Meera Shah MBACP
I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. I am trained in several theoretical perspectives which allow me a flexibility in my approach to working with each client and ensuring each therapeutic relationship is based on the individual needs and goals of the person.
I currently practice from rooms located minutes from Borough Station, close to London Bridge, Elephant and Castle and Bermondsey.
I also have a background in housing related care and support; running services to help people with a variety of support needs, from physical disabilities to mental health, stay independent in their homes. Through this work I have come to understand that mental health can be severely impacted when our lives are threatened by homelessness or a lack of security and stability.
As in integrative psychotherapist I am informed by different approaches, to enable me to tailor the therapy to the clients needs. I draw from attachment theory, which is a means to understand how early experiences affect present day relationships, relational psychotherapy, in which the moment within the therapeutic relationship are used to help challenge and shift perspectives.
I work with my clients based on what they as individuals bring both in terms of the content of their presenting issues and in their own ways of looking at themselves and the world around them. I do not believe in a one size fits all approach. Above all what matters is establishing a strong collaborative relationship between myself and the client and creating a space where you as the client feel heard and understood, especially when you are bringing experiences and issues that feel difficult or painful to express.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- 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
I charge between £60
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.
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
Types of client