Dr Zarina Prayag, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
In private practice, I work with both adults and children. I offer face to face sessions in Banstead (Surrey), and can also offer online/Skype sessions.
Recent client testimonials:
February 2020: "When you’re at one of the most difficult and most confusing points in your life as a parent and most frightening as a child, putting your trust in a stranger is tough. Zarina could not have made us feel more at ease. It’s a daunting process but Zarina made it all feel ok. I would absolutely recommend the services to anyone. As a family we have seen a huge difference in our son and we now feel more able to help him when it’s needed. We all have a better understanding of anxiety and the strategies we can implement to help".
January 2020: E-mail received from former client three months after finishing therapy "Hi Zarina- just wanted to say I had an interview this morning. It was the first real big test of being able to perform without falling apart and as such I was incredibly nervous about it. However, I managed to compose myself and use all the techniques you mentioned and it worked an absolute treat. It feels like such a massive step in getting back to my best and I just thought I would share that with you, so thank you so much!"
January 2020: "My therapist was very helpful in helping me understand where my anxiety had come from and most importantly how to deal with it now. She helped me understand how the brain works, which made a lot of things make sense. She was always very kind, and I could talk to her about anything. She always knew how to help me in situations. She gave me lots of helpful tools and advice on how to overcome my anxiety. I now hope, thanks to her, that I will be able to control my anxiety!"
November 2019: "Not having had therapy before I didn’t know what to expect. Zarina is extremely professional and made me feel comfortable to talk about anything. I have found the sessions very helpful. I would totally recommend her".
October 2019: "Zarina- did a great job in a limited space of sessions, diagnosing my needs quickly and setting out a plan for the coming future. The effects were much quicker than expected and I'm looking forward to seeing how the future goes. Thanks Zarina-!"
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working with adults, children and adolescents, couples and families across different services in the NHS. I have experience of working with clients with a range of difficulties, from mild to severe, including depression, low mood, self-esteem issues, worry, anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, phobias, relationship issues, trauma, psychosis, schizophrenia, and bipolar affective disorder. I am able to work with individuals, couples and families. I also have experience and skills working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome, and I am able to adapt the therapy approach to meet any particular needs a client may have.
As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained in using a variety of therapeutic models. I often use an integrative approach to ensure therapy is best suited to my clients’ individual needs and tailored to them as a person. I primarily use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as Narrative and Systemic approaches, and Behavioural Family Therapy.
I understand that attending therapy can be daunting and I therefore aim to create a relaxed and safe space for my clients by being warm, empathic and non-judgmental. It is important that my clients feel comfortable to explore and work on things they might be finding difficult, or feel are holding them back in life. Equally important is helping my clients to identify their strengths and values, to help you achieve your personal goals and move forwards.
Prior to private practice, I worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with clients who have experienced a first episode of psychosis, in an Early Intervention in Psychosis service at the Maudsley Hospital. Before this, I worked in both adult and child and adolescent mental health services in the NHS, including managing a specialist mental health team in South East London for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Learning Disabilities.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications in Psychology and CBT
- Meriden Behavioural Family Therapy (South London & Maudsley NHS Trust)
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Royal Holloway, University of London)
- MSc Applied Psychological Research (Distinction) (Roehampton University)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class) (Roehampton University)
- Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society)
- Registered Clinical Psychologist (Health & Care Professions Council)
- Senior Clinical Psychologist (NHS)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Family/systemic therapy
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Types of client