Salma Mousavi Makki
I have been a qualified counsellor for over 15 years.
I work with children as well as adults (women only), offering one-to-one counselling, video calls, and telephone counselling.
I also work therapeutically with sandtray. I believe using sand and figures helps clients who find it difficult to talk about their feelings. By using sandtray, feelings can be shown rather than talked about.
I offer counselling in two additional languages: Arabic and Persian.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) degree in Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Child counsellor: The Place2Be, counselling primary school children.
General Counselling, Petersfield Counselling service.
NHS Counsellor: Surrey County Hospital. Offering support to cancer patients and their relatives, Fountain Centre, St Lukes Hospital.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with patients affected by cancer and their relatives. I have experience working with fear, anger and anxiety related to cancer.
I also offer Islamic counselling to Muslim clients who are looking for an Islamic counselling approach.
Concessions offered for
As I believe in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, I offer a free 20-30 minute phone consultation. This provides you with the opportunity to ask any questions and to see if we would feel comfortable working together.
Thereafter, if we both decide to work together, I would normally see you weekly over an agreed period. A typical session lasts 50 minutes
Phone and Virtual session: £50
If you are not in a position to pay the full fee, there is a reduced rate for people on benefits, or in specific circumstances.
Evening sessions are available in Guildford, Surrey. Daytime sessions are available in Stanmore, Harrow.
What is Counselling?
Counselling allows you to discuss your problems and any difficult feelings you encounter in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment. Counselling is a process you seek when you want to change something in your life or when you simply want to explore your thoughts and feelings in more depth. There are various approaches within counselling. My main approach is the person-centred approach, which means you are empowered to discover solutions to issues within a supportive setting.
As a counsellor, I will encourage you to talk about what’s bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. I will help you find your ways of coping, whilst uncovering your own insight and understanding of your issues.
Counselling often requires you to discuss upsetting emotions and painful memories. Bringing up these thoughts can feel difficult to start with and, initially, you may feel worse. This process is necessary to move forward and, in time, you would start to feel better.
Sandtray therapy gives expression to non-verbalised emotional issues. It provides a needed communication vehicle for clients with poor verbal skills and cuts down on verbal defensiveness. It is also useful with clients who are introverted, have trouble verbalizing or are tense. It is also useful for clients who over-verbalize or intellectualize.