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About me and my therapy practice
Central to my therapeutic approach is providing healthy counselling where a compassionate and non-judgemental contained space enables you to feel accepted, seen and heard. I understand the complexities many South Asian, Black and Ethnic Minority communities may experience with mental health interventions. I employ a cultural and faith sensitive approach.
Salaam and Hi. I am Samia, fully qualified Integrative Therapist working with children, adolescents and adults. Exploring emotional histories, life experiences, gaining better awareness of self, navigating testing times are some of the reasons why people seek therapy. For children and adolescents, having an empathic and listening presence can be all that they need. Whatever your reasons for therapy, working with me you will find a warm and safe space that draws on your inner resourcefulness.
My counselling approach is integrative. This means that I draw on various models underpinned by psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, person centred, CBT, neuroscience, play therapy and talk therapy theories.
I have published in the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Children, Young People and Families magazine and appear as TV Mental Health Expert on Islam Channel.
Private Practice - Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Adult Therapist:
In my private practice, I see clients of various ages and backgrounds commonly exploring issues related to family systems, family related abuse, family and in-law dynamics, relationships, school pressures, relocation transitions, anxiety and depression. I also provide parent/ carer support.
I have substantial experience working with children and adolescents. Currently, I manage and oversee the counselling provision at a secondary school in Waltham Forest supporting pupils with emotional challenges. Weekly sessions explore client-led issues ranging from anxiety, self-harm, exam pressures, peer issues and parent-child dynamics. In primary school, I work with children across Key Stage 1 and 2 employing creative and play therapeutic practices.
Women's Support Service:
I have therapeutic counselling experience working with South Asian women aged 20 and above supporting them with trauma, abuse and domestic violence-related issues.
In addition to my therapist role, I have over 15 years experience working as a primary school teacher. I am a Special Educational Needs (SEN) specialist in the area of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and continue my initial profession as a school practitioner alongside my therapy work.
My first session
A free, 15 - 20 minute telephone consultation gives you an opportunity to ask any questions and arrange an assessment.
Adolescents and Adults Assessment:
This is longer, and can take up to 50 minutes either in-person or online via zoom. An assessment consultation is made prior to any counselling work - this is an opportunity to gain a background history and form an understanding of presenting difficulties. In the assessment we explore your reasons for seeking therapy, any questions you may have as well as to ensure that if you decide to go ahead with therapy, you or your family member feel comfortable to work with me.
Working with Parents/ Carers:
I welcome working in partnership with parents/ carers. Once counselling commences, regular consultations ensure that the young client's needs and goals are kept in mind. Discussions can address progress, areas of difficulty and practical strategies to support parents/ carers.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Self esteem, Trauma, Women's issues
Types of therapy
CBT, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Play therapy, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Systemic
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy