Dr Nargis Islam
I am a Clinical Psychologist and Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in working with people with a wide range of emotional difficulties including anxiety, depression, panic, physical health related difficulties, relationship problems, low self-esteem, anger problems, childhood abuse, the psychological effects of trauma, stress and work related problems.
Why you might be considering therapy:
Life can be difficult, and we can experience emotional challenges, relationship worries or challenging situations. We can feel sad, anxious, hopeless and overwhelmed, and end up feeling ‘stuck’, finding it hard to think about what to do to make things feel or get better. It can be a big step to think about therapy, and even finding out about what therapists and therapies 'are out there' can be quite daunting. However difficult it feels, it is important to hold in mind that considering therapy may also be your first step in recognising that we all need support to work through painful and bewildering emotional challenges at some point in our lives, and that positive change is both possible and achievable.
What I offer:
I provide a client -centred, compassionate and non-judgemental psychological therapy service, and my approach to therapeutic work is to be open and collaborative. Central to my approach is the importance of the therapeutic relationship; a safe and supportive space within which you can work on achieving positive change. I am trained and accredited in a range of evidence based therapeutic models and I draw on these to provide a therapy that is tailored to your individual needs and will focus on helping you to achieve your goals. I am particularly interested in helping people to recognise, connect to and develop their strengths and resilience so that the changes they make as a result of the therapy are sustained over time.
My therapeutic approach is integrative and in my therapeutic work I draw on various models including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Based Therapy, Cognitive-Analytic Therapy, Systemic Therapy and Psychodynamic Theory.
What can you expect from therapy?
We will meet for an initial 'assessment' session. This session is typically 1 - 1.30 hours, and in this we talk about the difficulties you have been experiencing, and what things you might want to work on. We will use this space to think about the most helpful and appropriate way to achieve these goals.
If we decide that therapy with me is a good option, we will usually arrange to meet for a set number of weekly one hour sessions. During the course of the sessions we will work together to develop an understanding of your difficulties within a psychological framework, a bit like a 'psychological map'. Through using this 'map' we will have a better idea of the kinds of strategies and skills that you will need to work on developing in the therapy to help you to manage and improve how you feel about the things that have been challenging to you. I also find it helpful to periodically review how we both feel the therapy is progressing, to make sure things are moving in the right direction, and to discuss anything that may need to change about the work.
I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), and I have Chartered and Associate Fellow Status with the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner.
As a Registered Practitioner Psychologist I adhere to the code of conduct outlined by the Health & Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society. In line with regulatory and professional requirements I receive regular supervision for my work.
Where I work:
I am currently only offering online therapy services due to current COVID restrictions.
Alongside my private practice I have worked for NHS Oxfordshire Adult Psychological Therapies Services, working with people experiencing long-term and severe mental health problems. I now provide consultancy services on mental health service delivery and mental health strategy to humanitarian/refugee and development sector organisations. I am a Senior Lecturer and Tutor on the Prof Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London, and incoming Co-Chair for the Committee for Accreditation of Clinical Psychology Programmes across the UK. I am a Workplace Mental Health Trainer for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, where I support organisations to understand and manage the mental well-being of their workforce. I am also a Trustee for Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC).
The first appointment is longer (90 minutes) and costs £160, the following sessions are £120 p/hour. For online therapy you would need to have a stable internet connection.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Practitioner Training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Oxford Health NHS Trust & Sheffield Hallam University
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University
- BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Kent
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
The Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy
The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) is a registered charity. They welcome members of the public, health professionals, ACAT accredited professionals, and anyone interested in finding out more about CAT. They list CAT practitioners.
Areas of counselling I deal with
The first appointment is longer (90 minutes) and costs £160, the following sessions are £120 p/hour.
Clinic Times Tuesday PM, Friday AM