Shaheda Choudhury works to provide a safe and empathic space for clients to feel heard and understood. She works collaboratively with clients to explore what issues might be bothering them, offering symptom relief initially if wanted, and then a deeper exploration to facilitate longer term positive change. Shaheda works with clients to enable more clarity and direction to help them find their own path to overcome their difficulties. This can help clients to feel more empowered in their daily lives whether it’s improving better personal and professional relationships, increased self-esteem and confidence or managing difficult feelings arising from traumatic life experiences.
Shaheda has several years of experience working in NHS, charity and private organisations where she has worked primarily with anxiety, depression, rape/sexual assault and self-esteem and confidence and a variety of other issues such as bereavement, autism/Aspergers’s syndrome, traumatic stress, childhood and adult physical and emotional abuse, affairs and betrayals and divorce. Her cross-cultural identity as a British-Bangladeshi Muslim woman allows her an insight into issues effecting BME communities, where she can use her knowledge of cultural and religious influences on people’s lives to be more empathic and understanding.
Shaheda has expertise and knowledge in equalities through her work as an equalities advisor and governor in a government department and local primary school. She works to promote mental health awareness in these roles by regularly delivering presentations and facilitating group discussions.
Shaheda Choudhury is a counsellor and psychotherapist with an M.A. in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. This means Shaheda is trained in a number of different approaches and can adapt her work according to the client’s needs. She is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy which means her work is regulated to ensure she is working in the client’s best interest in a safe and confidential manner. Shaheda also has a BSc in Psychology and speaks fluent Bengali.