Dr Farah Mitha - Counselling Psychologist
Dr Farah Mitha
DPsych, MSc, PG Dip CBT, BABCP Accred., MBPsS.
Available for appointments at our Liverpool Street Clinic
I believe the most important aspect of therapy is the relationship built up between the therapist and the patient, and thus it is important to find a therapist that you are comfortable working with.
Bearing this in mind, I aim to help you to live a more enriched and meaningful life. Taking the first steps to engage in therapy can be a scary one. It requires bravery and commitment, and if you are reading this then you have already started the journey. Well done, but now keep going. Many of my patients acknowledge that therapy was one of the hardest things they engaged with in their lives, but it then often turns out to be the most rewarding.
Typically, solution focused, CBT and psychodynamic and both short and long term therapy offered.
However, the style of working will depend on the presenting issues and the best fit for you will be adopted in therapy. For instance, some people want symptom reduction, others want exploration, others have very specific needs. With your goals in mind and working within the evidence based in the research literature, I aim to work with you to help you achieve your therapeutic goals.
If working within a CBT framework, the initial sessions will be engaged in assessment of the presenting issues. The aim is to understand maintenance cycles that we can get stuck in. Then, after some psychoeducation around the issues, we will use tools to make changes to maladaptive thoughts and behaviours. Therapy will end with a relapse prevention plan. Some conditions best treated with CBT include depression, anxiety, social phobia, health anxiety, Panic disorder and OCD, in which I have a special interest in.
I also specialise in trauma focused CBT and offer EMDR as a specialist trauma intervention
An alternative approach would be by using the therapeutic relationship built up to explore how we can live in the world that does not fulfil us. Past experiences can stay with us to contaminate our present lives in unhelpful ways. We can become free of these by using therapy to increase awareness of our inner workings and facilitate change.
I am motivated by experiencing the work that my patients put into therapy to change their lives for the better. I feel privileged that they allow me to be a part of that journey.
This is my second career and I previously worked as a systems analyst within a blue chip organisation. I began my therapeutic career in 2004 initially qualifying as a counsellor, then a psychotherapist, then an accredited CBT therapist. Now, having completed 13 years of training, I am a Counselling Psychologist. I have worked in the NHS, charity services and in private hospitals. I am now full time in private practise seeing both individuals and couples with a wide range of issues from moderate to severe.
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