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Nargis Islam

DClinPsy.
CPsychol.
AFBPsS

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Email: nargis.clinicalpsychology@gmail.com

Mobile: 07856 837978

I am a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience in working with people with a wide range of emotional difficulties including anxiety, depression, panic, physical health related difficulties, relationship problems, low self-esteem, anger problems, childhood abuse, the psychological effects of trauma, stress and work related problems. Why you might be considering therapy:Life can be difficult, and we can experience emotional challenges, relationship worries or challenging situations. We can feel sad, anxious, hopeless and overwhelmed, and find it hard to think about what to do to make things feel or get better. It can be a big step to think about therapy, and even finding out about what therapists and therapies 'are out there' can be quite daunting. However difficult if feels, it is important to hold in mind that it may also be your first step in recognising that we all need support to work through painful and bewildering emotional challenges at some point in our lives, and that positive change is both possible and achievable.

What I offer:

I provide a client -centred, compassionate and non-judgemental psychological therapy service, and my approach to therapeutic work is to be open and collaborative. Central to my approach is the importance I place on the therapeutic relationship; a safe and supportive space within which you can work on achieving positive change. I am trained and accredited in a range of evidence based therapeutic models and I draw on these to provide a therapy that is tailored to your individual needs and will focus on helping you to achieve your goals. I am particularly interested in helping people to recognise, connect to and develop their strengths and resilience so that the changes they make as a result of the therapy are sustained over time.

My therapeutic approach is integrative and in my therapeutic work I draw on various models including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive-Analytic Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory and EMDR.

What can you expect from therapy?We will meet for an initial 'assessment' session. This session is typically 1 - 1.30 hours, and in this we talk about the difficulties you have been experiencing, and what things you might want to work on. We will use this space to think about the most helpful and appropriate way to achieve these goals.

If we decide that we will proceed with the therapy, we will usually arrange to meet for a set number of weekly one hour sessions. During the course of the sessions we will work together to develop an understanding of your difficulties within a psychological framework, a bit like a 'psychological map'. Through using this 'map' we will have a better idea of the kinds of strategies and skills that you will work on developing in the therapy to help you to manage and improve how you feel about the things that have been challenging to you. I also find it helpful to periodically review how we both feel the therapy is progressing, to make sure things are moving in the right direction, and to discuss anything that you would like to change about the work.

Qualifications:

I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), and I have Chartered and Associate Fellow Status with the British Psychological Society (BPS).I am an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) practitioner and am registered with ACAT in this capacity. As a Registered Practitioner Psychologist I adhere to the code of conduct outlined by the Health & Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society. In line with regulatory and professional requirements I receive regular supervision for my work.

Fees: The first appointment is longer (90 minutes) and costs £150, the following sessions are £110 p/hour

Where I work:

Alongside my private practice I work in the NHS Oxfordshire Adult Psychological Therapies Services, working with people experiencing long-term and severe mental health problems. I am also Director of Studies on a Counselling Psychology Doctorate programme at the Metanoia Institute in London, having formally been the Academic Tutor at the Oxford Institute for Clinical Psychology Training, Oxford University.

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