Sidra Chaudhry


MBPsS, BACP Member Counsellor and Psychotherapist

I'm a trained Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have more than 8 years experience as a Counsellor and therapist across the world. It means, I have better awareness about social-cultural context and its impact on mental health being. Due to my integrative training, I am able to use different approaches, and paradigms according to people needs and demands. My approach is based on Integrative; It means I am trained to use Psychodynamics approach, Cognitive behavioural Approach, Rational Emotive Behavioural therapy, Humanistic Approach, Existential-Phenomenological Approach and Multi-Model Approach. I am trained to use different exercises such as relaxation techniques, Guided imagery, fraction relaxation techniques and progressive muscular relaxation techniques. I choose my approach based on your problems. I use Bio-Psycho-Social Model, especially with people who have any physical health issues such as acute and chronic illness as well as long term illness. I have personal experience how the physical illnesses have affect on emotional as well as mental health beings. I have substantial experience in wide range of mental as well as physical problems including Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Phobia, Specific Phobia such as blood, injection, needle, elevators, lift, travel, pain, insects etc, Agoraphobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Attachment problems, Separation Anxiety disorder, Obsessive Compulsive disorder, Somatoform disorders, Bipolar disorder, Post-traumatic disorder, stress disorder, relationship problem, addictions, drug abuse, bullying, sexual abuse, eating disorder, Bereavement, Personal growth life transition, Breast Cancer patients, Maternal Problems, Irritate Bowl Syndom, Diabetes, Hypertensions, Thyroid problems, Anaemia, Chronic illness, psychological adjustment to long term medical conditions as well as culture and personal growth issues.

I am member of BPS and BACP and about to complete my professional doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Qualifications

Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (Current-about to complete)
PG Dip in counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy- National UK Therapists Register.
Master in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Graduated in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Certifications:

Certificate in Membership of Complementary Health Therapies
Certificate in Membership of the Sherwood Foundation Therapists
Certificate in brief course of Hypnotherapy
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Workshops Attended:

Mob behaviour and social sciences
Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Aging and Memory Problems
Hypnosis/Psychiatric Rehabilitation/Child Psychiatry/GP course/Psycho Trauma
Drug Safety

Research as a Co-Author

"Gender Differences in Coping Strategies Used by Blood Cancer Patients”
"Prevalence of Anxiety and Depression among Medical Doctors"
"Prevalence of Anxiety and Depression among Medical Students"
"Impact of Type 2 Diabetes on Cognitive Function among Non-Insulin Dependent Patients"
"Frequency of Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Patients of Conversion Disorder"

How I Work

Psychotherapy and counselling offer a safe, consistent and confidential relationship in which to explore and begin to understand the particular issues and difficulties that are currently affecting your ability to cope with the challenges of life.
They can help you resolve emotional conflict, change negative thinking and behaviour, and support you in making positive choices. Counselling can help you to find more alternative perspectives in your problem.
In my personal qualities, I am genuine, empathy, non-judgemental, unconditional positive regards and respect towards my clients. It means I am not seeing you on basis of your characteristics and not on your age, race,ethnicity, religion etc. Moreover, I do not see my clients as a "Patient".
I see them as a human being. I am not interested to label you as Mental health illness or Psychopathology.I believe that all the emotions either smile or crying, happiness or sadness, calm or angry is part of us. I do not believe we are allowed to happy but not sad, or allowed to be calm but not be angry. Being a human being, we are allowed to experience all emotions whatsoever they are. There is no life without death; love without hate; and health without illness.
These experience tell us importance of life, health and things that we are used to take for granted. Problem is not we are sad, angry etc; problem is unable to understand what triggers these emotions.
Problem is around when we do not know, or do not have answer of our queries. I help you to understand as well as explore your emotions and understand why you are experiencing like this. Therefore, I focus more on our relationship as I-Thou rather than "I-It" it means I am not seeing you as object and feel corner to you.
We will work together, I believe more we have trust to each other, more opening layers of your life, and you will more depth understand about your reality and existence. Together we can explore the things in life you find difficult or troubling, address those things you may wish to change, and discover how you'd like to live.

Assessment

In first session, we will speak about what do you want from counselling and therapy, what is your goals, needs to achieve from therapy. First session will serves as an opportunity for both of us to know each other. I may be asked a brief history of your life in order to understand and formulate your case. Then, I will summarize to you, how I can help you. If you agree to continue, then we will have initial agreement about frequency and duration of your sessions.

Confidentiality

What we discuss in the sessions is strictly confidential. In exceptional circumstances breaching confidentiality is both a legal and ethical requirement of professional practice (i.e. revealing that a child is being abused). The boundaries to confidentiality will be fully discussed at the onset of therapy. I abide by the BACP Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.Length of work
Sessions generally take place once a week and last 50 minutes. I can offer both short term and long term therapy based on your needs. This will be discussed after our assessment session and we can reach an agreement based on your needs and goals.

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