Ninoslava Shah

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Gestalt Counsellor Dip MBACP Accred 111450, Reiki Master L3
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Farnborough GU14 & Reading RG2
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About me

Hi, I'm Nina.

I offer remote therapy and consultancy from the convenience of your home or office. Consultancy is for parents and educators seeking guidance in how to best support neurodivergent children and students. 

Sessions can be conducted via:

  • audio and video sessions for a more traditional experience
  • SMS if you prefer writing, but still want 'live' responses
  • email sessions, which can really help reduce sensory overload or demands, or provide better access to support, if you struggle with time or schedule management.

I have training and extensive experience working with areas relating to identity or belonging, which could include:

  • people of mixed culture or living a mixed culture life e.g. expat or immigrant life
  • suspected or diagnosed neurodivergence
  • gender, sexual or relationship diversity
  • death and dying - grief, bereavement
  • the twin relationship, including estrangement or loss

I also have lived experience, identifying as neurodivergent myself (currently undergoing assessment) from a highly neurodivergent, mixed culture family, and with fluidity and openness around sexual and relationship preferences.

If you have questions and would like to book a free introductory session, or you want to go straight to booking an initial therapy session with me, please get in touch via email at nina@ninekeys.co.uk or you can WhatsApp me on +46 764 311 318.

Free information and tips are also available on my YouTube channel, The Rambling Counsellor (https://www.youtube.com/@TheRamblingCounsellor) - aimed at supporting parents and educators supporting neurodivergent young people, or couples and families trying to figure out a calmer neurodivergent family life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have almost 30 years of experience within mental health and wellbeing. I have worked in a therapeutic setting since 2010, in private practice as a counsellor and Reiki healer, and as a volunteer and school counsellor for ARC Counselling in Wokingham, Berkshire. I have been based in Stockholm since 2021 and continue to work online with UK clients. 

I hold a BSc in Psychology from Manchester University, specialising in the psychology of love, social communication via the Internet, and work-related stress. During this time I also obtained training and experience of working with neurodivergence - I also self identify as neurodivergent (currently undergoing assessment), and was brought up in, and now live in, a wholly neurodivergent household.

I am an accredited Gestalt Counsellor and trained at the Gestalt Centre in Old Street, London. I have obtained additional training and experience in:

  • Anger, leading to violence, depression or lack of direction
  • Bereavement, death and dying
  • Gender, sexual and relationship diversity
  • Neurodivergence including ADHD, autism, dyslexia and giftedness
  • Racial and cultural identity
  • Women and mental health, including the impact and experience of menopause
  • Ways of working such as:
    • Email counselling
    • Online and telephone counselling
    • Outdoor/nature or ‘walk and talk’ therapy
    • Meditation, visualisation and mindfulness practices
    • Therapeutic writing such as journalling and freefall writing

Growing up as a child of mixed culture and of mixed religions, from a family with strong neurodivergent minds, my focus is on working with those who may struggle to find their place of belonging in the world, and strive to find a way to live a life where they can truly be themselves. 

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BACP
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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Because of my own cultural background I have a particular interest in the impact of difference, whether cultural, relating to faith and belief, or individual e.g. neurodivergence such as autism/ADHD, mental health problems, GSRD, physical difference.

I work with what arises from feeling different or misunderstood, and the impact on life direction this can have. For example, when it leads to feelings of anger, anxiety, depression, helplessness or lack of purpose.

I also work with issues relating to life transition points, and their impact on relationships with self and others. These transitions might include:

  • Identity, life choices, and life transitions, for example:
    • Confusion around your gender or sexual identity
    • Becoming an adult
    • Marriage, pregnancy or becoming a parent
    • Coping with age-related changes, including menopause and andropause (‘male menopause’)
    • Relationship breakdown, including infidelity or jealousy
  • Coping with issues relating to start and end of life:
    • Conception and pregnancy
    • Dying and death
  • Loss of faith or uncertainty surrounding personal beliefs.

These transitions can result in existential crisis. This is where everything you once assumed or expected in life, has been lost. You may feel uncertain or afraid. You no longer feel able to predict or assure your future. You may be wondering, what is my purpose?

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Fees

£50.00 - £100.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

For therapy sessions, I offer a sliding scale from £50 to £70 for a 50 minute session. Longer sessions of 90 minutes range from £75 to £100. You choose your fee before we start working together, and let me know (via email before we start our next session) if you need to change it - up or down - at any time, no reason needed.

If you wish to try my shorter, 30-minute sessions, the fees start from £30.

Consultancy sessions are £100 per hour (concessions for block or multiple bookings) and include personalised written documentation in the form of a plan, and notes after each session. They inevitably often include therapeutic moments, because supporting neurodivergent children and young people can be triggered for adults, especially those who were not supported appropriately when they were young.

For up-to-date information on my fees, please go to:

https://ninekeys.co.uk

Please note, I do not work during Swedish school holidays, and will notify you of dates when we start working together. I would welcome advance notice of any holidays or breaks you also have planned.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Weekend/evenings are occasionally available. Email counselling times will be as agreed between us which means you can choose when you write and send your email e.g. weekends or night times. 

Further information

For more information about me or what I offer, please visit my website at https://ninekeys.co.uk or any of my social media sites listed in this profile.

Special request: if you are an advertiser, please do not contact me. I am not interested in any advertising or promotion offers.

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Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14

Reading, Berkshire, RG2

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
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I currently offer remote counselling formats only, including email, video, audio, and instant messaging.

Online platforms

Skype
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Whatsapp
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Ninoslava Shah
Ninoslava Shah