Nasif Nijabat. Systemic & Family Psychotherapist. UKCP, AFT & EMDR registered
My Name is Nasif Nijabat, but I am also known as Nij.
I have extensive experience in working with families, couples, adult individuals and young people presenting with complex, emotional well-being and mental health issues, within a health and social care setting for over 15 years.
I currently work as a senior psychotherapist and visiting lecturer for the NHS, The Tavistock & Portman Centre, in addition to my private practice from my home.
Mental health can be a scary label, attached with an array of stigma’s and challenges when facing it alone, but it doesn’t have to be that way. My aim and hope is to support people to face some of these challenges.
I am able to create a safe, secure, non-judgmental space where, empathy, transparency and sensitivity is paramount in guiding me towards your concerns, fears and needs.
I do not see the “problem” as being located in you, but a shared issue which can be unpacked and thought about together; as a way to finding hands on solutions in gaining more control over your situation and issues.
I do not claim to be able to solve your problems or have all the answers, however I am able to facilitate a space where we will be able to begin to unpack your issues together, attending to the process and patterns of behaviours, which will then provide you will the ability to draw upon your own resources and to then to hopefully feel empowered.
I am passionate about what I do, and I engage actively within sessions, sharing my thoughts, feelings (where appropriate), formulations and hypothesis - with practical hands on solution focused approach with strategies and recommendations.
I attend to the human connectedness and relational aspect first and foremost - with the view that the rest will follow once the relational aspects of trust is earnt and built.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy from the Tavistock & Portman Centre and also a BA in Social work.
I am currently a doctoral student in advanced practice and research: systemic psychotherapy also at Tavistock & Portman Centre.
Experience & current role.
I have over 20 years experience working from a grass roots level in health and social care with families and young people in a variety of settings within inner city London.
I currently work for the NHS as a the Exploitation Lead, and Specialised systemic and family psychotherapist in the Child & Adolescence Mental Health Services. The exploitation therapeutic services is first of its kind nationally in the UK, and something that I developed and lead - the focus is on the grooming process and exploitation of young people and related trauma; not only for the young person but the family as a whole.
I am also a part-time lecturer, and experiential group tutor at the Tavistock & Portman clinic on the child, adolescent and family mental wellbeing: multidisciplinary practice course - systemic module. I am also a visiting lecturer at the Great Ormond Street Hospital.
I consult with schools, social care and provide group, individual, couple and family therapy. I have published academic articles regarding my work also.
I have a proven track record of engaging “hard to reach clients” specifically young people; and this is something that I intend to research further in my studies. Specifically, how services position “harder to reach” families and the power dynamics within this.
I have over 8 years experience of providing supervision to staff within non-statutory services, NHS mental health staff, school staff and group supervision. An emphasis is given to self reflexivity, safeguarding/risk and systemic issues in regards to case discussion.
What is Systemic Psychotherapy?
Systemic therapy is a approach/way of thinking that is different to other theoretical models. It is a approach to working with: individuals, couples, families and groups.
As a systemic thinker I believe that everyone (individual) exists in a system, whether it is family, a relationship, culture, religion, work, school or so on. A system is simply a community or network in which you act on and are affected by.
There are many approaches within systemic therapy but all seek to bring about 3 major shifts in the “system”:
- shift perspective from the individual to systems (e.g. couple, family, etc.) dynamics
- shift from linear to circular causality (e.g. a causes b causes a causes b cause ...)
- separate content and process (i.e. content is the details, process is a level deeper and explains what is going on relationally and in relationships)
• So, in shifting one's perspective to systems dynamics, the client(s) may look at rules, roles and boundaries through therapy make changes where needed.
• Another way to look at circular causality is moving away from blaming but accepting responsibility/being accountable for their role in the “sharing” of the problem.
• What is content and process? Content is the details of a situation that people get caught up in. Content isn't really resolvable because the undercurrent – the process – doesn't change unless you actually focus the work on that.
Additionally, I think about the wider context and relational issues surrounding clients and their problems: such as the family, economic factors, beliefs, identity, self-esteem, gender, faith, sexuality, class, support networks and so on.
In turn, focusing on how this impacts on the person in relation to their emotional wellbeing.
What Systemic Psychotherapy doesn’t do:
Other psychotherapeutic approaches feel that difficult past experiences become ‘roots’ that lead to our present-day problems. For example, psychodynamic psychotherapy sees you talking about your past each session.
1. A systemic lens doesn’t try to find the cause in the past. Instead, it looks to the groups you operate within and believes a pattern of dysfunctional behaviours and beliefs cause our issues.
2. It doesn’t see you as “flawed” or needing a “diagnosis”
This places the blame on the individual. Systemic therapy would suggest you are a resourceful, powerful person. You are just unfortunately operating in a family or group that has unhelpful or unhealthy patterns.
3. It’s practical over analytical
Many types of therapy seek to understand. Why are you are who you are, and what causes you to do things? It’s analytical.
Systemic therapy seeks to troubleshoot and solve. What is causing you or the group to be stuck? What nudge could create new movement in the ways you relate and communicate? It’s practical.
What sort of issues can systemic therapy help with?
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines (NICE) recommends systemic therapy for:
conduct disorder (children).
Systemic therapy can also be helpful for things like:
addictions and substance abuse
anxiety/ anxiety disorders/ panic disorders
body image issues and eating disorders
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Benefits of systemic therapy – is it for you?
How can systemic therapy benefit you, your family, or your group? It’s a therapy for you if you’d like to:
- see your problems in new and different ways
- understand different perspectives
- recognise your strengths and resources and how to use them
learn how to work together (if attending as family)
- find ways to deal with difficulties that work for you and those around you
identify beneficial changes
- cope better as a unit.
What is EMDR therapy?
I have recently trained (and am training) as a EMDR therapist, and registered with the EMDR UK and Ireland regulatory body as a trainee - which is due for completion by October 2020 and am able and expected to provide EMDR therapy in this context.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. Please see link for more info:
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am able to work with most issues in regards to emotional well-being and mental health. however my specialist area is with people that have been exploited in a abusive way and the trauma related to this - I am currently working with young people who have been groomed into gangs and religious violent radicalised ideology.
I also have over 8 years experience of providing supervision to staff within non-statutory services, nhs mental health staff, school staff and group supervision. An emphasis is given to self reflexivity, safeguarding/risk and systemic issues in regards to case discussion.
Individual session: £60
EMDR: £60 for 1 hour
£65 for 1.5 hours
Couples therapy: £90
Family therapy session: £110
(£10 additional charge if visiting your home on all the above and outside of Dunmow locality)
Group therapy: please inquire.
30/40 min introduction/consultation free of charge.
Rates reflect expertise and specialism
I will provide a 30 to 40 mins introduction session free of charge. This is to assess your situation and presenting issues and also to provide you with insight to how I work and what I do.
Therafter I will give you my recommendations and you will choose if you would like to proceed with therapy. As I may not be the “fit” for you or your family.
A session equates to 1hr.
couples and family therapy sessions will be between. 60 to 90 minutes (dependent on presenting themes within the session).
Sessions will be conducted primarily on Saturdays. I am able to provide this from my home in Dunmow or at your home if you prefer.
I adhere to all the ethical procedures, practices and policies within the UKCP & AFT guidelines and also have PI insurance and have been enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked