Samina Khatun, Registered Counsellor (MSc, MBPsS, BACP)
41 Abbeville Road
Hi. I am a qualified counsellor who specialises in gender, sexual and relationship diversities. I have a number of years of experience in the mental health sector and I am currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych). I hold professional membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and pride myself as a highly ethically bound practitioner.
My expertise lies in treating a wide range of anxiety and depressive disorders. I have extensive experience of working with longstanding depression and anxiety as well as unrepresented groups of people i.e. people who identify as non-binary, trans and Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities. I believe these groups of people have specific experiences, which are not always understood or well catered for within gender and mental health services. I believe a safe space for them to explore such issues is required, and offering effective interventions will enable them to move forward.
My interest in counselling psychology was fuelled by my passion to integrate a number of different approaches to meet the needs of my clients. My aim is to provide an empathic, safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment that enables clients to explore issues and emotional distress at their own pace. My approach is integrative which allows me to customise therapy, creating a bespoke treatment plan for each individual. I offer short and long term therapy for individuals and couples.
Coming from a more personal perspective my British South Asian ethnicity means that I understand diversity, multiculturalism and I am able to work with issues related to one’s culture and identity.
As an integrative counsellor I work using a range of models; Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CBT) including third wave CBT such as mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Other approaches include Humanistic, Relational, Person-Centred, and Psychodynamic.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I have worked in the NHS for almost 8 years and I specialise in the areas of gender identity and relationship issues. I have extensive experience of offering therapy for psychological difficulties and personal development. Psychological therapy can help you deal with any difficulties, life issues or symptoms of psychological disorder. Issues that can be addressed in therapy include: identity issues, psycho-sexual problems, longstanding difficulties such as depression, Bipolar Affective disorder, loneliness, anxiety disorders, lack of confidence and/or low self-esteem, BDD, long-term health conditions or disability, pain management, addictions, PTSD, childhood sexual abuse, unhappiness in childhood, bereavement/loss, financial loss and more specific problems such as phobias, work related stress, OCD, anger and trauma.
DPsych Doctorate in Counselling Psychology – ongoing
MSc Counselling Psychology
MSc Health Psychology
Postgraduate Certificate in low intensity CBT
BSc (Hons) Psychology
SHL Psychometrics 1 – Skills and Ability Testing
Current Research (ongoing):
The Coming Out Experiences of South Asian Trans People: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
Researcher: Samina khatun | Supervisor: Dr Meg John Barker
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cultural diversity (BME)
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Face-to-face (50 min) sessions:
Individual – £50-60 p/h.
Couples – £70-80 p/h
Online (50 min) sessions:
Face time – £40 p/h
Skype/Google hangout – £40 p/h
A reduced fee will be offered to trainees, students, and people on low income.
Therapy can sometimes feel very daunting and overwhelming but an experienced and skilled counsellor can help to alleviate these worries and anxieties. Should you wish to discuss your difficulties feel free to contact me on 07894211486 to arrange an assessment or to find out more about the approaches I use, process of therapy and what to expect. I will endeavour to respond within 24 hours of contact.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime, Evenings and limited weekend slots
Types of client