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MBACP - Experienced Integrative Counsellor

About me

I am a fully qualified and experienced integrative counsellor offering affordable counselling to adults from a variety of backgrounds both online and face to face.

Do you have intrusive thoughts or need help to organise your thoughts? Maybe you are finding it hard to cope with everything and it just feels like everything is going wrong for you? Perhaps you are feeling depressed, have low mood and/or issues within your relationships?

I have successfully helped my clients with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, symptoms of trauma, OCD, bereavement, stress, relationship and communication issues, and personal change management.

I offer a counselling service that embraces the person at the core, regardless of background, culture or language. I believe that a sincere trusting relationship between two human beings is key to effective therapy.

Providing you with a safe, open and non-judgemental space where it is possible to explore your thoughts, feelings and past experiences. Together, we can examine current difficulties and look for positive ways to move forward.

My personal and professional background makes me well placed to understand the complexity of issues faced by minority clients and the challenges linked to living and working in a country not your own. I also speak Punjabi and Urdu languages.

Often people feel anxious or uncomfortable about seeking counselling, for what can be very personal matters. Sometimes low mood, feelings of loss, anger, anxiety or shame, relationship difficulties or navigating change can feel overwhelming. Sometimes you might have a sense of struggling with your mental health but without knowing quite how or why. Attending counselling can help you find ways through such challenges.

My approach is to make therapy open and enjoyable, and your feedback will enable us to make sure this is the case. I work very flexibly, drawing on a wide range of tools, and we will review our progress together, to make sure we are moving toward your desired results. Where appropriate, I can show you self-help skills to use between sessions and in the future.

The first session

I offer a free introductory phone call. This will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and establish whether we might schedule an assessment. The initial assessment session will usually be for up to one hour and a half in duration and will enable me to hear in detail what brings you to seek counselling. If we chose to work together, we will then discuss our working arrangements, including timings of sessions, fees, cancellation policy, confidentiality and so on.

If you have any questions or you would like to book a session then please call me on 07947 965 096 or send me an email.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Cpcab - Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Cpcab - Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Cpcab- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Cpcab- Certificate in Introduction to Counselling
  • CMI Level 3 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.

I have many years of experience working within the social care sector, working with Looked After Children.

I work with people experiencing anxiety, bereavement, stress, relationship problems, cultural barriers, abuse as a child or adult, depression or low mood, or changes in life such as divorce, getting older or retirement in both time-limited and open-ended therapy.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

My Fees are £50.00 per session.

Further information

I am an integrative counsellor – this means that I integrate different counselling theories to really suit your own individual needs. I can therefore work with clients combining different approaches such as Person-Centred Theory, Psychodynamic, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), or sometimes with a single theory approach, dependant on the client’s needs. So for example, if you are suffering from anxiety, I may feel it is worth looking back at your past to see where the anxiety might have started, as well as noticing how you see your life right now. Then lastly, but importantly, when we have looked at the past and the present, we look together at what you might like to change about the way you think, that will enable you to live with a more positive outlook on the future – this part is based on cognitive behavioural therapy, looking at current thoughts, feelings and actions.

I am a registered member of the BACP and work according to their legal and ethical framework.

Testimonials from previous clients

After a number of false starts with therapists, I can only say that I wish I had found Sheista, I cannot recommend Sheista enough.

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Within the space of three weeks Sheista was able to help me identify why I was feeling as I was and helped me with a number of mechanisms not just to cope but to overcome.

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I had tried counselling before and thought it wasn’t for me. I now realise that finding the right counsellor makes all the difference.

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I went to see Sheista when I felt I was no longer able to cope and everything in my life was going wrong. I couldn’t understand why. Sheista was very insightful and helped me to identify the issues. My sessions with her have not only helped me gain an understanding of my habits and patterns but also given me the tools to break the bad habits and understand what is important.

Greenford, Middlesex, UB6

Greenford, UB6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom

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