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Farishta Jalal BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist, EMDR Therapist (MSc, PgDip CBT,)

Birmingham, B16 8LB 07800935568 07800935568 Registered / Accredited
Birmingham, B16 8LB
07800935568 07800935568

About me

Hello and welcome to my page. I am Farishta Jalal. I am an accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist having gained my Postgraduate Diploma in CBT at the University of Derby. I am also a qualified and experienced EMDR Therapist. I have experience of working with adults aged 16+, presenting with a wide range of psychological difficulties in a variety of settings. Areas of expertise include:

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Social anxiety

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,

Panic and Agoraphobia


Low Self-esteem

Workplace stress

Career and performance coaching

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT, is a talking therapy that has been proven to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. According to CBT, thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are all interconnected. How we think about or perceive a situation affects how we feel and the way we act. In turn, our actions can affect how we think and feel. The way our body feels is linked to our emotions and our thoughts.

In CBT, the therapist and client work together to identify any dysfunctional thoughts or behaviours that are maintaining the problems, and thinking about whether these could be changed. CBT works at different levels of cognition; the negative automatic thoughts, the underlying assumptions and rules for living and the maladaptive core belief systems underlying more chronic and complex presentations.

Homework is an essential part of therapy. The therapist and client agree on a set of actions or behaviours to be completed between the sessions in order to achieve speedy and long-term benefits from therapy.

There is a great deal of research evidence for the efficacy of CBT in treating depression and anxiety disorders. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health. CBT is recommended as a first line treatment by NICE for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a trauma therapy developed by psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro.

EMDR incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with bilateral eye movements or other forms of rhythmic, left-right stimulation. One of the key elements of EMDR is “dual stimulation.” During treatment, you are asked to think or talk about memories, triggers, and painful emotions while simultaneously focusing on your therapist’s moving finger or another form of bilateral stimuli. In a typical EMDR therapy session, you focus on traumatic memories and associated negative emotions and beliefs while tracking your therapist’s moving finger with your eyes as it moves back and forth across your field of vision. Other forms of external stimuli that may be used in EMDR therapy include bilateral tactile sensations and sounds (e.g. alternating hand taps or a chime that pans back and forth from ear to ear).

At the time of a traumatic event, strong emotions interfere with our ability to completely process the experience and one moment becomes “frozen in time.” Recalling the traumatic event may feel as though the person is reliving the event all over again because the images, smells, sounds, and feelings are still there and can be triggered in the present. When activated, these memories cause a negative impact on our daily functioning and interfere with the way we see ourselves and our world, and how we relate to others.

EMDR therapy appears to directly affect the brain, “unfreezing” the traumatic memories, allowing you to resolve them. Over time the disturbing memory and associated beliefs, feelings, sensations become “digested” or worked through until you are able to think about the event without reliving it. The memory is still there, but it is less upsetting.

EMDR is an effective therapy for the treatment of a wide range of psychological traumas including, childhood sexual abuse, bullying, domestic violence, one-off traumas and complex traumas.

I have a particular interest in the area of psychological trauma including childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, one-off traumas and complicated grief.

Aside from my private practice, I work for an Occupational Health service as a CBT and EMDR Therapist. My caseload includes working therapeutically with clients, assessing fitness for work and providing management advice.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • (2017) MSc Occupational Psychology
  • BPS Test - User Qualification Level A and Level B - Occupational Ability and Personality Testing
  • (02/2013 - 12/ 2013) EMDR Parts 1 - 4 - EMDR Works
  • (2011 - 2013) Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - University of Derby
  • 2010 - 2011) University Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Skills and Theory
  • (2010) University Diploma in Psychotherapeutics ( Person-Centred, Attachment and CBT)
  • (2009) BSc (Hons) Psychology

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • EMDR
  • Other therapies


I charge £70 per hour for CBT sessions (50 minutes), £75 for EMDR and performance coaching sessions.

Discount for block bookings.

Payment taken in cash and via bank transfer.

Cancellations of sessions with less than 24 hours notice will be chargeable.

Further information

I am experienced in undertaking fitness for work assessments.

I would welcome referrals from insurance companies, GPs, other health professionals and self-referrals.

Free on-site parking is available.

Vancouver House
111 Hagley Road
B16 8LB

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified



Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Farishta Jalal BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist, EMDR Therapist (MSc, PgDip CBT,)

Farishta Jalal BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist, EMDR Therapist (MSc, PgDip CBT,)

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