Nasif Nijabat (Nij) MSc, BA(hons), PGdip. UKCP registered

Nasif Nijabat (Nij) MSc, BA(hons), PGdip. UKCP registered



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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 emotional well-being and mental health issues, within social care for over 15 years. I currently work as a senior psychotherapist and lecturer for the NHS 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 you in facing 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, which will then provide you will the ability to draw upon your own resources and to then 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 & PGdip in Systemic Pyschotherapy from the Tavistock & Portman Centre and also a BA in social work. I am also a doctoral student Systemic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock & Portman Centre.

I have over 15 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 the client 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 client 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 am part of the UKCP committee board as committee member - which regulates and informs the direction of family and systemic practice and policy in the UK

i further specialise in engaging “hard to reach clients” specifically young people. I attend to the human connectedness and relational aspect first and foremost - with the view that the rest will follow once trust is earned 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 and internal to the NHS on my work, Systemic approaches and ideas.

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

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

Couples therapy: £70

Family therapy session: £90

(£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.

Further information

I will provide a 30 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.

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 guidelines and also have PI insurance.

Maps & Directions

Dunmow, CM6

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Saturdays and weekday evenings (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