I am an Integrative therapist, Psychodynamic at heart, trained in a number of different approaches to therapy. This integrative approach works in different ways to suit client’s needs and preferences. I work in this way, drawing mostly from psychodynamic and humanistic theories. simultaneously, ourrelationship – client and the therapist- at the heart of my practice. I can explain more about this way of working at our initial consultation.
Each of my clients are unique in their experiences, therefore, my therapeutic approach and technique is most likely to be helpful into getting the best outcome. As well as drawing on a variety of styles. I also take into consideration all aspects of a person’s life, including areas such as family dynamics, beliefs, upbringing, work, education, physical, friendships, and more.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on the unconscious processes and past events, which will enable the client to make sense of what is going on by the self-awareness into present difficulties or unhelpful patterns. It stems from Freud’s psychoanalytic approach which is the oldest of the modern day therapies and includes the work and studies of Carl Jung.
Humanistic psychotherapy focuses on the individual’s own nature, facilitating an environment of self-nourishment, growth, wisdom and healing, with the individual finding self-fulfillment from within.
Existentialists focus on the individual’s experience in four aspects of existence “physical, social, psychological and spiritual” in the main time it’s of significant to acknowledge both our aspirations and limitations in life. This approach is more philosophical than the other approaches. Analysis: Part of the family-, which is widely recognized and offers theoretical tools and principles to help promote growth and change and you may have come across some its principle concepts such as in HR training, organizations and group work. TA looks deeply into the ‘PAC’ model (the ego-state concepts of the parent, adult and child), it has often been used to help people within business and industry by helping understand how these ego-states play-out and interact with others.
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 has been proven to have therapy in your mother tongue will gain access to areas in your experiences at deeper level than of clients second language. 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 living outside their home countries 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.