Devang Vaidya Counselling and Psychotherapy
in Highbury and Islington, London

My practice, experience and training

In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth? - Carl Rogers

My practice

I am in independent practice as counsellor and psychotherapist, and teach occasionally as a visiting lecturer. I have worked within the NHS, community counselling services, and settings tailored for people with mental health and learning difficulties. I offer clinical supervision (individually and in small groups) to counsellors and psychotherapists of various disciplines.

I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and registered as psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and work within their ethical framework. I am also a member of the Metanoia Institute, World Association of Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling (WAPCEPC) and the Society of Existential Analysis (SEA).

My practice is supervised by qualified and experienced psychotherapists. I am continually involved in my own personal and professional development.

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My education and training

I have studied and trained in person-centred, existential and body-oriented approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. This includes:

- 4-year post-graduate study in Person-Centred Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute
- 4-year study in Deep Bodywork & Postural Integration (Body Psychotherapy) at Entelia Institute
- 1-year training in Somatic Trauma therapy with Babette Rothschild.

I have attended further trainings in Couples and Family Relations Work, Existential Supervision, Fragile Process (Traumatic Dissociation), and Focusing.

I have taught person-centred, psychoanalytic, existential, body-oriented, and critical psychopathology - theory and practice - on counselling and psychotherapy training for over ten years, and run clinical seminars and supervision groups in academic and clinical settings.

I have presented at various psychotherapy conferences and symposia on the themes of:

* beyond doubt and uncertainty
* the paradox of becoming and belonging
* the present age of sickness unto death
* how to get a philosopher right
* existential authenticity and moral sensibility
* epiphanies of delight - might we enjoy what is good for us?
* ecstatic nature of music and pathos-filled existential transitions
* eros on the horizons of the desiring body
* existential roots of personhood in person-centred therapy
* non-directivity re-visited: therapy as works of love
* ontology of psychological incongruence
* existential affectivity and embodying the 'Absurd'
* be-coming and be-longing: a personal encounter
* the existential crisis facing modern existential therapy
* the ironies of race relations
* therapeutic love as a Socratic task
* therapists' therapy
* existence exceeds essence / reality is weird!
* radical hope in the present age
* significance of indirect communication in existential therapy
* what might it mean to love one's fate

Other qualifications include university studies in philosophy, economics, psychology, law, and business management, and non-academic professional trainings in systems analysis and design, project management, leadership, and organisational and interpersonal skills.

In life letting be is as important as mastering. Our tradition has encouraged us to be effective, to make or fabricate, but not to let be born, or to simply, let be. - Luce Irigaray

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