Dr Amirah Iqbal

Dr Amirah Iqbal

Luton
LU1 2NG

The Albany Centre
4 Victoria Street
St. Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 3JD

07874 864191

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Luton
LU1 2NG

The Albany Centre
4 Victoria Street
St. Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 3JD

07874 864191

About me

I believe that each one of us has the capacity to self-heal. Through being given conditions to explore our relationship with the self, others, and our unexpressed feelings and experiences in a confidential, supported and sometimes gently challenging way (where appropriate), we are supported to continue on our healing journey.

About me
I am a BPS registered and Chartered Counselling Psychologist (registered with the Health and Care Professional Council). I offer psychological and therapeutic services in both Luton and St Albans. I also offer Skype consultations and appointments where appropriate.

I feel passionately about the standard of therapeutic care everyone can access and I aim to provide a service to children, young people, and adults which is open, safe, respectful, confidential, empathic and non-judgemental. I ultimately see my role as supporting to facilitate an environment where we can explore patterns of behaviour, where you may choose to share your story, and a space where you can come to remove barriers from self, to aid you on a healing journey to be who you are.

Throughout my employment to date I have worked in the NHS, in primary care services (GP surgeries), secondary and community care services and within tertiary services (such as CAMHS). I have also worked in third sector charities, working with survivors of sexual violence, and with victims of human trafficking.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, travelling, painting (the key word being abstract), exploring and writing.

Ethics
I think it is paramount that all psychologists/ therapists/ counsellors are respectful, safe, consistent and boundaried. Being accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) means that I abide to regulatory bodies code of conduct, and I am informed by their ethical guidelines.

About you
Seeking out a counsellor can be difficult, and is also brave. Sometimes it can be confusing, scary and difficult to take the first step to an unknown. I aim to offer a supportive, warm, and facilitating environment, and believe that it is important that you have an environment where you can bring your whole self, feel emotionally held and supported, without a fear of judgement.

Sometimes throughout the therapeutic process, we might consider leaving therapy (because of the difficult emotions evoked / because of previous patterns of behaviours / defences being evoked). During this time both your commitment and my commitment would be especially important. I think that the therapy relationship can be of richness, depth and is special and so during this time I will that you are able to bring the whole of you into our therapy space where we may explore your ways of relating and being in the world.

Therapeutic approach
I identify as an integrative counselling psychologist. What does this mean? I am predominantly passionate about my training in humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches. I am also informed by Islamic, African and indigenous approaches to therapy, adopting a holistic approach that acknowledges the transpersonal. This includes our bodily messages, mind, and our spiritual self.

Training, qualifications & experience

Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
MBPsS
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children- Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
British Psychological Society Test User: Occupational, Ability (RQTU)
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in CBT
BSc Hons in Psychology

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

HCPC

Fees

Initial consultation and assessment session (up to 120 minutes): from £100
Subsequent sessions, couple sessions and family sessions (50-60 minutes): from £75

Trainee therapists and psychologists
I offer a sliding scale.

I believe everyone should have the opportunity to access therapeutic services. If you are in genuine hardship, please get in touch as I have some pro-bono spaces (and ask that you are able to contribute to the cost of the room).


Further information

Experiential groups:

  • Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR)
  • An introduction to trauma
  • Understanding self-harm
  • Self-care: self love and self healing
  • personal development groups

Experiential groups for practitioners (trainee and qualified psychologists / therapists):

  • personal development groups
  • Understanding and working with people who self-harm
  • Heal the healer: self-care for therapists
  • working with people who have experienced trauma
  • Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR)

These groups run with a small number of delegates (maximum 10), as I believe this adds to the experiential nature for all of us who attends.

Other services:

I am particularly passionate about working with organisations and offering consultancy on cultural and race issues, working with Muslim clients, and utilising indigenous, Islamic and African centred approaches within therapy. I also offer additional services, including consultancy for organisations on how to support stress management for employees, mindfulness based groups, trauma workshops, self-care workshops and experiential personal development groups.

I currently write a monthly "Ask a psychologist" column, and I am happy to be contacted to support community and voluntary initiatives.

Maps & Directions

Luton, LU1 2NG
St. Albans, AL1 3JD

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

I have availability during evenings in the week, and at the weekend. Please when enquiring, list the days/ times that are most convenient for you.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
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