I am influenced by Person-Centred and Psychodynamic concepts in my work, as I like to get to the root cause of what is pertinent for the client at present, whilst always remembering that ‘the client is an expert in their own lives’. For more short-term counselling, I use ‘Gestalt’, ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ (CBT) and ‘Solution Focused Brief Therapy’ techniques. If you are new to therapy, then these terms may not be familiar to you and so this is absolutely something that we will further discuss in our initial chat.
The most important thing is, I like to find out more about you as an individual and consequently tailor my approach to your needs. As a practicing Muslim, one of the central principles I live by is to help others in need. We will work through things together. ‘The only impossible journey is the one you never begin’, so get in touch and see if I am the right therapist to go on that journey with you.
Bsc(Hons), PgDip, MBACP
I have an interest in counselling children, adolescents, and women, as I have experience working in various fields with these client groups. My first exposure to counselling was during the sandwich year of my BSc (Hons) in Psychology where I supported adults who had learning disabilities. I have also been a volunteer counsellor for Childline (part of the NSPCC), and worked as a play-worker for a charity called ‘Kids’ that supports disabled children and families. My role as a support manager for a tuition company (Explore Learning), for almost eight years, enabled me to provide counselling and coaching to both primary and secondary school pupils, as well as the young tutor and centre management teams.
My interest in working therapeutically with women began when I conducted my second university placement. In this capacity, I planned and implemented workshops to empower women in areas where they wanted more support, such as self-esteem and social skills. This sparked my desire to want to continue to work closely with women, especially those from a BAME background, due to the underrepresentation that this group faces.
All these roles were motivated by my passion to help others, especially children, adolescents and women. This led me to undertake a level 3 foundation course in counselling children, with 'Place2Be', and an accredited diploma course with the University of East London, to become a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
I completed counselling placements with 'Place2Be'; within a primary school and ‘The Mix’ charity where I provided support to children and adolescents aged between 10-25 years old via telephone and webchat counselling.
Alongside my private practice, I also work as a School Project Manager with Place2Be; within a secondary school. I have dealt with issues such as Bullying, Stress Management, Relationship issues, Anxiety, Depression and Trauma. I offer both short-term counselling as well as open-ended psychotherapy and recommend a minimum number of eight sessions, to begin with.