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About Babi

I am a psychotherapist registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), a member of British Psychodrama Association (BPA) and I trained in Psychodrama Psychotherapy at the London Centre for Psychodrama.

I offer long and short-term psychotherapy to individuals and groups. I also run workshops and short term groups for mums and dads, helping them to mark the transition to becoming a parent, and meet the challenges of these new roles. 

I facilitate experiential psychodrama psychotherapy workshops in and around the South East.

I have experience in a range of areas, including antenatal and postnatal difficulties, addiction, anxiety, depression, feeling stuck and directionless, and working with young people.

I value creativity and authenticity as the nourishment that enriches people's experience of life. My aim as a psychotherapist is to be alongside my clients as they explore difficulties in their lives, get to know themselves, and find new ways of responding to difficult situations.

I stay with my clients during their journey, in an empathetic and non-judgemental way, helping them to realise their full potential. At the heart of my practice is the relationship with the client, which has a huge therapeutic potential. I aim to provide a holding and containing environment where a profound exploration can take place.

Clients are welcome to come for a first assessment at a reduced rate, to discuss what concerns bring them to therapy and how we might work together. They are then free to decide if they wish to proceed with therapy.

My approach is Integrative and, although my method is creative, and based on Psychodrama theory, I draw from Psychodynamic principles in my reflections and interventions.

This creative method is an application of psychodrama techniques to 1:1 settings. This encourages the expression of something that words alone can't always provide. It aims at finding ways to define, and make sense of, those emotions that we struggle to understand and express verbally. It offers a way to bring to the surface the emotions and experiences that are sometimes forgotten, but are still stored in the mind and body, and are affecting our present lives. Using creativity in the session is always negotiated with the client as it is not something that is right for all people and therefore there is always the option not to work in this way.

After becoming a mother of two, and meeting quite a few struggling mums, I have developed a strong interest in perinatal mental health. 

In my experience, becoming a mum is life changing, but despite a general expectation that it’s going to be a wonderful time, some parents’ deep and old emotions can be triggered by having a new baby. 

My passion is to help struggling parents during the high challenging pregnancy and post-partum time and work alongside them to make sense of what’s going on in their internal world, to discover how they can relate to their baby, and to enrich their experience in their new role as parents.