Nafeeza Towheed PgDip, MA, MBACP, Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Coach
I am a warm, experienced and straightforward therapist.
Since 2010, I have worked successfully with people of various ethnicities, backgrounds, sexual identities and ages to address issues such as depression, anxiety, relationships, family, cultural issues, work, bereavement, loss, trauma, sexuality, identity, creative blocks, self-esteem and confidence amongst many others.
I am usually based in Shoreditch, Central London EC2 and Harley Street, W1G. However, I am now working solely via secure video / phone sessions, using either Zoom, FaceTime, Teams, Hangouts, Skype, WhatsApp or via phone call.
I decided to retrain as a therapist following my own positive experience with a counsellor during a period where I felt lost and stuck in various aspects of my life. I knew then that I wanted to support and empower others in the same way.
It now gives me great deal of satisfaction to work with people who bravely face their difficulties head on, in order to achieve their goals. Witnessing the subtle and powerful changes that people experience when they are truly accepting of themselves is a great privilege and never fails to move me.
My Therapy Approach
I understand that your experiences, challenges, pain and gifts are completely unique to you and a one-size-fits-all model won't suit everyone.
As an integratively-trained counsellor and psychotherapist, I individually tailor my approach to suit your needs, using a wide range of thinking and techniques.
I think it is important to seek to understand the entirety of the person I am working with and therefore my approach is relational, holistic and sensitive to social, sexual and cultural difference and diversity.
I believe that how we relate to and see ourselves, how we connect to others and how we view the world around us is heavily influenced by the significant relationships we have/have had within our lives.
In taking the time and space to identify and understand these enduring relational themes, we can find greater ease in managing our lives, reconnect to a stronger sense of our own identity and develop healthier ways of communicating and connecting with others.
Paying attention to what happens between us in the therapy room may also reflect processes that happen outside. I work from the position that awareness, healing and growth happens in relationship and that the quality of relationship between client and therapist, regardless of therapy type, is the bedrock of successful therapy.
My priority is therefore to co-create an environment of trust, mutual respect and joint collaboration that will allow you to feel safe enough to dare to explore the aspects of your life that challenge you the most.
I know how difficult it can be to seek therapy, let alone choose from the wide range of practitioners available. With that in mind, I offer the following:
- A free and informal 15-20 minute telephone/video call to talk through any questions you might have about therapy, prior to booking an initial meeting online.
- An initial meeting and assessment (50-60 minutes), to get a feel for me and how we might work together. There is no obligation to continue after that, should you so wish.
For further information about me and how I work, or to book a call or initial session, please contact me or visit my website https://www.nafeezatowheed.co.uk/
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. My rigorous five year training was undertaken at The Minster Centre, the leading integrative counselling and psychotherapy training institute in Europe.
I have also completed a Masters degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, accredited by Middlesex University and the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I have worked in private practice for the last 7 years. Previously, I worked for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust as a psychotherapist seeing acute clients for a range of issues including clinical depression, anxiety, PTSD, addictions, abuse, complex trauma, co-dependency, eating disorders, bereavement, family and relationship issues.
I was also a specialist bereavement counsellor with Camden, City of Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service and a therapist at The Minster Centre Counselling and Psychotherapy Service.
For the last six years, I have taught on the Skills for Working with Trauma course for psychotherapists-in-training at the Minster Centre.
I am a registered member of the BACP and abide by their code of ethics to ensure safe and confidential practice.
I regularly undertake additional training to increase my knowledge and enhance my practice.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specialist areas of work
The following are issues that I am highly experienced and interested in working with:
- Working with and through creative blocks
- Oppression, difference or feeling like an ‘outsider’
- Identity crisis and feeling disconnected
- Home and belonging
- Major life transitions
- Navigating our mixed heritages and cultures
- Adjusting to living, working or studying in London
- Existential and spiritual exploration (searching for meaning and purpose)
Initial session and assessment (60/90mins)
- Individuals - £80
- Couples - £135
Ongoing 50/80 minute sessions
- Individuals - £85 to £110
- Couples - £135 to £160