mindfulness therapist in London
Lokadhi is a mindfulness therapist and mindfulness trainer in north London
I am a mindfulness therapist based at the Barnsbury Therapy Rooms in North London, providing both long-term therapy and time-limited counselling – depending on your situation and needs. I'm also a mindfulness teacher and trainer, offering courses and workshops in Highbury and Islington. Therapy and mindfulness can both help us unfold to become our true selves.
I have a deep belief in the potential of mindfulness to bring greater richness and awareness into everyday life. Paradoxically, mindfulness is a powerful and effective vehicle for change: by being more present with our actual experience, we are more able to embrace change.
Mindfulness is central to my life and how I work. A longstanding meditation practice inspires, informs and supports every aspect of my life – including, implicitly, my work as therapist and counsellor. I’m also one of very few people specifically trained in mindfulness as an aspect of counselling and psychotherapy. Where appropriate, I bring mindfulness explicitly into this work.
I hope this website will answer the questions you may have about what I do.
If my approach appeals to you, please get in touch.
who I am
My own journey of self-exploration grew from a sense of dissatisfaction with the way I was responding to my life – a recognition that I was unhappy.
Lokadhī has various meanings in Sanskrit, including “She who understands the world, or suffering; she who is moving towards the realm of wisdom”.
My background is as an artist and curator, and in the City of London where I had a career in recruitment, training and management development.
I’ve also worked part-time as a student counsellor at a London university, and have run my own business.
Creativity and the arts are important aspects of my life. When I can, I spend time in wild, open spaces – especially amongst mountains.
what I do
I trained in psychosynthesis, an integrative therapeutic model which works from the perspective that our true potential is trying to emerge through our experiences of distress.
I offer individual counselling and therapy from the Barnsbury Therapy Rooms in north London (close to Highbury and Islington and Angel, N1).
I facilitate therapy groups in north London and run an ongoing mindfulness group for therapists and health professionals committed to bringing mindfulness into their own work.
how I came to do what I do
Inspired by the patience and kindness of meditation teachers and therapists who helped me through my own emotional pain, I've combined mindfulness and psychosynthesis in my work.
Psychosynthesis harnesses the imagination and creativity. It integrates aspects of humanistic and phenomenological psychology, drawing on techniques from gestalt and other compatible theoretical models of therapy.
Mindfulness helps us be more fully present with our experience, to meet difficulty by responding rather than reacting, and to be more fully engaged with the richness and complexity of our lives.
Psychosynthesis and mindfulness complement one another in embracing body awareness and recognising each individual’s creative inner resources for healing and change. Both are central to the approach I offer.
qualifications and training
I have extensive theoretical and experiential training and am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) whose ethical and professional codes I observe.
I hold postgraduate diplomas (PGDip.) in mindfulness-based approaches for which I studied for five years and in psychosynthesis counselling. I’m a registered teacher with the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers, listed with the Mental Health Foundation (Be Mindful), and trained in the Breathworks mindfulness approach to managing chronic pain and illness.
In recent years our understanding of the role played by brain and body in relation to emotional problems has increased dramatically. To keep my professional approach fresh, and to support the intuitive development of my work within a clear theoretical framework, I’m committed to attending frequent continuing professional development (CPD) courses and retreats.
I’m in regular supervision with both a psychosynthesis-trained practitioner and a mindfulness supervisor. I'm myself trained as a mindfulness supervisor through the Centre of Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), world-leading centre of excellence in this field. I am fully conversant with, and my courses comply with the Bangor/Oxford/Exeter good practice guidelines for the teaching of mindfulness-based approaches and with those of NICE (National Institute for Health Care Excellence).
areas I work with
With lengthy experience in addressing stress-related issues, I also specialise in psychosomatic difficulties, as well as supporting clients in coming to terms with:
anxiety and panic
bereavement and grief
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)
compulsive and addictive behaviours
gender and sexual identity
pain and illness