Hi, my name is Imtiaz I am a fully qualified person-centred counsellor and offer professional, confidential and caring service to individuals and organisations. I am based in Newcastle up on Tyne and cover from Middlesbrough to Northumberland.
In the past I was a fully qualified social worker and had a career in this for the past 25 years. The combination of the two qualifications gives me good insight into people's issues, and how to relate and connect to them.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within the ethical guidelines.
I speak three different languages English, Urdu, and Punjabi. If required I can conduct sessions in the first language that people speak.
My therapy is tailored to your needs, I provide a welcoming and safe environment where you can find the help and support you need on a range of issues by a qualified professional.
In the present difficult times anxiety levels can become very high and people can become stressed and depressed or generally low mood. These are common feelings which can make your life difficult, or you may be stuck in a situation and don’t know where to turn for help or how to make the necessary changes which will ease your situation. Counselling can help you look at this by challenging your current thinking and see if you can break the current cycle to enable you to move forward in your life.
I know it can be difficult opening up and sharing painful memories and overwhelming feelings with a stranger. I provide a safe space where you can talk about your feelings and the important things that are affecting your life, this will happen at your pace, as I understand that it takes time to build trust and confidence to open up. Together we will explore your feelings and I will stay alongside you while we get to know each other.
I can offer coping techniques which can help you to understand yourself and how you can make changes to improve your life.
As a counsellor I will provide you with the space and the support you need to explore your thoughts, feelings, and help you to resolve your issues. I will listen to you without any judgement, and hope to work with you to find some insight into how to bring about positive changes in your life and relationships.
How I can help
Counselling and psychotherapy can help you work through your anxiety, at times when you feel unhappy and unsupported, I will listen to your worries and anxieties and explore how I can support you feel more comfortable in yourself and your life.
We will work together at your pace and what issues are important for you, we will explore what has led you be where you at the present moment.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger and management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Binge eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career support
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self- esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post traumatic distress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Regency and birth
- Relationship problems
- Self- harm
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
- Young carers
Additional issues that I deal with
- Forced marriage
- Arranged marriage
- Interracial and interfaith relationship
- Intergenerational conflict “culture Gap”
- Elderly Abandonment
- Financial problems and unemployment
- Bullying harassment and racial attacks
- Pre-marital pressures
- Refugees and Asylum seekers
- Identity issues
- Female genital mutilation
- Human trafficking and slavery
- Person centred
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
Sessions are 50 minutes per week (free 20 minute consultation)
Training, qualifications & experience
Foundation Degree in counselling.
Registered Member of the National Counselling society.
Qualification of Social work Qualification (C.Q.S.W)
Registered member of Social Work England.
With a background in Social work I have worked with disadvantaged families, poverty, trauma, my client group included young people and adults, with client issues ranging from domestic violence, substance misuse child protection, my specialism was in Adoption and Fostering, working with families in particular BAME issues. I am commitment to safeguarding when working with younger clients.
I am currently working with mindful therapy agency offering counselling to clients on a part time basis.
Testimony from a previous client says:
“I started therapy incredibly anxious, finding it hard to trust anyone, Imtiaz opened a safe space with me and made sure I was cared for and comfortable. She has helped significantly in reflecting back what I am going through and showed me ways of ways of working with those things."
"Her approach is very simple and effective. Above all she makes me feel heard and is generous with her time and investment in my well-being."
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are 50 minutes per week (free 20 minutes consultation)
£35.00 per hour
- Low income
Concessions offered for
Clients by appointment, I have availability weekdays and Saturday - if that is more suitable appointments can be arranged.
I am currently doing online and telephone counselling during the lockdown period.