Our Story

Shammi and Pretish met during their training at the Minster centre six years ago. Through our training and now with our own private practices, we as second generation British Asians, are very much aware the need to nurture and facilitate inclusion within the therapeutic field. Culture, faith, religion, colour, social background, sexuality, gender and neurodiversity (to name a few) all have a real impact on individuals’ lived experience and we believe that these should be recognised in the therapeutic alliance. 

We set up Aashna because we recognise the struggle diverse groups face in finding therapy that meets their needs, as well as the challenge practitioners from diverse backgrounds, face in trying to reach and support their communities.  Aashna is a unique therapeutic space, offering individuals from all backgrounds the opportunity to come together to nurture our voices and support each other to facilitate change.  Aashna's Let's Get Uncomfortable (LGU): Embedding explorations of race, ethnicity, culture and power in therapy embodies this social justice vision. 


Our Ethos


Our Ethos is to honour diversity, difference and community in all its forms and our mission will be to inspire diverse groups to access therapy in support of wellbeing. 

Our aims at Aashna are: 

To make therapy more accessible for individuals from diverse backgrounds who struggle to find therapy. 
To inspire diverse groups to access therapy and support their psychological health 
To bring together practitioners of all backgrounds and orientations to support each other in our work.

To build a community that supports the counselling and psychotherapy field by proactively working with diverse groups

Aashna Community 

Warm, friendly and welcoming; we hope that this is the essence that Aashna will offer you.

Our aim is to create a community where we can support each other as practitioners. A community of like minded therapists who seek to bring these fundamental issues of culture and diversity into the forefront of their practice – practitioners who embrace difference and diversity in all its forms


Your journey is important to us


Working as a therapist is unique to the individual. We hope to encourage that individuality in all our therapists. We are interested in each of our therapist's ideas and professional interests and will endeavour to both facilitate and support your work.


Our Support


We aim to actively encourage and facilitate each other’s growth by providing complementary and/or affordable CPD, workshops and seminars that educate, develop and challenge our thinking and our work. 

If you as a practitioner have a particular interest,  speciality, or passionate about certain issues and would like to lead or facilitate your own workshops or seminars we will hope to support you through the practice.

We believe in collaborative process and a communal atmosphere and value your ideas and input.


Yoga sessions: We provide free yoga sessions for our therapists on Wednesday mornings at Aashna Finchley (N12),

facilitated by Deb - an experienced yoga teacher and therapist.