Aashna Therapists

Starting therapy can be a daunting experience and it is important that you find a therapist that you feel comfortable working with. You will find profiles of our therapists, all with their areas of experience and expertise, the governing bodies that they are registered or accredited with, their contact details and a guide to their fees. Our hope is that you will find an experienced practitioner to facilitate your journey and that your experience at Aashna will be ultimately both uplifting and empowering. Our therapists offer both face-to-face sessions at Aashna following our COVID-19 safety measures and online sessions where appropriate to reflect your needs. 

Shammi Kohli

My approach to psychoanalysis is integrative and relational. Working in an embodied way, I value and respect the individual as a whole; body mind and soul.

I feel the therapeutic relationship is vital for change and transformation so I seek to create a space where the clients feelings and experiences can be explored through a collaborative process.

Nicky Perl

It is not easy to make the decision to come to therapy and recognising that you need help is an important first step. I'm qualified, BACP registered and experienced. I am qualified to work with adults, children and adolescents. I believe that therapy is a collaborative partnership and that a steady, warm and containing presence will facilitate your growth and will help you to optimise strengths that you already have. Please access my website and to learn more about how I work. Thank you!

Barbara Finch

I know how hard it can be to reach out when you need help. A problem can become so large that it takes over most of your life. It can be something from the past or a current situation that you can't move beyond. Whether its depression, anxiety, abuse, trauma, bereavement, stress or a relationship breaking down, you feel stuck and overwhelmed. Maybe you simply know that something needs to change, but don’t know how to make that happen.

I am a qualified integrative psychotherapist and counsellor, trained in a number of different approaches. I will work with you however you feel and with whatever you bring, developing the insight that will enable change. I don't expect you to fit the therapy; I expect it to fit you and will create an intervention based upon your specific needs. I always work with respect and compassion.

Anna Patel

I am a passionate, dedicated and bilingual child and adolescent psychotherapist. I am committed to supporting children and young adults fulfil their full potential. My approach is integrative, informed by psychoanalytic, psychodynamic philosophy and mindfulness ways depending on the child’s and young person’s needs.

With children, I work creatively using art materials and therapeutic play. I support adolescents to rediscover their own resources and embrace life in a new way. I welcome opportunities to support mothers and babies who are experiencing attachment/feeding difficulties and postnatal depression. I do family work with families of different nationalities and backgrounds.

Zerrin Dolen

My approach is in Integrative Psychotherapy, a more person-centered approach. I work in a way to meet each client’s unique needs and preferences. I provide a safe space for people experiencing a wide variety of challenges and feelings that are difficult to manage.

Whether you are seeking psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, or other life affecting problems, I will listen to your personal experience and walk with you, on your journey to change. I believe counselling can help you begin to tolerate, accept, make lasting personal change, giving you a stronger sense of who you are. I have a range of experience in mental health, forensic psychology, anxiety & depression and addiction problems.

Nina Mor

Effective therapy means working together and so I will help you to find your own way. I can give you a space where you can explore aspects of your life and yourself that you may be struggling with, and will provide insights which can facilitate changes in these areas. Together we will find a way to help you move beyond the difficulties you may be experiencing.

I practise integratively and so use a wide range of therapeutic methods to help people. These methods include Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural and Psychodynamic therapies. Though I do have a particular interest in Psychodynamic therapies, my work is always grounded in a Person Centred approach, moving at your pace. I aim to support and empower you, always in a respectful way and tailored to your individual needs.

Pretish Raja-Helm

People seek counselling & psychotherapy for many different reasons. Some want support through difficult experiences in life, both past and present, some may want to feel more alive and gain a better understanding of themselves.

I offer a confidential, compassionate and safe space where we can get to know your issues and begin to facilitate change.

Apratim Barua

I am a registered and accredited psychotherapist with over 10 years' experience of working in the NHS. My approach is psychodynamic: this entails longer term work that seeks to get to the root of the problem rather than focus on surface symptoms.

I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (Registration No. 22112), the BACP (Membership No. 00920423), the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (Membership No. 33016) and also the NCS (Membership No. 18-06738). I welcome enquiries from young adults struggling with life pressures and the stress of GCSEs, A levels and University.

Burcu Akar

There can be a lot of stigma surrounding mental health and therapy. It often takes courage to recognise the need within yourself to ask for help. If you are considering starting therapy then you have already taken the first step. 
Things can sometimes get difficult in life, everybody has ways of trying to get through difficult times on their own but sometimes it can feel overwhelming. Counselling can help during such times, there could be something specific that is bothering you or perhaps you are unsure as to why you are feeling the way that you are. Therapy provides a confidential, safe and consistent space for us to think together, it is a place where we can explore your thoughts and feelings from the past and the present. Perhaps there are things that you feel that you cannot talk to anybody about, therapy is a place where you can bring such thoughts and feelings.

My approach to therapy is Psychodynamic, I provide long-term open ended therapy and in some cases shorter term therapy to adults. I have worked with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, bereavement, trauma, abuse, sexual abuse, low self-esteem, identity crises, childhood trauma and eating disorders to name but a few. Whatever your reason is for wanting to start therapy we can talk about it.

Rupa Lal

Hello, I am Rupa a fully qualified counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. My hope is for us to work together to discover the changes important to you, by prioritising your own needs and well-being. Working collaboratively to discover new ways of managing which are unique to you. Many clients I see feel emotionally overwhelmed which impacts their mental and physical health. Managing alone can be extremely challenging and draining.

Counselling can offer relief from the intensity of what you are carrying. A chance to release whatever you are holding in a safe and confidential space. Time dedicated solely to you, a place to lean into, learn new ways of coping, and regain stability. My key areas of interest are in supporting adults in recovery from substance misuse and working with carers who are struggling due to the demands of their role. Please visit my website for more information.

Dave Searle

Everyone is unique, complex and has difficulties in their life. Whether you have a specific issue, a life event that has had a big impact on you, or a more general sense of not feeling 'ok', counselling can help.

I am a qualified integrative therapeutic counsellor. An integrative approach brings together different elements / approaches to therapy which best fit you and your therapeutic needs as the client - making the counselling bespoke to you. I integrate person-centred and psychodynamic approaches.

The relationship between me and my client is at the forefront of the work. As well as talking about what is going on for you in the present day, we might explore your past and/or what is happening on a subconscious level, in order to enable you to understand yourself and your feelings better.

I have experience working with male and female adult clients of all ages from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. I have helped clients with a range of issues including depression, anxiety and self confidence.

I understand that making the decision to start or restart counselling can be a difficult one and finding the right therapist for you is critical to its success. I offer a safe, judgement-free and friendly space for you to focus on you. If you would like to find out more about my experience and approach then see my website. If you have any questions or would like to book an initial appointment then please email, message or call me.

Jamie Crabb

I have worked with adults and young people within educational and therapeutic settings for over fifteen years. My approach is trauma-informed and relational exploring alongside you your past and present, your patterns of relating, thoughts, feelings and bodily experience. Together we create a space safe for you to look in and experience yourself and gather the awareness and strength to make the changes you hope for.

I work mindfully of cultural diversity, beliefs and values and am experienced working in areas including anxiety and depression, family and relationships, gender, sexual and relationship diversity, disability, learning differences and neurodiversity and health conditions.

Selen Dawson

My choice to see clients at Aashna was driven by the ethos to embrace difference and diversity in all its forms. I think at times when we are struggling to make sense of things in our lives that are causing us distress the desire to hide can be strong and this can feel unfulfilling. Grappling with the decision to start therapy or not can be difficult - I provide a space where the richness of our experiences and the struggle to make sense of our difficulties can be can be explored in a compassionate, confidential and collaborative way.

As an integrative therapist I am trained to work across several different modalities meaning that in our sessions together I will utilise what is required based on your individual needs and what suits our therapeutic relationship. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am bilingual speaking both English and Turkish.

Hannaa El Sayed

Hi there, I am Hannaa, a BACP registered integrative counsellor. I hold a degree in psychology, a post-graduate diploma in integrative counselling and psychotherapy, and a master’s in transcultural mental health, with additional training in trauma-focused therapy.

I offer safe and confidential (telephone and online) therapy that draws on a wide range of therapeutic approaches e.g. person-centred therapy, relational therapy, CBT, mindfulness, body psychotherapy and existential and transpersonal therapy. In the past 7 years, I specialised in providing culturally-sensitive therapy to diverse ethnic groups in the charity sector and in private practice, both in the UK and abroad.

If you are interested to learn more, check my website. You are very welcome to contact me directly with any questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.

Shanit Marshall-Strang

I am a UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist, and have worked in the voluntary sector and private practice for over 20 years. Choosing a therapist can be confusing and I hope that this will give you a sense of my approach. People seek therapy for different reasons, anxiety and depression are the two most common, but these can be set off by life events which were beyond our control. I offer a confidential space in which to share, explore and work with whatever you bring, without judgement.

Therapy will support you in developing a greater understanding and awareness of states of mind or patterns of behaviour which feel out of your control, and help you to feel empowered enough to change them. As a psychotherapist from a relational integrative training, I draw my understanding from different approaches, using our working relationship, talking, imagery and the mind/body connection, as essential elements to the process of change.

Digna Patel

Counselling can be a daunting experience, especially if it is your first time. My aim is to offer you a warm, empathic, accepting and non-judgemental space and work at your pace. I wish to support and empower you so that we can work together through any difficult issues you are experiencing or have experienced in the past, explore different perspectives and help you to find ways of coping.

I am an Integrative Counsellor this means that I use a range of varying therapeutic approaches to support you and your needs. I offer both short-term and long-term counselling, please visit my website for further details.

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