How counselling can help
Counselling supports us in making sense of our life. It serves as a nonjudgmental safe space to process events as they occur. Counselling sessions could also be a space to understand our values and clarify our direction in life.
Getting the support of a qualified professional means you have someone who is able to empathise with you, but also provide you with basic guidance around how to manage emotions.
How I work
I work integratively, my training was in existential psychotherapy. This means I believe that life is naturally going to present struggles and that we need to navigate our way through life's givens: loneliness, anxiety and death are all givens of our life. I believe that the goal of therapy is to create space to reflect and align oneself with one's values and understand our limitations. I believe that trauma has a lasting impact on our bodies and minds, and that through understanding the mind-body connection, healing can ultimately take place.
I have experience working in multiple settings, including inpatient settings. I offer supportive psychotherapy and existential psychotherapy which is more long-term. I have a special interest in working with people who have social anxiety and problems relating to others. I also have deep interest in working with people who have experienced psychosis, and related illnesses. Furthermore I have extensive experience working with complex trauma.
We know how hard it is
Finding the right therapist can be a daunting process. This is why I offer an initial 30 minute phone call prior to commencing therapy. Taking the step to commit to psychotherapy is an act of courage, and I treat it as such. I have a strong network of therapists that I am happy to refer on to if it feels like they would be more well-suited to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience began right after I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I worked for two years at a Psychiatric hospital, where I provided counselling and case management for individuals presenting with a clinical diagnosis (e.g. Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder).
Right after that I started pursuing my Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. I carried out various clinical placements in the NHS and in short-term settings as well as in long-term settings.
I work existentially which means I emphasise meaning-making within my work. However my diverse experience has called upon a more integrative approach, which means I borrow techniques from various different sources: the medical model, psychoanalysis as well as some elements of CBT and mindfulness. This because my experience taught me that no two people are the same.
I practice in English but can also offer therapy in Arabic.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My schedule shifts and changes and it's better to contact me directly for availability on my email.