Deepti RamaswamyEMDR psychotherapist
Hi, and thanks for stopping by. I guess if you are here, things aren’t going according to plan? It happens and sometimes, getting some support can help you get things moving in the right direction again.
I came into psychotherapy after several years working with children and adolescents with social, emotional and behavioural problems. I noticed a common thread in all the children I worked with - a history of traumatic experiences that led to difficulties managing their emotions that result in anger, difficulty controlling their impulses and behavioural outbursts.
This led me to train to be a psychotherapist and I have worked in various settings such as Eating Disorders, Primary Care, CAMHS, the Prison Service and in the Humanitarian Sector in the Middle East and South-East Asia. Again I saw a similar pattern of people presenting with difficulties such as depression, anxiety and stress that were rooted in intense experiences that left them feeling helpless and out of control. I also found that people coped with these often overwhelming experiences in the best way they knew how - by resorting to self-harm, self-induced vomiting, cutting off from their emotions, restricting their eating or overindulging, turning to alcohol, drugs, violence or gambling as a means to step away from these emotions and regain control.
The need to feel you have control your life is very important to a person and often people come to therapy when they feel out of control of their emotions, circumstances and experiences. I often hear people say things were ok and that now they don’t feel like themselves, they don’t feel as capable as before, they feel out of control and feel helpless and frustrated due to what is happening to them. If this sounds like something you might be experiencing, I would like to help.
I work by integrating CBT and EMDR, with other modalities to help address the root causes of the difficulties, while also helping you regain your balance in the present. We do this together, by empowering you to make the changes you need to make and accept what is truly out of your control to lead a meaningful life. I work collaboratively - imagine a Driver and a Navigator. You are the Driver and you set the destination. As the Navigator, I will do everything in my power to support you and provide you with directions and interventions that can help you reach your destination.
If you are reading this, I suspect you are contemplating changes, but you might be stuck, struggling or unsure of how to go about it. Perhaps get in touch for a 20 minute conversation to see if I can help.
How we make sense of experiences and challenges varies depending on our previous experiences, culture, religion, background and social norms. I enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds and find I can quickly develop an effective therapeutic relationship with people that supports them in their therapy process.
I work online using Zoom, which allows both my clients and I, the flexibility to provide and access support when and where required. The thought of online therapy, especially EMDR might sound strange. But experience suggests that it is as effective as therapy in person. People often say the experience is more intimate and being at home, surrounded by familiar, comforting things allows them to be more vulnerable, speak more openly as they are less anxious about judgement and face things they have previously been unable to.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
If you feel that you would benefit from what I offer, please get in touch and we can discuss options. I am happy to offer intensive EMDR (multiple sessions on the same day or multiple sessions over a few days) as I have found it can provide rapid relief for people keen to focus on a specific issue and overcome it.
Given the current COVID-19 crisis and the uncertainty and worry that it is causing, I am offering free sessions to NHS staff and reduced sessions to others to enable people to access the support they need through this difficult time.
Training and qualifications
I have a Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.
I have completed the Foundation and Intermediate Levels of Training in Systemic Practice.
I am an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner and Accredited Consultant/Supervisor. I also have additional training in Attached Informed EMDR.
I am a trained Schema Therapist.
I have also had training in and draw on third wave approaches such as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, DBT and Cognitive Analytic Therapy and draw on these as well as other modalities and philosophies to develop a personalised approach for each individual.