My name is Sidra Khan and I’m an counsellor in my last year of training. I work mainly from a person centred view and also employ an integrative to therapy where appropriate, according to each client’s individual needs. I hold an honours degree in psychology and also use clinical hypnotherapy in my approach. I’m a fully trained NHS approved, Clinical Hypnotherapist. I have also trained in work based Cognitive behavioural therapy.
I’am a professional member of the National Counselling Society, registered member of the National Council of Hypnotherapy and Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council. All of these leading organsiations are accreddited by the professional standards authority for Health and Social Care. As with all professional counsellors/psychotherapists, I’am also covered by professional indemnity insurance and am a firm believer in continuing professional development.
I come from a varied, academic background in psychology and have over ten years’ experience working with clients from a variety of backgrounds. Some of the issues which I have worked with include: Mental health issues, dealing with negative emotions, weight issues, domestic violence, general anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, insomnia, weight issues, and various other issues.
I adhere to NCH’S, NCS and CNHC strict code of ethics and believe that any clients seeking therapy, should be treated by a fully professional and ethical therapist who is registered as a full member with a leading professional membering body which is accredited by the professional standards authority. The professional standards authority accredits registers to help people get better care by ensuring that the health practitioners they register are competent and trustworthy and trained to a high standard. The CNHC, NCH and NCS are all accreddited by the professional standards authority.
Accreditation and Membership
The National Council of Hypnotherapy: My NCH membership number is: 5620. The National council of hypnotherapy is the largest hypnotherapy register that currently regulates and monitors high standards of hypnotherapy practice. There is an agreed code of conduct, and all members are obliged to maintain full insurance, ethical practice and continuing professional development after qualifying with an NCH approved hypnotherapy training. I’am a registered and accredited hypnotherapist with the National council of hypnotherapy as well as a member of the British psychological society.
The Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council: My CNHC Membership number: 000064-L13CNHC. The CNHC was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. The CNHC is approved by the NHS and is the register used by GP’s when referring clients to Hypnotherapist or other complementary therapies. CNHC’s register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. CNHC registered complementary therapy practitioners demonstrate to members of the general public and other healthcare providers that they conform to national standards of practice in their work.
The National Counselling Society’s register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
An Accredited Register is the result of a programme set up by the Department of Health, and administered by the Professional Standards Authority who are an independent body, accountable to Parliament. The Authority oversees statutory registers such as the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Im currently a student counsellor/psychotherapist registered with the National Counselling Society which is approved by the professional standards authority for Health and Social Care. You can contact the NCS to confirm my student membership.
Bsc honours degree in psychology.
- Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory
Diploma in Clinical hypnotherapy
- Ongoing Counsellor/psychotherapy training: Advance Diploma in Counselling and psychotherapy (accreddited by the professional standards authority upon successful compleation)
Practitioner training in Neuro Linguistic Programming
Practitioner training in Timeline therepy
Work based training in CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy)
Work based training in behaviour and communication
Work based training in introduction to complex trauma
Work based training in alcohol awareness
Registered hypnotherapist with the National council of Hypnotherapy
- Registered professional Psychotherapist/Counsellor with the National Counselling Society.
Registered with the CNHC (Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council) which is accreddited by the Professional standards authority.
Registered Hypnoband practitioner
Over 7 years’ experience working with clients from a variety of back grounds in my previous jobs in the social health field: Mental health, neurodevelopmental disorders, domestic violence, substance misuse, complex needs, anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, sleep disorders and various other numerous issues in the mental health/social care field.
Why did I choose to become an counsellor trained in clinical hypnotherapy?
Its all good having the qualifications, education and experiencing working with clients- but I believe that life experience is imperative in order to really ‘click’ with your clients and understand what’s going on.
There was a time in my past, when I knew what it felt like to be at an all time low: bullied, emotionally taunted and abused, feeling humiliated, depressed, and unsure about the future- and the list goes on. Even though I carried on with the everyday ‘blur’ that was my life at the time, I also carried the burden of my traumas in my past with me.
The truth is that you DON’T have to feel like that.
During my early twenties I began to read self-help books about ways to feel better and more confident about myself. I took a leap of faith and visited a therapist/Counsellor who also practised clinical hypnotherapy . After just a few sessions, I felt so much lighter-I found that I was able to start to look at the things that happened to me in my past in a new way. It dawned on me that I didn’t have to feel ‘bad’ anymore. The truma of my past was no longer a dead weight dragging behind me.
I began to realise that if I could be helped- than so could others. Over the course of therapy, personal reflection and reading, I began to really understand the power of the human mind and learn that I could let go of negative emotions and move on. I realised that it was up to me to create what I wanted in my life. The way the human psyche worked had always interested me- I always felt a need to attempt to understand others and why they did the things they did- perhaps due to my experiences. I therefore enrolled on a Psychology Bsc degree, graduated with honors, and eventually gained lots of experience working in the social care and mental health fields. I had moved on from my past with renewed hope and learnings.
After years working within various social care/mental health settings, attending various trainings such as CBT, mental health legislation, keyworking, action planning and various other. I realised I wanted to do further training and embark on a more challenging career for myself. I knew that helping people was something that defined me, and I wanted to continue doing this in my own way. I therefore embarked on various challenging courses to become a professional and accreddited therapist. After graduating with distinction upon completion of my training in counselling and hypnotherapy (and many years of experience and training whilst working with clients) Mind Lounge Therapy was born.
I’m a great example that you can overcome a traumatic past and deal with issues that may cause you to suffer. If I can feel so positive about my life now, than so can you.
“Feeling calmer day by day, I’m able to handle situations more favourably and enjoying social situations more…I”m in control of my life” Female, Slough
Sidra Khan: BSc Psychology (Hons),MNCS, MNCH (Reg), Dip. CST.
Contact: 07526 000360
Contact: 07526 000360