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Nafeeza Towheed

London
Anxiety
Depression
Identity
Loss of purpose
Relationships
Trauma
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Me in a nutshell

I am a born and raised Londoner, and an eternal optimist with an unshakeable belief in the power of the human spirit. I am an Integrative Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Coach, with a passion for empowering people to realise their full potential and find greater ease in their lives. I live for cheesecake, Arsenal football club, live gigs and finding ways to challenge social inequality.

The most fascinating thing about my work…

As a female Londoner with diverse cultural roots spanning India, Uganda and Guyana, I feel particularly drawn to themes of cultural and social identity, home, belonging and what it means to be different. It never fails to move me when I witness the subtle yet powerful changes that people experience when they are able to accept themselves and embrace what makes them different. It is then that they can truly find an internal home. I love the way Maya Angelou puts it: 'The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.'

My specialities

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Identity
  • Loss of purpose
  • Relationships
  • Trauma

I also work with most of the major psychological and mental health issues.

My qualifications & experience

  • Master’s degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • 8 years of counselling clients aged 16-65
  • Previous experience as specialist bereavement counsellor and psychotherapist at Oxleas NHS Trust
  • Group facilitator on specialist programme supporting people with emotional eating behaviour
  • 13 years as senior marketing expert in private companies and charities

Body Psychotherapy

Body psychotherapy is based on the idea that our body and mind are linked, and that the body offers valuable clues to our internal struggles. Early shocks and childhood experiences become reflected, 'echoed' or 'held' in our posture, sensations, movements and reflexes. By becoming aware of how our body uniquely responds to the world around us, we can uncover aspects of ourselves that have been repressed and release painful experiences trapped in the body.

Humanistic Therapy

Humanistic therapy helps us to develop a sense of self and a deeper clarity into our feelings, thoughts and experiences. It enables us to recognise our strengths, resourcefulness and creativity, and use these as tools to bring about development, growth or change in our lives. Humanistic therapy focuses on our self-worth and holds the view that being valued as a person, without judgement, is the key to true positive change in our lives.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy looks at how our early experiences shape our present lives. Its main insight is that problems often arise from painful childhood experiences that have been pushed down to the unconscious because they may be too painful for the conscious mind to process. These repressed emotions don’t go away but resurface to haunt our current relationships. The goal of therapy is to examine our current challenges at their roots, to make the unconscious conscious so we can understand ourselves and stop replaying past conflicts into the present.

Relational Therapy

Relational therapy is based on the idea that deep, authentic relationships with other people give us a sense of self-worth and a zest for life, while the absence of such leads to emotional and psychological problems. Relational therapy helps us explore how culture, race, gender and class affect our relationships and how our own attempts to avoid being vulnerable can lead us to “hide” and disconnect from others. The relationship we develop with our therapist gives us a practical model for healthier, more fulfilling interactions outside therapy.

Fees

Weekly 50-minute sessions with me start from £65.

When I have availability, I offer some concessions for students and those on a limited income.