Sharmin Akhter

Sharmin Akhter

Psychological Counsellor

Qualifications :

BSc Psychology Graduate from Queen Mary University of London

Accreditation :Therapist in training

Clinics at :Harley St., Skype & Telephone Consultation

Languages :English & Bengali

Fees : £50

About Sharmin:

Sharmin is a Psychological Counsellor 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 nowand looks at how our thoughts and emotions impact our behaviour. CBT contains evidence-based protocols, with many effective techniques such as guided discovery, homework setting 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.

Experience:

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 therapy sessionBeing 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 beingShe 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.

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Reviews

  • Anon

    Very thorough and attentive

  • Anon

    Very good first session, it was nice to find someone who put me at my ease and valued my opinions and experiences.

  • Anon

    My therapist Dr. Akhter was very personable and welcoming-I felt very comfortable opening up to her in my initial assessment.

  • Anon

    My first experience of counseling and Sharmin is lovely. She is very welcoming and made me feel at ease straight away. I left my first session feeling very positive and will be continuing to see Sharmin every week.

  • Anon

    The therapy session that I had with Sharmin Akhter was a positive experience and she made sure that i was comfortable through out. She provided me with much needed advice, guidance, and other good tips to help improve my mental health. In the beginning i was quite uneasy, but gradually as the session went on, i felt better able to talk about my problems. I recommend Sharmin because she is a lovely psychologist who is able to empathize and help break down problems into more manageable solutions.

  • Anon

    I met with Sharmin Akhter and I couldn’t be more happy with how my first meeting went. I was a bit nervous going to my first ever therapy session as I didn’t really know what to expect but I was warmly greeted and immediately felt comfortable. Sharmin was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and everything else you could ask for from a therapist. After just one meeting I already felt a million times better about my situation and booked my second meeting straight away. I look forward to future meetings and the progress that I know I will make.

  • Anon

    I went to see Sharmin at the private therapy clinic and had a really good experience. The atmosphere was very welcoming and made me feel very comfortable to be able to open up about some difficult situations. Thank you very much!