"There are 7 billion versions of normal.
With 7 billion unique people on the planet,
there’s no such thing as ‘normal’.
Some of us just need a bit of extra help sometimes."


(BUPA UK Mental Health Hub)

 

Integrative & Transcultural Counselling
CONFIDENTIALITY GUARANTEED

  • Online, telephone in person sessions

  • Weekdays & Sundays, daytime and evenings

  • Short-term & long-term

  • Weekly or fortnightly 50-minutes (same day/same time)

  • Free cancellation 24 hours before session

  • 15-minute free of charge online/telephone contact before first booking

  • You can stop booking appointments anytime

 WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SESSIONS (click here for more information) 
 

CONFIDENTIALITY
If you come to see a counsellor, you want to explore issues that are personal and often highly sensitive. I therefore offer a confidential, non-judgmental space for my clients when I meet them in person or via secure telecommunication services.

AREAS IN WHICH I CAN SUPPORT YOU

  • International relocations/assignments, high mobility & Third Culture Kid (TCK/ATCK) lifestyle, life as trailing spouse, global nomadism, coping with impact of multiple relocations/exile

  • (Re-)Migration and culture-related issues:
    Belonging/home, identity, culture shock, coping & engaging with otherness, loss, loneliness, sadness, anger, multicultural partnerships, adapting to culturally different school/university, discrimination

  • Important life transitions:
    Moving away from home, to university or abroad, parenthood, job change, empty nest syndrome, retirement

  • Support and personal therapy during counselling/psychotherapy training

  • Parenting, raising multicultural children in country of origin & abroad

  • Coping with everyday challenges & stress

  • Self-exploration & personal development, life & development coaching

  • Relational difficulties & boundary issues with parents, partner, friends and at work

  • Study & work related challenges

  • Faith-related issues including interfaith relationships and religious conversion

  • Loss, bereavement

  • Guilt, shame, self-hatred, panic attacks, anxiety

  • Trauma, PTSD, dissociation, experience of war

  • Domestic violence, physical, emotional & sexual abuse

  • Psychoeducation around mental health and impact of international relocations

WHY AM I SO PASSIONATE ABOUT CULTURE AND MIGRATION-RELATED ISSUES?
 

I have been a migrant for the past 30 years. Living and raising children abroad has taught me a lot about what it means to be part of a minority and to not always look, think, feel or act like the locals. Multicultural lives are exciting, but they can also be challenging and stressful. I therefore offer specialized culture-sensitive support and mentoring for multicultural clients, migrants and refugees.

As the mainstream Western approach does not fit the needs of all my clients, I attended numerous "Continuing Professional Developments (CPDs)" and intercultural workshops in the UK, Germany, France, US and the Middle East. To support Muslim clients better, I enrolled on two cpcab accredited therapy courses at the "Institute of Islamic Counselling & Well-Being", London. I currently study towards the PGDip "Psychiatry and transcultural competences" under the direction of Prof. Marie Rose Moro.

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GETTING IN TOUCH

Asking for help takes a lot of courage.
 

Research shows that people make the best therapeutic progress when they feel that they have a good working relationship with a trustworthy therapist, irrespective of the particular therapeutic approach this person offers. I therefore offer a free of charge 15-minute online/telephone conversation to help you decide if you think I am THIS counsellor for you. Please do not hesitate and contact me to see what I can do for you.

FEES

  • Sliding scale of rates depending on the location/time slot for therapy.

  • Reduced fees for students.

  • Please contact me for details.

EXPERIENCE

In the UK, I have experience seeing local and international clients at a variety of mental health services including:

  • Sangam - Association of Asian Women, London

  • Barnet Refugee Service, London

  • CPPD Counselling Services, London

  • MigraConsult, London

Abroad, I worked for:

  • Doctors of the World, Munich

QUALIFICATIONS

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

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I speak English, French, German, Spanish and elementary Modern Standard Arabic.