Punam Sood BA MSc

EMDR Consultant, Psychotherapist, Supervisor & Organisational Consultant

Therapy with me is about transformation, connecting to a way of being where hope rather than the hurts you have experienced shape your future.

There is hope after despair and many suns after darkness – Rumi


I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, EMDR consultant, supervisor and organisational consultant, with over 30 years clinical experience offering: individual and group therapy, supervision and consultation to the National Health Service (Tavistock and Portman NHS, Kings College, Institute Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital, West London Mental Health NHS), and voluntary sector. I have worked with a variety of client groups, with a complex history of clinical severity across a range of care settings.

At its heart, therapy with me is about looking at adaptive ways to address past hurts and challenges, to enable the possibility of living life by creating a new narrative. Yesterday is gone and its tales told. Today new seeds are growing. – Rumi

Most causes of psychopathology results from the individuals unwilled and unwanted aloneness in the face of overwhelming emotions. Diana Fosha

About Me

The diversity of my rich, cultural background is reflected in the multiplicity of work and trainings I have undertaken. I use a relational, integrative approach, that is inclusive in addressing and assimilating the mind, body, emotions and for some spiritual beliefs.  I am particularly interested in the latest research on polyvagal theory, brain plasticity, body psychotherapy, meditation and incorporate this into my work with you.

EMDR Europe – Consultant Psychotherapist, Supervisor

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. In my work, I use it as an effective treatment to address many issues arising in therapy. EMDR has recently been supported by the National Health Services and World Health Organisation as an effective treatment for trauma. I run supervision groups for services and clinicians, supporting them in the certification process.

I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, who come to me presenting with a diverse range of problems. As a fully qualified psychotherapist, I am a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and abide by their code of ethics.

The wound is where the light enters – Rumi

How having therapy with me works?

Initial Assessment

I start my work with an initial assessment that usually lasts for 50 minutes, regardless of whether I am working with an individual, couple or family. Towards the end of the assessment, we collaboratively decide on the number and frequency of sessions.

I often link up with other professionals to provide a care package if needed and will always refer clients on for specialist help if I can’t assist them.

A problem shared…

Fundamental to my work is to provide a safe, confidential space to establish trust, explore and resolve the self-limiting beliefs a person presents with. The therapeutic space is a fertile space, a mirror, reflecting the wounds and challenges a person has experienced. Our work is to create change and healing.

It is in having a safe therapeutic alliance that the person is safe to explore and take risks; knowing that they exist in the mind and heart of an empathic, attuned and self-possessed other

D. Fosha 2020

Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure – Rumi

What kind of problems I work with?

People come to me for help with a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported by psychotherapy.

Abuse, Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, managing life change, Depression, Eating Disorders, Feeling unfulfilled, Hopelessness, Identity, Illness, Isolation, Relationship difficulties. Panic attacks – Generalised anxiety disorder, Parenting, Performance anxiety, Personal growth, PTSD, Personality disorders Self-esteem, Stress, Sexuality, Trauma, Work related issues, etc.

Accrediting organisations

  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP)
  • British Association for Psychoanalytical & Psychodynamic Supervisors (BAPPS)
  • EMDR UK, Ireland & Europe. (EMDR India- life member)

Academic History

Surrey University MSc Supervision & Organizational Consultation

WPF – Roehampton University Diploma Supervision (BAPPS) (UKCP)

Chiron Centre  Integrative Psychotherapist (UKCP, CABP)Biodynamic Massage

York University BA Honors Politics Plater College, Oxford                                              

Oxford University Diploma Social Administration, Psychology, Philosophy & Quantitative Methods

Additional trainings:

West London Mental Health NHS Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Institute of Psychiatry – Family Therapy  

Kings College – Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing. Trainer – Alexandra Richman

Body Psychotherapy, Working with PTSDBabette Rothschild, Parts 1-3

Workshops presented

  • Meditation
  • Eating disorders using EMDR
  • Mindfulness
  • Working with trauma and complex PTSD – compassion fatigue
  • Using body psychotherapy in the relationship
  • Dialoging with the Inner child
  • Building Resilience
  • Living with gratitude

Clinical Roles

Information for clinicians and organisations looking to develop: clinical or leadership skills, increase motivation and performance, manage difficult relationships and improve wellbeing at work

March 2020 -present   Frontline Collaboration Against Covid-19      Psychotherapist

Offering free psychotherapy to frontline workers whose mental health is impacted by treating patients presenting with Covid-19.

June 2019-Jan21         Bromley, Croydon Women’s Aid        Group Supervisor

Facilitate and run reflective practice groups for frontline staff and managers working with vulnerable groups: refugees, young people, Japanese community, LGBT and vulnerable men.

May 2018 – Oct 2018 Freedom from Torture Clinical Group Supervisor             

Run supervision groups for family and group psychotherapists managing the complex needs of torture survivors and refugees.

Oct 2017 – Apr 2018 Ashiana             Organisational Consultant

My role was to promote well-being, motivate staff to achieve their objectives, improve work dynamics and productivity. Aid in problem-solving and strategic planning.

2013 – Apr 2018 Ashiana       Supervisor                                                       

Offer clinical supervision to managers working with working with victims of domestic violence, refuges, FGM, forced and honour- based violence.

Jul 2015 – Jul 2016 Clinical Coordinator / Psychotherapist Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Manager and clinical supervisor. Facilitate joint consultations with member agencies. Support service development. Supervise clinical staff, provide treatment to complex patients presenting with: personality disorders, medically unexplained symptoms and psychopathology.

May 2012 – Jan 2016 Group Supervisor Waterloo Multi-ethnic Counselling   

Run supervision groups for clinicians working with: dual diagnosis: depression, PTSD, personality disorders, anxiety and torture.

July 2019 -Dec 2020   Individual Supervisor Minster Centre

Jan 2011 – May 2013 Individual Supervisor IKWRO Women’s Rights and Solace Women’s Aid

support supervisees to deliver an effective and ethical client service.

Jan 2011 – April 2013 Monitoring Group      Lead psychotherapist

Individual and group therapy offered to victims of hate crimes. Devised organisational policies and procedures.  Offer outreach work and consultation to member organisations.

Sep 2011 – Jan 2013 West London Centre for Counselling Group Supervisor

Run supervision groups to trainee psychotherapists providing treatment for IAPT services.

2011 – Nov 2011 Organisational Consultant Institute Clinical Research

Facilitate a consultation program on team building and leadership. Deliver a timely and robust management plan ; making recommendations for structural and strategic changes leading to a more productive work environment.

May 2004 – Dec 2010 West London Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust Senior Psychotherapist

Treat patients diagnosed with eating disorders. Liase with national networks,  focus on prevention and management. Implement NICE guideline. Develop innovative group work.

Oct 1999- June 2006     Ealing Primary Care Trust Psychotherapist

Offering brief therapy within a primary care setting.

Jan 2002 – Sep 2000 Traumatic Stress Service – South London & Maudsley NHS Psychotherapist

Provide assessment and treatment for PTSD, dissociative disorders, refugees, survivors of torture, victims of human trafficking and those diagnosed with personality disorders.

June 1996- May 2004  Asian Women’s Counselling Service Psychotherapist

Psychological treatment offered to women from the South Asian community. Conduct research, raise awareness amongst professionals and community groups.

Sep 1999 – Sep 2001 Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College Honorary Psychotherapist

Individual and group therapy offered to adults. Participate in family eating disorder programmes. Contribute towards training and research carried out by the Institute.

Feb 94 – Sept 02 Qalb Mental Health Centre Jan 97 – June 98 EACH Alcohol Counselling Services

Nov 93 – Dec 94 WACS Alcohol Counselling Service Feb 93 – Aug 93 Oxford Cyrenians Deputy Manager

October 91 – Aug 93  Sahara Asian women’s refuge.

Get in touch

My practice is based in the heart of Waterloo, close to a number of tube stations.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how psychotherapy works, or whether I am the right therapist to help. You can also call me on 0207 2619886 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first.

Email: [email protected]

My fees are charged on a sliding scale, reduced for charitable organisations.

Referrals: Self, friends, General practitioner, insurance companies and professionals involved in the care of a person.

I am registered with GDPR/Data Protection Act 2018 – to ensure your data is kept safe.

I offer online zoom sessions 

Recognised as an accredited psychotherapist with a number of insurance companies

Languages spoken Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu.

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