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Meet Heena, our new Counselling Psychologist

18 September 2017

Meet Heena, our new Counselling Psychologist

Our new Counselling Psychologist, Heena Chudasama, started at MPW this week. During our induction day on Monday she went round all the tutor groups to introduce herself and explain the services she offers. She also gave them advice and guidance regarding target setting and relaxation techniques.

Who is Heena?

Heena is an Applied and Counselling Psychologist who is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and follows their code of ethics and practice guidelines.  She is also a clinical supervisor and registered on the BPS RAPPS register and as a EuroPsy Psychologist.

What is her approach?

Heena tailors her approach to the needs of the learner. She uses a range of orientations including Cognitive Behavioural, Solution Focused and Person Centred Therapy, for example. Importantly, she integrates her practice to suit the learner’s needs.

When can students see Heena?

Heena will be at the college every Wednesday from 9:00-16:30. Drop in sessions are held on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 11.30am. Heena can be contacted via phone or email. There are posters of her contact details around the college and on the VLE.  Students can book an appointment for themselves in confidence or ask their Personal Tutor to refer them.

What can students get help for?

Amongst other things, support can be sought for:

  • Diagnosed or emerging mental health conditions for students who do not already have support in place.
  • Neurodevelopmental/developmental conditions/issues and sensory sensitivities’
  • Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Loss/Bereavement
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma: physical, sexual, emotional, and verbal abuse, including domestic violence/abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress e.g. as a result of a road traffic accident, early events/trauma
  • Seasonal affective disorder (also known as darkness depression to some)
  • Self Esteem/Confidence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety/Depression/ stress
  • Identity/belonging (cultural, sexuality, transitioning)
  • Substance misuse: e.g. drug and alcohol
  • Eating issues
  • Gambling
  • Chronic pain/illness
  • Cultural issues/cultural assimilation and integration
  • anything else that affects your ability to progress at college

What kind of help does Heena provide?

  • One to one therapy
  • Psychoeducation one to one
  • Group workshops
  • Support planning
  • Debrief following an incident
  • Coaching

What do you mean by confidentiality?

Confidentiality is maintained within sessions unless the psychologist/therapist believe you are at risk to yourself, someone else or from someone else. There are also other situations that may lead to confidentiality being breached. Your therapist will discuss confidentiality with you in more detail in the first session. Please note that Heena will only receive and respond to messages on days she is present at MPW.

If a student is in crisis or the matter is urgent and the student is in college we advise that they come straight to see either their Personal Tutor, the Principal, Markus Bernhardt or the Assistant Principal, Joel Rickard. Markus and Joel are MPW’s designated safeguarding team.