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Nasif Nijabat. Systemic & Family Psychotherapist. UKCP, AFT & EMDR registered

Dunmow, Essex, CM6 Registered / Accredited

About me


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 social care 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 practical solutions and 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 think through 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 strategies and recommendations.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc in Systemic Pyschotherapy from the Tavistock & Portman Centre and also a BA in Social work. I have also been accepted as a doctoral student in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock & Portman Centre and due to begin in 2020.

I have over 20 years experience working in social care with families and young people in a variety of settings within inner city London.

I currently work for the NHS as a specialised systemic and family psychotherapist in the Child & Adolescencent Mental Health Services. Which means that I specialise in thinking 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. Ultimately I specialise in relationships.

My specialism in the NHS is “Exploitation” Which, works with young people and families who have been groomed into violent, extremist ideology, gangs, sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation. I consult with schools, social care and provide group, individual 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 for the future. 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.

I am also a part-time visiting lecturer at the Tavistock & Portman clinic on the D24 course - systemic module. I also provide workshops externally as well as internal to the NHS.

I have 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.

I have also 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 June 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:



Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

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 - I am currently working with young people who have been groomed into gangs and religious violent radicalised ideology.

I also have 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: £50 for 1 hour

          £60 for 1.5 hours

Couples therapy: £80

Family therapy session: £100

(£10 additional charge if visiting your home on all the above and outside of Dunmow locality)

Group therapy: please inquire.

Supervison: £70

30/40 min introduction/consultation free of charge.

Rates reflect expertise and specialism

Concession rate’s are also available in respect of need - please do not hesitate to ask.

Further information

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 and weekday evenings. 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 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Saturdays primarily (please inquire). Please do leave a voice message if there isn’t any answer or send over a email and I will get back to you within 24hrs. Thank you.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Nasif Nijabat. Systemic & Family Psychotherapist.  UKCP, AFT & EMDR registered

Nasif Nijabat. Systemic & Family Psychotherapist. UKCP, AFT & EMDR registered