I am an Integrative counsellor, Psychodynamic at heart, which means I am trained in a number of different approaches to therapy. This means I can work in different ways to suit your particular needs and preferences. I can explain more about this way of working at our initial consultation.
Because you are unique, I will consider which approach or technique is most likely to help you get the best out of the therapy.
As well as drawing on a variety of styles, being integrative also means I consider all aspects of a person’s life, including areas such as family, beliefs, upbringing, work, education, physical wellbeing, friendships, and more.
While I have trained in a variety of styles of therapy, my main approach is what is known as Gestalt therapy.
Gestalt is a positive and practical style of therapy that encourages people to focus on their immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour and on how they approach their relationships. It is a style of therapy that helps people to see the bigger picture and choose the best way forward.
The overall aim is to gain insight and awareness into your life with a view to unlocking potential and effecting change.
I am bi-lingual, able to offer counselling in both Arabic and English.
It can be very helpful to have therapy in your mother tongue. As well as being able to use words and concepts you are familiar with, I have a deep understanding of the culture and customs of the Middle East – and I have a personal understanding of what it means to be a Muslim living in the UK.
Middle Eastern people in London can face any number of challenges, not least feeling displaced or homesick or struggling to relate to a society that is very different from their traditions. All of these topics can be explored in therapy.
I have extensive experience of working with the LGBT community, which has provided me with a deep insight into the particular challenges this community can face.
Accordingly, my aim as a therapist is to provide an environment in which any issue around gender or sexuality can be explored frankly and fully, without fear of judgement.
Sometimes, when it is difficult to find the right words, creativity can be a helpful way to express thoughts and feelings that seem out of reach.
For some people, making pictures and writing techniques can be helpful for getting in touch with their inner world.
This creative approach to therapy has been well researched and found to be effective – and we can make use of these techniques in our work together.
When being creative, it is important to note that there is no good or bad, right or wrong in the writing or pictures you produce – rather, it’s an alternative way for gaining insight and understanding.
Mindfulness and meditation
Mindfulness and meditation are techniques for taking us out of our ‘chattering minds’ by teaching us how to focus on our physical environment or on our breath.
No beliefs are required. Research has found that using these techniques can generate a greater sense of acceptance and insight. You might like to explore these techniques as a part of therapy.