Varsha Punjabi

HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist

DPsych Counselling Psychology


I am a Counselling Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am also a registered counsellor and psychotherapist with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

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I aim to create a space that is safe, respectful, authentic, and collaborative. I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is core to the therapeutic process, and I believe it is crucial we can work together towards empowering you to make the changes you are looking for. I have a warm, collaborative and integrative therapeutic approach, drawing on various psychological models in accordance with your unique needs and goals. It is a priority for me to put your experiences first, to understand your strengths and struggles, and to tailor the work we do together to your needs and goals. I have been trained to apply various psychotherapeutic models in therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-centred Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive-Analytic Therapy (CAT). I offer sessions either online via Microsoft Teams, or face-to-face, depending on your preference. I offer late afternoon and evening appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Starting therapy Deciding to start therapy can feel challenging. For some, it is a big decision and commitment to make. For this reason, I offer a free initial 20 minute conversation by phone or by video conference to answer any questions you have and to help you make an informed decision around starting therapy.

I currently work part-time within an NHS specialist service. My clinical experience to date includes working with adults, families, children, and adolescents both within public health services (NHS) and in mental health charity organisations. Within the NHS, I have worked in a range of services within primary and secondary specialist care services. I have worked with people experiencing a range of issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, phobias, relationship issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and complex trauma. I have also had several years’ experience working as a service manager in residential and supported living services for a UK charity organisation. We supported young people and adults with complex mental health difficulties including those diagnosed with personality disorder and psychosis, and we supported individuals with a forensic history, and those with a history of complex trauma. The main aim was to support our service users to work towards their personalised goals and life aspirations through group therapy and one-to-one work. Training - Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych) - Masters in Counselling for Adults (MA) - BSc (hons) Psychology I am also a qualified yoga teacher, and I am interested in the link between mind and body and supporting people to think about their emotional wellbeing holistically.

Type of Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Therapy (CT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Humanistic
  • Integral Therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Client Type
Type of Session
Long Term (Face to Face)Online TherapyShort Term (Face to Face)