What kind of therapy do I provide:
I'm a critical, cultural and political psychotherapist. For a full overview of my therapeutic philosophy, check out my post here.
I provide confidential individual therapy for all, without exception, face-to-face or online.
I also provide couple's therapy and family therapy for children (I don't see children without parents). Please note that family therapy is only available in face to face.
My therapeutic approach is integrative according to your needs. I have experience in humanistic/existential, psychodynamic, emotional and acceptance-based therapies. Cognitive-behavioural exercises are also included. Everything can be viewed through a lens of spirituality.
I provide therapy for most experiences of suffering, including but not limited to commonly diagnosed mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. I'm more interested in the experience of your distress, than the label of your distress (unless the label is important for you). In exceptional circumstances, I may have to refer you to someone more specialised (see next point).
I reserve the right to refuse consultation and refer you elsewhere in circumstances which necessitate immediate crisis interventions or otherwise (of course, in your best interest). Should this ever be the case, I will support you in finding the appropriate services in your area, but please be advised that online therapy may be limited in this regard. Please inform yourself of the available services in your area before contacting any consultants online.
This is community-integrated therapy. In collaboration with Chapters Coffee Corner, my therapy is organically embedded within a community. I always work with youth clubs, women's centres, religious leaders, etc, and can help you call upon them if needed - religious and non-religious.
I will never turn down anyone if you are unable to pay. Please contact me and we will find a solution.
How we meet:
Face to face:
Meetings take place comfortably in the backroom of Chapters Coffee Corner, a bookstore-turned-cozy therapy space. Obviously, a cup of coffee/tea will always be waiting for you.
The room can be closed or semi-closed off with a wall separator. This means that wall separator can be left slightly open so that I can be seen (but not heard) by anyone outside the room, but you remain hidden and unheard. This might be preferable for some women, otherwise there is also the option of speaking online. I'll always go with whatever is most comfortable for you. Bear in mind that Chapters might be open to customers but I'm looking to schedule the hours at times when the shop is quiet. This usually means mornings or evenings.
Please note that people will be able to see you walk into Chapters, which is attached to a mosque. I understand that this might make some feel uncomfortable. In those cases, I recommend online therapy as I do not have any other spaces available at the moment. All measures will be taken (e.g. a white noise device) to ensure absolute privacy and protection from physical intrusion (someone overhearing) but this can never be guaranteed.
Important: There is one step in the entrance of the coffee shop, however there is a ramp to make the entry wheelchair-accessible.
Sign up to Doxy.me. It's free and it allows us to coordinate our meetings. Everything above applies to online, but do note that in the 5 years I've given online consultation, I can attest to the importance of internet quality. This is especially relevant to those whose internet providers are choppy/inconsistent.
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Chapters Coffee Corner
833-835 High Road
Ilford IG3 8TD
English, French, German and Arabic
- All information will be secured according to EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and HCPC guidelines. This entails session notes being stored and encrypted in password-protected information management software (Devonthink Pro). These notes will periodically be backed-up in a password-protected external hard-drive. I am the only one with access to your information.
- If you are experiencing an emergency or major crisis, it is best you seek immediate help by contacting your GP, A&E service, or call 999.
- Proudly PREVENT-free! Confidentiality is rightfully considered one of the foundations of the therapeutic relationship. I never act on suspicion and will never share your details outside the therapy room, without your consent, except for under the conditions stipulated by the HCPC. The only exception to this rule is when there is obvious and immediate harm to oneself or others. As for crime, the HCPC stipulates "You can also disclose confidential information without consent from the service user if it is in the ‘public interest’ to do so. This might be in circumstances where disclosing the information is necessary to prevent a serious crime or serious harm to other people." Without the indication of an imminent, serious crime (or self-harm), I won't report it, but we'll deal with the concern together.