Nafeeza Towheed Counselling, Psychotherapy & Coaching
in Shoreditch

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I have spent the last eight years working with clients of all ethnicities, sexual identities, backgrounds and ages, ranging between 16 and 65.

I previously worked as a psychotherapist at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, where I saw acute patients for a range of issues, including clinical depression, anxiety, PTSD, addictions, abuse, eating disorders, co-dependent relationships, emotional instability and complex trauma.

I also worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist at The Minster Centre Psychotherapy & Counselling Service and as a specialist bereavement counsellor at CCIWBS.

I have a particular interest in facilitating groups, notably as a Group Tutor for Foundations UK, on the Step Forward to Health programme, supporting people with emotional eating behaviours. For the last five years, I have also provided teaching assistance on the Skills for Trauma course for psychotherapists-in-training at The Minster Centre.

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Qualifications and Training

I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, accredited by the BACP.

My rigorous five year training was undertaken at The Minster Centre, the leading integrative counselling and psychotherapy training institute in Europe.

In addition, I am currently completing a Masters degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, accredited by Middlesex University and the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP).

I regularly undertake additional training to increase my knowledge and enhance my practice, most recently in areas such as trauma, sexuality, intersectionality, race and oppression, intercultural therapy, transpersonal group process and writing as creative therapy.

Issues I have worked with clients to address

These include but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Relationships
  • Family
  • Cultural issues
  • Lack of identity and sense of self
  • Bereavement, grief and loss
  • Work - career change, redundancy, stress, conflict
  • Traumatic events and their impact
  • Depression
  • Health issues
  • Addiction
  • Sexuality
  • Abuse
  • Lack of meaning or hope
  • Guilt, shame and envy

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Specialist areas of work

The following are some special areas that I am experienced and interested in working with:

  • Working with and through creative blocks
  • Difference or feeling like an ‘outsider’
  • Identity crisis and feeling disconnected
  • Home and belonging
  • Major life transitions
  • Exploring our mixed heritages and cultures
  • Adjusting to living, working or studying in London
  • Existential exploration (searching for meaning and purpose)

  • Background

    I have 13 years experience working in marketing, communications and engagement, as a senior manager, within a number of private sector organisations and charities. I understand the demands of pressurised work environments, career change, redundancy, finding meaningful work, and attempting to achieve a work/life balance.

    I particularly enjoyed working within the third sector, for a diverse range of charities specialising in addiction treatment, youth work, HIV/sexual health and dementia care and research.

    I have always enjoyed coaching individuals, bringing diverse groups together, and ensuring people feel informed, valued, listened to and empowered in their roles to bring about positive change. I see my therapeutic and coaching work as an extension of this ethos.

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    Nafeeza Towheed: Counselling Psychotherapy & Coaching in Shoreditch EC2

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