Hello and welcome, my name is Zak and I am a qualified and experienced integrative psychotherapist, counsellor and mindfulness practitioner, I am also the founder of ‘Cultivating Therapeutic Counselling’ a growing private practice in north London.
I offer both short term and long term psychotherapy and counselling to individuals and couples, offering you a warm, confidential, and non-judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in an environment where you can feel safe, listened to and understood.
I will work beside you and help you to gain an insight, awareness and understanding into the struggles and difficulties that you may be facing in both your internal world and your external world. I know directly what it feels like to struggle and experience overwhelming difficulties. You simply cannot learn the lived experience and compassion I have from any book, theory or academic setting.
I am not here to analyse, diagnose, label or judge anyone and I do not offer advice, opinions or solutions, I will simply offer you the ideal therapeutic conditions 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.
I pride myself on the autonomy, empathy and compassion for all clients, as I recognise, and am fully aware, that the client is the expert on themselves and that the relationship is the most important aspect of the therapeutic process and change.
Many people come to counselling because their life is just not working the way they want it to, 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, authentic, resilient, fulfilling and harmonious life.
What I Specialise in
- Depression and Anxiety
- Childhood issues
- Anger & Rage
- Negative thinking
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 wonderfully complex, unique and diverse and cannot be categorised into one particular psychological theory or orientation, so I like to offer whatever skill, theory or technique a client may need at any particular moment that enables them to move forward and experience more harmony with their internal and external world. 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
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
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.
MBACP number is : 00924687 Registered number is : 384433. I also hold a Professional Indemnity Insurance
I offer short and long term work to individuals and couples