I don’t believe that there is one method of psychotherapy that suits everyone. I believe in adapting my way of working for each client I meet.
I am qualified in child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy and have a special interest in art and play therapy with primary aged children. In addition, I offer parenting support sessions for children that are too young to engage in therapy and/or parents who need some strategies to manage and understand challenging behaviour.
Since qualifying I have worked with organisations that offer counselling to children and adolescents in inner city areas. I have also worked with practices affiliated to universities as well as charities that work with women whom have suffered domestic abuse in the Jewish community.
In my private practice I have worked with many races, religions, ages and concerns. With adults and adolescents this includes but is not limited post traumatic stress disorder, self-harm, depression and suicide. With children aged 4 - 11 I have worked with issues as a result of domestic violence, parental relationship breakdowns/divorce, ADHD, ASD, ODD and undiagnosed behavioural conditions.
Where necessary I will sign post you to the appropriate support in cases where it may be beneficial to be assessed for a diagnosis.
You may feel that you want to work short-term on a specific aspect of your life. You may feel that you want to take time to look back on your early life experiences or you may not know where to start or where you are going. Whatever your situation is, I will do my best to see the world as you do and, where possible, offer you an alternative perspective.
Existential/Integrative Psychotherapy is not a hierarchical relationship whereby the psychotherapist knows more than the client. In fact, it is the opposite, I believe that you know what is right for you but perhaps are too overwhelmed by your current feelings to be able to see what you want. It is my job to listen and walk alongside you in your journey. For some clients, walk-and-talk therapy is better suited and we can conduct our session whilst enjoying the beauty that Kingston has to offer.
I will not diagnose you or tell you how to live your life and I will never assume I know more, as a result, our sessions will be ‘Client-led’ which means I will always take the lead from you.
Zara Kadir is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (membership number 762455) and adheres to its ethical framework.