Before settling in England in 2010, I have lived in Pakistan, Peru, and mostly in Canada. I respect and value difference and diversity. I understand how culture, religious and spiritual beliefs, diversity of bodies, genders and relationships, makes us all unique. Through personal experience I understand complexities of Asian cultural values, roles, identity, pressure, and being a child of immigrants. As a parent, I can relate to issues surrounding pregnancy, birth, parenting, and juggling roles.
My past work experience as a genetic counsellor in the NHS has included working with individuals, couples, and families for over 9 years. I incorporate this knowledge and experience of genetic conditions, family dynamics, and teaching to support my work as a therapist.
I proudly re-trained as a Therapeutic Counsellor at DS Counselling Training in Kent and adhere to their high standards and professionalism in my work. I then undertook further training in Attachment based Psychotherapy from Optima Health Services. As an Attachment psychotherapist, I am able to understand you, and the link of attachment styles and defences to your personal relationships. By exploring your early childhood, important attachment figures, you can understand yourself at a deeper level. My hope is to support you through your difficulties and help you to have a connection and understanding with yourself. This can create the process of change you hope to make during this time.
I am passionate about working with clients to support them on their unique journey. I have over 2 years experience as a therapist and am experienced in working with anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement and loss, gender identity, and self acceptance. My specialist interest and experience includes family and relationship problems, loss, miscarriage, baby loss, post natal depression, and genetics. I am experienced in working with individuals who have a child with complex medical needs, genetic diagnoses, and terminal diagnoses. I also work creatively with neurodiverse clients. I have been working with Therapy Partners in Maidstone, Kent, to provide counselling to adults and young people. I am pleased to continue this work in my local community.
I look forward to speaking to you to understand how I can support you on your journey.
I am a Registered Member with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within their ethical framework, so I can work safely and ethically with you. I have a high regard for BACP values and aim to work with you with humility and care. I provide one-to-one therapy online, which allows me to be flexible.
I am integrative in my approach and work with you to meet your needs. I specialize in Attachment Psychotherapy. This means a person-centred approach and Attachment Theory (AT) is at the core of my work. This helps me to create a safe, understanding space for you to explore your issues. I am adaptive and draw upon skills from other approaches where it benefits you like Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) and Mindfulness.
CPCAB Counselling Studies
Level 5 Integrating Attachment Based Psychotherapy in Clinical Practice, CPCAB
Optima Health Services- Completed June 2023
Level 4 CST Studies Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
DS Counselling- Aylesford, Completed June 2022
Level 3 CST Studies CPCAB
Kent Adult Education- Tonbridge, Completed July 2020
Master of Science in Genetic Counselling
University of British Columbia, Canada, Class of 2010
Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology
University of Toronto, Canada, Class of 2008
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3 hours training, 15/07/2023
Trauma Informed Therapy, Therapy Partners
3 hours training, 10/12/2021
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6 hours training, 29/11/2021
Group Facilitation, The Maypole Project
2 hours training, 04/07/2022
CBT-e Eating Disorders with Claire Jordan, Therapy Partners
8 hours training, 02/07/2022
Assisting Clients with Subsequent Pregnancies after Loss, The Foundation for Infant Loss Training
8 hours training, 31/03/2022
Suicide Prevention, MIND
3.5 hours training, 01/03/2022
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Accredited Practitioner Training, The Foundation for Infant Loss Training
8 hours training, 22/01/2022
Working with families with children whose condition is palliative (focus on Battens Disease), Maypole Project
3 hours training, 11/10/2021
Couples Counselling, Maypole Project
6 hours training, 15/04/2021
Online and Telephone Counselling Course, Counselling Tutor
80 hours training, 01/02/2021
Supporting Families Facing Loss, Maypole Project
12 hours training, 22-23/10/2020