About Jyoti

jyoti 2013 web 8317-16 Lo resolution for web I am a Chartered Psychologist (HCPC and BPS), a Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology and a Founding Member of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (BPS), an Existential Psychotherapist (UKCP and BACP) and a teacher of Mindfulness meditation. My practice is based in Guildford, Surrey.  I also offer sessions by Skype.

I have been practising since 1999 in various settings, including with outpatients in an NHS hospital, and have experience of a wide spectrum of issues, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Obsessive thinking and behaviour
  • Stress (work and life related)
  • Lack of confidence and self esteem
  • Anger management
  • Bullying at work
  • Work and life transitions
  • Expatriate adjustment and cultural issues
  • Spiritual issues
  • Personal growth

My fundamental stance in therapy with my clients is a human encounter that is open to their lived experience. I approach my clients with respect, listen deeply with compassion and in recognition that pain and suffering is a given of existence, and that therapist and client share the human condition common to all.

Teaching and research

Alongside my work as a therapist, I teach Mindfulness and Existential Therapy, and I am on the Visiting Faculty at Regent’s University School of Psychotherapy and Psychology and the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, and I have contributed to the Open University Counselling Course teaching materials. My academic interests extend to research in the area of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and my work has been published in professional journals (please see below and in section on resources).

Mindfulness training

Since 2006 I have been facilitating courses and workshops on Mindfulness in various settings, including:

  • St Thomas’ Hospital London
  • Duke CE London
  • Saddler’s Heath, Devon
  • Guildford Institute
  • Guildford Borough Council
  • British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy (BASRT) Residential Conference at University of Warwick
  • Regent’s College SPCP, London
  • New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London
  • Society for Existential Analysis (SEA), London
  • Society of Psychotherapy (SoP), London


  • MA Degree and Post-MA Diploma in Existential Counselling Psychology (Regent’s College SPCP, City University, London)
  • Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (Regent’s College SPCP, London)
  • Teacher Training in teaching MBSR(Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), and Inter-personal Mindfulness (Centre for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA)
  • Diploma Hypnotherapy (British Medical Hypnotherapy Examinations Board, London)
  • MSc Child Development (University of Delhi, India)


  • Health Professions Council (HCPC)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Senior Accredited Practitioner and Supervisor (BACP).
  • United Kingdom Register of Counsellors (UKRC)
  • British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH)
  • Registered on the Centre for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School, USA list of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) providers worldwide


  • The Society for Existential Analysis (SEA)
  • Society of Psychotherapy (SoP)

Registered Provider

I am a registered provider with leading private insurance companies.

Research & Publications

Nanda, J. (2013) – Mindful Relationships .  Sexual and Relationship Therapy.   London: Routledge (online publication).  (To view article, click link)  14681994.2012 MINDFUL RELATIONSHIPS TAYLOR AND FRANCIS

Nanda, J. (2012). Why mindfulness based existential coaching? In E. Van Deurzen & M. Hanaway (Eds.), Existential perspectives in Coaching (pp. 175-187) . Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Existential-Perspectives-Coaching-Professor-Deurzen/dp/0230293867/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363394298&sr=1-13

Nanda, J. (2010)- Embodied Integration:  Reflections on Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)  And a Case For Mindfulness Based Therapy (MBET) – A Single Case Illustration. In Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis 21.2, January 2010.   (To view article click link below)  http://www.bioenergeticaesocieta.it/docs/53920721.pdf

Nanda, J. (2010) – ‘Mindfulness, nothing special, yet special!’  In Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis 21.1, January 2010

Nanda, J.  (2010) – Audio recording in Mindfulness for Open University Course D240 Counselling: exploring fear and sadness . In M. Barker, A. Vossler and D. Langdridge (Eds.), Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy (Published in association with The Open University) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Understanding-Counselling-Psychotherapy-association-University/dp/1849204764/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363395931&sr=1-1

Nanda, J. (2009) – Mindfulness – A lived Experience of Existential-Phenomenological Themes.  In Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis 20.1, January 2009.

Nanda, J.  (2006) – Knowing It In The Body –‘I Thou’ In Therapeutic Encounter.  In Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis 17.2, July 2006.

Nanda, J. (2006) Behold and Beheld. In Hermeneutic Circular, Newsletter of the Society for Existential Analysis.

Nanda, J. (2005). ‘A Phenomenological Enquiry into the Effect of Meditation on Therapeutic Practice’. In Counselling Psychology Review, 20(1), February 2005. Re-published with permission in Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, 16(2), July 2005. (Presented at the BPS Annual Conference 2002 and at the BPS Transpersonal Conference 2002.) (To view article, click link) http://bps-dcop-uk.s3.amazonaws.com/cpr/cpr_2005_20_1.pdf#page=17

 My Reviews:

Nanda, J. (2013) – Review of Keynote Speech at the Annual Conference of the Society of Existential Analysis 2012 on ‘The Uncertainty of Uncertainty’  by Ernesto Spinelli.  In Hermeneutic Circular, Newsletter of the Society for Existential Analysis, February, 2013

Nanda, J. (2010)  Review of Existential Perspectives on Supervision (eds) E. van Deurzen, and S. Young.  In Hermeneutic Circular, Newsletter of the Society for Existential Analysis, May 2010.

Nanda, J. (2005) – Review of Fifth Annual Conference on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical school, Worcester, USA.  In Hermeneutic Circular, Newsletter of the Society for Existential Analysis, September, 2005.


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