Background

I wasn't always a counsellor - my first degree was in music, whilst my first career was in teaching where I worked as a vocal tutor and piano teacher in primary and secondary schools. It was later on that I decided to re-train as a mental health practitioner - my primary motivation was that I wanted to help others to overcome the many difficulties that life can throw at us. 

I began my journey into mental health by volunteering for a local NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service where I co-facilitated courses on anxiety and low mood, teaching cognitive-behavioural techniques and psycho-education to groups of adults experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. I enjoyed this role very much and therefore decided to embark upon completing formal counselling training with a view to applying for job roles within NHS mental health services.

Initially I just wanted to learn the basic skills I needed to be better able to listen to others and that provided a stepping stone to getting the job that I really wanted. Despite this, my first ever counselling skills course meant so much more to me than simply ticking a box, it was an eye-opener to how powerful carefully listening and attending to another human being can be. I realised that I wanted to understand more than the basics and went on to complete the full Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling that has enabled me to work as a professional counsellor.

During my training I volunteered as a counsellor for several agencies including Teens in Crisis+, Off the Record Bristol (both agencies specialise in working with children and young people) and New Dawn Counselling Service in Weston-super-Mare (which specialises in providing low-cost individual and couple's counselling for adult clients and is where I still work now).

Furthermore, I have worked as a Wellness Advisor for Second Step's Bristol Ageing Better Wellbeing Therapies Service where I provided outreach, cognitive-behavioural- therapy-based support to older people in their own homes. My experience in these different roles and across different services means that I have worked with many different people, from a variety of different backgrounds and of all ages. 

Upon completion of my counselling diploma I decided that I wanted to undertake further study in the area of psychology - what I wanted was to better understand the research base and theory that underpinned my therapeutic practice. I am glad that I did this as I frequently draw upon my education in psychology during my work with clients. As well as enhancing my therapeutic practice, I hope to use my psychology degree to conduct research into effective, evidence-based treatments for a variety of psychological difficulties. I am particularly interested in researching the active role that clients play in their own therapy and how this impacts therapeutic outcomes.

Another of my interests is in obsessive-compulsive disorder. In addition to my work as a counsellor I also volunteer for Orchard OCD, a charity that exists to advance global research into the treatment of this debilitating mental health condition.

I continue to enjoy learning about counselling, psychotherapy and psychology and I am always striving to deepen my understanding, develop my skills and broaden my knowledge - I see this as an important part of my job as a counsellor.

This has been a whistle-stop tour of my background and journey into becoming a counsellor but, if you require any further information, you are welcome to contact me.

Qualifications & Training

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

MSc Psychology

Professional Memberships

Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)

Further Information

I am fully insured with cover for professional indemnity and public liability. 

I hold an enhanced DBS check that is registered with the DBS update service. 

I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) - my registration number is ZA841449.

Yasmin is a kind, genuine, approachable, caring, perceptive, warm and relatable person. She also has a great sense of humour. Yasmin offers a non-judgmental and safe space for her clients. I would fully recommend her as a counsellor" 

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