My approach in sessions


You might be wondering what my counselling approach in sessions will be? What will I be like? What will you gain from therapy?

I do not expect you to be trusting of me from the start. I accept that you will be cautious, I understand your need to protect yourself. I do not expect you to share everything with me. It's important you set the pace. I will not rush you. I will be patient. You might change the story as the sessions progress, dramatically. That's perfectly O.K too.

My belief will be as you have started your journey there is something you are not happy within your life, or something you feel not quite right. You might know or you might not.

You may be looking for answers or you might just want someone to hear you out. You might want to change or you might find change too frightening or impossible and just want support. These options are all perfectly fine with me.

My aim is also to resource you with new strategies to integrate into your life and a refreshed awareness leading to reflective action.

Exploring with you your existing emotional strengths  as well as creating new behaviours and relating patterns. Perhaps working on your inner child or ways to increase your self-efficacy. My counselling approach will be that we will come to a mutual decision about the direction of the therapeutic work.

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I will not take away your autonomy


I will want to help you, but we will not achieve this by me trying to rescue or fix you. Together we will create a therapeutic relationship where you can be understood. A trusting therapeutic relationship will be the catalyst for your growth and empowerment. You are the master of your own life. I can share my knowledge gained through my life experiences and my training, but we are equal in this therapeutic relationship. I am sure just as you will leave changed through our encounter I also will.

I will not be afraid to say goodbye


When your work is done. I will be sad to see you go. But this will not stop me letting you go. I see it as my ethical duty to be aware of when it is time to end therapy. Due to ethical guidelines by the BACP I will not be able to become your friend, but it doesn't mean from time to time I won't think of you fondly in my thoughts.

I am available for online sessions via video calling using zoom. If you feel uncomfortable looking at yourself on video you can switch the video function off and just the audio. Read 

TALKING THERAPIES

In my counselling approach I integrate a number of talking therapies and techniques in my approach. I am committed to continuing professional development and regularly undergo new training. Read 

CREATIVE THERAPIES

I use creativity often in my counselling sessions. It doesn't mean that I will expect you to draw or sketch or doodle. It is more about me as a therapist to support you - being creative in my approach. Read

My counselling approach includes walk and talk therapy. Due to the C19 Pandemic I have renamed it to "Field Therapy" and involves being out in a field socially distancing and talking.  Read

I provide face to face counselling from my private practice in Wetherby , West Yorkshire a few minutes from  the A1 Junction 46.  Read

I provide counselling for adults and young people - face to face or online. Young adults have many issues that bring them to therapy. Read 

COUNSELLING BRITISH MUSLIMS

Myself being multi-cultural, multi-religious and third generation British Muslim I have a deep empathy towards those in conflict due to Religion or culture. Read 

THE PLURALISTIC APPROACH

I integrate a number of theories into my approach. How can I know what singular approach is good for you, without meeting you, learning about you and asking you about your needs and preferences Read

Online Counselling

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The Issues

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