Zak Mehta - Psychotherapist & Counsellor MBACP SAC.Dip.
I am a qualified and experienced integrative psychotherapist and counsellor and I work with individuals and couples, in a way which offers them a warm, empathic, confidential and non-judgemental environment, allowing them to explore their thoughts, emotions and concerns, in a space where they can feel safe and listened to.
I will work beside a person and help them to gain an insight and understanding into the struggles and difficulties they may be facing in their lives. These can include, depression, anxiety, general sadness, relationship/family issues, addictions and general difficulties as well as helping with other issues.
Many people come to counselling because their life is just not working the way they want it too, and they feel stuck and unable to move forward.
Therapy sessions does not only improve a client's awareness and identity, but it also allows an opportunity for personal growth and self development, this can lead to a more autonomous, fulfilling and harmonious life.
First contact & What to expect
Choosing or finding the right therapist can often be scary and challenging for a person. I feel that it’s important to choose someone that resonates and feels right with you, if I am that person then please call, message or email me and together we can arrange a suitable day and time to have an initial session.
The first session will be an opportunity for us to meet and build a rapport and for you to explore what it is that brings you to counselling, what your expectations are and how we can work together to try to meet your expectations and goals. It is an opportunity for me to listen to and understand your story from your perspective, I am not here to analyse, diagnose, label or judge, I do not offer advice, opinions or solutions, I will simply offer you an ideal space for you to explore your world and experiences at your own pace, helping you to cultivate a self awareness that can lead you to discovering your own solutions to your own problems.
Then, if counselling is something that you would be interested in continuing with me, then together we can arrange a time and day, every week, that suits us both, and look at whether it is short term or long term therapy you would be interested in.
What I Specialise in
Addiction - I have a comprehensive insight and understanding on the inner workings of addiction and an addictive psyche, a common misconception is that addiction is solely based on using substances and alcohol, but addiction can take on many forms and manifest in various behaviours.
Depression and Anxiety - These are common mental health disorders that can be seriously debilitating for the individual that is experiencing them. I like to help my clients explore and become aware of the underlying root of these mental health problems as opposed to putting plasters on symptoms.
Negative and incessant thinking - too much thinking can be a terrible affliction for a person, especially if a person heavily identifies and attaches to the thoughts and has the inability or tools to stop it, I am a firm believer that by helping a person learn to identify, challenge, modify and detach from their thoughts, It can enable them to let go more and fully experience and accept life as it is, as opposed to how they would like it.
My Approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy
I am frequently asked: what is my therapeutic approach or particular preferred modality? For example, some people describe themselves as ‘Humanistic psychotherapists or as ‘Psychodynamic’ counsellors. It is not an easy question to answer, because most psychotherapists with a level of experience, will have studied more than one particular approach to understanding the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. I believe that people are unique and diverse and cannot be categorised into one particular psychological theory or orientation, so I like to offer whatever theory, modality or technique a client may need at any particular time. The label that I prefer to use to describe my approach is ‘integrative’, I think that this term comes closest to describing the broad range of approaches that I have studied and that inform my therapeutic practice.
I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), Membership no. 00924687, which is a recognised professional body whose ethical framework puts your care and welfare in the forefront of everything that I do.
I regularly see a supervisor and work within strict supervision guidelines, the supervisor is another experienced counsellor, who offers me a clinical, ethical and professional perspective on my work so that I can continuously develop and be of the best possible service to my clients.
I am continuously reading and studying up to date research and material (CPD) that enhances my development, experience, ability, effectiveness and professionalism as a therapist in order to give you the best possible counselling experience.
I am fully covered by professional indemnity insurance.
If you would like any further information please phone or email and I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 5 in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Diploma with distinction in Drugs, Solvents & Alcohol Abuse Counselling
- Level 3 in Counselling Studies
- Level 2 in Counselling Skills
I have worked for CGL, a drugs and alcohol agency, for two years as a substance abuse counsellor, which not only gave me an insight into addiction but also enhanced my understanding and experience around a broad range of mental health disorders.
I have worked in a residential rehabilitation facility for two years as a support worker/counsellor which allowed me to build genuine, empathic and trusting relationships with individuals that were facing extreme difficulties.
I have worked at the Camden Carers Centre for two years working with Carers as a counsellor, fully understanding and working with the stresses and difficulties carers face when caring for a loved one around the clock.
I regularly help and take mutual aid meetings which is a safe program and forum for recovering addicts and alcoholics wishing to change their lives and experience a joyous life without the use of substances.
I also have a Mindfulness and meditation practice and I often use the skills & techniques from this practice with clients who may be struggling around incessant and negative thinking and the inability to detach from it.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 a session
£70 a session (couples)
All sessions are 50 minutes
Concessions offered for
Its important for you to know;
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. Our work together is confidential.
Registered MBACP number is : 00924687
I also hold a Professional Indemnity Insurance
I offer short and long term work to individuals and couples