Marya is excited to bring her experience and expertise to the International Clinic, London. A British-born Pakistani, Marya truly is a global citizen and has lived in London, Abu Dhabi, Boston, and Los Angeles, as well as spending significant periods of time with her extended family in India and Pakistan. Additionally, before her career in psychotherapy, she worked with writers in the fields of film, television, and theatre, and welcomes clients who are involved in the media or other creative professions.
As a former expatriate and ‘Third Culture Kid’, she has a very personal understanding of living, learning and working in countries that are culturally diverse and different from her own heritage. She is highly sensitive to the struggles that may arise as a result. Eastern and Western values can differ vastly and, for the modern citizen, it can be difficult to know where one stands in relation to both. In her work, Marya explores those struggles, and respects each client’s cultural worldview within the wider context of their lives.
Marya has experience working at the mental health charity MIND, and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. She also works with the charity Survivors UK, which supports men who have been victims of historical sexual abuse or violence. In addition, she is a Specialist Counsellor at the Women and Girls Network, which supports women in the BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) communities in London. She is also an active volunteer at Central London Samaritans and is involved in training, shift leading, and the selection of volunteers.
Marya has experience working with various concerns including
Additionally, Marya is particularly interested in working with university students studying in the UK and living away from their families and home countries. The adjustment to university life in a new country can be transformative and enriching, but equally can bring homesickness, uncertainty, a new form of personal responsibility, and also a heightened awareness of cultural differences, particularly in a city as culturally complex as London.
Marya's sessions last 50 minutes.