Faz Parkar BABCP accredited CBT Therapist / EMDR- Parkar Psychological Therapy
Hi, my name is Faz Parkar and I am enthusiastic and passionate about helping people empower themselves so that they can improve their quality of life. This early desire to help and support people and make a positive impact on their lives sparked my interest in pursuing a career in mental health. As such I offer the services below:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I am trained in delivering evidence based psychological therapy for common mental health problems. This is informed by the latest clinical guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). This includes the treatment for the following:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)
- Illness Anxiety Disorder (Health Anxiety)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
In addition to this, I can offer therapy for low self-esteem, perfectionism, stress management, worry and sleeping difficulties. I also have an interest in using a CBT approach to help support people with smoking cessation. My approach involves using the evidence based treatment and adapting that to the individual in front of me, to help create an individualised approach to their treatment. I am very open to feedback from clients to help ensure they get the most meaningful gains from therapy sessions.
A typical course of therapy may last between 12 and 20 sessions, although I would complete a thorough assessment of your needs and would encourage clients to review progress after 6 to 8 sessions to help decide if it would be clinically appropriate to continue. CBT sessions are normally up to 50 minutes in duration, although some parts of treatment may require longer sessions.
An individual CBT session lasting up to 50 minutes is currently charged at £80. Therapy sessions take place at my registered office within Luton. There may be the possibility for me to deliver therapy in other locations such as your home, although there would be an extra charge for this depending on location. Now available in Harpenden as a slightly increased charge. I currently offer sessions in the evenings and weekends. Payment would be taken before the session either by cash or bank transfer. Any cancellations with less than 24 hours notice would be charged the full rate of the session.
I accept self referrals and referrals from professionals. Further costs would be incurred for assessment reports of any nature. Please enquire for further details.
I offer a completely free and no obligation 20 minute telephone consultation to discuss your needs and to see if an assessment session would be beneficial.
I have now fully trained in EMDR which is also NICE evidence based treatment for PTSD.
I have significant experience of supervising Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner’s within the NHS, as well as experience of supervising Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner’s and High Intensity CBT Trainee’s. If any such therapists would like to improve their knowledge and understanding of common mental health problems, the delivery of assessment and treatment interventions within their role and remit, as well as helping develop their clinical expertise, then feel free to get in touch. I am fully aware that sometimes this is not possible to achieve whilst working in a busy and challenging environment. I also offer help and support for those wishing to further develop their career within IAPT and who wish to progress onto High Intensity CBT training, and can help with supporting students who wish to apply for provisional accreditation or entry onto a high intensity training course via the KSA route. Supervision prices are currently £80 for 1 hour.
Consultancy and Training
I am a qualified PPiPCare Trainer and have significant experience of delivering psycho educational workshops and group therapy to clients. I also have considerable experience of providing supervision and clinical skills teaching to trainee therapists. I also run teaching modules and bespoke training to organisations to wish to learn more about recognising depression and anxiety in their workforce and CBT techniques that can be beneficial.
The benefits at an organisational level can include improved staff morale, reduced absenteeism and sickness as well as increasing productivity. If you would like to find out more about depression and anxiety, or how to manage anxiety, worry and create an environment that promotes a healthy work life balance, then please get in touch. I can also deliver bespoke training packages depending on your specific needs. Prices would be dependent on topic, location, number of delegates and duration of training.
Training, qualifications & experience
Faz Parkar is the owner and director of Parkar Psychological Therapy and Consulting. He is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and is fully accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Accreditation from the BABCP means Faz has completed high quality CBT training and has shown the knowledge, skills and competencies to deliver a high standard of evidence based psychological treatment. Being accredited by the BABCP also means Faz commits to undertaking regular supervision for his clinical work, continuing his professional development by attending training and is bound by a code of conduct which ensures he works within an ethical framework, ensuring he has the best interest of clients in mind. Further information about the BABCP can be found at www.babcp.com and accreditation status can be checked and verified at www.cbtregisteruk.com. Faz is now also fully trained and qualified in EMDR Therapy, which is an evidence based treatment for PTSD.
Faz first started working in mental health settings in 2008 where he worked on several inpatient psychiatric units in Luton. He then began working in the government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme in 2009 and he remains there today. He has worked in several different roles within those periods, which included working as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Assistant Psychologist, Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and also Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Team Lead. Faz has also spent time working in other areas whilst working within IAPT, and this included working as a Sexual Health Advisor in a GUM clinic and working as a Project Support Officer within a mental health setting.
He has significant experience of delivering evidence based treatments on an individual basis, as well as significant experience of running workshops and groups. Faz has undertaken further training in treatment of PTSD, including Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and used to run a pre treatment stabilisation group for clients presenting with PTSD. Faz also has experience of working as part of the senior management team, where he has experience in recruitment, supervision, waiting list management, service development and strategic level thinking. Faz currently works for his local IAPT service as a CBT Therapist. He has worked on secondment with the Oxford Academic Health Science Network as a Project Support Officer within the Anxiety and Depression clinical network, where he has worked alongside national experts within the field of IAPT. In his current role, he delivers high intensity CBT, as well as supervising telephone triage assessments for the team and being on the risk duty rota. Faz also supervises a number of Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Trainee High Intensity CBT therapists. Faz is also a qualified PPiPCare Trainer and Lead for his local IAPT service. PPiPCare refers to Psychological Perspectives in Primary Care which involves delivering teaching modules to various organisations or primary care staff in order to improve their knowledge and awareness of how to recognise depression and anxiety, how to use behavioural activation for depression, problem solving skills and motivational interviewing. Faz has also guest lectured at university presenting on career progression for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.
Qualifications include a BSc Honours in Psychology (University of Hertfordshire), MSc Research Methods in Psychology (University of Hertfordshire), Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health in Primary Care (University of Hertfordshire), a Post Graduate Diploma in Evidence Based Psychological Therapies (CBT) from University of Reading and also full training in EMDR via EMDR Works.
Outside of work, Faz has a significant interest in martial arts and health and fitness. He used to train in Tae Kwon Do for over 9 years and achieved his black belt in 2008 and later went on to become a qualified Tae Kwon Do Instructor with the Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB). In 2012, Faz completed his Active IQ Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer Course which was recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS). He has worked part time as a Personal Trainer in the past although now he focuses on developing his own skills in Krav Maga, which is a self-defence system which originated from Israel.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My standard fees for CBT Therapy are £80 per session which can last up to 60 minutes. If there are genuine financial difficulties, then please contact me to discuss where I will review your circumstances and try to offer you a revised fee.
Standard fees for 60 minutes of EMDR at my Cupar clinic is £100 per session. 90 minute EMDR sessions will be £150.
All these fees are for individuals, different fees apply for insurance companies and other referring parties. Extra costs to be negotiated for possible home visit sessions.
Please note that I do not offer any drop in sessions and that I will only be able to see you via a pre arranged appointment only.
Parkar Psychological Therapy and Consulting does not provide any urgent or crisis management services. If you are feeling actively suicidal with plans and intent to end your life, please make an urgent appointment with your GP. If you are unable to access your GP, you can also contact Samaritans for support on 116 123. As a last resort, if you have concerns about your immediate safety, please attend your nearest Accident and Emergency Department at Hospital. If for any reason you can not access support options previously mentioned and are actively suicidal with plans and intent, please call 999 immediately.