Zorack Shahzad Aziz MA, PG Dip. MBACP Counsellor & Psychotherapist
How therapy can help you
Not feeling yourself? Struggling with functioning on a day- to- day basis? Or perhaps you feel overwhelmed by life in general and what it has to throw at you. Then you have come to the right place.
You might turn to therapy for a number of reasons: having faced a life-changing event, trauma, bereavement, anxiety, depression, or low self- esteem. You may even be searching for a sense of purpose or direction in life. Past life events can also get in the way of leading a meaningful and successful life in the here- and- now.
You don't have to go it alone
At times it can feel as though no one really understands you or listens with genuine care and concern. This can make you feel isolated and disconnected from the people and world around you. You may experience feelings, thoughts and emotions, or even physical symptoms for no obvious reason. This is where strictly confidential, professional, help and support in the form of therapy could be the answer.
Learning about yourself and transforming your life
In fact we all need a helping hand at times in order to overcome life's challenges, so you need not feel afraid to ask for help in doing so. You may feel you need to be strong and not display any signs of weakness, whereas on the contrary, knowing when you need help is a sign of strength and self -knowledge, and is the start of a journey towards healing and improved well-being.
If you want to understand yourself better and make some changes in your life, then therapy could provide some clarity through increased self- awareness and self- knowledge. I can help you make sense of your unique experiences using an holistic and integrative approach to therapy, and help you accept yourself as a complete, integral person. I understand the importance of appreciating visible and invisible differences, and people who come from diverse cultural backgrounds. I will listen to you without judgement, with empathy and genuineness, and enable you to grow and develop as a person.
How I will work with you
Therapy is a process and I can help you work through difficult emotions, thoughts and feelings by providing you with a private and safe space in which to openly explore and understand them. Our work together will be collaborative, and my role is to facilitate you to become an active participant in this journey towards wellness, autonomy, and self-development- all at your own pace.
What to expect from your first therapy session
I will introduce myself and ask you about yourself and why you are seeking therapy, and what you hope to achieve from it. We can determine what your therapeutic needs are, set some goals and decide how to proceed with our work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
My background, clinical practice and areas of experience
I have 20 years' experience as a teacher and lecturer in education; in schools and colleges. I have experience of providing bereavement support at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley, Leeds as part of my clinical training, as well as working with anxiety, depression, trauma, dissociation, and PTSD. I currently run my own private practice : Chapel Allerton Therapy
Therapeutic philosophy, approach, and techniques
As an integrative, relational therapist, the cornerstone of my practice is to establish a solid therapeutic relationship with you the client, based on a humanistic approach and a Person-Centred-Therapy foundation. I also draw on CBT techniques as well as psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, and existential theories and therapeutic practices. The techniques and strategies incorporated into the therapy process will be tailored to suit your specific needs as my client, so I will not use a one- size- fits - all approach. Your confidentiality will be strictly maintained at all times in accordance with the BACP ethical guidelines so you can rest assured that you will be seen by a fully qualified and regulated professional counsellor and psychotherapist.
- 2018-2020 Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy- Pass with Merit- Leeds Beckett University
- 2017-2018 Postgraduate Certificate in Interpersonal and Counselling Skills- Pass with Merit- Leeds Beckett University
- 2017-ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts
- 2016 - Introduction to Counselling
- BACP Registered Member 383567( MBACP)
- 2000- Masters in English -Arabic-English Translation-University of Leeds
- 1999-Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Secondary Modern Foreign Languages- University of Bradford
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
£50 per session.
I am fluent in Arabic, English, French, Urdu and Punjabi.
I would like to make therapy accessible for all, and would like to encourage men in particular to feel comfortable to seek therapy with a fully trained professionally qualified therapist in a private, confidential and safe space.
I am insured with Holistic Insurance Services
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate