Fauzia Gaba - B.A.(Hons), M(BACP) Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
I am a registered BACP Psychotherapist and have been offering an affordable counselling service to individuals for well over fifteen years. I have extensive experience of counselling both Adults and Young people. I also offer Couples and marital/relationship counselling. My practice is based at home and I provide a quiet, caring, confidential and non-judgemental setting that allows a person to work through their difficulties and think about things in an alternative way. I offer the flexibility of in person counselling, online or telephone therapy so that the client has the option to choose which is of particular benefit to those who are unable to travel to their appointment or wanting their session during their working day.
I have undergone personal therapy myself and so my experience as a therapist has been gained through my own awareness as well as from working with my clients. I am able to relate to people from a wide range of social and ethnic backgrounds. In my therapy case load I have offered counselling in a variety of areas including: anxiety, abuse, addiction, bi-polar disorder, bullying, bereavement, cancer, depression, domestic violence, disability, dementia, family conflict, identity issues, low self-esteem, loss, post-natal depression, relationship issues, work related stress, self-harm, terminal illness and trauma. I have worked at a local NHS hospital trust for eight years offering short term therapy both to cancer patients, their carers and those with other mental health issues.
Counselling - what can it offer you?
Counselling is for anybody who wants to express their feelings about a situation in their life that is causing them unhappiness. There are many reasons for coming to counselling.
- You may be feeling anxious, angry, betrayed, confused, stressed overwhelmed or apathetic about life.
- Counselling can enable you to live life more fully again.
- Talking helps you to unburden any feelings, thoughts or problems that you raise regardless of how unpleasant you feel they may be.
- You will be able to unearth past memories and events and look at how they are impacting your present interactions.
- During times of change, crisis, loss, following redundancy or a period of hopelessness, counselling can be of benefit.
- Counselling can help you make sense of your situation. You will work at your own pace and make your own links in such a way that you are able to move forward from feeling trapped. This in turn can bring relief.
What kind of therapy is on offer?
I have had training in the principles of Psychodynamic Therapy. This model of counselling places emphasis on past as well as present experiences. It looks at how a person's early childhood experiences, particularly those with the family can shape our present personality and the way we feel, think and interact in current relationships.
This approach enables you to determine how unconscious thoughts, or those feelings outside our awareness, are capable of exercising influence within our everyday interactions. The uncovering of significant feelings, memories and events enables you to understand more fully the links between the past and present, identify the origins of your problem, achieve insight, bring relief and offer a new perspective that forms the basis for healing and change.
This form of therapy is suitable for working with adults and children on an individual basis, for a couple or in groups. I integrate this approach with culture centred counselling which considers how an individual may be struggling to adapt to their environment and feeling misunderstood as a direct result of their cultural frame of reference.
How long does therapy go on for?
An initial meeting with me will help you to access/determine your counselling needs. You may require a fixed number of sessions or longer term work. The duration of the therapy is flexible as I offer both brief term and open ended sessions. For example, you can attend between 12 and 24 sessions, for 12 months, or much longer.
How to access my counselling service
Contact me by phone or e-mail, as above. Please leave a message with your name and number if I am not immediately available and I will return your call as soon as possible. I will ask you to come in for an initial meeting to decide the next course of action. This will be totally confidential. We will discuss your needs for counselling at this time and practical issues such as fees and frequency of sessions. You are under no obligation to take this matter further.
"I lost my husband last year, we had been married for 42 years. I met Fauzia Gaba and from the first meeting I felt very comfortable with her she as she is a good listener and I found I could easily open up to her. Without her help I wouldn't be where I am today".
"I was a little sceptical of the benefits of counselling at first and was pushed into going by my partner, but now I am very happy and relieved that I did. I had no idea how little I really knew my own mind and that I had been carrying around misconceptions about myself and the world, the result of mental scars inflicted at an early age. A weight I never through possible to lift has been lifted! I am eternally grateful to Fauzia Gaba in Epsom for her skill and compassion in helping me to uncover the reasons I have been unhappy in certain areas. I and my partner can now look forward to a much more positive, happy and less stressful future".
"I wanted to thank you for all the help you have given Jane this year. I have noticed a big change in her over the last few months. She has settled well into college and is slowly making friends. She seems happy in herself".
Training, qualifications & experience
BPS certificate in Clinical Supervision
UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor
BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, Open University, BACP Accredited
- BA(Hons) Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling, Surrey University
- BTECH Advanced Counselling Skills & Theory Professional Development Certificate
- Certificate in Counselling Concepts
- Certificate in Brief-Term therapy
- Certificate in Counselling concepts for Couples
- Level 2 NSPCC Child Protection Awareness in Education
- BA (Hons) degree in English and History, Brunel University
- Understanding Autism, Asperger's & ADHD certificate, University of Derby online Learning
I have worked as an adult therapist at the Psychotherapy Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at Epsom General Hospital. I have extensive experience of offering therapy to cancer patients having worked for the Macmillan charity.
I was formerly a teacher/mentor and set up a counselling service in a secondary school offering support to students who were self harming, being bullied, experiencing bereavement, difficulty in school work and eating disorders among many other issues.
I have delivered seminars to trainee counselling students and written articles as a freelance journalist. My counselling experiences with carers and their families led me to join other professionals in meeting the Prime Minister at Number 10 in 2009. This opportunity helped me to further highlight the continuing importance of promoting better public awareness of the issues surrounding our emotional health
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 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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer intercultural counselling.
I am bi-lingual and can work with international expats and their spouses.
I am able to offer counselling to young people who have relocated abroad for schooling purposes and are struggling to make the adjustments and readapt to life when they return home permanently. I have worked both in the United Kingdom and overseas.
I also offer counselling to asylum seekers and those service men and women who have been overseas and are returning to the UK.
Concessions offered for
My fees for weekly individual counselling are on a sliding scale from £40 to £55 per session. The sliding scale gives you the opportunity to negotiate what is an affordable rate for you at our initial meeting.
The fee for trainee/student counsellors is a minimum of £35 per session.
For Couple therapy the rate is £70 for a full hour and a quarter.
The practice hours run from Monday through to Friday on the hour commencing at 9am with some early evening appointments.
For those clients who would prefer it online and telephone counselling is available from 8 30am.
I hold a certificate in clinical supervision awarded by the British Psychological Society and offer supervision on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
The practice runs from 9am - 7pm Monday to Friday offering as much flexibility as possible. Face to face counselling, online and telephone therapy are all available options.
- My practice is in Epsom Downs, close to Ashtead, Banstead, Box Hill, Cobham, Carshalton, Coulsdon, Croydon, Dorking, Ewell, Esher, Fetcham, Guildford, Kingswood, Kingston, Leatherhead, Mitcham, Morden, New Malden, Oxshott, Purley, Reigate, Redhill, Stoneleigh, Sutton, Tadworth, Walton-On-the-Hill, Worcester Park, Wimbledon and Wallington.
- I work from home and free car parking is available.
- Junctions 8 and 9 of the M25 are close by.
- Tattenham Corner and Epsom Downs train stations are within 10 minutes walking distance.
- Epsom main line station runs a frequent train service to Waterloo & Victoria.
- The 406 bus runs from local routes to Epsom and Tattenham Corner bus stop.