Azima Ryan, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Azima Ryan

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Azima Ryan, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Azima Ryan

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My Approach

Integrative, Relational, Embodied

About Me

Therapy is a conversation, albeit with someone who is more interested in helping you to grow, than in helping you to stay in your familiar way of being in the world. The relationship I build with you will support you to feel "safe, but not too safe" during the process of therapeutic change.
My work is grounded in a variety of theoretical traditions, from the empathy and compassion of humanistic approaches, to the significance of exploring our relational patterns from childhood, the wisdom of the body, and existential concerns.
My life experiences inform my work. I spent many years as an actor and performer, and I believe creativity is available to everyone - we all need to play, sometimes! I have also worked on the Mother & Baby unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital, supporting women with mental health issues following childbirth, and for many years with people in suicidal crisis at Maytree Respite Centre. These experiences taught me to look beneath psychiatric symptoms to the person underneath, and to ask: what is not being said? What would happen if the anxious thoughts, the depression, the ideas of suicide, had a voice? And what if there was someone there to listen?
The relationship between my client and myself is at the core of the therapy. It is a boundaried container for the difficult feelings and memories that may come up; it is also a very real exchange between two human individuals. As therapy progresses, and trust and rapport build, the work can deepen, and both client and therapist are changed by the continuing process between them. This 'alchemy' as Jung called it, can transform the darkness of trauma and distress into the 'gold' of healing and growth.

I work with

  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

suicidal thoughts

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Integrative Psychotherapist

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Online Therapy

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
Azima Ryan

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