Femida Hirji

Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner , Occupational Therapist

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • Psychology graduate (BSc Hons Psychology & Sociology, Kingston University UK) and a qualified, certified Occupational Therapist (BSc OT, Essex School of Occupational Therapy, UK).
  • A member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and Health Professions Council UK.
  • Qualifications in counselling (Westminster Pastoral Foundation, UK) and Life Coaching (The Coaching Academy)
  • ACAT Accredited CAT Practitioner
    ACAT accrediation

My professional experience:

I am an accredited and qualified Cognitive Analytic Therapist Practitioner with many years of experience in Psychiatry and mental health. I am registered with ACAT and HCPC. I am also a registered Occupational Therapist and a member of British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and College of Occupational Therapists (COT).

I have experience of working within private healthcare settings and NHS mental health services, therefore drawing on many contexts to inform my work. Areas of experience include eating disorders, adolescents, addiction, general adult psychiatry and specialised psychoses units. I work with inpatients, day patients and outpatients.

My personal statement:

My hope and aim is that you start to understand yourself better so that you may make the changes you feel will help you live a healthier life. Becoming self-aware is often the first step to creating the balance in life you long for and recognising some of the patterns you tend to fall in to despite trying to do things differently. Through using the CAT tools, I hope to support you in this journey.

My fundamental belief is that each person has the right to live a meaningful, purposeful and fulfilled life. One with hope and empowerment and one where change can feel possible despite the challenges that life can throw at us. My wish for every person I see is that they can have deeper and more enriching relationships so that they may feel a sense of connection and contentment.

I work in a person-centred way and prefer to see the person as a ‘whole’. I will support you through your journey and we will work together in scaffolding what you have learnt so that you may safely implement your understanding in the outside world. I am experienced with working with complex and overwhelming feelings and can help you with putting them in some order so that you can function emotionally, practically and physically.

I have worked cross-culturally and am mindful and sensitive to many cultural aspects that may transpire in our work. I believe the clients experience is paramount and endeavour to make this the focus of the therapy.

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