Qualified Muslim Counsellor (MBACP)

Qualified Muslim Counsellor and CBT Therapist

Dr. Azra Nanjiani MBBS MBACP (Accred)

Salaamun Alaykum, Welcome to Zamzam Counselling- an affordable and professional counselling and CBT service offered by a qualified muslim counsellor.

I’m a BACP accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist and also a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

This page will give you an idea of how I practice and my qualifications, experience & registration details.

How I work

In my private practice, I integrate Islamic values with highly effective conventional therapeutic approaches like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Person-centred approach and Attachment Narrative Therapy.

Qualifications and Training 

Medicine (MBBS)

BACP Accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy

BABCP Accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is based on an underlying rationale that our feelings and behaviours are largely determined by the way we view ourselves, others and the world. Thinking is based on attitudes or assumptions developed from previous life experiences. CBT helps us understand and then gradually change unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns that maintain our problems.

Attachment Narrative Therapy (ANT) training
(Bowlby Centre)
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.

 

Experience

In addition to my most valuable experiences of being a daughter, sister, wife and mother, 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 educational and charity organisations, the NHS and my private practice, I had a variety of experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma and other distressing problems.

I have been working at:

Talk Wandsworth (South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust)

Zamzam Muslim Counselling 

Brent Bereavement Services

SOAS Student Services (University of London)

Kids Company

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 practice as a psychotherapist.

Membership and Registration

I’m a registered and accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).
I follow the BACP’s ‘Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy’
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