Salaamun Alaykum, Welcome to Zamzam Counselling- an affordable and professional counselling service offered by a qualified muslim counsellor.
I’m Azra, a BACP registered therapist with a Postgraduate (BACP accredited) training in Counselling & Psychotherapy. This page will give you an idea of how I practice and my qualifications, experience & registration details.
How I work
I integrate Islamic values with highly effective conventional therapeutic approaches like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic/Family therapy, Mindfulness, Person-centred approach and Attachment Narrative Therapy.
Qualifications and Training
BACP accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
(Centre for Stress Management)
Training was conducted by award winning psychologist Professor Stephen Palmer.
CBT is based on an underlying rationale that an individual’s feelings and behaviours are largely determined by the way he/she structures the world. Thinking is based on attitudes or assumptions developed from previous life experiences.
Attachment Narrative Therapy (ANT)
ANT focuses on family relationships, feelings and attachments. This training was facilitated by Rudi Dollis and Arlene Vetere who are pioneers of ANT.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) training: CBT Strategies for Harm Focused & Complex OCD (BPS Approved)
Working with PTSD using Trauma-Focused CBT (BPS Approved)
Therapeutic Work with Teenagers (Centre for Child Mental Health)
Working with Phobias (BPS Approved)
Neurolinguistic Programming (BACP Endorsed)
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Islamic Studies: Theology, Ethics, Arabic, Hadith Studies, Quranic Sciences, History and Fiqh.
I have worked as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist with people from a variety of backgrounds, faiths and cultures, ranging from age 4 to 84.
While working for organisations and running my own private practice I have gained a great deal of experience counselling clients with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma and other distressing problems.
I have been working at:
Zamzam Muslim Counselling
Brent Bereavement Services
SOAS Student Services (University of London)
Civil Hospital Karachi
My first degree was in Medicine which gave me an opportunity to experience working within different departments in a hospital that covered a socio-economically deprived population. Years of daily contact with these patients and interacting with them holistically on a personal and professional level helped me to see and understand people within their social context. I also began to understand them better as unique individuals with unique circumstances beyond their presenting problems. This has positively impacted on how I relate to my clients now in my counselling and psychotherapy practice.