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Integrative Psychotherapy, MSc, PGC, CTA, BSc

About me

Hi, I am AJ. I am a UKCP accredited Integrative Clinical Psychotherapist, qualified at MSc level with distinction,  offering both short/long term work. My practice offers a supportive setting for you to feel comfortable and accepted while providing a safe, nurturing and non-judgmental environment. My training and experience enables me to work 1-2-1 and with couples, alongside using EMDR to specialise in working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues and trauma. My aim is to provide you with the tools you need to better understand yourself and to help move you to a richer, healthier and more fulfilling life.

Our work will be informed by a holistic understanding of how our early experiences influence the way we see ourselves/others and what we have learned to expect. These expectations can cause us distress that is felt in the mind and body. I will work creatively with you to understand your emotional world and help you to manage this through.

I offer face-to-face, telephone or online work in English/Punjabi with a free consultation to help ease any worries you may have. As a committed researcher, (currently doing a PhD at Edinburgh University) I strive to find unique ways to enhance my work to support my clients, alongside being able to direct my work with BAME and diversely cultured clients.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have 12 years experience as an Optometrist working 1-2-1 with patients in the medical field. This has given me a unique foundation when working more therapeutically. I have a firm and extensive understanding of both the Medical and Therapeutic worlds, allowing me to draw upon the techniques of both to support my client's on their journey.

Training

My therapeutic training consists of working within the private sector, gaining comprehensive experience around a wide range of Psychological presentations. I also have gained specialist understanding and experience around bereavement and loss working with Cruise and the RNIB counselling services. Altogether, this enables me to provide a complete holistic environment, encouraging deep insight, growth, healing and change.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

In response to COVID-19 and #BlackLivesMatter, we are all experiencing pressures and difficulties. I work to include these difficult social moments. As a British asian man, I am able to direct psychotherapeutic conversations with BAME and diversely cultured clients in a supportive relational environment.

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • AXA PPP
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

  • £50 per session

I am able to offer both short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy, and I can also offer discounted rates for students or block-bookings

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am available for 1-2-1 sessions, online and over the phone. To be discussed via assessment. I can also offer appointments in the evening and over part of the weekend.

Further information

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, qualified (with Distinction, valedictorian) at Masters level, and can offer academic support to all students studying a Degree and/or Masters.

My own research dissertation was focused on the physical and psychological needs required to maintain contact with clients that have a sensory loss, namely sight. I integrated the latest Psychological and Neuroscientific understandings to enable therapists to understand the means in which to deepen their relational attunement with clients, a primary tool for healing and change.

What I can help with

This robust training and experience support the holistic therapeutic environment I provide and enable me to work comprehensively with a range of psychological problems, from anxiety and depression to more complex trauma and PTSD.

I am able to offer both short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy in English and Punjabi, while my life experience ensures a deep understanding of cultural, religious, and social differences. I practice in both Peterborough and Nottingham and am situated close to their respective city centres.

Locations

Nottingham - Foxhall Business Centre, Foxhall Road, NG7 6LH (wheelchair access)

Peterborough - Suite C, 32 Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SR

Signature Health Clinic, 320 Fulbridge Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE4 6SJ (wheelchair access)

Suite C, 32 Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE3 6SR

I A A Ltd, Foxhall Business Centre, Foxhall Road, NG7 6LH

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

There is wheelchair access at Foxhall Business Centre, Nottingham and also Signature Health Clinic (Mondays only) 320 Fulbridge Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE4 6SJ.

Additional languages

Punjabi

Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu