Dr Amirah Iqbal
The Trauma Clinic
22 Bloomsbury Street
The Albany Centre
4 Victoria Street
I am a BPS registered and Chartered Counselling Psychologist (registered with the Health and Care Professional Council).
I specialise in helping individuals who have been impacted by stress, identity issues, depression, injury, anxiety or trauma.
I use an integrative and collaborative style drawing upon my training in Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic and Attachment approaches, Trauma-informed therapies and Mindfulness within a humanistic framework using what is most appropriate after consultation with yourself. I offer short to long-term work, and we will review therapy after every 6 sessions.
I can also offer EMDR Therapy for single event traumas.
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 worked in third sector charities, working with survivors of sexual violence, and with victims of human trafficking.
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.
Very often, most people who seek out a psychologist have tried to cope and carry on holding onto alot of stress, difficulty and pain. I know the importance of being warm, and supportive, and to offer a facilitating environment, where you do not feel judged.
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.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been employed in the field of psychology for the last 9 years, and I have been in university, studying psychology, for 10 years.
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Referrals: Individual self-referral; AXA; VITALITY; AVIVA recognised psychologist. I also take referrals from GPs, psychiatrists and agencies, and I offer a medico-legal services.
Fees are £110 per 50 minute psychological therapy session in London and £90 per 50 minute psychological therapy session in St Albans.
The assessment session is £130 for up to a 90 minute meeting
Please get in touch for rates for insurance and medico-legal
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, and offer 2 pro-bono cases at any one time.
- 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
These groups run with a small number of delegates (maximum 10), as I believe this adds to the experiential nature for all who attends.
I currently write a monthly "Ask a psychologist" column, and I am happy to be contacted to support community and voluntary initiatives.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have availability during the week,
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|