Hamsa Counselling, offering secular and Islamic counselling to females, aims to help you find your inner strength and for you to gain assurance, contentment and love, providing you with peace of mind and heart.
I am Salma Mousavi, a Muslim counsellor offering a confidential and non-judgmental space for you to feel safe in an environment filled with respect and empathy. Help is available in 3 languages:
English – Arabic – Persian.
What is Counselling?
Counselling allows you to discuss your problems and any difficult feelings you encounter in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment. Counselling is a process you seek when you want to change something in your life or when you simply want to explore your thoughts and feelings in more depth. There are various approaches within counselling. My main approach is the person-centred approach, which means you are empowered to discover solutions to issues within a supportive setting.
As a counsellor, I will encourage you to talk about what’s bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. I will help you find your ways of coping, whilst uncovering your own insight and understanding of your issues.
Counselling often requires you to discuss upsetting emotions and painful memories. Bringing up these thoughts can feel difficult to start with and, initially, you may feel worse. This process is necessary to move forward and, in time, you would start to feel better.
In the majority of cases, a single session will not be enough to help overcome any issues you may be facing. Counselling is a journey and a process that requires a strong relationship between us. It takes time and consistency to work effectively. Therefore, it is recommended to have at least six sessions to be able to benefit from counselling.
Hamsa Counselling offers Islamic counselling to Muslim clients. Islamic counselling is a form of counselling that incorporates spirituality into the therapeutic process and is based on an Islamic understanding of the nature of human beings. Problems are addressed from a faith-based perspective and solutions sought based on the love and fear of Allah and a duty to fulfill responsibilities as a servant of Allah.
Hamsa Counselling offers counselling to young children using creative therapy. One of most effective therapies that is used with children is sand tray therapy.
Definition of Sand tray therapy:
The therapeutic use of a collection of miniatures in a sand tray. It is a non-verbal, expressive and projective mode of psychotherapy where the sand tray and the miniatures are the medium of communication. It is client-led and the therapist is only the facilitator. The process seeks to promote safety and control for the client so that emotionally charged issues can be addressed utilising the sandtray. (Homeyer & Sweeney, 2011)
Sand tray therapy gives expression to non-verbalised emotional issues. It provides a needed communication vehicle for clients with poor verbal skills and cuts down on verbal defensiveness. It is also useful with clients who are introverted, have trouble verbalizing, or are tense. It is also useful for clients who over-verbalize or intellectualize.
Sand tray therapy is traditionally used with children but has been expanded to use with adolescents, adults and families.
Qualifications and Training
BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Greenwich)
Diploma in Counselling (City Lit)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training (BPS Approved)
Enabling therapeutic and emotional support to children in schools training (The Place2Be)
Cancer Awareness course (Royal Surrey County Hospital)
Professional Membership and Training
As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I undertake ongoing professional training. To date, this includes working with trauma, cancer counselling, anger management, cognitive behavioural therapy, domestic abuse, relationship issues, pre-marital counselling, divorce and separation. I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework – a copy can be found on the BACP website.
Counselling could help at times of:
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Marital issues
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Relationship issues
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
As I believe in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, I offer a free 20-30 minute phone consultation. This provides you with the opportunity to ask any questions and to see if we would feel comfortable working together.
Thereafter, if we both decide to work together, I would normally see you weekly over an agreed period. A typical session lasts 50 minutes.
The fee for each session is £50.
If you are not in a position to pay the full fee, there is a reduced rate for people on benefits, or in specific circumstances.
1- Stanmore, Greater London HA7
2- Guildford, Surrey GU2
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