Welcome Everybody

EK Therapy was founded in response to the outrage that I and the Sikh Community felt when various sexual abuse allegations by community preachers were uncovered. I felt a great pull to “do something”, which led to the formation of EK Therapy.

There is a great need to understand more about Mental Health and Wellbeing in Sikh spaces. There’s an even greater need for Mental Health Clinicians to understand the needs of the Sikh Community, to offer a tailored, Ethnocentric and Gurmat approach to healing.

Though I’m at the very start of my journey, I acknowledge the profound impact that language barriers or cultural misunderstanding can have on individuals’ interactions with Clinicians and Professionals.

EK Therapy hopes to soften some of these barriers and create an environment where you feel a part of you is understood, without having to explain it. Equally, I appreciate and am willing to learn about the nuances of our Community, the variations of background and experiences, which makes us all unique. EK Therapy is a non-judgemental and honest service, free of presumptions and expectations.

Clinical Experience

I work integrative in practice and pull upon theories from Creative Arts Psychotherapy and Drama Therapy (informed by Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Play and Drama/Theatre); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Parts-Therapy, Dyadic and Trauma-Informed Practice.

I have facilitated 1:1 and/or group therapy in:​

  • Specialist Youth Offending Service with young sexual offenders.

  • Locked rehab hospital for adults with a co-morbidity of Mental Health needs (e.g. Psychosis and Schizophrenia), Learning Disabilities and Neurodevelopmental needs. I also co-facilitated DBT-informed Skills Group in this role.

  • CBT-informed Drama Therapy in a Tier 2 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for young people with mild-moderate Mental Health needs, like self-harm/regulation/esteem issues.

  • A low-secure unit (Tier 4 CAMHS) with adolescents sectioned under the Mental Health Act, histories of Complex Trauma and diagnoses of Emerging Personality Disorders and Reaction to Severe Stress (early PTSD). Additionally, I offered DBT-informed Skills Groups on the unit.

I currently facilitate 1:1 and/or group therapy in:​

  • The Looked After Children Team (Tier 3 CAMHS), working specifically with Complex and Attachment Trauma. These repeated traumatic experiences are of pervasive and interpersonal nature such as chronic abuse or neglect. I am also developing a pathway for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) within this role.

  • The Emotional and Behavioural Team (Tier 3 CAMHS) working with a spectrum of emotional needs, including anxiety and depression, learning needs and trauma.

Qualifications and Registrations

  • BA Acting (Hons), Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, 2017

  • MA Dramatherapy, University of Derby, 2020

  • Covid-19: Psychological First Aid, Public Health England, 2020

  • Dramatherapist Full Member, British Association of Dramatherapists, 2020

  • Registered Creative Arts Psychotherapist - Dramatherapist, The Health and Care Professions Council, 2020 (AS 17080)

  • DBT-A Level 1, The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), 2020

  • CBT Essentials, The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), 2021

  • Professional Liability and Indemnity Insurance, Holistic Insurance, 2021

  • GDPR, Information Commissioner’s Office, 2021 (ZB247404)

  • Dyadic Arts Psychotherapy Level One, British Association of Arts Therapists, 2022