I am a registered counsellor and psychotherapist specialising in Cognitive Behaviour and Cross-Cultural Therapy. I obtained my Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in 2002 followed by a Master’s Degree in Counselling 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 anxiety disorders, depression, addiction, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma, HIV, sexual abuse, bereavement, self-harm, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, anger management and more. See my areas of expertise in more detail here
I offer treatment in the English and Persian (Farsi, Dari) languages. 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, to another country in which I had to master the language, and most importantly, losing my sense of culture and belonging. Throughout the years, I have provided therapy to many individuals who have experienced cross-cultural conflict.
I have many years of experience in providing psychological reports for legal professionals and solicitors. I offer external academic expertise to universities, and I currently support 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 the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, as well as having provided over 150 mental health awareness workshops to the public. I am a professional translator, and I have written and translated multiple articles on social and mental health issues in Farsi. I have translated Prof. Irvin Yalom’s Creatures of A Day (2016) 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. My most recent translation is Jeffrey Berman’s book on Irvin Yalom’s literature, called Writing the Talking Cure, which will be published in 2020 by Qoqnoos.
As a mental health expert, I have been invited to various talk shows and debates by BBC Persian and Manoto TV since 2012. I make regular media appearances in order to raise public awareness on mental health issues and make relevant topics accessible to people.
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