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About me

I am an accredited psychotherapist and counsellor and abide by the Code of Ethics of my Professional Standards Authority Register (BPC and UKCP). I am a member of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS (A.P.P)

I offer in-depth one-to-one talking therapy to adults (18+) who have a variety of concerns including stress, work-related stress, anxiety, unsatisfactory relationships, sleep problems, sexual issues, depressive states, obsessional states, fear, anger and traumatic experiences. My therapeutic approach can also enhance lives of people who experience a loss of meaning in their lives, or feel they are alienated from their potentials or those who are seeking a greater sense of fulfilment in life.

​I take a developmental perspective on mental life which affords integration of the past with the present so that it doesn't negatively impact the future; with a view of it having a constructive impact on the emotional life. In the context of appropriate professional boundaries, respect for my patients is of paramount importance, whilst maintaining an attitude of truthfulness and concern for privacy.

Alongside my private practice, I provide psychodynamic psychotherapy to patients in the NHS Secondary Care and within the occupational health sector. In addition to clinical work, I provide education and supervision in the third sector of mental health service providers and psychotherapy training organisations and am also involved in academic research on mental health in the workplace. In the past, I worked in consultancy and research in leadership and organisational studies.

The initial consultation usually lasts up to an hour and a half and may lead to a second meeting of fifty minutes. It provides a setting in which we can think together about what brought you to consider psychotherapy at this stage of your life and to see whether we can work together.

It is also an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you may have about the process and myself and to see whether in your view psychotherapy with me is the right step forward.

​On my part, I shall carry out a full therapeutic assessment with you, carefully consider your current situation, your past experiences, your specific areas of concern and your expectations. I shall also assess whether psychodynamic psychotherapy is the right treatment choice for you.

To arrange an initial consultation or to discuss any questions or concerns you may have, you can send me a message here or on contact@shirinbiria.com or leave a message on my voicemail on 073 7991 6367 with a suggestion for a good time to contact you.


Training, qualifications & experience

My academic and clinical training affiliations are with the Psychoanalysis Unit of the University College London (UCL), the WPF Therapy, and Alliance MBS University of Manchester.

PGDip (Dist) Psychodynamic Theory & Practice | The University of Roehampton and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

MSc Psychoanalytic Studies | The Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London (UCL)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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 Psychoanalytic Council

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

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.

Therapies offered

  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

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Fees for each 50-minute session for ongoing therapy start at £75 per session depending on means and location; to be discussed in the preliminary consultation.

There are two levels of fee for the preliminary consultation which can last up to an hour and a half. The full fee is £95. A reduced rate of £70 is available for those without the means to pay the full fee.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Location: My consulting rooms are located in central and north London. Due to the current COVID19 response measures, sessions are conducted via telephone or videoconference platforms.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Farsi (Iranian)


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 Unspecified


Mondays to Fridays with limited slots being available between the hours of 07:00 am and 8:00 pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Shirin Biria | MSc, MBA, PGDip Psychotherapy(Dist)

Shirin Biria | MSc, MBA, PGDip Psychotherapy(Dist)