Phoenix is a self-funding service; our core mission is to ensure that any one wishing to have counselling can access affordable and accessible counselling at the time of need. Phoenix was establishedas a Community Interest Company which means that all income and fundraising earned must be used for the benefit of its services. Phoenix is an organisational member of the British Association of Counselling and National Counselling Society.
If you find yourself browsing the internet for counselling, you may have found yourself in a muddle and in need of support. The aim of my website is, in the first instance, to provide usefulinformation that may help you to take the first step. Even in today's more enlightened times, there are still many commonly-held negative beliefs about the use of counselling and psychotherapy.
Having worked theraputically in a forensic setting for many years, I began my counselling training in the early 1980's. My clinical work has continued to develop over the last 25 years through furthertraining courses combined with shorter courses in the UK and the USA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focusing on sexual issues.
Our Pace of life and our way of being can sometimes take us to difficult and immobilising places. If this resonates with you and you feel you need a safe, impartial and non-judgemental place to talkyour issues through, then counselling may be the medium that will help you gain clarity, balance and self-empowerment.
Trained in therapeutic counselling and Gestalt psychotherapy my approach is tailored to the unique wishes and needs of each individual. This begins with the support and non-judgemental acceptancenecessary to enable you to explore your thoughts and feelings freely. We work at your pace, perhaps to relieve the tension of unexpressed emotion, raise awareness, gain insight and develop internal support and resources to increase your strength and flexibility.
Cognitive Behabioural Therapy (CBT) aims to support individuals in understanding the development and maintenance of their difficulties through increasing their awareness of the links between theirthoughts, feelings and behaviours. Strategies are then taught to enable an individual to manage their difficulties more effectively and to feel more in control of them.
Our team have worked as counsellors for over 20 years. However, we continuously acquire new knowledge and skills. Our counselling style is mainly person-centred. However, if necessary we use cognitivebehavioural or NLP methods. Our training involved Rogerian, cognitive behavioral(CBT) and neuro-lnuistic programming(NLP) approaches as well as specific online and telephone therapy techniques.
I follow strict ethical principles and professional guidelines, and receive regular supervision and training to ensure high standards of professional and reflective practice. I regularly attendinternational and national conferences and engage in continued professional development activities and research to provide cutting edge psychological treatments.
At Sakoon we know how important it is for Muslims to have an Islamic perspective in counselling hence why we offer a holistic approach to your wellbeing, which includes looking at ones faith, cultureas well as family dynamics. There are many approaches to counselling, our counsellors are experienced professionals registered with governing bodies and adopt an integrative approach where we work according to your needs and evaluate and suggest what therapy may be most effective to help you.
Relationships can be one of the greatest sources of joy and fulfillment in life. When we experience relationship problems, we feel great pain, disappointment, fear and loneliness. Conflict isinevitable in relationships with people we love. I believe how we view the conflict makes a big difference in our ability to work through relationship problems. I take a positive view of relationships, includingthe difficult parts.