Sadhia Ali MSc, MBACP (Registered Member of the BACP)
Welcome to my page. My name is Sadhia and I am a qualified person-centred counsellor.
People come to counselling for a variety of reasons and from a range of backgrounds. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed with life’s demands leading to feelings of stress and anxiety. Maybe you would like to work through relationship issues. You might have experienced a recent bereavement, or one that happened a long time ago that you have felt unable to grieve for in your own way. Your life might have changed after an ending or perhaps you would like help moving forward with something new.
Life can throw us many challenges, disappointments, pain and sadness. It is important that we take care of ourselves and our mental wellbeing when this happens. One of the ways is finding someone to talk to who you can trust and you feel safe with. If you would like to work with a qualified professional I can offer a safe space for self-exploration without judgement and with respect and dignity.
My ethos is that each one of us is unique as our individual fingerprint. Although we might be part of a wider community such as work, family, friends, faith group and so on, we are all individuals with our own needs, ambitions and way of being. We strive to enhance our wellbeing and fulfil our lives but sometimes we get thrown off-course and our capacity to find our feet again can diminish.
This can be as a result of trying to meet the expectations of others and never feeling ‘good enough’ – not a ‘good enough’ partner, parent, carer or human. This can distort our sense of who we are and what we really want in our life.
A traumatic event(s) can also find us ‘losing our way’. This could be a bereavement, a job or a relationship ending, staying in an abusive relationship or not getting an outcome that we had hoped for. We might find that we are in a state of conflict with ourselves and our emotions as we put on a ‘brave’ face for the world. We either feel like there is no one we can talk to or we don’t want to be a burden and worry someone else. So we carry this around with us causing us distress and affecting our wellbeing.
I believe that we all have the capacity to heal what is hurting, or change what doesn’t feel right given the nurturing conditions of unconditional positive regard, empathy and non-judgement. Counselling can be a space for you to explore and work through what it is that is hurting you, and be heard and accepted unconditionally by another individual.
Respect and dignity - Every individual is unique and when working with clients I aim to reflect this by accepting the whole of you.
Trust and confidentiality – Counselling can seem quite daunting especially when you first start. You will be given the space to work at your own pace, share what you feel comfortable with, in the knowledge that as a Registered Member of the BACP I adhere to strict ethical guidelines which inform my practice.
Socially aware – I like to keep up-to-date with what is going on around me so that I can understand better the context of clients’ experiences. For me it is important that I develop myself as a person to work effectively with my clients, and this comes through reading about developments in the counselling world and attending relevant training.
Client autonomy – I believe that you, the client is in charge of your life. I will not tell you what to do or what decisions to take. I will offer you the space to work through your options and come to the best one(s) for you.
Equality and diversity – Everyone is welcome!
Affordability - Unfortunately, not everyone can access good quality counselling. This could be due to costs involved, long delays for referrals or just not being able to find a counsellor that you can ‘click’ or ‘connect’ with. In trying to make counselling accessible, I have tried to keep a few concessionary sessions for those on limited financial resources.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Person Centred Therapeutic Counselling
- Cruse Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care
- London School of Economics Social Policy BSc, MSc
My experience includes bereavement counselling and general counselling.
I have worked in the fields of education, social research, housing and community outreach.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cross-cultural issues around identity, difference, a sense of belonging, family and relationships.
Muslim identity issues - If you are from a Muslim background and would like to talk to a qualified Muslim Counsellor who is sensitive to your culture and faith and you would like a confidential and non-judgemental space please do get in touch. The person-centred approach that I follow has similarities to Islamic Counselling as it looks at the person holistically, encompassing all the different parts that make up you.
There maybe something that you feel conflicted with because of your faith, or perhaps would like to work through an issue that you are finding unbearable to live with. You might have felt that you have been discriminated against because of your faith and this is impacting on your wellbeing and confidence. Whatever it is, you can email, phone or text if you would like to make an appointment to see me.
£40 for the first session where we can discuss issues around confidentiality, what I can offer, what you would like to gain from counselling, whether you would like to see me on a short or long term basis or open-ended. This is also an opportunity for you to see if you would like to work with me, as finding a counsellor that you feel comfortable with is important for the therapeutic relationship and process.
Please text/email or call for rates thereafter.
Reduced rates I believe that people should be able to access good quality counselling without financial ability being a barrier. In trying to uphold this ethos I do offer a limited number of concessionary rates for those on means-tested benefits and low income. Please enquire for availability.
I am registered member of the BACP and adhere to their Ethical Framework of working. Further information can be found on the BACP website.
Working with clients in a multi-cultural society I like to keep updated with recent developments in counselling by reading, and attending events where I can develop both professionally and personally as a counsellor.
I am a member of the Black and Asian Therapy Network.
How to get in touch
You can send an email query through the link on this page or text or phone 07852 589867.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Urdu, Punjabi|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|