Ninoslava Shah - Gestalt Counsellor Dip. MBACP (Accred. 111450), Reiki Master L3
I offer face-to-face counselling in the GU14 area, and outdoors counselling, where we walk or sit in the beauty of our local nature spots. I currently offer routes at Bucklers Forest, Swinley Forest, and Shepherds Meadow. I also offer remote counselling from the comfort and security of your own home.
To get started:
- Drop me a message through here, send me a text message or give me a call.
- Let me know what kind of counselling you're interested in. I am happy to give more information about what I offer or answer any questions you might have.
- If you want to go head, I'll send you a counselling agreement or contract, that you can return via email.
- We can then book your first session. This session will help you know if you feel I am right for you.
- If you wish to continue, we would agree a day and time for your weekly or fortnightly sessions to start.
- We would keep going as long as you feel you need my support.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in a therapeutic setting since 2010, in private practice as a counsellor and Reiki healer, and as a volunteer counsellor for ARC Counselling in Wokingham, where I continue to work with adults and young people. Prior to 2010, I primarily worked within mental health and wellbeing.
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 neurodiverse people.
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
- Neurodiversities including ASDs, ADHD and PDA
- Women and mental health, including the impact and experience of menopause
- Ways of working such as:
- Online and telephone counselling
- Outdoor/nature or ‘walk and talk' therapy
- Meditation, visualisation and mindfulness practices
- Therapeutic writing such as journalling and freefall writing
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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. neurodiversity such as ASD, mental health problems, physical difference.
I work with the anger that difference or feeling misunderstood can lead to, and the impact on life direction this can have, for example, when it leads to feelings of 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:
- Changing identity (e.g. becoming an adult, marriage, menopause, pregnancy, becoming a parent)
- 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?
I charge £50 for a 50 minute session.
I have some availability for concessions for students and those on low income (including those who are retired). I may also be able to offer a reduced rate for counselling trainees. Please let me know in advance if you are seeking a lower rate.
For up-to-date information on my counselling fees, please go to:
Concessions offered for
Please note that I usually reply to emails on Mondays and Wednesdays, so my response times may vary. For more information about me or what I offer, please visit my website at www.ninekeys.co.uk
Special request: if you are an advertiser, please do not contact me. I am not interested in any advertising or promotion offers.