Hend Farza - MSt, UKCP(Accred), MBACP(Reg), ISTDP(UK)
I am a psychodynamic therapist with 10 years of counselling experience. The counselling room in which I practice is situated on the ground floor of a health clinic. It is quiet and discrete, just a few minutes walk from bus stops going in and out the centre of Oxford. There is also free 2-hour parking in the vicinity.
I mainly use a form of therapy called Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. It is well-supported by clinical research and often produces powerful results. It is a recognised evidence-based treatment for anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and a variety of self-defeating behaviours, which often originate from troubled early life attachments. It can also help to alleviate physical health problems which may have a psychological origin.
This form of therapy requires an active collaboration between me and the patient, where non judgement, kindness and curiosity are essential.
We engage in a process where life events and historical roots of the difficulty are explored with love, care and precision. It is a journey of discovery and transformation, looking for and overcoming the barriers to personal happiness and fulfilment.
Training, qualifications & experience
Before starting counselling in 2008, I worked for many years in academia notably in Oxford as a senior scientist.
I hold an MSt in Psychodynamic Practice from the University of Oxford and I am a qualified Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) practitioner accredited by the IEDTA.
I am also a trained Cruse Bereavement Counsellor.
I am used to working with university students, for the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, for EAP and in private practice. I have also worked with children in secondary education.
Presently I only work with individuals aged 18 and over, and the length of treatment depends on the issues presented.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with