Nafeeza Towheed, Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, PG Dip, MBACP
8-26 Bath Street
The Hudson Centre
13 John Princes Street
I am a qualified, highly experienced and approachable counsellor and psychotherapist, having worked with people of all ages, gender identities and backgrounds over a number of years. I first became interested in therapy 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 stuck and unable to see a way through.
Following an introductory course to understand more, it soon became obvious to me that I wanted to support people in the same way that I had been. From there I decided to change career and re-train as a therapist. It is my fundamental belief that we all deserve happy and fulfilling lives, and that we all have the capacity to heal, grow and make lasting positive changes.
What has brought you here?
Perhaps something in particular is causing you to feel low, anxious, sad, angry, overwhelmed or just lost. It might be difficult to identify exactly what it is, but you just feel something is preventing you from moving forward. It could be a lack of confidence or self esteem, relationship issues, work, family issues, anxiety or panic disorders, identity or loss - it is different for everyone.
From time to time, all of us (no matter who we are) require support and encouragement to work through our difficulties. This isn't a sign of weakness, it is simply an acknowledgment that we are all 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
I can't promise a magic pill or silver bullet that will erase painful memories and events. However, in my experience, having a non-judgmental, safe and confidential space to work through what is troubling you with someone trained to listen in a certain way, 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. It is a joint collaboration of exploration, learning and shared experiences between us both. This process won't always be easy and at times may gently challenge you, but with real commitment and courage it can potentially be life-changing.
Benefits of therapy
- Increased self-esteem
- Improved relationships with others
- Improved confidence
- Improved ability to communicate
- Feeling more grounded, more comfortable in your skin
- A deeper, stronger sense of self
- Removal of blocks or barriers
- Improved ability to manage stress, conflict and uncertainty
- Greater enjoyment of life
I aim to provide empathy, kindness and a respectful 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 consider myself a an inclusive practitioner, open to working with all experiences and whatever it is that someone feels they need to work with in therapy.
As an integrative therapist, I regard each person as unique and tailor my approach accordingly. I would describe my work as relational, embodied and holistic. I draw from a wide range of thinking and techniques and seek to understand the entirety of the person I am working with. This might include thoughts, feelings, emotions, bodily awareness, beliefs and dreams. I also consider the importance of external factors of the person I work with - their community, culture, social influences and relationship to spirituality - if it feels relevant for that particular person.
I am a fully-insured, 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 have practices in both Old Street / Shoreditch and Oxford Circus.
- 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 07946 432 669 for an informal discussion.
- Wheelchair access is also available at my Old Street practice based on the ground floor, with disabled toilet facilities.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as running busy private practices in Old Street and Oxford Circus, 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 provided teaching assistance on Trauma Skills workshops for trainee therapists at the Minster Centre, one of the oldest and most established training institutes in the UK.
Prior to my work as a therapist, I had a varied and busy career as a senior marketing, communications and engagement manager within a number of private sector companies and charities. I understand the pressure and stresses of work life, career change, redundancy and attempting to achieve a work/life balance.
- 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 and assessment takes around 60 - 80 minutes and is charged at a flat rate of £60.
- Subsequent sessions last 50 minutes and usually take place at the same time and day each week.
- Therapy fees start from £65 per 50 minute session - depending on your individual financial circumstance. I operate a sliding-scale on a case-by-case basis, which we can discuss at our first meeting.
- Skype and online messaging sessions are also available, starting from £55 per 50 minute session.
- I also hold a few reduced-cost places for full time students and those on a lower income. Do ask if you require one of these places*
*Please note, reduced-cost places are limited and may only be available at certain times of the day.
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 in the UK.
I’m passionate about breaking down the barriers to therapy, 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 a challenging, overwhelming and lonely experience, especially in the current climate. On the other hand, the capital offers unrivalled diversity, excitement and opportunity. This is something that more and more people experience and often decide to explore with me.
Maps & Directions
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I offer early morning sessions (from 8am) and evening appointments (until 9.30pm) to suit working professonals, as well as daytime appointments for those people with more flexibility.
Types of client