''Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdoms'' Aristotle
Self Discovery Counselling
Hello and welcome
My name is Sanaz and I am a humanistic Integrative Counsellor in practice and Accredited Member of BACP professional body. Having the knowledge and understanding of the mainstream approaches such as person-centred, TA, psychodynamic and CBT, has equipped me to offer a holistic approach to various client groups ranging from adolescents to elderlies.
I am interested in a person as a whole and work with all that relates to him/her from the mind, body to spirit, religion, social contexts, etc. By sensitively attuning to each client's unique needs, I aim to tailor the appropriate strategies for his/her therapy process. I offer both short-term (between 6-12 sessions) and long-term/open-ended counselling.
Living in today's complex and modern life is a challenge which we all face, for which we need strengths and life skills. we are doing well in some areas while perhaps not so much in some other areas of our life. Going through life is like a journey and along the way, we come across lots of hurdles and obstacles. We manage to pass many of these on our own but sometimes too disheartened, tired, confused, anxious to cross and deal with some challenges alone. Realising our strengths and weaknesses is a good guide to cherish and build upon traits that we already have while bringing about the ones that haven't developed so much.
Who to turn to in difficulties and crisis is a personal choice, some of us have supportive friends and family network and some they don't.
Family and friends are great assets to us all but it is not always easy to open up to them nor that they can be objective and non-biased. This is not surprising as we are tied up in an emotional bond with relatives and friends.
Alternatively choosing a professional that you feel comfortable and connected with, provides a safe, confidential and nonjudgemental space, which helps you explore your difficulties and stuck points.
I provide a relaxed but professional environment where individuals can work on issues that are causing distress and anxiety. You can gain confidence and gradually speak about sensitive issues and find some resolution to your problems. In particular disturbances from your past can cause anxiety, unhappiness, even depression. I offer you sensitive paced help so you can understand and gain relief from these symptoms. My initial consultation helps us to explore what type of help you are looking for. This may be open-ended, offering clients an opportunity to explore difficult areas and understand themselves and their relationships better so they make more informed and creative choices. I can also offer time-limited counselling, if appropriate, which will focus on agreed issues for a specific number of sessions and help you to deal with that area more constructively.
I continue to train in specialist areas to keep my practice up to date.
I have regular supervision which helps me reflect on my work.
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have professional Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Accredited Certificate in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
BACP Accredited Dip in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
BACP Accredited Ad. Dip in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
Certificate in working creatively with Adolescent
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Certificate in Time-Limited Therapy
Certificate in Psychiatry, Psychopathology and Psychodynamic Therapy
Bereavement Counselling Training
Domestic Violence Counselling Training
I have an interest in diverse areas of therapy such as self-esteem/sense of self, anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, domestic violence, etc. This has led me to work in different counselling settings with the vast client groups ranging from Adolescents to elderly. I'm both fluent in speaking Persian/Farsi and English with a strong grasp on cultural issues.
I have worked as a school counsellor and as part of Signpost Counselling Team offering counselling to adolescent. I have also worked as a bereavement counsellor as well as working in NHS GP Surgery.
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.
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
My usual fee is £50 per session for individuals.
I have some concessionary places for trainee counsellors or if there is someone with a special reason, which can be negotiated in the first session.