Susthama Marian Kim Counselling MBACP registered


Welcome to Susthama’s Buddhist psychotherapy and supervision practice based in Watford, Hertfordshire

 “Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.”

― Mia Hamm

A holistic approach with compassion and acceptance at its core to assist you in exploring your thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life.

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my website. My name is Susthama Kim, the Head of the Order of Amida Buddha which is a western Pure Land Buddhist group (, psychotherapist, and supervisor from a Buddhist background, providing both short- and long-term therapy to adults, young and old, no matter where you live as I am currently working on-line.

If you are suffering from anxiety, depression, or loneliness then you are not alone nor do you have to go through this stressful and challenging time by yourself.

Counselling and therapy in a safe, comfortable and private setting

In Buddhism, the first noble truth is that ‘Life is suffering.’ It includes losing a loved one, ageing, illness, and birth, as well as not getting what you had your heart set on and getting what you never wanted.

With suffering arises many feelings, and this too, is a noble truth. Feelings that arise when encountering affliction are not shameful but can be the potential for growth and transformation.

Sometimes, when our ways of coping start to fail us, or we feel like we are being backed into a corner, we will need help to address the fact that we are suffering and moreover, not coping but with care and tenderness. Taking the first step to reach out for help can be daunting especially if we have had a bad experience in therapy or even a misunderstanding or negative view of seeking talking therapies in the past. However, being open to the possibility for help can be the beginning of a process of change, healing, and a soothing transformation.

I have over 15 years of experience working with clients, one-to-one either in my private practice, in mental health units in hospitals in Leicestershire, and online.

I offer a compassionate and warm approach to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing in a safe and confidential environment. Together we can explore your situation in a way that is guided by you and that might lead to fresh perspectives – and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Counselling isn’t about giving you solutions or advice, but deeply appreciating your experiences in life and to give you a chance to see things from different perspectives. To get an idea, please click here to watch my talk on Dancing with Depression.

I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, coming to me with a diverse range of problems. As a fully-qualified counsellor I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and abide by their code of ethics.

I can also be found on:

Psychology Today

Counselling Directory

and Harley Therapy platform.

Investigate in Confidence

Counselling is a time when you can talk to someone freely and openly. It is a tender time when you can share, process, uncover things that have been lurking in the shadows of your heart and mind. It is a time to unpack and understand thoughts and feelings within an environment that is accepting and nurturing.

It’s ok not to be ok

Having experienced loss myself, I understand from first hand experience how despairing and overwhelming this can feel. However, I’ve also learned how transformative a time it can be if we can tend to our inner life with care.

When we get to that place of not knowing how to get on top of things, it’s okay to reach out for help. Therapy can be the beginning of a journey where you are no longer need to go about things alone.

Make better, healthier new choices

Counselling is for anyone who is struggling and wants to care for their inner world. Buddhist therapy has many skilful means and strategies to help us feel grounded and able to do so with care. In feeling grounded we are better able to gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems, learn how to soothe and heal our wounds without erasing them. It can lead to a blossoming in your life’s circumstances.

What issues can counselling help with?

People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:




Relationship problems

Problems with confidence or self-esteem


feeling numb

Fear and Anxiety


Post-traumatic stress

Grief, loss or bereavement

Work or retirement


Family or school life

“Susthama is very warm and understanding. She has been a wonderful companion on my therapy journey.

Jane, Online Counselling

“I always feel a bit more settled after my sessions with Susthama. I’m still not completely where I want to be but I can accept things about myself and situation that I couldn’t have without her help.”

Christine, Online therapy

“I have never experienced therapy before, let alone on zoom, and so I didn’t know what to expect. I was grateful for her calm and reassuring presence and the time always seemed to go by quickly. ”

Mr. B, Online Counselling

My location

I offer online sessions for clients around the world via Zoom or Skype. Contact me to find out more about how online therapy works.


Fees & availability

Counselling sessions for individuals last 50 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis, and cost £60 per session. I also provide a limited number of spaces for those on low-income or for students; contact me to enquire about availability. Initial assessment appointments last around 60 minutes.

Note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours’ notice; otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed. I accept payment in cash, paypal, or debit care, and by bank transfer.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling/therapy works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 01923 961165 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services. Find out more by reading my Privacy Policy.

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