Dr Azra Nanjiani MBBS, MBACP - Conventional & Islamic counselling
(+44) 7799 485059
Welcome to my profile. This page explains how the counselling sessions I offer will help you, how I work, my qualifications, experience and how to get started if you decide to do so.
I am an experienced BACP registered therapist offering conventional and islamic counselling for anxiety, depression, panic, excessive worrying, doubts, intrusive thoughts-compulsions/OCD, relationship issues and many other concerns (listed below)
Whether you are going through a difficult relationship or facing a challenging psychological issue, I would feel previleged to offer you professional help to overcome your challenges.
The work we do together will be safe, and confidential. You will find me to be approachable, non-judgemental and supportive.
I work with women of all ages and backgrounds offering:
- Skype, telephone or face-to-face sessions
- Student/low income discounts
- Weekdays and weekend appointments (subject to availability)
- Referrals/Sign-posting to other relevant services
My qualifications include:
BACP accredited Postgraduate diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Attachment Narrative Therapy (ANT)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & Trauma
Therapeutic Work with Teenagers
Counselling approaches used
For all my clients who feel that their faith or religion is an important aspect of their life, I integrate faith-based values with the most effective and contemporary conventional approaches. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Systemic/family therapy.
For Muslim clients in particular islamic values are integrated within the counselling process.
This focus on faith and spirituality has made a huge difference to the women I have helped over the years.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Many clients find CBT to be very helpful. It is a structured and effective therapeutic approach that emphasizes on the link between our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and bodily sensations.
CBT mainly focuses on the current processes that maintain our problems and how to break that unhelpful cycle. It can help us manage difficult feelings and tackle challenges by learning new ways of thinking about and responding to challenging situations.
Other approaches also have their strengths and a lot to offer. The most important thing is to adapt therapy to the individual's unique situation and personality.
I obtained my first degree in Medicine from Dow Medical College and then worked at Civil Hospital Karachi before moving to UK in 1999. Thereafter, while parenting my four children, I studied theology, Arabic and psychology in London. Following my interests, I decided to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling/Psychotherapy followed by additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. In my spare time I enjoy reading, reflecting and relaxing in natural surroundings.
My experience includes counselling adults, adolescents and children from different cultures, faiths and backgrounds in various organisational settings (work experience listed below)
You can contact me by telephone or email. I will then have a 5-10 minutes informal chat with you over the phone to get an idea of your needs and answer any questions you would like to ask. If you then decide to go ahead, we can book our first session.
In the first session we will explore your main concerns and what you expect from therapy. You will begin to share what is going on for you and your goals for these sessions. I will explain the counselling approach that I feel may help you. If you are happy to go ahead we will continue our sessions once a week.
How will these sessions help you
Counselling with me will give you the opportunity to effectively explore your thoughts, feelings and get a fresh perspective on your situation aiding you to make the right choices and changes.
You will also learn a variety of life long skills that are known to be effective in dealing with difficult issues. My style is very gentle and non-judgmental which will help you feel safe and supported enough to explore your difficulties at your own pace.
It can be very overwhelming to keep difficult feelings like anxiety, sadness, guilt or embarrassment bottled up. These counselling sessions will give you a chance to openly discuss your feelings, situation, and the thoughts that are bothering you, in a way that is not possible with friends and family. You will feel valued and accepted without being judged.
Counselling offers you a safe, private and confidential opportunity to work through your concerns and achieve a state of emotional wellbeing and empowerment.
Duration and frequency
Sessions are weekly and each lasts 50 minutes
The number of sessions will depend on your needs and preference.
I offer both short term counselling (6-12 sessions) or longer term, if that is what you need.
There is no minimum number of sessions and you may stop at anytime.
Convenient location and Free Parking
More and more clients are now requesting Skype or telephone counselling but I also offer face-to-face sessions. My practice is located within the peaceful Barnhill Estate of Wembley Park, North West London. It's at a walking distance from the bus and tube stations.
Plenty of free on-street parking available.
Easily accessible from Kingsbury, Neasden, Willesden, Brondesbury, Cricklewood, Kenton, Harrow, Sudbury, Edgware, Stanmore.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications, Training and CPD
- Medicine (MBBS)
- BACP accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - Centre for Stress Management
- Attachment Narrative Therapy (ANT) - Bowlby Centre
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Approved by British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) training - BPS approved.
- Therapeutic work with teenagers - Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Brent Bereavement Services
- SOAS Student Services (University of London)
- Kids Company
- Zamzam Counselling
Membership and Registration
I am a registered counsellor and a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
I follow BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Excessive doubts (including religious obsessions for example regarding prayer, wadhu, ghusl, taharah etc)
Intrusive thoughts (including those related to religious beliefs)
Shyness and social anxiety
Difficulty trusting people
Feelings of Vulnerability
Feelings of insecurity and rejection
Feelings of failure or incompetency
Feeling worthless or defective
Social exclusion (feeling different or isolated from the rest)
Issues with in laws
Photos & videos
£40 per session.
Discounted rates for those in difficult financial circumstances and self-funding undergraduate students
Please ask for details if you feel you are not in position to pay the full fee.
Skype and Telephone Counselling options - Practical, Convenient and Confidential!
Both Skype and telephone counselling sessions are very practical and convenient ways of accessing professional help, especially when it is difficult to attend face-to-face appointments due to distance, work/childcare commitments, busy schedules, etc.
Skype (video call) is now a very popular medium for counselling that gives an experience similar to attending face-to-face sessions, from the comfort of your home. You may be in a different city or country from your therapist, distance is no more a barrier!
Skype is a free software that is quick to download and can be conveniently accessed from your mobile, tablet or any computer.
While many people like having their sessions via a video call, some prefer the added sense of anonymity offered by telephone counselling. Telephone counselling can be conducted via regular calls from mobiles, landline or through the internet by using Skype, WhatsApp or other applications.
Whether you opt for Skype, telephone or face-to-face sessions, useful resources and links are shared via email.
Benefits of Skype and Telephone Counselling
- Geographical location is not a barrier
- Saves travelling time and costs
- Connects quickly in seconds
- Can be accessed from different locations when needed
- More flexibility with session times available
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Tuesday to Friday Weekends (early to mid mornings)
Types of client