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Whatever you’re feeling right now, there is help and support available to you.  Asking for help takes courage and many people benefit from getting support from a professional. Counselling allows you to explore and work through unmanageable or difficult feelings in a safe, non-judgemental and caring environment, helping you to identify which steps to take to overcome these challenges.

Sometimes it might seem like family and friends don’t understand what you’re going through and this can feel lonely and isolating. You may even feel judged by them. But for those of us who have felt low, know that it’s a difficult feeling to snap out of. Experiencing problems may affect different aspects of your life and you might find yourself having difficulty sleeping, eating or achieving what you want in your everyday life. We all go through difficulties in our lifetime and for some, this can feel more manageable when shared with another person.  

I am a BACP accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist who offers the following services:

  • Face to Face Counselling and Psychotherapy for Individuals
  • Online Counselling
  • Fast Phobia and Trauma Treatment (The Rewind Technique)
  • Mindfulness sessions
  • Cultural Awareness Workshops for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

 

Below, are some examples of the different issues with which I have worked:

  • Relationship problems
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence/abuse
  • Low self-esteem/confidence
  • Eating disorders
  • Bereavement
  • Self-development and growth
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Cultural issues
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)
  • Trauma
  • Loss of pregnancy (through termination, miscarriage or other means)

 

I believe that most issues can be worked with within a caring and professional counselling relationship, enabling individuals to thrive and grow.

My service is open to everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability.

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Eating Disorders: the war on food

[To save and read later, download your PDF copy here] When I wake up in the morning there is always the feeling of dread. The dread that I will have put on some weight. No, I can’t even bear the thought but I know that I will have to face the scales and then my day will be ruined if I have put on any weight at all. Sometimes, I weigh myself repeatedly because I just cannot believe that I have put on weight- not after trying so hard. When I look at myself in the mirror all I can see is fat and it disgusts me. You can tell …

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Is Mindfulness Islamic?

[To save and read later, download your PDF copy here] Many would not put Islam and mindfulness together; some would say that one is not synonymous with the other. Some Muslims suggest that mindfulness or meditation is un-Islamic or haram (forbidden) because it has originated from Buddhism, and still may carry some of its tenets. In this blog, I challenge that idea, and propose that mindfulness is central in the very foundation of Islam, and can support an Islamic way of life. What is Mindfulness? This definition of mindfulness given by Jon Kabat-Zinn who is a professor of Medicine and is the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme, …

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What’s the relationship between sleep and depression?

[To read later, you can download this blog by clicking here] Feeling sad is an integral part of the human experience, especially during difficult, stressful or challenging times. However, constant feelings of sadness, anxiety, hopelessness and apathy are all symptoms of depression. Depression affects the way a person feels, thinks, eats and sleeps. The relationship between depression and sleep is a complex one, and insomnia, oversleeping and troubled sleeping are all classic symptoms of clinical depression. Whilst not all depressed people have sleep disorders, many do. For some people, symptoms of depression occur before the onset of sleep problems. For others, sleep problems appear first. Depression may cause sleep problems …

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