Meera Shah MBACP
Borough House Rooms
4th Floor, 80 Borough High Street
I am a fully accredited counsellor and psychotherapist and have been practicing in London for the past 5 years. I currently work both in private practice and with the Amy Winehouse Foundation providing therapy to women in recovery.
I offer private counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment. My consulting room is located on Borough High street, minutes from London Bridge station and close to Borough, Southwark, Elephant and Castle, Bermondsey and Canary Wharf. I also see clients in Docklands E14
We are all faced with times in our life where we feel overwhelmed. Living in such a fast paced city as London also brings it's own particular set of difficulties, including isolation, feeling overwhelmed, and other daily stressors.
Sometimes we have the capacity and resources to cope with the issues life brings at us. At other times we might find ourselves needing additional help and support. Or we have been struggling with a particular issue for so long that it seems almost impossible to see a way forward.
Therapy offers a space to explore the issues you wish to bring with an experienced professional, willing to step into your world in order to help you grapple with whatever comes up. Tackling your issues with a counsellor can help to bring clarity, change perspective, and help you make positive changes.
I can work on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period. I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist with clients with the following issues, but my work is not limited to the list below.
- Relationships and Family issues
- Workplace Stress
- Low self-esteem
I have a special interest in issues around belonging and community, a topic brought much more to focus following recent political events both here and in the wider world. I am particularly interested in hearing the voices of black, minority ethnic people. I believe in therapy that is inclusive of all ways of looking at mental health and the resources different communities and individuals use to manage and care for each other and themselves.
I do offer online counselling, through a platform called Zoom, a more secure alternative to Skype. If you wish to know more about this please contact me either via email or phone to discuss further..
What to expect
Each session will last 50 minutes and is normally weekly at the same time. The first session is an assessment. We will discuss and consider your concerns and problems and any thoughts and feelings you have about counselling. At the same time you will get a sense of how I work and whether or not you wish to pursue further sessions.
Short term counselling (6-12 sessions) can be useful for working on specific issues, start to make sense of them and find strategies for different ways of managing.
Longer term work is particularly helpful where the difficulties are more complex and as a result further exploration is needed, for example, recovery from abuse, long term depression, bereavement or issues with anger.
Training, qualifications & experience
- M.A Integrative Psychotherapy - The Minster Centre & Middlesex University.
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling - The Minster Centre.
- Over 13 years experience in the housing, care and support sector.
- Member of the Black and Asian Therapist Network
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Initial consultations are free so that you we can meet and you can get a sense of how I work, as well as get a feel for whether you can work with me. After which I charge £60 a session.
What is counselling and psychotherapy?
We all experience times of difficulty. Sometimes however, certain situations can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. Whether you need help in managing depression or anxiety, are struggling within your relationship or have experienced significant trauma that you feel you need to understand and talk through in order to move on with your life, then counselling can certainly help you.
In the initial session I'll be finding out what has brought you to therapy, some background on your life, family, current living situation, work etc. In this session we'll work to identify what you wish to work on and explore what might have been holding you back so far.
In further sessions, depending on what we've decided to work on, I'll explore issues in greater depth with you. I'll ask questions, make observations, ask you what you think about things to get a greater picture of your values, your motivations and how you respond to your situation. We'll explore feelings, thoughts and even actions. I won't necessarily give you advice, but might offer suggestions on actions to take.
I believe the process should be as collaborative as possible and whilst I may have the training and experience as a therapist, I am not the expert in your own life. This process should be one that helps you become more aware of aspects of yourself in order to support you to make the choices in your life that work for you.
Difference between counselling and psychotherapy
In practice there is very little difference between the work of a counsellor and that of psychotherapist. Traditionally the training for psychotherapy tends to be much longer and counselling often refers to talking therapy that is short term (perhaps only 6-8 weeks) with a focus on specific issues that the client brings. Psychotherapy tends place more consideration on historical factors in a person’s life, and explores childhood relationships as a way to understand a person’s present issues. However this does not necessarily mean that all issues are reduced simply down to a person’s relationship to their parents.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am currently available Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings
Types of client