Agal, means a small lamp lit with oil and wick, typically used to light up a home. This non- profit organization, was started with the purpose of brightening up the lives of people who are going through dark times.
Agal’s main aim is to strengthen families, like many cultures, the South Asian culture also places a high value on the bonds of the family unit. This view is highlighted in the verse “A cord of three strands is not easily broken”; in this context, it means a family standing hand-in-hand and heart-to-heart can withstand difficult moments and thereby be a positive influence on the community.
The current global climate and particularly the battle against Covid-19, has put severe pressure on families. There are repeated reports in the news about an increase in domestic violence across homes in the UK. Something needs to be done, but "what?" is the question.
Agal was started by a group of professionals with varied educational backgrounds who have decided to volunteer and put their expertise together to help people the best they can. The main services provided by Agal are counselling and emotional support. The volunteers in Agal are available to anyone who might be feeling despaired and lonely. In particular, we believe that people should be given the opportunity to reach out for help without having to worry about finances. Agal operates under a strict commitment to confidentiality as your privacy and security is of utmost importance to us.
Agal, a non- profit- organisation, will give you the opportunity to connect with a counsellor or a psychologist. At initial contact you will be given an assessment and referred to a counsellor or psychologist within Agal. During the initial contact, the assessment co-ordinator will collect all relevant information. Future aspirations for Agal services would be signposting to other professionals such as nutritionists/ dietitians, lawyers and GP’s.
What Agal cannot do is to prescribe medication or give medical advice.
Please feel free to reach out to us - whether it is just to have a chat with someone to put your mind at ease, or if you feel that you may need more long term help but aren’t sure of how to go about starting the process, call or email us and we would be delighted to help.
Who will benefit?
Are you going through emotional trauma, neglect, feeling of anxiety,
depression and an experience that is destroying your self-worth?
We are here for you for whatever is troubling you.
Whatever the reason you’re thinking about counselling, we believe that everyone has the potential to change and grow as a person and counselling can be a way to help you discover your full potential.
Agal offers counselling for clients who are 18 and above. Counsellors are trained to deal with any mental health issues the client wishes to bring into the session.
Counselling empowers an individual to view their problems from a restorative and resolution point of view and not necessarily from a point of separation and break up.
Pathma SantramohanSenior Counsellor BSc (Hons)in CBT, Dip L5 in integrative Counselling.
Pathma is a Counselling Psychotherapist, with extensive experience working with clients experiencing a wide range of needs related to emotional regulation and behaviour change, anxiety, depression, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, or bipolar disorder. Pathma is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Integrative Counselling. Pathma is the co-founder of Agal is passionate to share her expertise for the welfare of the community. Pathma enjoys working collaboratively with clients, tailoring the intervention to each client’s unique presentation, assisting them in overcoming challenges and improving their quality of life in a meaningful and mindful way.
Priscilla UthayaKumarCounselling Psychologist MSc in Counselling Psychology, MA in Childhood and Youth Studies.
Priscilla is a Counselling Psychologist with extensive experience working with both adults and young people with a range of mental health difficulties. Priscilla has worked across community and Secondary school settings both mainstream and SEN(India, UK), with parents, children and young people. She has a particular interest in working with people who struggle to manage their emotions, anxiety and mood disorders, interpersonal difficulties and stress. She is trained in Psychological First Aid, Personality Disorders and Behaviour Therapies.
Marilyn PirabakaranTrainee Counsellor BSc(Hons) in Psychology and Counselling
Marilyn has experience working in international charity. As well as experience of working in many community-related projects with a diverse range of clients in a range of settings, including children and adolescents. As a trainee Counsellor, Marilyn would undertake assessments, including assessment of mental health needs, risk assessment and establish a collaborative working relationship with the client based on trust and respect.
Allan JosephAdvisory Committee (Board Advisor) BSc (Physics), PG Dip in Computer Science and Applications, M.Sc (Computer Science)
Allan guides the vision and strategic direction of the organisation. Being a software professional he leads the technology for the organisation. Allan is a Parent Governor and Safeguarding Governor for a school under London Diocesan Board for Schools, he works with communities in a diverse range of issues related to areas such as career counselling, media, effective management of relationships, adjustment to life changes, stress management in community settings.
Rajini NathanAssessment Co-ordinator BSc(Hons) in Psychology & Christian Counselling courses
Rajini has extensive experience in the assessment of adults of all ages and has worked as a lay counsellor. She specialises in Christian counselling, Occupational Psychology and volunteering her services to young adults and families in Greater Toronto. Rajini feels it is a privilege to work alongside clients to help them make sense of their experiences and make meaningful changes in their lives. She offers a warm, non- judgemental, and respectful approach.
Maharani SasikumarOperations Officer BE in Computer Science and Engineering
Maharani helps shape the vision of this non-profit organisation and sets the organisation's overall direction. As a co-founder, Maharani shares her years of experience working in community settings. Maharani leads the organisation’s operational functions. She has been a software professional for an investment bank for a number of years before moving into the automobile sector as a data specialist. Held voluntary positions by working with children and involved in many church-related community services.