At the Phoenix Aid Centre all our therapists offer their services voluntarily. We provide therapeutic services to those who are unable to afford it through lack of means or who are otherwise in need. Dr Armin Danesh is the Chairman and principal psychotherapist of the charity.
At Phoenix Aid Centre we believe that the relationship between client and therapist is paramount and the way we work is to first develop this trust with our clients. Through the difficulties and anxieties of life, human beings have an unlimited capacity to grow and it has been our privilege to witness this.
Our principal psychotherapist worked for more than thirty years with families who were either traumatised or facing extreme crisis. For over eight years he practiced at an NHS surgery in North London and supervised trainee students in counselling. He also worked for about a year as a volunteer counsellor with the Specialist Team at the British Refugee Council. Our psychotherapist and counsellor have experience working with cultural diversity and in gender issues, relationships and sexuality. we engaged in ongoing research, which informs and updates our clinical practice. Our psychotherapist supervise individual and group counsellors and teach phenomenology as a psychotherapeutic discipline.
Training, qualifications & experience
Our principal psychotherapist qualified as a doctor of existential psychotherapist and counsellor. He also obtained Diploma in clinical supervision.
Two of our therapist studied four years to qualify with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), earning the Accredited advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling.
We experience in wide range if areas such as those experiencing discrimination because of race, gender, disability or neuro-diversity, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, workplace bulling.
We have considerable therapeutic experience in working with the following groups:
- Victims of Domestic Violence
Member organisations *
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling we deal with
Working with refugees and their families
Farsi speaking clients
We see everyone regardless of financial circumstances. Clients may wish to contribute what they can afford to the charity. Most of our psychotherapists and counsellors offer their services voluntarily.
We also offer services to those who are unable to travel. We can visit their home, nursing home or hospital.
We offer counselling in English and Farsi.
We also offer individual and group supervision by our qualified supervisors. We also supervise the work of trainees and students.
Our therapists are members of UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) or BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and we implement ethical principles as directed by these organisations.
We hold workshops on therapeutic topics and personal development. We carry out research studies to contribute to progress in the therapeutic field and to maintain high standards in our own work.
We facilitate various physical activities to improve mindfulness and psychological wellbeing.