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- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Trauma focused CBT
I studied psychology at Cardiff University having discovered that I was interested in 'understanding people' whilst taking A-Level psychology. During my undergraduate years, I spent a year working as a Voluntary Psychology Assistant at Wandsworth Prison in London, and learnt how psychological theory could be applied to help others, even in the most difficult of circumstances.
Since graduating, I have worked in psychological therapy services within the NHS for the last 12 years with clients from a diverse demographic, from those with common mental health problems to those at the severe end of the spectrum. Thus, despite being a qualified CBT therapist, I have worked with in various other psychotherapeutic approaches, including psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I have also worked with individuals and groups.
I have a special interest in Compassion Focused Therapy for those whose high shame and self-criticism is an obstacle to living a fulfilling life. This is an emotion-focused approach, and one of the 'Third Wave' approaches borne out of CBT.
I am also trained in a number of trauma-focused approaches, as well as CBT, which gives clients increased choice in their therapeutic treatment (in line with what is most suited for their needs). Clients can often be offered a choice of CBT or EMDR, whilst compassion-focused therapy for trauma can be offered to those who experience a high level of shame as part of their trauma, and IRRT for those whose trauma arose from childhood experiences.
I have co-facilitated supervision groups, and also offer clinical CBT supervision. Additionally, I offer CPD workshops, and have presented on social problem solving, compassion-focused therapy, risk assessment and management, and group therapy skills amongst others.
In my private practice, I currently offer sessions at the weekend on a fortnightly basis.
Areas of interest
Depression; Stress; Anxiety; Anger; Phobias; Social Anxiety; Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Low self-esteem and confidence; Medically Unexplained Symptoms and Pain; Grief and bereavement;
Compassion Focused Therapy for those struggling with high shame and self criticism;
Social Problem Solving Therapy;
Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy for adults with PTSD from childhood trauma
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Psychophysiological disorders
Current NHS consultant posts held
For the last 7 years, I have been employed as a CBT Therapist for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, offering CBT to adults with common mental health problems.
Prior to this, I worked as a Group Facilitator in the Personality Disorder Service in Leicester for 5 years - a groupwork service dedicated to those suffering from severe emotional and psychological difficulties. I facilitated various formal and informal psychotherapeutic groups. It was here that I began my training in CBT.
A favourite (and quite rare!) past-time is being able to sit for a length of time with a good book.
I am a bit of a 'foodie' and my most enjoyable times are often socialising with others over dinner!
I like to cycle, and having completed a long-distance charity bike ride in the past, I'd love to do another.
Travelling is a passion, learning about and experiencing the rich variety of cultures. And every so often, I get the urge to really challenge myself - the last time by doing a Skydive!
Patient Testimonials (anon):
"Aisha provided an excellent service. She listened to my needs and provided the appropriate actions and steps to get myself better. She didn't make any judgement and helped me understand why I was feeling the way I was feeling..."
"I received excellent professional care from Aisha which has enabled me to put my life back in order. I am no longer having to take medication for my anxiety/depression and most important of all, I am leading an enjoyable, happy life. I don't know what I would have done without Aisha's therapy."
- MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy University of Derby 2011
- PG Cert in Mental Health Work DeMontfort University, Leicester 2005
- BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology Cardiff University 2003
Affiliations / memberships
Accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies