Aldine Iqbal Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

Aldine Iqbal Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

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The Therapy Centre
6B Church Street

0781 490 8964

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About me

People come to counselling for many different reasons:

  • From time to time our experience of life can become overwhelming – you might feel stuck, isolated, sad, scared, angry, inadequate, ashamed or confused about who you are, what you want or what is happening in your life;
  • You might need support through a particularly emotionally challenging time and/or want to make changes to improve the quality of your life;
  • you might feel stuck with some old familiar ways of relating that don’t serve you anymore.
  • It might also be that generally your life is working but there is a specific issue that you are struggling with and would like to address, so that you can experience more satisfaction or freedom in your life; and/or
  • You might simply be interested in your own personal development and want time and space to reflect on your life.

Therapy offers emotional support and strength at a time where you might feel vulnerable. It is about deepening your understanding of yourself, how you relate to yourself and others, helping you to identify unhelpful patterns of behaviour, uncovering the reasons behind them and coming to terms with difficult or painful experiences giving you access to a freer and more fulfilling way of living.

My approach

I believe that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is essential so I aim to develop a relationship based on respect, trust and honesty. I am aware that, at first, you might feel anxious, vulnerable and sometimes ashamed about sharing personal aspects of your life with me and my commitment is to offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space, where you can feel cared for and free to explore your experience of life and express your thoughts and feelings about the difficulties you are facing.

What matters is what is important to you, no matter how big or small it might look to others. I work with what you choose to bring to our sessions. I am committed to help you find your own answers as ultimately only you really know what it is like to be in your life.

While most of the work takes place through talking, when appropriate I can also offer more creative ways of working (art, play, poetry, music...) as sometimes it is difficult to find words that describe how we feel.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP accredited therapist (Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling) working with adults and teenagers . I have been counseling in the Thames Valley since 2006 through a number of local organizations including Space Counselling Services (Slough), which provides counselling to adults; Youthline (Bracknell), which offers counselling and support to young people and their families and CRI (Slough), which supports and provides counselling to adults suffering with drug or alcohol addiction.

I currently run a private practice where I can offer individual face to face short-term and long-term therapy; being bilingual, I can provide therapy in French as well as in English. I also have an interest in facilitating therapeutic groups and in using art/play to encourage self-expression.

My experience has been with people who suffer from a wide range of difficulties such as anxiety, stress, depression, expressing anger, family issues, parenting, divorce, low-self-esteem, adoption, bullying, relationship issues, loneliness, illness, learning difficulties, bereavement, general dissatisfaction with life, adoption, self-harm, work and cultural issues .

As an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), I am bound by its ethical framework and professional standards. As a professional practice, my work is supervised by a clinical supervisor and I attend regular professional courses, workshops and group supervision to continually support and enhance my practice.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Long term illness
General disatisfaction with life
Lack of purpose
Life crisis
Young people (from 16 years old)
Cultural issues
Decision making
Fear of death


My fees are £60.00 per session (50 min)

Payment can be made by cheque, cash or through online banking.

Further information

Latest CPD:

- Perceiving enactements in the therapeutic relationship. (March 2019)

- Somatic Therapy: Interventions to enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (December 2018)

- Art as Therapy: June 2018

- “Flowers within”: using art to facilitate self-expression (June 2018)

- Trauma therapy: working with fear and dissociation (June 2017)

- Art and mindfulness (May 2017)

- Principles of Trauma -focused therapy: working towards restoration and repair (April 2017)

- Developmental attunement, relational needs and the therapeutic presence (June 2016)

- Engaging traumatized clients who avoid attachment, closeness and painful feelings (April 2016)
- Managing endings in therapeutic relationships (March 2016)
- "The dark feminine" (September 2015)
- Facilitating therapeutic groups (May-July 2015)
- Working with adoption (April to May 2015)
- Body Psychotherapy and Dissociation (March 2015)
- Working with relational trauma/Dealing with disorganised attachment (February 2015)
- The link between rage and shame (February 2015)
- Group facilitation (February 2015)
- Giving voice (January2015)
- Bodypsychotherapy: Exploring creatively through the use of touch (December 2014)
- Running groups with young people (November 2014)
- Working with young people: Self esteem, Anger and Sexuality (Sept/Oct/November 2014)
- Anger, rage and relationships (November 2014)
- Talk on narcissism (September 2014)
- Experiential play therapy skills (August 2014)
- Working with internal protectors and saboteurs (July 2014)
- Play on anorexia (July 2014)
- Reflective Ethical Practitioner working with young people (May 2014)
- Working with groups (May 2014)
- Trauma/PTSD (March 2014)
-"Untold stories waiting to be created" (February 2014)
- Existential relationship therapy (December 2013)
- Psychodrama: exploring your true self (July 2013)
- Working with clients with learning difficulties (June 2013)
- The art of living with Emmy Van Deurzen, existential therapy (April 2013)
- Working with sandtrays in the therapy room (March 2013)
- Working with anger (February 2013)
- Working with disordered eating, food issues and body image (June 2012)
- Working with domestic violence (May 2012)
- "Healing the wounds: Exploring your inner child" (March 2012)
- Creative ways of working using art and play resources (February 2012)
- Working with cultural differences (June 2011)

Maps & Directions

Bracknell, RG42
Reading, RG1 2SB

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:

Wheelchair access in Reading but not in Bracknell.


9.00am to 8.00pm Mondays to Fridays

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme