About me

Welcome. I am glad that you have found this website. I am the founder and lead psychologist of AI Psychology. I am a warm and friendly psychologist, who is empathic and is centred around you and your therapeutic needs. I specialise in offering 1:1 treatment as well as couple and family interventions.

 

Background

I have worked in the NHS in a variety of contexts and settings, including with children, young people, their families and adults. This means that I am well placed to work with people across the lifespan, with various presenting difficulties ranging from low mood, difficult family relationships, physical health concerns, and managing the effects of trauma.

My background as a mixed-race Muslim female has influenced my position as an anti-oppressive and intersectional psychologist. I am compassionate and sensitive and I am committed to promoting non-pathologizing paradigms of distress. I believe that the suffering we experience as humans is usually as a result of the difficulties experienced in life.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you - Maya Angelou

Therapeutic Approaches

I use a broad range of evidence-based therapy approaches to inform my work with you, and this includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, attachment and psychodynamic, systemic, compassion focussed, and transpersonal therapy approaches. 

I have many years of experience working with trauma, and I can offer Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR).

 

We will collaborate and decide on the approach that will best meet your therapeutic needs. Irrespective of the therapy interventions used, I am relational, dynamic, down to earth and person centred.

Ethics

I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Training and Qualifications

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, level 1 (2020)

Eye Movement Densitization and Reprocessing, levels 1-3 (2020)

Post Graduate Diploma Children and Young People's IAPT: Systemic and Family Practice, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, Distinction (2019)

Mentalization based therapy

Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, DCouns (2016)
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children- Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
British Psychological Society Test User: Occupational, Ability (RQTU)
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 
BSc Hons in Psychology

*This is not an extensive list of all trainings and CPD attended. 

Representative Academic Publications

Iqbal, A (2016). An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of counselling psychologists who work with clients who self harm. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Counselling Psychology, UK, July, 2016.

Iqbal, A (2015). The ethical considerations of counselling psychologists working with trauma: Is there a risk of vicarious traumatization? Counselling Psychology Review, 30, (1), 44-51.