Dr Zahra Shariff: CPsychol, MSc, BSc (Hons)
Are you looking to increase awareness and ability to respond to unwanted thoughts and feelings with openness, curiosity and compassion? Are you looking to reconnect with what is important to you and create a greater sense of balance? I help clients develop more adaptive strategies to respond to thoughts and feelings more effectively, regain a stable sense of self and move freely towards their values.
I offer psychological therapy and counselling sessions to clients with a wide range of mental health problems. I have helped people experiencing a full range of emotional difficulties and life challenges including relationship difficulties, life stage transitions and family dynamics such as post-divorce and separation.
I believe that there is no one-size-fits-all so I provide tailored evidence-based psychological interventions which draws from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Attachment Theory and Systemic practice to help you find your own ‘fit’.
I understand that the first session can be daunting and that a person may be feeling apprehensive about the process. Please get in touch and we can arrange a free consultation where we would discuss initial thoughts and feelings about therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a chartered Counselling Psychologist and my practice adheres to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards and the British Psychology Society (BPS) Code of Ethics and Conduct.
My therapeutic approach is integrative and centred on the individual to provide meaningful interventions to sustain positive outcomes. I hold an open mind when asking about what a person requires help with and strive to identify strengths alongside areas they are struggling in.
My experience includes positions in the NHS and Local Authority, and I am currently working as principle Counselling Psychologist across three acute wards in the NHS and in private practice. As well as working as a therapist in the last 5 years, I provide clinical supervision and personal therapy to trainees and consultation to professionals.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Typical session rates:
Fees may be covered by private medical insurance such as AXA PPP, WPA and Cigna.
Weekday Daytime and Evening appointments available. Sessions on Sunday also available.