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In addition to working in private practice Nishat Ahmed has worked in the NHS since 2015, delivering evidence-based CBT interventions recommended by NICE guidelines to individuals presenting with mild, moderate and severe symptoms of Depression and/or Anxiety.
Prior to this, Nishat’s experiences revolve heavily around Neuro-Cognitive Rehabilitation for individuals suffering with traumatic or acquired brain injuries within the Royal London Hospital. She has also worked greatly in the community helping clients with severe and enduring mental health difficulties to integrate back into the community and live a well and meaningful life.
Nishat Ahmed is a Bachelor of Science achieved a degree in Psychology at City University London. She then went onto complete Post-Graduate studies in Counselling Psychology, Low Intensity CBT and High Intensity CBT from UCL London, Royal Holloway University of London and City University London.
The main Psychological approach practiced by Nishat is High Intensity CBT. However, she is also able to incorporate Third Wave approaches such as Mindfulness and Compassion-Focused therapy in order to compliment the individual’s therapeutic experience.
In therapy, Nishat will focus on helping you to make positive changes within your life and emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship. She will work with you in a structured, yet reflective manner in order to ensure you are comfortable enough to open up and share your difficult experiences. The alliance she is able to form with her clients enables her to encourage motivation and confidence in them to make the changes in their life that will make a difference. Ultimately, she is determined to get you to be your best potential by managing distressing emotions and physical symptoms, as you learn to change the way you think and behave in trigger situations.
Nishat goes on a journey with you to collaboratively discover what it is that’s maintaining your current problems. She values your time and gives you a space to understand and explore how your past and childhood experiences may have had an impact on you in the here and now. She will then work on challenging and reshaping negative thoughts and beliefs that continue to maintain your difficulties. There will also be the opportunity to discover if there are specific behaviours that are keeping your problems going, and if so, you will work on changing these behaviours to healthier ones in order to break out of vicious cycles that you may find yourself trapped in. Therapy will be supplemented by resources and in between session tasks to ensure you are able to consolidate and reflect on any learning from sessions. Nishat will also use Psychometric Outcome Measures to assess and monitor your symptoms and progress throughout therapy to ensure you are meeting your goals. The aim is for you to learn to be your own therapist by practicing techniques and implementing a healthier balance in your thinking and behavioural patterns.
Nishat’s skill set and experience has allowed her to successfully work with and treat individuals with the following diagnoses/problems:
- Generalised Anxiety / Worry
- Social Anxiety
- Health Anxiety
- Panic Disorder / Panic Attacks
- PTSD (single and complex trauma)
- Depression / Low mood
- Low Self-Esteem
- Insomnia / Sleep Issues
Psychological techniques used in therapy consist of but are not limited to:
- Socratic Questioning / Guided Discovery
- Exposure Therapy
- Behavioural Experiments
- Exposure/Response Prevention
- Behavioural Activation / Activity Scheduling
- Cognitive Restructuring
- Narrative Expressive Writing
- Visualisation / Imagery
- Mindfulness / Relaxation
Nishat Ahmed has a proven track record of helping clients to achieve their goals, relieve symptoms of Depression/Anxiety, and support them in maintaining a journey of wellbeing and clarity within their lives and future.
- Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD/ADD
- Anger Management Counselling
- Anxiety Treatment
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) (ME)
- Depression Treatment
- Health anxiety
- Self-esteem related issues
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment
- Pain Management
- Panic Attacks
- Phobia Treatment
- Psychosomatic Symptoms
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Sleep Disorders
- Insomnia Treatment
- Social Anxiety Treatment
- Stress Management
- Trichotillomania Treatment
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)/ Worry
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What Our Clients Say
“I have so much gratitude to my lovely therapist Nishat Ahmed. My time talking to her has always been so wonderful and insightful, she even told me in our final session that I had done most of it myself. That’s the confidence she has given me to continue to use the tools I have learned in therapy and manage my mental health.”