I am a registered counsellor and psychotherapist with specialism in Cognitive Behaviour and Cross-Cultural therapy. I obtained my postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in 2002 following a Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London. I completed my Doctorate in Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute in collaboration with Middlesex University in London. With over 20 years of experience in providing mental health support to individuals, my approach in therapy is integrative, drawing on humanistic, existential, psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioural models. As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), my areas of clinical expertise are working with addiction, phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma, HIV, sexual abuse, bereavement, self-harm, phobia, PTSD, personality disorders, anger management and more. See my areas of expertise in more detail here.
I offer treatment both in the English and Farsi language. I have a passion for multiculturalism which is a result of my own experience as an immigrant. This included loss of identity, being displaced from my place of origin, moving to another country wherein I had to master the language, and most importantly, losing my sense of culture and belonging. Throughout the years, I have been providing therapy to many individuals, specialising in cross-cultural conflicts.
I have years of experience providing psychological reports for legal professionals and solicitors. I am present in academia, supporting PhD students at Anglia Ruskin University as an external supervisor. I also work closely with individual students from various universities on their research programmes on issues pertaining to immigration and mental health. I regularly facilitate workshops and conduct lectures for professional bodies such as Tavestock and the NHS, as well as having provided over 150 mental health awareness workshops to the public. I am a professional translator, and have written and translated multiple articles on social and mental health issues. I have translated Prof. Irvin Yalom’s Creatures of A Day (2015) and his autobiography, Becoming Myself (2018), which are published by Qoqnoos Publishing House, Iran. A video-recorded interview between myself and Prof. Yalom was presented to the public at my book launch in Iran. I have also translated Jeffrey Berman’s book on Irvin Yalom’s literature, called Writing the Talking Cure (2019) which is now under publication.
As a mental health expert, I have been invited to various talkshows and debates by BBC Persian and Manoto TV on a regular basis for the past 8 years, in order to raise public awareness on mental health issues.