Ruhena Akhtar MBACP ~ Purple Cloud Therapy
My name is Ruhena, and I am a qualified, registered and experienced counsellor. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space which enables you to explore your own thoughts and feelings.
I bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice as a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). This ensures that I work safely and ethically with my clients.
I provide an integrative approach to therapy whilst still holding the core principles of the Person centred theory. I ensure all my work is tailored around you and your needs. During our first session we would see what you aim to gain through therapy and to ascertain whether you feel comfortable enough to continue working with me. It is very important to have a safe and comfortable relationship with your therapist as intimate feelings are revealed during therapy. You as an individual need to feel that you can trust your therapist to hold those feelings and feel they are treated with respect.
I offer time limited and open ended counselling sessions to suit your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my Level 4 & 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Counselling in Hertfordshire.
I have worked for Bedford Borough Council for over 2 years working with adults and complex needs as well as working at GP practice for over 2 years.
I have worked for various charities such as Maendeleo Services for over 8 years, focusing on abuse, sexual violence, gender abuse and harmful practices, cultural issues and identity, Garden House Hospice for over 2 years with focus on bereavement and loss, The Luton All Womens Centre, Mind, Ashiana where I saw both adult and adolescents offering sessions with either limited or open-ended work.
I have worked with a variety of issues, domestic abuse, self harm, arranged forced marriages, FGM, depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, women problems, fostering and adoption, culture and identity, and over 20 years experience working in abuse, women and children, Asian and Muslim women and cultural differences.
Have experience working in IAPT services with time limited work.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and West London.
£60.00 per session
£45.00 offered for low income families and students.
I am flexible and offer evenings if needed, please contact me for further details.
Sessions are offered remotely via Zoom/Skype and I will visit clients at home if necessary.