About Me

Here is a little bit about me and my journey into counselling…

Why I became a therapist?

My name is Nabeelah Khan-Cheema and I’m a counsellor and psychotherapist. However, before I became a therapist I worked as an Orthoptist (eyes) in the NHS, for over 30 years. So, how did I get from Orthoptics to a career in counselling?

Well, it began  when I had my own struggles and I turned to a counsellor for support. Through this experience, I realised the power of being truly heard and understood. Therapy enabled me to gain a better understanding of myself, to feel more in control and to make changes in my life. And it was these life-changing experiences that prompted me to want to help other women.

So, I began my counselling journey and spent four years studying for my degree, and I have never looked back. I feel very lucky to have found my passion in later life, as I now have the great privilege and opportunity of seeing other women’s lives change for the better.

My experience of being a client

Having sat in the client’s chair, I understand how daunting that can feel. Even making that first contact can feel terrifying. Not to mention having concerns about revealing your inner thoughts to a stranger or worrying that you won’t know what to say or that you’ll say too much. Seeking help also felt like a sense of failure, that somehow I had not been able to sort things out by myself. However, I now realise how much  courage and strength it takes to face up to your struggles and it’s certainly not a sign of weakness. It’s actually making a proactive choice in order to better yourself and your relationships.

Issues I can help with are:

  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Body Image Issues
  • Depression
  • Empty Nest Syndrome
  • Health Anxiety
  • Menopause
  • Postnatal Depression
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Self-confidence and Self-esteem
  • Stress Management

My qualifications and training:

  • BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy (Warwick University)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT)
  • Online and Telephone Counselling (Counselling Tutor)
  • Anger Management Training
  • Menopause Training
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner
  • Creative Approaches in Counselling
  • RSA Certificate in Counselling skills
  • BSc (Hons) Health Sciences

What can I offer?

My aim is to offer you a welcoming and supportive space, where you can explore whatever is troubling you, without fear of judgement or disapproval.

As a woman in midlife and a mum of grown-up children, I have lived through the many trials and tribulations that life throws at us. And it’s this combination of my life experiences, my extensive training and my passion to help others, that I bring to the counselling room.

If you would like to have a chat about your concerns please contact me for a free 15-minute telephone consultation. 

About me

My name is Nabeelah Khan-Cheema and I’m a counsellor and psychotherapist. However, before I became a therapist I worked as an Orthoptist (eyes) in the NHS, for over 30 years. So, how did I get from Orthoptics to a career in counselling? Read More…