Soha Daru (MBACP, MBPsS, M.A. Psy, PG Dip. Couns.)
2 Oxford Place
Opp. Leeds Town Hall
Leeds City Centre
07423335654 (you may send a text message requesting a call back)
I am a fully Qualified and Experienced Counsellor registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and British Psychological Society. Currently, I work in the NHS as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and also have my Counselling private practice. I offer Telephone, Skype & Face-to-face counselling in English, Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati & Marathi. I offer the initial session free if taken online.
I have specialist experience counselling clients with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, grief, domestic violence and relationship issues. You will find a comprehensive list below.
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist/Counsellor, meaning that I draw from a range of therapies and approaches to suit your needs. Some of these are, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Person-centred therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Mindfulness, Transactional Analysis, and Gestalt Therapy. I believe in working with you, as an individual, and not only with your issue or ‘problem’.
You might want help with changing life patterns or are looking for a different perspective to your problems. Some choose an exploratory approach to counselling whereas others prefer a more structured approach with solution-focused strategies such as changing thoughts and behaviours.
Whatever be your preferred approach, I can help you get to a point where you are happy and content with the life you are living.
I am passionate about making a difference to people's lives and this is what motivated me to become a Counsellor. Having been in therapy myself, I have an understanding of how we might struggle at various points in our lives and that it can be difficult to open up to someone about this. The experience of being a client is quite familiar to me and I try to offer what I would expect for myself- a safe, warm and non-judgmental space to talk about how you feel and what is distressing you. The 50 minutes that we have together is your time, where I will give you my complete attention.
You do not need to be ‘ill’ or have a diagnosis to avail of Counselling. You might be simply going through a difficult time and just need to talk or find a way out. You might be struggling with relationships or are simply having a hard time doing things that were once a part of your routine. Maybe you haven’t really experienced something specific to cause the distress, so you can’t understand what is really going on and why you feel the way you do. People opt for Counselling due to various reasons, and whatever be your reason, I am here to help you.
I work with adults aged 16 years and over and offer both short-term (6-12 sessions) and longer term work (more than 20 sessions) depending on what you prefer and need.
I offer Skype and Telephone Counselling in addition to face-to-face Counselling, which means you can access Counselling from the comfort of your home.
I am DBS checked and have full professional indemnity and public liability insurance. I attend regular supervision to review my Counselling work.
Training, qualifications & experience
M.A. Counselling Psychology
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited)
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
Mental Health First Aider
Veterans Interventions Training
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Course in Mindfulness
Counselling for Trauma
Working on Dreams
Risk Assessment & Management
Professional body Membership
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).
I have 6 years’ work experience counselling online and face-to-face in mental health centres and counselling organizations, including the NHS (Doncaster and Leeds), Leeds Mind, Well Women Centre (Wakefield), Pathways Family Support Centre (Barnsley) and Mind Temple (India). My experience also includes counselling online via Skype and live chat.
I have counselled people from various walks of life and those with a variety of presenting issues, for example, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, grief, domestic violence, relationship issues, and so on. You will find a comprehensive list below. This wide range of experience has helped me understand people from various backgrounds and with a wide range of issues.
I am a multi-cultural counsellor providing my services in various languages other than English, for example, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Marathi.
I have counselled clients from all over the globe including those from UK, Canada, US, Europe, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Mauritius, South Africa, Australia and China . Having helped and supported hundreds of clients from different parts of the world, I am well aware of the diversity in psycho-social issues affecting people and the impact they can have.
Some of my clients have found it beneficial to incorporate spirituality in Counselling and I have helped facilitate this for them.
Every year, I attend various workshops and courses in Psychotherapy to remain up to date with the latest research and offer the very best to my clients.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
I understand that booking your first counselling appointment can be a daunting experience. I also think it is important for you to feel comfortable with your Counsellor.
First session: The initial 50 minute face-to-face session will give you the opportunity to share what you will be bringing to Counselling and decide whether you'd like to work with me. I offer an initial 30 minute session free of charge if taken online/via telephone.
Follow-up sessions: They last for about 50 minutes. I charge £40 for face-to-face sessions and £30 for Skype/Telephone sessions.
You might choose Skype or Telephone Counselling for affordability, anonymity, if you feel anxious, have a disability or want to save travel time.
I currently have limited spaces for low-cost and short-term Counselling, based on your circumstances. Please inquire for more information.
I offer face-to-face counselling at two locations in Leeds:
1. Phonenix Health and Wellbeing (City Centre-Opposite the Town Hall)
Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AX. Click here for a map of the exact location.
The location might make it easier for you to attend sessions after work.
There are regular trains and buses into the city centre from Manchester, Bradford, Wakefield and Pudsey.
Take a tour of the centre and rooms by clicking here.
2. The Orchard Therapy Centre (Horsforth)
155a Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5BL. Click here for a map and ways to get there by car and public transport.
You can view pictures of the centre and counselling rooms by clicking here.
“It is amazing how much Counselling has benefited me. I feel much happier and more confident in myself now” (Client from Doncaster, U.K.)
“I cannot thank you enough for your patience and kindness. I never felt under pressure to improve or change. You gave me my space and encouraged me to grow at my own pace” (Client from Leeds, U.K)
“You have helped me see things from a new perspective, something I had not considered prior to this. I do not feel as anxious as I used to and I feel more in control of my moods” (Client from Yorkshire, U.K.)
“I lost hope in myself but you never gave up on me. You helped me believe in myself. Thank you for being there” (Client from Pakistan)
"I feel extremely fortunate to have had these sessions with you. I want you to know that you have saved a drowning person and helped me come back to the shore." (Client from India)
“The best thing about our sessions was that I did not feel judged no matter what I said. I felt able to speak my mind without hesitation. I appreciate your warmth and genuine concern.” (Client from China)
How to Get Started
1. Contact: You can get in touch with me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via the 'Email this Counsellor' tab below.
2. Schedule: I will respond to your email as soon as possible and we can discuss a time to have our initial session. During this session, we will talk about what you'd like to get out of therapy and how we might work together.
3. Decide: If you decide to continue, we will discuss the frequency of our sessions and decide on a day/time to have them. We will review our work every month to make sure you are getting what you need from therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Saturdays & Weekday Evenings
Types of client