Sabina F. Khan- BA(Hons), HDE(PG)SEC, MA, MEd, MBPsS, UKCP(Accredited)
I am a UKCP registered full clinical psychotherapist in private practice, working with individuals (adults and young adults). I practice from a location in North London primarily (very near Turnpike Lane Underground and Bus Stations, and within easy reach of N15, N22, N8 and N4 postcodes) and Central London (near Bond Street Underground).
My approach to therapy is integrative and relational. By 'integrative' I mean that I draw on a range of psychological, psychotherapeutic, psychosocial theories and research to aid our shared undestanding of the issues you may bring to therapy. I believe that this approach is most effective in meeting the uniqueness of each client I see - one type of therapy does not fit everyone. I work collaboratively, combining many therapeutic perspectives with what you know and can tell me about yourself, your experiences and your history, to uncover the roots of your problems. By 'relational' I mean that I will pay close attention to the therapeutic relationship itself, encouraging you to share your honest experiences and feelings about the relationship as it develops. I believe that the emotional quality of the therapeutic relationship matters most in bringing about a resolution or healing, rather than specific techniques. Maintaining a strong therapeutic alliance between us will be central.
How I can help
I realise that the prospect of psychotherapy - talking about your troubles, current and past relationships - can be daunting. To assist I try to provide a warm and welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable and safe. I listen carefully and without judgement, helping you to uncover meanings, patterns and the choices you have. Whilst I do not offer easy solutions, I do support you to think more compassionately and clearly about yourself so that you have a stronger sense of who you are, both internally and in terms of your relationships to others and the wider world. I also strive to be transparent and open about the therapy process, maintaining a focus on your questions, thoughts and feelings about the goals and direction of our work together.
If you haven't been in psychotherapy before, it may be hard to see how simply talking can bring about change. However, when you allow yourself the time and space to be truly heard, you may find that coming to understand and value yourself, through in-depth conversation with another, can be profoundly liberating.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP and BACP registered full clinical psychotherapist. I am also currently in the final stages of a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy, accredited by the Health Professionals Council (HPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). I have many years clinical experience working as a counsellor and psychotherapist with a diverse range of clients within the NHS, mental health charities, the voluntary sector, educational settings and private practice. My wide-ranging training in psychotherapy, psychology, gender and social studies, education and human development, enables me to adopt a flexible approach to my work wih clients and to respond to the distinct personal situation of each individual, within their particular social environment. I adhere to the ethical codes of practice of UKCP, BACP and BPS.
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy (in completion), Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University
- Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute
- MPhil/Ed Psychology & Education, University of Cambridge
- MA Psychology & Education for Special Educational Needs, UCL
- BA (Hons) Gender Studies, UKZN
- HDE(PG)SEC Counselling & Guidance and English, UCT
- BA Psychology & English, UKZN
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
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As a psychotherapist I am committed to anti-oppressive practice and pay close attention to the balance of power in the therapy relationship, valuing my clients' expertise on their own experiences. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space within my practice for clients whose difficulties are impacted or exacerbated by experiences of being marginalised or discriminated against, within their wider environments or cultures. I welcome clients with a broad range of gender and sexual identities (LGBTQI), religious, racialised and cultural identities, providing a therapeutic space that is both sensitive and responsive to issues arising from identity conflict (within sexual, age, ability, professional, political, racial, national, religious and cultural groupings).
The initial assessment session (50 mins) is charged at a reduced fee of £30. Subsequent sessions (50 mins) are charged from £65 -£80, depending on your ability to pay. Fees generally depend on the location of sessions (higher in central London), the time of day, session frequency and duration. I do, however, offer concessions for low waged clients or students or those who feel unable to pay the full fee. My concessionary rate is £65. Please do enquire for more information.
I offer online therapy when required, although face-to-face is preferred. I do offer online therapy where face-to-face is not possible.
Duration of therapy
I offer ongoing, open-ended psychotherapy as well as short-term psychotherapy and counselling. Open-ended therapy allows for an in-depth exploration of relational patterns and the careful processing of trauma, hurt and loss; as well as increasing self-awareness, gaining insights and illuminating choices. We will regularly negotiate and review the length of the therapy, agreeing on what we collaboratively decide is appropriate. Short-term therapy or counselling provides the opportunity to deal with a particular issue or crisis (e.g. a bereavement, work-related problem or making a decision), allowing you to talk about the situation in a supportive environment, identify strategies for coping and the options you have available to you.
Booking an initial appointment
I recognise that searching for a therapist and booking that first appointment can feel quite overwhelming. Taking that initial step, however, could mark the beginning of a process that enables you to realise the changes you may long for in your life. I encourage you to book an initial assessment appointment with me; to talk about the issues that might be bothering you, to discover how therapy might work for you and to find out if I am the right therapist for you.
To book an appointment or if you have any questions, you can email me or leave a phone message and I will aim to get back to you within 2-3 days.