Azah Yazmin Yusofali MSSc, BACP, KBPA
1 Castle Mews
My name is Azah and I live in London. I worked as a counsellor in private practice for eight years and four of them as a couples counsellor Malaysia. Now I have a private practice in Finchley, London. My first marriage did not work out and ended up in divorce. I know how it feels being stuck in a relationship with no solution in sight. There was no help for me at that time or did I have someone neutral to talk too to help me figure things out. Since then I have dedicated my life's work to learning and sharing what makes a good relationship and marriage. I changed my career and became a couples counsellor to provide that space that I didn't have. My purpose now is to help couples who feel stuck in their relationship get back to the happy place and remind them why they fell in love with each other in the first place. Or have clarity and confidence to move on to a better place.
I trained as a couples counsellor and use Emotionally Focused Therapy and Discernment Counselling in my sessions. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), The Board of Counsellors Malaysia and Malaysian Marriage and Family Therapy Association.
I am bilingual and both speak English and Bahasa Malaysia fluently. I can understand and speak basic Bahasa Indonesia. I am a third culture kid (TCK). TCKs are raised in a culture other than their parents' or the culture of the country named on their passport for a significant part of their early development years. This is my superpower because it makes me very sensitive and appreciative of religious, cultural and diversity of couples I work with.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Psychology (Roehampton) in pursuit
- MSSc Counselling Psychology, UKM (M'sia)
- DSLP Shariah Law and Practise, UIA (M'sia)
- LL.B(Hon) UiTM (M'sia)
- Emotionally Focused Couple's Therapy
- Discernment Counselling
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming
- 8 years in private practice
- 4 years as a couple's therapist
Areas of counselling I deal with
For individual session/hopeful spouse counselling
- Fees are £80 per therapeutic hour.
For couple/marriage counselling, I operate on a staggered-discount fee structure aimed at encouraging clients to stay with the therapy process in order to reach their intended goals.
- For couple/marriage counselling fees start at £180 – £130.
- Discernment counselling start at £290-£130 (2-hour session)
I offer two types of services for couples. Couple Counselling and Discernment Counselling. For both services, both partners need to attend together. For partners whose mate does not want to attend counselling, I offer Hopeful Spouse Counselling. There is no need for your mate to come for therapy if they don’t want to.
Couple Counselling. For couple/marriage counselling, the modality I use for marriage counselling is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT is an empirically based and cutting-edge approach to marriage counselling. Research shows 70-75% of couples journey from marital distress to repair and recovery. 90% show significant improvement in their relationship. Recovery is stable and lasting with little evidence of relapse or distress. It is a short-term structured approach to couple’s therapy and typically takes 8-20 session but can be longer depending on how distressed the couple is.
Discernment counselling is a transformational experience for couples where one spouse is not sure whether they want to stay in the marriage or not and the other wants to work on the relationship. They may doubt whether marriage counselling will work for them or they don’t want to attend marriage counselling. The modality accepts mixed-agenda couples and works with their ambivalence rather than sweeping it under the carpet.
The initial commitment for couples is simply a one, 2-hour session. During the session, each person decides separately if they would like one more session for a maximum of five sessions. The goal for discernment counselling is to provide clarity and confidence for the direction of the marriage that is based on a deeper understanding of what has happened and how each person has contributed to the problem.
Hopeful Spouse Counselling. If you find that your partner refuses to attend couples therapy or marriage counselling, then Hopeful Spouse Counselling may be appropriate for you. Consider it like help or coaching for yourself to learn what you can do without your partner being involved. You are taking a proactive approach to your relationship.
There could be many reasons why a person would like to work on the relationship while the other may not. It could be they are not ready or simply refuses to. If this describes your relationship or marriage, Hopeful Spouse Counselling can help.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia|
I am available from Tuesdays through Thursday.
Types of client