Rabina Akhtar, Therapist
I am a CBT Therapist and Counsellor based in Central Peterborough. My aim is to provide a safe space where you feel heard and met, where we can work together to achieve your desired goals.
Life does present us with challenges at various times and indeed change happens at different rates and in different ways for each and every one of us. Yet, overall, I believe, I can help you move forward in a way that respects and supports their ability to make choices that are right for them at this time in their lives.
What is CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)?
CBT is recognised by the Government's NICE guidelines as the first line of intervention for most common psychological problems (e.g. anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, panic attacks, PTSD etc). CBT aims to quickly identify problems and build up the skills to resolve them. In CBT, it is important to enable communicating and exploring understandings of thoughts, feelings and behaviour in ways that are clear and meaningful to each person as a unique individual.
Some people want to work with purely the CBT model where they spend time exploring their issues from a here and now perspective whereas other people may wish to spend more time exploring the meaning of what has happened to them and how they can change. You always have a choice as to what you would like, and what suits you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Professional Accreditation
I am an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred.) accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, set up by the Department of Health.
2021 Internal Family Systems: Level 1
2019 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level II: Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair (Developmental Injury)
2018 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory
2016 Relate Qualified Couple Counsellor
2015 Diploma in Relationship Counselling
2013 Certificate in REBT (from The Albert Ellis Institute)
2011 BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling
2010 Diploma in Integrative Counselling
2010 Certificate in CBT Theory and Skills
- 6 years experience of short term work for various Employee Assistance Programmes.
- 12 years as Volunteer with Peterborough Cruse.
- 3 years experience of working with Insight Healthcare, Peterborough.
- 4 years experience working with couples in Relate centres in Ilford and Peterborough.
- 2 years volunteering at the One to One Project, Kings Lynn providing counselling support to adult mental health referrals.
- Past Committee Member for One to One Project and Peterborough Cruse.
I am committed to ongoing training as part of my personal and professional development.
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
£70.00 per session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Individual rate: £70 for 60 min session
Couples rate: £80 for 60 min session, £100 for 90 min session
Supervision rate: £50 for hour
I am bi-lingual and can provide counselling in Punjabi (Mirpuri).