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"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 and in-person sessions available

  • Weekdays & Sundays, daytime and evenings

  • Short-term & long-term options

  • Weekly or fortnightly 50-minutes sessions

  • Free cancellation 24 hours before the session

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

  • You can stop booking appointments anytime

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

CONFIDENTIALITY
When you seek counselling, you want to explore personal and often highly sensitive issues. Therefore, I provide a confidential, non-judgmental space for my clients whether we meet in person or via secure telecommunication services.

AREAS IN WHICH I CAN SUPPORT YOU

  • International relocations, 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 education, discrimination

  • Important life transitions:
    Moving away 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

  • Trauma, PTSD, dissociation, experience of war

  • Domestic violence, physical, emotional & sexual abuse

  • Psychoeducation around mental health and impact of international relocation

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

For the past 30 years, I have been a migrant, living and raising children abroad. This journey has taught me valuable lessons about being part of a minority and navigating life while not always looking, thinking, feeling, or acting like locals. Multicultural lives are exciting and enriching, but they can also be challenging and stressful. That is why I offer specialized culture-sensitive support and mentoring for multicultural clients, migrants, and refugees.

As the mainstream Western approach does not always meet the needs of all my clients, I have attended numerous "Continuing Professional Development (CPD)" and intercultural workshops in the UK, Germany, France, US, and the Middle East. To better support Muslim clients, I enrolled in two CPCAB-accredited therapy courses at the "Institute of Islamic Counselling & Well-Being" in London. I have completed the PGDip in "Psychiatry and Transcultural Competencies" under the direction of Prof. Marie Rose Moro at Université Paris Cité.

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GETTING IN TOUCH

Asking for help takes a lot of courage.
 

Research shows that individuals make the most therapeutic progress when they feel they have a strong working relationship with a trustworthy therapist, regardless of the specific therapeutic approach offered. Therefore, I offer a free 15-minute online/telephone conversation to help you determine if I am the right counselor for you. Please don't hesitate to contact me to explore how I can assist you.

FEES

  • Sliding scale of rates based on 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 & Online

Abroad, I worked for:

  • Doctors of the World, Munich

QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD on "First Impression and Social Judgment in an Intercultural Context"
    (University Osnabrück/Germany)

  • Postgraduate University Diploma "Psychiatry and transcultural competencies"
    (Université Paris Cité/France)

  • "Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling"
    (CPPD Counselling School, London/UK, BACP-accredited training)

  • "Counselling Studies - Faith-Based Counselling" Levels 2 & 3
    (CPCAB-accredited training/UK)

  • "Certified Non-Medical Practitioner for Psychotherapy"
    ("Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie", Munich/Germany)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

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

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