Nishat Ahmed

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Senior CBT Therapist / EMDR Therapist
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

London W1G & Barking IG11
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

“A good therapist is someone who joins you in your deepest darkness with a flashlight to help you find your way out”.

My name is Nishat and I’m an EMDR Therapist and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist accredited under the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

I am currently involved in both private practice and the NHS as a Senior CBT Therapist specialising in Neuropsychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital.

What to expect from therapy

The main Psychological approaches I practice are High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing). I am also able to incorporate Third Wave approaches such as Mindfulness and Compassion-Focused therapy in order to compliment the individual's therapeutic experience. 

In therapy, we will focus on helping you to make positive changes within your life by shifting negative or distorted thinking and behavioural patterns, which may otherwise be contributing or maintaining your difficulties.

I like to take a practical approach in sessions and therefore therapy will be supplemented by resources and in-between session tasks to ensure you are able to consolidate and reflect on any learning from sessions. We will also use Psychometric Outcome Measures to assess and monitor your symptoms and progress throughout therapy to ensure you are meeting your goals.


CBT is evidence-based. This means it's been clinically proven to work. The best thing about CBT is that it aims to reduce Psychological distress on a day to day basis through teaching you practical techniques to change patterns of thinking and behaviour which are having a negative impact on symptoms.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is responsible for recommending national healthcare guidance on the prevention and treatment of ill health. They continuously recommend CBT for many issues. Therefore there is substantial research and evidence to support CBT theory and practice.

EMDR Therapy is a comprehensive psychotherapy that helps you process and recover from past experiences that are affecting your mental health and wellbeing. It is also recognised by NICE and the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a treatment for PTSD. But it can be used to help with a range of mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, phobias, relationship issues and other serious mental illnesses.


I have worked in the NHS since 2014 and in private practice since 2018 delivering evidenced-based interventions to individuals presenting with Depressive and Anxiety disorders. I am currently a senior clinician specialising in Neuropsychiatry. Prior to this, my experience revolves heavily around working in Talking Therapies services using High Intensity CBT and Neuro-Cognitive Rehabilitation within the Royal London Hospital. I have also worked in the community helping clients with severe and enduring mental health difficulties to integrate back into the community and live a well and meaningful life. 

I have a proven track record of helping clients to achieve their goals, relieve symptoms of Depression and Anxiety, and support them in maintaining a journey of wellbeing and clarity within their lives and future.

Training, qualifications & experience

My skill set, training and experience has allowed me to successfully work with and treat individuals with the following diagnoses/problems:

  • Generalised Anxiety / Worry
  • Social Anxiety
  • Health Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Panic Disorder / Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • PTSD (single and complex trauma)
  • Dissociation
  • Depression / Low mood
  • Stress
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Perfectionism
  • Insomnia / Sleep Issues
  • Habit Disorders
  • Depersonalisation / Derealisation
  • Emotional Disregulation Disorders
  • FND - functional neurological disorder
  • Dissociative Seizures
  • Tics/ Tourettes 
  • Long Term Physical Health Condition 


  • Post Graduate Diploma in High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions. Royal Holloway University of London
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions. UCL University College London
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology. City University London
  • Psychology Bachelor of Science. City University London
  • EMDR Theory and Practice. EMDR Works

CBT Register UK.

Professional Indemity Insurance covered by Balens.

Member organisations

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists. BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies


£100.00 - £160.00
Free initial telephone session

When I work

Can be flexible. Evenings and weekends included.

Barking, Essex, IG11

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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