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Firm Foundation Counselling Centre


I am Dr Oby, a Psychotherapist, medical doctor and counselling supervisor. I currently work in both NHS and my private practice in Firmfoundation Counselling Centre located in Romford, Essex. I have over sixteen years of working experience in complex mental health cases. I also have experience in relationship counselling where I have helped many couples resolve their relationship problems. I am part of a specialised team of counsellors and therapists in Firm Foundation Counselling Centre. We understand that taking 'Life's Journey, One Step At A Time' and knowing that someone is there to help, can be empowering, reassuring and liberating to clients. I am here to be that "Someone" and collaboratively enable YOU ACHIEVE YOUR DESIRED GOAL.

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What do you love most about your job?

I love to see lives being transformed for the better as I apply my knowledge and expertise to my clients' needs.

What inspired you to start your own business?

This is my desire to help those in difficult circumstances at the time they need the help. I have worked in various healthcare and therapeutic settings and observed how those in desperate situations are kept on waiting list and by the time the help is then offered, it is either not needed anymore or it is too late for the clients. I then resolved to be a part of the solution by embarking on my own private practice to give immediate help to those in need of it at the time they need it. This is why we have a team of counsellors and therapists who are ready and willing to take on different cases as soon as they come up.

Why should our clients choose you?

My clients choose me based on variety of reasons. Some of which are listed below:
1. My counselling model
Recognizing that everyone is uniquely different and our problems are often peculiar to our situation and circumstance, I endeavour to tailor my counselling skills to your needs. This means that you do not need to deal with your challenges like anyone else.

Generally, I work as an integrative practitioner and so I blend CBT, Psychodynamic and Person Centred approaches in my work with my clients. I utilize CBT skills to help you find solutions to specific problems that you may have. There are also occasions where I may draw from the Psychodynamic skills to help you identify patterns in your life that have hindered your progress. I utilize the Person Centred skills to help you reinforce your sense of self and personal confidence

2. My flexible Working Pattern
My sessions are usually one hour/week. if you require more than one day a week, it can be negotiated.
In each session, you are free to work at your own pace and to bring whatever is pressing to you. I aim to provide you with the professional guidance and support as you explore your life situations and challenges.

We will have a review session every six weeks to enable us look at the progress you have made and the possible areas you may wish to work on. It will also allow us discuss possibilities of ending the sessions if that is appropriate.

3. My Affordable Fees

Personal Therapy for Students for 1hr .......................................... £30

Individual therapy for 1hr ................................................................. £50

Couple Counselling for 1.5hrs ........................................................ £75

Supervision (Qualified Counsellors/Therapists) for 1.5hrs ......... £85

Supervision (Trainee Counsellors) for 1.5hrs .............................. £45

Supervision (Trainee Therapists) for 1.5hrs .................................£65

Group supervision ......................................................................... £20/person
Fees are paid on or before the counselling session.

........ Block booking of sessions is also available and discounts are offered when you pay for six sessions at once (Block booking).

4 . My areas of specialty:

I counsel clients with variety of problems but my main areas of specialty are:

Relationship Issues (e.g. marriage conflicts, divorce-related problems, infertility issues, miscarriage and stillbirth issues).

Crisis Management (e.g. mid-age crisis, menopausal issues, identity crisis in teenagers, unplanned pregnancy, post-traumatic stress);

Chronic pains (issues relating to back pain, Irritable Bowel syndrome[IBS], Fibromyalgia);

Anxieties relating to: cancer treatment, postnatal depression, diabetes, eating disorders);

Mental health problems (e.g: Bipolar, OCD, panic attacks, Psychosis, paranoid thinks, Chronic Depression, self-harm etc.)

Addictions (drug, alcohol, gambling, etc)

5. My Qualifications and Experience

MBBS (Medicine & Surgery)
MD (Integ. Counselling)
MSc (Psychology)
Higher Diploma (Counselling Supervision)
PsychD - Counselling Psychology
I have over 16 years of counselling experience

6. My Trainings
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
Behavioural therapy
Cognitive and behavioural therapies
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Cognitive therapy
Couples counselling
Existential therapy
Family/systemic therapy
Gestalt therapy
Group therapy
Humanistic therapies
Integrative therapy
Person-centred therapy
Psychodynamic therapy
Solution focused brief therapy
Transactional analysis

7. Accountability to Reputable Governing Bodies.

I am a member of the following governing bodies in counselling and psychological practices.
Accredited register membership
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

British Psychological Society

The British Fertility Society

8. Areas of General Practice
Areas of counselling I deal with include:

Affairs and betrayals
Anger management
Anorexia nervosa
Antisocial personality disorder
Attachment disorder
Avoidant personality disorder
Binge-eating disorder
Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
Body dysmorphic disorder
Borderline personality disorder
Bulimia nervosa
Child related issues
Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
Dependent personality disorder
Domestic violence
Drug abuse
Eating disorders
Emotional abuse
Family issues
Generalised anxiety disorder
Histrionic personality disorder
Low self-confidence
Low self-esteem
Narcissistic personality disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
Panic disorder
Paranoid personality disorder
Passive aggressive behaviour
Personality disorders
Physical abuse
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Postnatal depression
Pregnancy and birth
Relationship issues
Schizoid personality disorder
Schizotypal personality disorder
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Separation and divorce
Sex problems
Sexual abuse
Suicidal thoughts
Work related stress

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At your appointment, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained Counsellor who will listen and support you without judging or criticising.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and find your own solutions to problems. However, they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do. The Counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you to form a plan of action.

Counselling can take place in a number of ways. These include:

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You may be offered a single session of Counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your Counsellor.

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Counselling can help with many issues. These include the following:

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

  • Physical health conditions such as infertility.

  • Difficult life events such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.

  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as low self-esteem or anger.

  • Sexual identity issues.

  • Divorce.

  • Redundancy and work issues.

  • Phobias and fears.

Absolutely! Many Counsellors provide their services remotely via an online video call or the telephone. Not only is it more convenient, but it's also the preferable option for many people who would feel more comfortable holding the session from the comfort of their own home.

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