About me

Hello. These are challenging times and there is a lot of worry and uncertainty around. Disruption is the new normal and many old certainties have disappeared. Such losses may present as anxiety, anger, frustration, depression, bereavement or other mental health issues. Acknowledging the need to seek help is a major breakthrough and something I can help with. I follow strict ethical and professional standards and I will respect confidentiality at all times, and I work supportively with Adults and Young people, couples and families to address a wide range of emotionally challenging issues.

There may also be other reasons why you are struggling to cope and although you managed in the past, the pandemic and the lockdowns may be placing additional hardships. There may be affects on your relationships, or you may have other work related pressures. Such concerns can gnaw away fuelling anxieties, stretching our depleted resources further.

Like walking, once learnt we don't think about every step we take. Our responses cut out neural pathways forming behavioural habits. Fortunately the brain is plastic and patterns can be modified. I can provide a safe and confidential space in which we can work at your pace and explore how you mange your concerns.  Together we can identify what could be tweaked using insights gained towards difficult emotions during therapy. Whatever form of support you need, you can call or email me and we will talk about how to get you what you need. I can offer face to face counselling (subject to screening), telephone or via online platforms like zoom. The initial consultation is at a reduced rate. I also offer concessions for block bookings, unemployed/low income and students.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Honours) - History and Philosophy (University of Hertfordshire)

Post Graduate Diploma - Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling (University of Hertfordshire)

Diploma - Counselling (University of Hertfordshire)

I have ten years clinical experience as a therapeutic counsellor. I am Psycho dynamically trained and I have worked extensively with Mental Health Charities in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and North London and in private practice.

I offer counselling for many issues including Anger , Bereavement, Depression, Anxiety, Abuse, Addiction(s), Relationship Issues, Adolescent Issues, Low Self-Esteem, Lack of Confidence, Separation, Divorce, Eating Disorders, LGBT, Trauma, Stress, Abuse, Bullying, Work Related Issues and others listed below.

As part of my ongoing professional development I have also attended other courses and workshops.

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.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Additional information

Sessions are normally fifty minutes.

The initial session is at reduced rate of £45.

Further sessions are £50 (evenings £55).

Couples sessions are £65 (weekends £75).

Low income and Students fees can be negotiated depending on circumstances.

Please note

Cancellations require at least 24 hours notice. Non attendance without appropriate notice will be

charged at the full rate.

Availability

Please contact me to discuss current availability

Further information

I have more than forty years experience in the business world. I have also lived on three continents as a result of which I speak several languages. This has made me appreciate how similar we all are despite holding different views on cultures traditions and values. Beneath the diversity there is a common thread of our shared human experience and the frailty of our human condition. More so now than ever before, the pandemic and it's disruptive effects has laid bare our similarities.

70 Brookdene Avenue
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD19 4LF

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

To assist persons with restricted mobility there are supporting rails, wide steps with short in-steps and grab rails.

Additional languages

Swahili, Hindi/Urdu, Gujarati & Kachi

Shahhul Haji

Shahhul Haji