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Providing therapy for various mental health issues, including (but not limited to) Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety & Depression, amongst others.

Since 2012, Dr Sonia Ahmed has been practising as a psychological therapist. She started to practice as counselling psychologist in 2021. From her practice in Sunderland, she works with clients from all backgrounds across Sunderland and the surrounding areas, including Newcastle amd Gateshead. She offers therapy for various mental health issues including depression, anxiety, as well as all kinds of trauma and PTSD. Her approach is integrative meaning that she tailors therapy to your individual needs, using various different therapy models. She uses a trauma-informed approach, which means that she takes into account all of your traumas (past and present) in order to get a complete picture of your life situation. Her approach is highly compassionate and has a deep understanding of root causes, such as childhood neglect and abuse, and a wide variety of issues, ranging from everyday stress to deeper issues that go back many years. This allows her to be able to provide you with the most effective support.

Issues covered:

(Including but not limited to)

Grief and Loss
Feeling sad
Everyday life issues
Low self esteem
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Relational Issues / Trauma
Childhood Issues / Trauma
Domestic Abuse (physical, emotional, verbal, financial, coercion)
Sexual Abuse
Sexual Assualt
Forced Marriage

Types of Therapies

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a therapy used to treat trauma, anxiety, PTSD and childhood trauma. It is a comprehensive psychotherapy that helps you to process and recover from past traumatic experiences from as far back as childhood that may have been impacting your mental health and wellbeing.

Integrative Therapy

Integrative therapy is a holistic approach in which a combination of tools and techniques are used from a variety of therapeutic approaches (see below), to provide an individual approach depending on your needs and goals for therapy. An integrative approach allows a more flexible and inclusive approach to treatment, taking into account your mental, physical and emotional needs

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT proposes that our thoughts and feelings affect the way we behave. It is a short-term therapy which focuses on current issues, and providing one with practical solutions to current problems, rather than delving into ones past. CBT looks to help individuals identify, challenge, and change unhealthy thought patterns (cognitive) in order to change ones response (behaviour). CBT can be a helpful therapy for depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias, trauma and PTSD, anger issues, stress, amongst other common issues that can negatively impact ones mental health and quality of life.

Therapeutic approaches used include:

Trauma focused CBT
Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT)

Humanistic Therapy

The humanistic therapy focuses on the individual as a whole, and looks at how ones worldview impacts the choices they make. It is based on the principle that you are the best person to understand your own experiences and needs, therefore encourages individuals to consider their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. The emphasis is on self-development and achieving ones highest potential.

Therapeutic approaches used include:

Person centered therapy
Emotion focused therapy (EFT)

Book your free initial consultation today with Dr Sonia Ahmed. Sessions are open to clients based in Newcastle, Sunderland and surrounding areas. To get in contact, please complete the online contact form below.