About Me

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner, Systemic Practitioner, and Integrative Psychotherapist, with comprehensive doctoral training and over 10 years of clinical experience.

I provide EMDR, NICE-recommended trauma therapies, grief counselling, psychotherapy, counselling, and, if requested, culturally appropriate and faith-informed psychological therapies.

I specialise in working with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex-PTSD / trauma, bereavement (including traumatic bereavement / loss and complicated grief), depression, anxiety, and relationships.

I have held clinical roles in a variety of services including (NHS) Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service, Helen Bamber Foundation (human rights organisation), Solace Women’s Aid / Rape Crisis, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neuroscience, specialist NHS trauma services, university settings, third-sector, and NHS psychotherapy services.

I am trained and experienced in offering a variety of NICE-recommended trauma therapies for PTSD including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), narrative exposure therapy (NET), and trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (tf-CBT).

I have extensive experience of providing trauma therapy with survivors of complex trauma, who have been subjected to serious human rights violations (e.g. torture, war crimes, human trafficking, political persecution, organised violence, modern day slavery, sexual exploitation), gender-based violence, domestic abuse, childhood abuse, sexual abuse / violence, neglect, and traumatic loss / bereavement.

I am experienced in working with people from different faith and cultural backgrounds, integrating psychotherapeutic concepts with your belief system if this is important to you. I specialise in providing culturally sensitive and Islamic-informed psychological therapies (if requested).

I have published guidance on providing therapy across cultures, with a particular focus on providing culturally sensitive therapy for Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) communities and Islamic-informed psychological therapies. I have co-developed and delivered culturally appropriate and Islamic-informed trauma and bereavement therapeutic groups for Muslim MENA communities affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

My therapeutic approach is relational and integrative according to your needs. In individual therapy I work primarily using EMDR therapy and also draw on psychodynamic, systemic, humanistic, and cognitive behavioural therapy. Please see the “therapy” page for a list of therapies I am experienced in providing.  

Areas of experience

  • Trauma / complex trauma
  • PTSD & complex-PTSD
  • Bereavement / grief / loss
  • Traumatic bereavement / loss & complicated grief
  • Depression
  • Anxiety & panic attacks
  • Low self-esteem / confidence
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Attachment related problems
  • Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) & chronic pain
  • Eating issues
  • Stress
  • Religion / spirituality
  • Difficulties with managing / regulating emotions
  • Dissociation
  • Personal development / growth
  • Phobias

Qualifications

  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (BPS accredited & HCPC approved)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP accredited)
  • BSc in Psychology (BPS accredited)

Additional Trainings

  • Certificate in Systemic Thinking & Practice / Family Therapy (AFT accredited)
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies: Working with a Spiritual Model – Islamic Counselling (CPCAB course)
  • Certificate in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Parts 1-3 (EMDR International Association & EMDR Europe Association accredited)
  • Certificate in Attachment-Focused EMDR (EMDR Europe approved)
  • Certificate in Attachment-Informed EMDR (Parts 1-3; EMDR Europe approved)
  • Certificate in Attachment-Informed EMDR with Parts / Ego States / Internal Family Systems (IFS) (EMDR UK Association approved)
  • Certificate in Narrative Exposure Therapy (Vivo)
  • Certificate in Ego State Therapy (EMDR UK & Ireland approved)

I adhere to the ethical standards of practice as established by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have a valid DBS certificate.

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – HCPC Practitioner Psychologist, Counselling Psychology
  • EMDR Association UK – EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – Registered Member MBACP (Accredited) Psychotherapist

If you have any questions about how I work, or would like to discuss working together, do get in touch.