Nafeeza Towheed, Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, PG Dip, MBACP
The Old Fire Station
140 Tabernacle Street
I am a warm, experienced and culturally-sensitive counsellor and psychotherapist, a member of the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP), and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Since 2010, I have worked successfully with people from various ages, backgrounds, sexual identities and cultures to address issues such as:
- family and cultural issues
- traumatic life events
- self-esteem and confidence
- life purpose and meaning
- major life transitions (meeting a new partner, marriage, starting a family, redundancy, career change, separation/divorce, amongst others)
My therapy approach
I understand that your experiences, challenges, pain and gifts are completely unique to you and a one-size-fits-all model won't suit everyone.
As an integratively-trained counsellor and psychotherapist, I individually tailor my approach to suit your needs, using a wide range of thinking and techniques.
I think it is important to seek to understand the entirety of the person I am working with and therefore my approach is relational, holistic and sensitive to social, sexual and cultural difference and diversity.
I believe that how we relate to and see ourselves, how we connect to others and how we view the world around us is heavily influenced by the significant relationships we have/have had within our lives.
In taking the time and space to identify and understand these enduring relational themes, we can:
- find greater ease in navigating our lives
- reconnect to a stronger sense of our own identity
- develop healthier ways of communicating and connecting in our relationships.
Paying attention to what happens between us in the therapy room may also reflect processes that happen outside. I work from the position that awareness, healing and growth happens in relationship and that the quality of relationship between client and therapist, regardless of therapy type, is the bedrock of successful therapy.
My priority is therefore to co-create an environment of trust, mutual respect and collaboration that will allow you to feel safe enough to dare to explore the aspects of your life that challenge you the most.
I know how difficult it can be to seek therapy, let alone choose from the wide range of practitioners available. With that in mind, I offer the following:
- A free and informal 15 minute telephone call to talk through any questions you might have about therapy, prior to booking an initial meeting.
- An initial meeting and assessment, to get a feel for me and how we might work together. There is no obligation to continue after that, should you so wish.
For further information about me and how I work, or to book a call or initial session, please contact me or visit my website www.nafeezatowheed.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
Previously, I worked for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust as a psychotherapist seeing acute clients for a range of issues including clinical depression, anxiety, PTSD, addictions, abuse, complex trauma, co-dependency, eating disorders, bereavement, family and relationship issues.
I was also a specialist bereavement counsellor with Camden, City of Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service and a therapist at The Minster Centre Counselling and Psychotherapy Service.
I also worked as a Group Facilitator on the Step Forward to Health programme, run by Foundations UK. Here, I worked within a West London GP surgery, supporting people to address problematic eating behaviour and develop healthier approaches to food and wellbeing.
For the last three years, I have provided teaching assistance on the Skills for Trauma course for psychotherapists-in-training at the Minster Centre.
I am a registered member of the BACP and abide by their code of ethics to ensure safe and confidential practice.
I regularly undertake additional training to increase my knowledge and enhance my practice.
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. My rigorous five year training was undertaken at The Minster Centre, the leading integrative counselling and psychotherapy training institute in Europe.
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)
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
The following are some specialist areas of work that I am experienced and interested in working with:
- Working with and through creative blocks
- Difference or feeling like an ‘outsider’
- Identity crisis and feeling disconnected
- Home and belonging
- Major life transitions
- Exploring our mixed heritages and cultures
- Adjusting to living, working or studying in London
- Existential exploration (searching for meaning and purpose)
I also offer coaching for executives, creatives, wellness/personal/professional development practitioners, entrepreneurs, sole traders and small business owners starting out. Please see my website for further details.
I decided to retrain as a therapist following my own experience of counselling during a period where I felt lost and stuck in various aspects of my life. I was surprised by how much of a positive impact it made and knew then that I also wanted to support and empower others in a similar way.
It now gives me a great deal of satisfaction to work with people as they bravely face their difficulties head on, in order to achieve their goals. Witnessing the subtle and powerful changes that people experience when they find compassion and are truly accepting of themselves is a great privilege and never fails to move me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I see clients between the hours of 8am and 9pm (Monday - Thursday)
Types of client