Dr Reem Shafiq
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Dr Reem Shafiq, Chartered Counselling Psychologist, CPsychol, DPsych, MSc, MSc, PGCE (Oxon), BA
Dr Reem Shafiq is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (HCPC registered, BPS accredited) with extensive experience of working as a practitioner psychologist, supervisor, clinical lead, trust-wide specialist trauma lead, professional expert witness, trainer and researcher, supporting individuals, groups and communities from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of mental health concerns, specialising in psychological trauma and trauma informed care, within NHS mental health settings, as well as working with charities, the private sector and in private practice.
Dr Shafiq offers individual therapy for young people and adults experiencing stress, depression, anxiety, loss and grief, life changes, relational difficulties, difficulties at work, or for individuals who are just looking for a confidential, safe and empathetic space in which to explore themselves and their life experiences. Dr Shafiq also specialises in the treatment of psychological trauma following childhood and adult trauma, directly experienced or witnessed, such as abuse, neglect, abandonment, physical and psychological violence, including domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, human trafficking and exploitation and other forms of modern slavery, war and displacement, crises and natural disasters, accidents, intergenerational and community trauma, racism, bullying and marginalisation, poverty and deprivation, difficult births and post natal depression, as well as work related stress and exposure to trauma, including vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, moral injury, burnout and compassion fatigue.
Dr Shafiq also provides clinical supervision, mentoring and reflective practice for psychology professionals and trainees and professionals working in the health and social care sectors and specialist charities.
Dr Shafiq also provides specialist trauma informed psychology consultancy and support in the form of bespoke training, individual therapy, mentoring, clinical supervision and reflective practice, for organisations and staff who work in the challenging environments of the care professions, human rights, peace building, emergencies, crises and disasters, the prevention of human trafficking and other forms of modern slavery, as well as with organisations directly supporting asylum seekers and refugees, survivors of human trafficking, exploitation and other forms of modern slavery.
Dr Shafiq also specialises in providing professional and independent expert witness psychology medico-legal reports on behalf of the courts for survivors of trauma, asylum seekers and refugees and survivors of human trafficking and other forms of modern slavery.
Dr Shafiq is a counselling psychologist with extensive knowledge, skills and experience in providing safe and effective person-centred evidence-based psychological therapies for a wide range of mental health concerns, including the broad spectrum of mood, stress, anxiety, loss and grief, relational difficulties, and academic and work related stress, for young people and adults from diverse identities, backgrounds and situations, in both NHS, charities and private sector settings in the UK and overseas.
Dr Shafiq specialises in the treatment of psychological trauma and human distress following childhood and adult trauma (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] and Complex PTSD [C-PTSD]), including following poverty and deprivation, racism, political and social oppression and marginalisation, inter-generational and community trauma, attachment trauma, complex grief and loss, neglect, physical and psychological abuse, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, experiences of war and displacement, natural disasters, difficult births and post natal depression, accidents and life threatening incidents, human trafficking and exploitation and other forms of modern slavery.
Dr Shafiq has a holistic person-centred approach to therapy, working together with clients to understand their individual experiences, values and beliefs, cultural and social contexts, in order to develop a meaningful understanding of their difficulties and needs as well as what constitutes their personal resilience, health and wellbeing, that contribute towards shaping our therapeutic plan and goals for therapy.
Dr Shafiq’s therapeutic approach is integrative, building on the importance of the therapeutic relationship as the foundational basis for change, and drawing on her extensive knowledge and experience of the three main therapeutic modalities of Humanistic Therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapies, to support the unique needs of the individual and their aims for therapy. Dr Shafiq also specialises in trauma informed care and provides safe and effective evidence-based trauma-focused psychological therapies in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended guidance, including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (T-F CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).
Understanding how challenging seeking support can be, Dr Shafiq’s approach is compassionate, empathetic, respectful, open and congruent. She works collaboratively with clients to develop trust and a safe and confidential space in which clients can feel free to explore potentially challenging and painful experiences without fear or judgement, in order to develop psychological insights and personal understanding, as well as the skills and tools they need, to feel more empowered and to make meaningful life changes that lead to improved quality of life, health and wellbeing.
Psychology assessments and medico-legal reports
Dr Shafiq is happy to provide individual psychology assessments and reports, as well as professional and expert witness medico-legal reports on behalf of the courts, with special expertise in the field of trauma, working with refugees and asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking and other forms of modern slavery.
Clinical supervision and therapy for practitioners and trainees
Dr Shafiq provides individual clinical supervision, as well as individual therapy, for qualified and trainee clinical and counselling psychologists and other care and mental health professionals and trainees.
Psychology consultancy for organisations and staff
Dr Shafiq also provides specialist consultancy on trauma psychology and trauma informed care for staff and survivors to professionals and organisations supporting survivors of trauma and those working in difficult and challenging environments who may be exposed to trauma in the course of their work, including in relation to work related vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, moral injury and burnout. Dr Shafiq provides organisational and team consultancy, bespoke staff training and workshops, staff mentoring, individual and group clinical supervision, group reflective practice, and individual and group evidence-based psychological therapies.
For inquiries and further information please contact Dr Reem Shafiq on email: email@example.com
Training, qualifications & experience
Dr Reem Shafiq holds a Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology from The University of Surrey (DPsych, 2015) and a Master of Science in Psychology (first class/distinction) from The University of East London (UEL, 2012). She is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist in the UK by the Health and Care Professions Counsel (HCPC registration: PYL3289), which is the statutory regulator for health and care professions in the UK. She holds accredited Chartered Member Status (CPsychol) of the British Psychology Society (BPS). Dr Shafiq is bound by the highest standards of professional excellence, ethical standards and code of conduct of the HCPC and BPS.
Dr Shafiq has over 11 years experience working with children, young people and adults in the NHS in primary, secondary and tertiary specialist services (including trauma services and refugee and asylum psychology services) in London and Surrey, working as a practitioner psychologist, supervisor, trainer, researcher and clinical lead, and has recently retired from her post in the NHS as Trauma Lead for NELFT in September 2022. She currently works as a practitioner psychologist with young people and adults in private practice, and as an independent consultant providing specialist psychological trauma and trauma informed care support for organisations, survivors and staff. Dr Shafiq is trained and experienced in the three key modalities of psychological therapies, Humanistic Therapies, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and CBT, and specialises in safe and effective evidence-based trauma-focused psychological therapies in line with NICE recommended guidance, including EMDR, NET, T-F CBT and CFT.
In addition to her psychology work, Dr Shafiq has over 25 years professional experience working in various fields, including as a professional teacher for children and adults (PGCE, Oxford, 1985; CTEFL, 1986), in public relations (MSc Stirling, 1996), as a researcher and project manager (Prince II Project Management Practitioner & Foundation Certificates, Westminster University, 2011), and over thirteen years experience as a senior international manager in the field of cultural relations and international development in the UK and overseas (Oxford, London, Syria, Jordan and the MENA, Iraq, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Latin America) (PgCert in Conflict & Development Management, OU, 2008). She has worked with partners in government, as well as the public, private, charity and aid sectors, and the mass media, in the UK and overseas, and with individuals and communities from diverse cultures, faiths and social backgrounds, as well as working in challenging, high-risk conflict and post-conflict environments. Her professional experience has greatly informed her understanding of the pressures, cultures and contexts in which people live, and influences her own open and pluralistic approach, her appreciation of the richness and diversity of human experience, and for our immense human capacity for hope and resilience.
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Dr Shafiq specialises in the treatment of a wide range of psychological trauma and human distress, including those manifesting as PTSD and Complex Trauma (or Complex-PTSD) , and in the training of trauma informed care for survivors and staff.
Dr Shafiq also specialises in working with asylum seekers and refugees, survivors of trafficking and other forms of human rights abuses and modern slavery, and working safely with interpreters.
Dr Shafiq is experienced in conducting psychological assessments and in providing professional and independent expert witness medico-legal reports for the courts in the specialist field of trauma, including for asylum seekers and for survivors of trafficking and other forms of modern slavery.
Dr Shafiq also specialises in providing consultancy support, training, supervision and psychological therapies for organisations and staff in trauma and trauma informed care for survivors and staff working in the care and health professions and those working in challenging and high threat environments in the fields of peace building, human rights, the prevention of trafficking and other forms of modern slavery, emergencies, crises and disasters.
£125.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
Place of work
Dr Shafiq is based in Surrey but is currently only providing therapy online via video (using Zoom or Microsoft Teams) to suit the needs of clients in the UK and overseas who have found this medium more accessible, as well as being confidential, safe and effective. Trainings and group supervisions can be arranged face to face or online.
Fees for individual therapy: £125 per session.
Concession rates apply for trainee psychologists, students, asylum seekers and refugees, and for those on unemployment and other benefits.
Dr Shafiq is happy to work with an interpreter if English is not your preferred language. An independent professional interpreter can be provided for an additional at-cost fee.
Therapy sessions are normally 60 minutes. Longer sessions are charged at a pro rate basis.
A brief initial consultation via telephone or video can be provided on request which is free of charge (up to 30mins).
Therapy sessions are usually advisable on a weekly basis but this can be tailored to individual needs and circumstances. Therapy is goal-focused and time bound and is based on a therapeutic plan developed during the initial psychology assessment and reviewed on a regular basis in the course of therapy. A therapeutic contract will be provided before therapy commences.
Fees for individual clinical supervision: £125 per session.
Fees for group supervision or reflective practice: £150 per sixty minute session.
Fees for psychology assessments and reports: £300.
Fees for professional and expert witness medico-legal reports are based on Legal Aid Rates.
Fees for psychology consultancy for organisations are fixed on a bespoke project basis.
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