Counselling and Psychotherapy Services

Life is a complex web of relationships, roles, choices, and identities that we are constantly navigating. Sometimes we do this with ease, and at other times things can feel out of flux and life can begin to feel out of our control. We are made up of multiple different parts and are impacted in different ways by the society we live in. Sometimes we just need to focus on one thing and we can get back on an even keel, but at other times it is not enough to just address one issue – the entanglement of all the factors that make up our lives make it impossible to tease out just one issue, and we find ourselves having to address other key elements.

Working together

An intersectional framework which recognises our unique personal ecosystems and the web of relationships we are embedded in is the foundation of my approach to counselling. As the child of immigrants, I have always been fascinated by the psychological, social, geographical, and political spaces we inhabit. As an academic, having a strong theoretical and evidence-based approach drives my work. My integrative training means I have qualifications, training, and experience of a number of different methods and will work with you in finding the best way for us to work together. I am always led by my clients – you are the expert on yourself – even if it doesn’t feel like it at times. My role is to help you regain trust in yourself and find your sense of peace. You can choose from face to face, online, or phone counselling – or a mix.

The peaceful Harbourside room I practice from

Face to Face Counselling

I offer face to face counselling and psychotherapy services from a peaceful location in the heart of Bristol. Close to the city centre and served well by public transport and parking, this is a tranquil space to meet.

Online Counselling

Online counselling means I can work with you regardless of where you are in the country or even the world. Our sessions are protected by the same confidentiality agreements and parameters as face to face. Some days can feel harder than others to get motivated and some clients like to agree to have online sessions as an option as well as face to face.

Telephone counselling

Telephone counselling offers flexibility about where you have the session. You can find a quiet space inside your home, sit in your car, a café, or walk and talk outside.

Teaching and Training

I have lectured in Psychology, Psychosocial Studies, and Social Sciences at undergraduate and postgraduate levels across a number of Universities.

I have taught on Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy training courses at Postgraduate levels on issues of diversity and power and privilege in therapy and advise on embedding antiracism across course and curriculum content.

Corporate Counselling Services

I offer counselling services for organisations and am happy to discuss referrals. You may be looking to provide a safe external space to deliver support across your team, creative wellbeing groups, or you may want to source someone with expertise in working in race for employees for whom race and racism may play a part in their anxieties.

Specific areas of specialism

My background in psychology, geography, and psychotherapy, as well as my community and voluntary work have honed my skills in a number of key areas:

Identity – Many of us have felt a bit lost about who we are and where we fit at some point or another. Sometimes there is an event that sparks that introspection – a new course/job, moving home, the start or end of a relationship. At other times, we suddenly find ourselves wondering who we really are.

Cultural issues – Inhabiting multiple cultural spaces can be exciting and creative, but can also bring challenges and complexities trying to uphold tradition and expectations as well as pursue individual choices. Cultural issues impact understanding of mental health, relationships, intergenerational issues and traditions intersect with all aspects of our lives. I work within the cultural framework of my clients to help you find your own answers.

Racism – Having lived experience of racism and being an advocate, activist, trainer, and consultant in matters of race, inequality, and institutional racism, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to this area. As the only visible person of colour on my therapy training course, I was always struck at how poorly training courses are equipped to deal with any diversities, and have always sought to redress this.

Workplace stress – I have worked to support both those who have experienced stress and anxiety at work and employers who are seeking to understand how they can better support employees.

Creative wellbeing groups – I run wellbeing crafting groups that help to bring a sense of fun and calm, and offer a gentle space to step away from the chaos of everyday life.

In addition to the above specialisms, I offer therapy and counselling for all conditions including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, confidence, anger management, stress, negative thinking, relationship issues, coping with uncertainty and change, feeling overwhelmed, adverse childhood experiences.

Languages – I also offer counselling in Sylheti / Bengali

Fees and contact

If you would like to discuss any of the above services with me, please feel free to contact me via the contact form on my Home page or email me at nilu@nilufarahmed.com

I offer a free initial conversation on the phone for us to have a chat and I can answer any questions you have. After this if you would like to proceed, I offer a 25 minute session free of charge, which can become a full session if you choose.

If you choose to continue for the full first session it is charged at £50, with subsequent sessions charged at the usual rate of £70 a session.