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Are you looking for a person who you can talk to about your worries, thoughts, emotions, whilst also feeling safe in a calm and confidential setting? This could be your moment, a simple phone call and we can start to expolore these together
Each session will provide you with the opportunity to talk about what has led you to seek counselling. I will help you to explore your thoughts and feelings in safety, with the assurance that your privacy is being protected at all times.
Before we go any further, I would like to introduce myself and the services that I offer. I believe it is important to build a bridge of trust between both client and counsellor. The first step to this is my previous experience and professional background.
My name is Zahera, and I am a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor. I am fully trained, registered, and insured. I have over 11 years of working with people, from children to teenagers through to adults. Along with this I am a qualified Level 4 Youth and Community Worker.
I have many years’ experience working young adults who have additional needs and been a facilitator for group therapy and offering 1-1 counselling. I have many years of experience working with young people with behaviours of concern.
My therapeutic approach to counselling is integrative; meaning that I draw from different theories and select which I feel is the most useful and relevant to suit personal needs and to meet your preferred way of working. After all, everyone is different.
Each session is driven and lead by you. The topic of discussion is entirely down to the individual, helping you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a comfortable environment, I will go whenever you go in your session and walk along side you.
My aim as your counsellor is to guide you through this process without judgement or telling you what to do. I may on occasions if it may benefit you, will give you information, offer suggestions or recommend some exercises worksheets, always with the deepest respect for your autonomy and your right to be self-determining. The objectives are always determined by you and what you want to achieve.
Clients can come with issues to counselling with often can cause distress and great pain with a sense of feeling ‘stuck’ which can cause anxiety and low mood. With working together, we can explore and find alternative ways ease distress and this sense of feeling ‘stuck’.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 4 Diploma in Children and Young People Counselling
- Level 4 Dipolma in Couple and Relationship Counselling
- Level 4 Diploma in Youth and Community Studies
- BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care
- Level 3 Diploma in Basic Skills Counselling
- Level 3 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Level 3 Diploma in Life Coaching
- Level 3 Certificate in Basic Skill in Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Working with Clients with Addictions
- Level 2 Certificate in Basic Skill in Counselling
- Breathworks 8 weeks course in Mindfulness for Stress' course
- Maastricht Interview for Problematic Thoughts. 3 Day course
- Working with Personality Disorder
- Certificate of attendance- Introduction to Attachment Theory
- Certificate of attendance- Motivational Interviewing
- Certificate of Attendance- Play Therapy Workshop
- Certificate of attendance Interventions – Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health/Substance Misuse)
- Mental Health Training
- Psychopharmacology, Mental Health Training
- Working with Abuse
- Introduction to Walking Therapy
I regularly attend courses and workshops to update my continuing professional development. I am bound by the Ethical Framework for counselling professions and I do keep up to date with current developments in the profession.
I attend monthly supervision where I discuss my cases ensuring I am providing ethical, safe and competent service to my clients. This also makes sure my practice is meeting current legislation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Free initial consultation. This is not a therapy session. We can discuss about working together and decide from there. This will last about 15-20minutes
£30 Telephone Counselling
£30 Online Counselling
£40 Face to Face Counselling
£35 Student Counsellors
Cancellation fees do apply.
What can I offer
I offer face to face or telephone counselling appointments for adults, children and young people and can usually offer you an appointment within 7 days.
I offer weekly or fortnightly appointments and there is no time limit of how many sessions we have, as my approach to counselling is client led. All work between client and counsellor will be regular reviewed.
I have experience of supporting clients with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, bereavement, relationship difficulties, trauma, family issues, life-changes, self-esteem problems, confidence and, work-place issues and stress along with more.
You will be welcomed regardless of your religious or ethnic background, social identity, age, your gender identity or sexuality. I am dedicated to promoting inclusion. I am competent in working with issues of identity and difference.
Please phone or email if you would like to discuss about working together.