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

LEMN SISSAY MBE

ABOUT

Welcome

Areas of Interest

I am offering hybrid appointments that include face to face and Zoom.

I value the courage and commitment that is needed to embark on a 1-2-1 therapeutic process. 

Our feelings are information and at times feel unbearable or overwhelming. In therapy, having a dedicated safe 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. " 

  • Anxiety

  • Body stress and trauma

  • Cross cultural themes

  • Healing the hurt connected to racism

  • Feeling Alone, Loneliness and Solitude

  • Gender issues

  • Identity and sexuality

  • Life changing events

  • Understanding the impact of shadism, colourism on self esteem 

  • Relationship Issues 

  • Suicide ideation

  • Stress including burnout

  • Grief work and loss

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

ABOUT ME

Welcome, my name is Umaa Thampu and I am an accredited, ethical and independent Gestalt Counsellor Dip.Couns MBACP (Accred). I became a counsellor after being inspired by my own journey as a client.

Currently, I enjoy working in private practice and teaching counselling trainees on the Diploma in Counselling  course at The Gestalt Centre, London.

I am also 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 interpersonal relationships via group workshops.

 

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

  • Achieve insight into personal reactions

  • Advance in capacity to sit in discomfort

  • Upgrade self awareness of past patterns

  • Expand in skills in how to assert and negotiate in groups

  • Build on communication styles during conflict

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

Finally I am excited to share with you, my news regarding my first published piece of work in the upcoming BAATN book - Therapy in Colour: Intersectional, Anti- Racist and Intercultural Approaches by Therapists of Colour. Due to be published in 21st April 2023 and it can be found here to pre-order here. 

FEES  

EXPERIENCE AND APPROACH

I have been working in professional settings for over a decade and my experience includes a diverse mix, such as social services, community based organisations and corporate groups.

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 Gestalt concepts.

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 aim to 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. 

CONTACT

Book an Appointment

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

PHONE

07954 344 248

ADDRESS

Tooley Street, London Bridge

St Pancras Way, Kings Cross

E-MAIL

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