Mrs Shanta Batacharia
Job Title: Counsellor
I started working as a counsellor in 1995 and have been in private practice since April 2000. Fascinated by the discipline of counselling I first took an RSA certificate in Person Centred Counselling in 1995, continuing my training with a postgraduate diploma in psychodynamic counselling from Goldsmith College, University of London in 1998. In the same year I completed a specialist certificate in Cross-Culture Counselling at the School of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Regents College London; intensive training designed to provide the tools for working with cultural issues which are sometimes unnoticed. I, I continued my studies at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling accredited by University of Sheffield, where I obtained a postgraduate diploma. I have also taken part in training for working with Eating Disorders at the National Centre for Eating Disorders and completed in-depth professional training in Couples Counselling based on Attachment, at The Tavistock Centre London. As well as providing individual and couples counselling and working with Employee Assistance Programmes, I have organised a number of workshops, obtaining Millennium funding for facilitating a workshop on Eating Disorders and running a Leadership Training workshop organised by King's Fund London. I work at the mental health charity MIND, where I see long term clients with acute mental health problems including schizophrenia, bipolar personality disorder, acute anxiety, suicidal feelings and other mental health problems. I also provide Personal Therapy for Trainee Counsellors. Generally I aim to see the current life situation and the difficulty a person experiences at present time. My main aim is to develop a therapeutic relationship where one feels safe to talk freely without fear of being judged. Although I am trained in CBT,my ways of healing a person is through clear communication where a person feels safe to explore feelings safely, identify the difficulty in their own way and develop strength to deal with the situation. In a way , I help p/ encourage personal growth..