Shahira is a psychotherapist with over 12 years of experience. She has worked in both Egypt and the UK and is equally comfortable to work on a short or long-term basis.
Shahira obtained a BA (Hons.) in Psychology from the American University in Cairo (AUC); she then successfully completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy, and a Masters degree (Merit) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, from Regents University, London, considered one of the top psychotherapy training institutes in the UK.
Shahira is a registered member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP). Her on-going membership requires continuous training meaning her approach grows and adapts to new developments in her field. As a UKCP member, Shahira abides by their comprehensive ethical guidelines. She is also a member of the Society of Existential Analysis (SEA).
Before becoming managing director of the International Clinic, Shahira’s professional experience included substance misuse treatment units, private practice, psychiatric hospitals, the NHS, and charities.
Shahira is comfortable working with numerous difficulties and concerns, this has given her a broad and varied knowledge-base on which she can draw.
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Furthermore, having lived and worked both in Egypt and the United Kingdom, she personally and professionally understands living in different cultures, not feeling at home and the sense of alienation and foreignness that can be part of a major move. These experiences allow her to understand those who have similar feelings and situations.
Shahira’s depth of training and experience means she draws upon several approaches in her work, including Existential, psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioural, and systemic theories.
She does not diagnose psychiatric disorders, but is comfortable working with people who have been diagnosed on how to best manage their situation. Shahira is cautious about labelling and prefers to challenge the labels that we often put on ourselves or others put on us.
Counselling and psychotherapy with Shahira is about finding the best route forward when things feel stuck, are not working anymore, or have become overwhelming. Her initial aim is for you to be heard and understood. Collaborating with you, and finding a way to live that is more comfortable and encourages you to reach your goals.
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Shahira's sessions are 50-minute long, extended sessions available by agreement.