I offer a free brief initial telephone consultation. This is to enable us to ask each other some basic questions before booking an assessment, so we can consider if your difficulties might be something I can help with.
During the assessment session, I will be aiming to understand what is going on for you at the moment by asking about your current thinking and behaviour, work, relationships and general lifestyle, as well as exploring how problems might have developed. We will discuss which therapeutic approach might be best for you. I will give you an idea of how I might be able to help you, or if I cannot, I may be able to recommend other specialists who may be more suited to meet your needs. If you agree to go ahead with treatment with me, we can book further sessions and make an intervention plan based on your needs and goals.
I can offer help in dealing with a wide range of problems including:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (Worry)
- Health-related Anxiety
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Attacks
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Anxiety
- Anger management
- Adjustment to Life Changes
- Bereavement/Loss Issues
- Depression – incl. post-natal depression
- Experiences of Abuse
- Faith-based issues
- Lack of confidence/ low self-esteem
- Identity issues; Inter-cultural issues
- Stress management; Work-related problems
- Relationship Problems
- Sleep Problems
If you wish to address something that is not covered by this list, please do give me a call and we can discuss whether it might be something I can work with.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a talking therapy in which we would work together in exploring how your thoughts and behaviour relate to the way you feel and how this might be contributing to your problems. CBT helps you stop negative patterns or cycles of thinking & behaviour and enables you to adopt more helpful patterns so you can cope better with your difficulties, which will then improve the way you feel. The skills learnt in CBT are useful, practical and helpful strategies that can be incorporated into your life so you can prevent relapse and manage future stresses and difficulties on your own.
There is considerable research evidence to show that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. CBT treatments can be completed in a relatively short time compared with other talking therapies.
You can of course address relationship issues within individual therapy. If you are in individual therapy and we think it might be helpful to hear your partner/spouses’ perceptive on the problem, there can be opportunities for them to attend the occasional session.
Sometimes, however, it can be helpful for you and your partner or spouse to attend a course of therapy sessions together to discuss matters of concern in your relationship. Therapy can provide a safe, non-judgemental environment where each person can be listened to and listen to the other with the guidance of a therapist, to address how things might change to improve the relationship.
Therapy with Spiritual/Faith-based Values
Of course all therapeutic work is conducted within the beliefs/values system of the client. For some, there may be issues which they wish to address within the perspective of a spiritual/faith base. We can work within a general spiritual approach or from a more specific religious perspective where required.
From personal experience, and further specific training in this area, I can work with CBT incorporating Islamic values and approaches to understanding the self and well-being. This can also be adapted for other faiths.
I am a native speaker in Sylheti (Bengali) dialect & can provide treatment in Bengali where required, using measures and materials translated into Bengali where available/appropriate
Expert Witness Work
Psychologists may also be called as experts in court proceedings. I may be requested to do psychological assessment with a view to providing reports for the court.
“An expert is a person who, through special training, study or experience, is able to furnish the Court, tribunal or oral hearing with scientific or technical information which is likely to be outside the experience and knowledge of a judge, magistrate, convenor or jury. The expert’s role is to assist the Court and not the party(ies) instructing them.” (From BPS Guidelines on Psychologists as Expert Witnesses).
I provide clinical supervision for qualified Clinical Psychologists and CBT Therapists. This can be arranged as individual, paired or group supervision. I have many years of experience supervising trainees on Clinical Psychology doctorate courses as well as trainees on a high intensity IAPT course.
I am on the BPS’ Register of Approved Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS): http://www.bps.org.uk/bpssearchablelists/rapps
Workshops, seminars or training sessions can be arranged on a range of issues and tailored to the needs of specific groups, e.g. Health & Well-being at Work; Anger Management; Improving Sleep; Mindfulness Techniques; Cultural awareness.
With the aim of promoting mental well-being/awareness of mental illness/reducing stigma around mental illness, I am available to speak or write on such issues.
I have done radio & TV interviews on understanding well-being & reducing stigma around mental health issues including:
I have spoken at The Story of Bangladesh Conference organised by Brick Lane Circle.
I am on the BPS’s Directory of Volunteer Careers Speakers – I have done talks at schools & run advice stalls at careers conventions to inform students of the options & pathways for careers in the field of psychology.