I have been working as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist for several years in the NHS providing one to one treatment as well as facilitating various workshops and groups. In this time I have worked with patients with varying mental health problems from mild to moderate to complex and chronic. Due to being bilingual, I have been able to provide CBT for both English and Farsi speaking individuals.
My working experience in treating mental health disorders includes working with various anxiety and depression disorders, PTSD, trauma, health anxiety, OCD, perfectionism and generalised anxiety disorder.
Due to my training, during my time as a CBT therapist, I have also had the chance to work with some of the more complex mental health disorders such as personality disorder and bi-polar disorder.
I particularly have a very keen interest in working with people with self esteem and relationship issues as these usually play a fundamental role in creating and maintaining other mental health issues.
As well as being qualified and skilled to work with such wide range of mental health disorders, I also have a substantial understanding about creating and maintaining a very effective therapeutic alliance. I am a true believer that CBT therapy is a joint team work between the therapist and the patient and without a robust therapeutic alliance the outcome of therapy will not be as effective.
Therefore, I make sure I provide an honest and non-judgemental environment in which one would feel safe and able to express those difficulties they struggle to address outside the therapy room. Once this has been accomplished then we will be able to understand how the main issues started, how they were maintained and how to overcome them through scientific and clear CBT based techniques and strategies. The therapeutic relationship is a true reflection of relationships outside the therapy room and the more open and honest the interaction is the more effective the change will be.
To make sure I provide a confidential and safe service I use a purpose designed office in Shipley town centre in Bradford area.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Sheffield Hallam 2 years training)
BSc Honours Psychology with counselling (Bradford University)
Post graduate Certificate In Primary Care Mental Health (Teesside University)
Training in Psychodynamic Therapy & Transactional Analysis
Additional Training: Safeguarding, risk of harm, substance misuse (drugs and alcohol), domestic abuse (perpetrators and victims), mental health awareness, self esteem, anger management.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Please note that due to covid-19 I only offer video call and phone therapy at the moment.
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays- am and pm.
I receive regular supervision for my work, in line with BABCP ( British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) guidelines, and work within the Ethical Framework of the BABCP. I possess full professional liability insurance and I am fully DBS checked. In terms of continuing professional development, I attend numerous courses and conferences annually to ensure that I remain a competent, well informed and effective cognitive behavioural psychotherapist.