Dr Amirah Iqbal
The Albany Centre
4 Victoria Street
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.
I am a BPS registered and Chartered Counselling Psychologist (registered with the Health and Care Professional Council). I offer psychological and therapeutic services in London, 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.
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.
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.
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 also value the transpersonal, which includes the whole, such as our bodily messages, mind, and our spiritual self.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
Luton fees from:
Initial consultation and assessment session (up to 120 minutes): from £65
Subsequent sessions (50-60 minutes): from £60
Couple sessions and family sessions (50-60 minutes): from £70
St Albans fees from:
Initial consultation and assessment session (up to 120 minutes): from £80
Subsequent sessions (50-60 minutes): from £80
Couple sessions and family sessions (50-60 minutes): from £90
My fees cover the cost of the room, admin fees, supervision costs and the relevant professional bodies I join as part of my role as a psychologist
Trainee therapists and psychologists please email to enquire about my 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 a sliding scale (please enquire about my availability in the first instance)
Please get in touch for my fees in London
- 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
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.
I currently write a monthly "Ask a psychologist" column, and I am happy to be contacted to support community and voluntary initiatives.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
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. *I am based in Luton, St Albans and London
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|