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Sharmin Akhter

Sharmin Akhter

Counselling Psychologist in Training

Qualifications :

BSc Psychology Graduate from Queen Mary University of London,
Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (in process)

Accreditation :Counselling Psychologist in Doctoral training (all clinical components complete, dissertation submitted with only the viva remaining in terms of completing Doctoral Training).

Clinics at :Online

Languages :English & Bengali

Fees :£90 - Individuals
£100 - Couples

Age Group :Children 6+
Older Adults

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About Sharmin:

Sharmin is a Psychological Counsellor and Counselling Psychologist in Training (DPsych) at The Private Therapy Clinic, with experience dealing with many disorders such as: Depression, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Phobias, and so forth. Sharmin primarily uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, which focuses on the here and now and looks at how our thoughts and emotions impact our behaviour. CBT contains evidence-based protocols, with many effective techniques such as guided discovery, homework and diary keeping. It has been widely researched and proven as an effective method of therapy against other leading therapeutic approaches, which can therefore provide improvements in just a few sessions.

Initial Assessment:

Sharmin will help you set a goal during the initial assessment and then devise a treatment plan in order to achieve this goal through a series of sessions. Her therapeutic stance is based on focusing on you, persistently motivating you, empowering you and working collaboratively with you to accomplish your therapeutic goals.

Outlook on therapy:

Due to everyone’s own individual differences, Sharmin understands that no one therapeutic approach fits all. Therefore, she will integrate appropriate techniques from other therapeutic approaches in order to tailor a treatment plan to each and every client. For example, although CBT is effective in reducing unhelpful behaviours in the here and now, it does not look at the root of the problem. In this case, Psychodynamic therapy can be useful as it is based on the idea that our childhood experiences have shaped how we think and behave in the present. Thus, coming to terms with our childhood experiences can assist in understanding our present behaviour. This in effect can reduce unhelpful behaviour that causes great deterioration in our mental well-being and quality of life. Therefore, with Sharmin as your therapist, you can be ensured that the therapy given is one that is tailored to you and your needs specifically.


Sharmin has worked in both private and public health care services exposing her to a vast range of disorders, varying in severity. She has also worked with clients from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Coming from an ethnic minority herself, Sharmin understands how cultural backgrounds can impact thoughts, emotions and in response, behaviours. Therefore, Sharmin believes that our cultural background should not be overlooked when planning a treatment plan. Being mindful of these aspects allows Sharmin to devise the most effective treatment plan taking into account different factors that could impact ones health and well being. She is also able to offer bilingual therapy in Bengali. Sharmin understands that the decision to undergo therapy is never an easy one; therefore she is committed to creating a comfortable setting for the client, by offering a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment.

Education and Skills:

She is also determined to offer an efficient therapeutic experience by implementing up to date therapy techniques. The foundations of these techniques were acquired during her degree in Psychology at Queen Mary University, which belongs to the Russell Group for their excellence in research. Her therapeutic techniques arestrengthened through regular bi-weekly supervision sessions: with the Clinical Director and Registered Counseling Psychologist, Dr Rebecca Spelman and Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Margery Parsons. 

Overall, Sharmin is a wholehearted, empathetic and sincere therapist who abides by the BPS and HCPC Counseling guidelines to help clients reach their goals for improved mental health and wellbeing.

Play therapy:

Children are unique and behave in their own way. However, there are times when they experience difficult feelings and or behaviours that can cause interference to their lives and their development.

As children are not able to articulate their thoughts, feelings and behaviours as well as adults, Sharmin uses play therapy to help them to process these difficulties. She encourages children to use play therapy to communicate their thoughts and feelings. This works well because the children can use this therapy at their own level and their own pace, without feeling questioned or intimidated.

Sharmin provides a safe space for children to enact difficult or even traumatic life experiences to help them make sense of their experiences. It also helps to teach children to manage their conflicts more effectively. This effective therapy helps to reduce children’s anxiety levels, change certain behaviours and enhance the way they relate to others such as friends and family. Sharmin hasworked in a primary school, with children aged 5 to 11 years and using the therapeutic relationship she has helped them to process negative and even traumatic life experiences, leading to reduced levels of anxiety and depression.