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Shaheda Choudhury

Morden, SM4
07568327319 07568327319

About me

Whatever you are feeling, it is a normal response to a highly abnormal situation.

2020 has brought so many challenges with our mental health coming under immense amounts of pressure; losing someone to the pandemic, front-line working, changes in workload, working from home with school aged children, social distancing and lock-down are major stressors that would evoke a different response in everyone, and feelings of uncertainty and lack of control are all too common.

Life comes with tests and struggles and we are all vulnerable at times, but these challenges we face will impact on mental health for some time to come.

Counselling and psychotherapy can facilitate positive change to move forward and to help us feel heard and understood.

If you are struggling to cope, it's OK to ask for help: perhaps you are going through a crisis that has been made even more difficult by strains brought by the pandemic.

I can help with:

  • anxiety effecting work or personal life including panic attacks, OCD and health anxiety
  • difficult life experiences e.g. bereavement/loss, divorce, relationship struggles, work related stress
  • past or recent trauma which you feel ready to speak about
  • discrimination or internal conflicts relating to your cultural or religious identity

I offer a safe and confidential space working collaboratively with you, offering symptom relief techniques initially if needed, and further on, exploration of other issues you want to bring.

My training allows the integration of a variety of different approaches to suit your needs and I can adapt accordingly.

As a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), I abide by an ethical framework which assures that I am working to do the best I can to help you.

Training, qualifications & experience

M.A. Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

BSc Psychology

Reg member British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

I have several years experience of working in NHS, charity and private organisations on a one to one basis with adults and 16-24 year old in further education settings, where I have worked with depression, anxiety, self harm, sexual assault and rape, childhood and adult emotional and physical abuse, autism, dissociation, gender identity, religious and cultural identity issues.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Religious and cultural identity issues

Fees

Initial assessment - fees: £45.00

Session fees: £75.00

Concessions are currently  available for keyworkers.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Further information

I deliver presentations and facilitate focus groups on mental health and well-being in the workplace at a government department.

I am a fluent Bengali speaker.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Bengali

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

I am available Saturdays.  If there are no slots currently available, I can add you to a waiting list.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Shaheda Choudhury

Shaheda Choudhury