I am interested in people, patterns, and processes. I believe carefully managed conversations can be revelations that lead to a happier, more productive, collaboration. I use the technique of ‘respectful curiosity’, asking questions, in a respectful way, and co-creating ways forward to uncover new perspectives. My approach is to see people not as problems to be solved, but as individuals with valuable opinions.
I will work with you at your pace, to open up those ‘brave spaces’ where we can co-create a way forward to uncover new perspectives. I use the technique of ‘respectful curiosity’, asking unexpected and challenging questions, in a respectful way. My approach is to see people not as problems to be solved, but as individuals with valuable opinions.
I work from a strengths-based and non-judgmental perspective when working with family and couple clients in order to improve relationship dynamics and mutual understanding. I encourage different ways of thinking, help clients to make sense of unhelpful feelings and my work supports positive changes in behavior which can lead to improved connection and sense of wellbeing. I would say I am flexible and creative in my approach and I consult with you to agree on a way of working to address goals, and work collaboratively from the outset to help achieve sustainable outcomes.
I am from a Pakistani Christian background, migrating to the UK when I was 3 years old. I am the eldest of four siblings and live in West London.
I have been a qualified Systemic Psychotherapist since 2008. I bring a significant fund of knowhow from my 15 years working for the NHS in various CAMHS teams and projects such as with the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust, Camden Social Services, South West London & St George's and recently for West London Adult Forensic services. I enjoy working with complexity and working with family, child and adolescent issues, as well as couple relationships. I have also worked in specialist services such as the Lighthouse 'Child House' providing Child Sexual Abuse services, and currently I work for the Adolescent Outreach Team providing Tier 4 care to young people from Merton, Sutton, Wandsworth, Kingston and Richmond, providing intensive community support as an alternative to hospital admission or to reduce the length of an admission. I work within the relevant statutory frameworks including the Children Act 1989, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Mental Capacity Act, the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Health Code of Practice.
I therefore have knowledge in trauma focused approaches, and have a special interest in intercultural couple issues, and also offer mediation in child contact disputes, and have been an expert witness in court proceedings.
I have travelled widely, and value diversity and equality. I am fluent in English and can also offer therapy in Urdu.
I have completed the Advanced Systemic Supervision course at the Tavistock & Portman and enjoy live supervising in family therapy clinics as well as being part of a reflecting team. I welcome individual or group supervision opportunities.
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.