social constructs.


The goal of Gestalt therapy is to raise awareness .I walk alongside you and respect you as a unique person.

I am a member of BAATN (Black, African and Asian Network) and follow their core values which can be 

found hereI am committed to continuing professional development and I adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics.


Next steps: 

Fill the form below, then we arrange a time for a 15 minute free Zoom intro chat to see if I am the right counsellor for what you need.


Book an Appointment

If you would like to know more, get in touch and I aim to respond within 24 hours.


+ 44 (0) 7954 344 248


London Bridge - UK 

Kings Cross - UK


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