Hi, I’m Malla.
You might have found me because you are looking for a therapist for yourself or someone you care about. Finding the right person is really important, in fact, research shows that therapy outcomes are always better when the client works with a therapist they trust and value. I hope this page gives you a better idea of who I am, and what it might be like to work with me.
My interest in the human mind, and curiosity about what makes us who we are, was the factor that led me to therapeutic practice. I'd always known that we have the ability to change, but I didn't know how.
My training as a counsellor and psychotherapist confirmed that change is possible if we are given the right tools and a supportive environment. I have seen in my the past, and now in my work, how a lack of those two elements can lead to serious difficulties. My goal is to help my clients find what works for them, with my compassionate support, and through that journey empower them to live a more satisfying life.
My core training is in person-centred therapy, which aligns with my belief that we are all capable of living more authentically and happily with ourselves. When it is beneficial to the client, I incorporate elements of other modalities into my practise - I am interested in polyvagal theory and body-oriented approaches. Learning how our bodies react to the stresses we face can be a very useful way to raise awareness and reduce shame about what happens to us when things are difficult.
In addition to my private practice, I work in the NHS and bereavement and loss counselling services, and I have conducted research with the University of Chester on the therapeutic approach to working with clients who have different spiritual beliefs than their therapists. I've experienced working with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and sexual, gender and faith identities.
Before training as a counsellor and psychotherapist, my professional experience came from the creative industries. I have previously helped clients through dance and movement therapy and seen the positive effects of that on people with learning difficulties. I’ve also had the good fortune to live and work in a number of different countries, giving me first-hand knowledge of the cultural, social, and personal opportunities, as well as the numerous challenges that come with it.
I believe that by learning our own story, and the events and people that have shaped it, is what ultimately sets us free and enables us to live according to our values, with increased compassion and understanding towards ourselves. It is never too late to start again and learn how to deal with the challenges that life throws at us.
Inclusivity is my core value. Your race, colour, ethnicity, gender, sexual and relationship orientation, religion, age, ability and socio-economic background are all parts of you. I strive to keep on top of educating myself in the current conversation and welcome you to correct me if I may hold a prejudice I am not aware of. I hope that my service affirms the dignity, worth and value of every individual.
MA Clinical Counselling, University of Chester, graduated with Distinction
PG Diploma in Clinical Counselling, University of Chester
Certificate in Clinical Counselling, University of Chester
Counselling Concepts and Skills Development, University of Chester
Continuing Professional Development
I have completed an ACTO approved Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling in 2020.
Other courses that inform how I practice include 'Working with psychosexual issues', 'Race, culture & antidiscrimination', 'Pluralistic approach to therapy', 'Working with self-harm and self-injury in counselling and psychotherapy' and 'Shame in counselling and psychotherapy'. I am trained to work with suicidal ideation and keep updating my knowledge in other areas as part of my continuing professional development.
I am a registered member of the BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions.