Dr Nargis Islam, Clinical Psychologist (DClinPsy, CPsychol., AFBPsS)

Dr Nargis Islam, Clinical Psychologist (DClinPsy, CPsychol., AFBPsS)


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About me

I am a Clinical Psychologist and Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner with over 12 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 if 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, Cognitive-Analytic Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory and EMDR.

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). 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 have consulting rooms for my private practice in Abingdon, at the Ock Street Clinic.

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 currently work with refugee mental health issues in humanitarian settings.


The first appointment is longer (90 minutes) and costs £150, the following sessions are £110 p/hour

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Photos & videos

  • Therapy Room
  • Therapy Room 2


The first appointment is longer (90 minutes) and costs £150, the following sessions are £110 p/hour

Maps & Directions

Abingdon, OX14

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I work on a Wednesday 8am - 6pm

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I provide evidence based model supervision for a range of health professionals including psychologists, senior management health professionals, mental health nurses, and social workers.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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