Dr Amirah Iqbal

Dr Amirah Iqbal


The Albany Centre
4 Victoria Street
St. Albans

07878 212348

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The Albany Centre
4 Victoria Street
St. Albans

07878 212348

About me

I believe that each one of us has the capacity to self-heal. Through being given conditions to explore our relationship with the self, others, and our unexpressed feelings and experiences in a confidential, supported and sometimes gently challenging way (where appropriate), we are supported to continue on our healing journey.

About me
I am a BPS registered and Chartered Counselling Psychologist (registered with the Health and Care Professional Council). I offer psychological and therapeutic services in London and St Albans. I also offer Skype/ telephone consultations and appointments where appropriate.

I feel passionately about the standard of therapeutic care everyone can access and I aim to provide a service to children, young people, and adults which is open, safe, respectful, confidential, empathic and non-judgemental. I ultimately see my role as supporting to facilitate an environment where we can explore patterns of behaviour, where you may choose to share your story, and a space where you can come to remove barriers from self, to aid you on a healing journey to be who you are.

Throughout my employment to date I have worked in the NHS, in primary care services (GP surgeries), secondary and community care services and within tertiary services (such as CAMHS). I have also worked in third sector charities, working with survivors of sexual violence, and with victims of human trafficking.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, travelling, painting (the key word being abstract), exploring and writing.

I think it is paramount that all psychologists/ therapists/ counsellors are respectful, safe, consistent and boundaried. Being accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) means that I abide to regulatory bodies code of conduct, and I am informed by their ethical guidelines.

About you
Seeking out a psychologist/ therapist can be difficult, and is also brave. Sometimes it can be confusing, scary and difficult to take the first step to an unknown. I aim to offer a supportive, warm, and facilitating environment, and believe that it is important that you have an environment where you can bring your whole self, feel emotionally held and supported, without a fear of judgement.

Sometimes throughout the therapeutic process, we might consider leaving therapy (because of the difficult emotions evoked / because of previous patterns of behaviours / defences being evoked). During this time both your commitment and my commitment would be especially important. I think that the therapy relationship can be of richness, depth and is special and so during this time I will that you are able to bring the whole of you into our therapy space where we may explore your ways of relating and being in the world.

Therapeutic approach
I identify as an integrative counselling psychologist. What does this mean? I am predominantly passionate about my training in humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches. I also value the transpersonal, which includes the whole, such as our bodily messages, mind, and our spiritual self.

Training, qualifications & experience

PGDip in Systemic Family Practice for Children and Young People                             Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children- Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
British Psychological Society Test User: Occupational, Ability (RQTU)
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in CBT
BSc Hons in Psychology

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



Please get in touch for my fees in St Albans and London practices

I believe everyone should have the opportunity to access therapeutic services. If you are in genuine hardship, please get in touch as I have a sliding scale (please enquire about my availability in the first instance).

Further information

Experiential groups:

  • Mindfulness
  • An introduction to trauma
  • Understanding self-harm
  • Self-care: self love and self healing
  • personal development groups

Experiential groups for practitioners (trainee and qualified psychologists/therapists):

  • personal development groups
  • Understanding and working with people who self-harm
  • Heal the healer: self-care for therapists
  • working with people who have experienced trauma
  • Mindfulness

These groups run with a small number of delegates (maximum 10), as I believe this adds to the experiential nature for all who attends.

Other services:

I currently write a monthly "Ask a psychologist" column, and I am happy to be contacted to support community and voluntary initiatives.

Maps & Directions

London, W1U
St. Albans, AL1 3JD

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I have availability during the week, and at the weekend. Please when enquiring, list the days/ times that are most convenient for you. *I am based in St Albans and London

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme