Nafeeza Towheed, Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, PG Dip, MBACP
8-26 Bath Street
07582 049 373
I became interested in the therapeutic process following a positive experience with a counsellor in my twenties. I was surprised at how much it, and he, had impacted me and helped me to move forward, during a period where I felt very stuck in all aspects of my life. I later realised that I wanted to support people to do the the same and re-trained as a therapist.
Perhaps something in particular is causing you to feel low, anxious, sad, angry or overwhelmed. It might be difficult to identify exactly what it is, but you just feel something is preventing you from moving forward. From time to time, people from all walks of life require support and encouragement to work through their difficulties. This isn't a sign of weakness, it is simply an acknowledgment that we are only human.
Sometimes, it isn't possible or appropriate to turn to friends or family and in these moments, therapy can be of real benefit.
How therapy works
It doesn't always feel intuitive to talk to a stranger, but in my experience, having a safe, confidential space to work through what is troubling you with someone trained to listen with empathy and kindness, can be incredibly helpful and freeing.
Through therapy you can begin to understand what is going on for you and help make sense of it and the experiences that have shaped you. This is especially important if it is impacting on your everyday life, such as your relationships, moods, work, health, motivation and general enjoyment of life.
The therapeutic relationship that builds between therapist and client over time, can potentially be transformative, for both parties. It is a joint collaboration of exploration, learning, shared experiences and mutual meeting.
Increased resilience, different ways of coping with difficulties, and new possibilities can come from developing more of an understanding and awareness of yourself and how you relate to others.
I aim to provide a respectful and non-judgemental space, where you can take the time to explore and reflect on the issue you have brought and work towards a more happier and healthier way of being.
I am very much an inclusive practitioner, welcoming of people from all ages, backgrounds, classes, cultures, nationalities, religions/spirituality, sexual orientation and gender identities.
As an experienced and qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, I regard each person as a unique individual and tailor my approach accordingly. I draw from a wide range of thinking and techniques and seek to understand the entirety of the person I am working with - thoughts, feelings, emotions, bodily awareness, beliefs and dreams.
I fundamentally believe that we all deserve happy and fulfilling lives, and that we all have the capacity to heal, grow and make lasting positive changes.
I am a registered member of the BACP and abide by their code of ethics and confidentiality to ensure safe and professional practice.
It is important that you take the time to choose the right therapist for you. I believe the quality of the relationship is at the very heart of successful therapy. With that in mind, I offer an initial meeting with no obligation to continue should you wish. It is a chance for me to better understand what it is that you hope to gain from therapy and for you to get a feel for me, how I work, and to ask any questions about the process. I will also explain my way of working and policy on confidentiality, cancellations, appointment times and fees.
- If you would like to book an initial meeting or find out more about therapy, please feel free to contact me using the details contained on this page.
- I am also very happy to arrange a brief telephone call to talk through any questions you might have about therapy, prior to booking an initial meeting. You are more than welcome to email or ring me on 07582 049 373 for an informal discussion.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Prior to my work as a therapist, I had a varied and successful career as a senior marketing, communications and engagement professional within a number of private sector companies and charities.
As well as running private practices in Old Street and Belsize Park, I worked as a psychotherapist at Oxleas NHS Trust where I saw acute patients for longer term therapy, specialising in trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, addictions, abuse, OCD and eating disorders.
I was also a bereavement counsellor at Camden, City of Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service and a therapist at the Minster Centre Low Cost Therapy Service, offering general counselling to clients for a variety of issues.
In addition to my therapeutic work, for the past three years, I have assisted on Trauma Skills training weekends for trainee therapists at the Minster Centre, one of the oldest and most established training institutes in the UK.
- Babette Rothschild: Safer Trauma Therapy Professional Training
- Bereavement Counselling, Camden, City of Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service
- Step Forward to Health Group Tutor training, Foundations UK
- Silence the Violence conflict group facilitator training, Khulisa UK
- Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Minster Centre
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Minster Centre. Its rigorous five year training is well respected in the field of integrative psychotherapy.
In addition to this, I am in the final stages of completing a Masters degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, accredited by Middlesex University and the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP). My thesis centres around mental health and training experiences within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cultural issues, identity, home and belonging, loneliness, isolation, existential crises etc.
- An initial exploratory meeting takes one hour and is charged at a flat rate of £50.
- Subsequent 50 minute therapeutic sessions start from £60 - slots at the beginning and end of the day are usually more depending on your individual financial circumstance. I operate a sliding-scale on a case-by-case basis.
- I am strongly committed to making therapy accessible for as wide a range of people as possible. Therefore, I hold a few reduced-cost places for full time students and those on a lower income. Do ask if you require one of these*
*Please note, reduced-cost places are limited and may only take place at certain times of the day
I’m passionate about breaking down the barriers to therapy, particularly for minority groups, as well as challenging the stigma associated with talking about mental health. I value diversity and working with people of all ages, classes, backgrounds, cultures, races, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities and religious beliefs. I consider myself a warm, affirming and inclusive practitioner, open to whatever it is that my clients bring to our sessions together.
Identity, difference, being an ‘outsider’, home and belonging, life transitions, dual-culture, and community are just some of the issues I am familiar with and specialise in working with.
Living, working, or studying in a city like London can be challenging, overwhelming and lonely, especially in the current climate. On the other hand, the capital offers unrivalled diversity, excitement and opportunity. This paradox is something that many people experience and often explore with me.
As a London-born, second generation, Asian woman with roots in East Africa and the Caribbean, I believe I can offer a certain insight and perspective on minority experience to clients who have an experience of feeling marginalised.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer appointments between 8.00am and 10.00pm
Types of client