mindfulness + compassion-focused psychotherapist + counsellor in London
Lokadhi is a mindfulness-based + compassion-focused therapist + mindfulness trainer based in central + north London
Therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion can help us unfold to become our true selves. I am a psychotherapist incorporating mindfulness and compassion-based approaches in my work - practising from the City Therapy Rooms in Holborn, London EC4 and Barnsbury Therapy Rooms in Islington, London N1.
I provide both long-term therapy and time-limited counselling, depending on your situation and needs. I'm also a teacher and trainer, offering courses and workshops in mindfulness and compassion-focused approaches in Highbury and Islington, north London.
I have a deep belief in the potential of mindfulness and self-compassion to bring greater richness and awareness into everyday life. Mindfulness and self-compassion are powerful and effective vehicles for change: by being more present with our actual experience, and turning towards it with compassion, we are more able to embrace change.
A longstanding mindfulness and self-compassion meditation practice inspires, informs and supports every aspect of my life – including, implicitly, my work as a psychotherapist and counsellor. Where appropriate, I bring these approaches explicitly into this work.
I’m also one of relatively few people specifically trained to deliver both mindfulness and compassion-based approaches as an aspect of counselling and psychotherapy.
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.
something about me ...
Before training as a therapist I had a career in the City and spent some years as a visual artist and curator; I’ve run my own business, worked in corporate, private and voluntary organisations and as a student counsellor – and really understand what it’s like to feel pressured or pulled in different directions.
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. Inspired by the patience and kindness of therapists and meditation teachers who helped me through my own emotional pain and chronic illness, I combine mindfulness, self-compassion and psychosynthesis - an integrated therapeutic model that draws on the imagination - in my work. I’ve taught mindfulness and compassion-based approaches for more than 20 years and have practised as a therapist for well over a decade.
Creativity and the arts are important aspects of my life. When I can, I spend time in wild, open spaces, especially amongst mountains.
My name, Lokadhī, (pronounced “Low-ka-dhee”, with the emphasis on the first and last syllables) is Buddhist and has various meanings in Sanskrit, including “She who understands the world (or suffering); she who is moving towards the realm of wisdom.”
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. Therapy and a long-standing meditation practice have enabled me to understand myself more fully, help me hold experience – including difficulties – more lightly.
Lokadhī – a Buddhist name – 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 in the accountancy profession.
I’ve also run my own consultancy and worked in the voluntary sector.
Creativity and the arts are important aspects of my life. I have traveled widely. 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 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, compassion 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. Compassion and self-compassion balance mindfulness by gently enabling us to connect with feelings.
Psychosynthesis, mindfulness and compassion complement one another in embracing body awareness and recognising each individual’s creative inner resources for healing and change. Each are central to the approach I offer.
qualifications + 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 Mindfulness Network, and BAMBA (the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches), and trained in the Breathworks mindfulness approach to managing chronic pain and illness. I have also trained in Compassion-Focused Approaches with the Compassionate Mind Foundation.
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:
abuse (domestic and sexual)
addiction and dependency
anxiety (general, social, health, workplace)
bereavement and grief
career and work-related issues
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)
creativity and self-expression
conflict (relational, family, workplace)
crisis (personal, spiritual)
Complex PTSD, developmental trauma
compulsive, addictive and habitual behaviours
concentration, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD
diversity (gender, race, physical, neuro-diversity)
eating disorders, relationship with food
faith and issues relating to spirituality
family issues (parenting, adoption, step-parenting)
gender, LBGQT issues
intrusive or repetitive thoughts
life changes (health, redundancy, retirement, ageing, separation, divorce, ‘empty-nest’)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
one-to-one mindfulness training
pain and illness (chronic, acute, recent diagnosis)
panic attacks, panic episodes
sexual and gender identity, LGBQT issues
relationships (intimate/sexual, romantic, family, workplace)
self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-worth
sexual and/or physical abuse (childhood and adult)
sexuality, gender and LGBTQ issues
stress, overwhelm and burnout
trauma (single incident, developmental)
work/life balance, work-related concerns