Dr Syed Azmatullah MA, UKCP
7 Grand Avenue
07908953000 / 07908953000
For some of life's challenges two minds are better than one.......
I offer a calm sanctuary in which you will be warmly received. Here you may reflect on aspects of your life that you don't normally share, discuss your hopes and aspirations, and strengthen your resources for meeting the challenges you face.
Getting a better sense of how my mind works has been a long-term fascination of mine.Initially I was drawn to neuroscience as a way to understand the 'mechanics' of my thought processes. With time I was drawn to a deeper, more heart-centred way of being with myself learning contemplative practices from the wisdom traditions. After developing mindfulness practices for 25 years I studied Core-process psychotherapy which brings together Western psychological and neuro-scientific understanding of the mind with Eastern philosophies. This global approach provides a framework for exploring our thoughts, feelings, emotions, embodied sensations and subtle energies to raise our awareness of the processes and patterns that we favour or avoid. This gives more space for our 'being' rather than engaging in constant 'doing'.
I have a mixed cultural and ethnic background and have found a global approach to understanding the mind very helpful. I am also gay and have a personal appreciation of some of the challenges that non binary sexual orientation brings. I find diversity enriching and energising. I also have a personal appreciation of a sense of alienation, identity confusion and feelings of rootlessness which seems to be spreading in our globalised digital world.
I authored a book 'The Coach's Mind Manual' published by Routledge in 2013 to raise awareness of the nature of the mind with professional coaches. I like to work face-to-face with clients in a relational way to help them raise their awareness of their inner nature as if we are fellow travellers exploring life's many facets together. We may work together holistically considering influencing patterns that could have been shaped before birth, by various situations and life circumstances and via existential and spiritual themes.
The work can take place in a relaxed Garden Studio in which you may be yourself and express yourself without the feeling of being judged in any way. The initial consultation is always free to give you the opportunity to sense if it feels right for you. If your interest has been stirred I look forward to hearing from you:
Next Steps: Please feel free to call my mobile to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Alternatively email or text messaging me should get a quick response.
Training, qualifications & experience
I originally explored the mind as a biomedical scientist and have a BSc and PhD from Manchester University. I then worked in Research & Development in a global pharmaceutical corporation for 26 years based in UK, Germany and the USA. My particular interests included neuroscience and how it informs our understanding of the mind. I also have an Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy Theory from London Metropolitan University and an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy from Middlesex University in collaboration with the Karuna Institute in Devon.
My clinical psychotherapy practice developed at The Rock Clinic Association in Brighton and the Dyke Road Natural Health Centre. I also practice in the Hove Therapy Rooms on Church Road and offer a non-clinic environment in my Garden Studio.
I have a mixed cultural background and draw inspiration from a variety of contemplative traditions including over 25 years experience with Buddhist based Mindfulness practices.
I am registered as a psychotherapist with the UKCP Humanistic and Integrative College using mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic practices in an integrative transpersonal way.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Culture and Identity issues (Mixed cultural backgrounds, cultural nomads, LGBT+ identity issues, professional identity issues). Transgenerational trauma (e.g. conflict related such as post holocaust or post partition of India & Pakistan).
I run workshops and courses on the mind and mental well-being for organisations and groups.
The initial consultation is free. Thereafter the usual fee is £45 for each one hour session.
I offer reduced fees for students.
My Garden Studio in the heart of Hove is close to the seafront and the major public transport network. The closest bus stop on Church Road is Second Avenue. Hove Railway Station is 10 minutes walk approximately.
I am known as Azmat rather than Syed as my naming system does not follow the usual pattern!
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I'm available Monday to Fridays from 8 am until 7 pm
Types of client