Meriem Gawi

Counsellor

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy – Registered Member
  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, BACP accredited at the CPPD
  • Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, BACP accredited at the CPPD
  • Certificate in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, BACP accredited at the CPPD
  • BA (Hons) in Social Work

My professional experience:

I’m a qualified integrative counsellor. I began my counselling training back in 2014 at the Centre for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD). I am now a registered member of the BACP and I have been in practice for over 5 years. I run my private practice in North London as part of the Muswell Hill Counselling group where I provide culturally sensitive counselling to adults and young people on both a short and long term basis. I support people with a wide range of issues including anxiety, low self-esteem, bereavement and trauma.

I have an extensive career that spans over 25 years of working with clients from all communities and cultures.

I previously worked as an Arabic and French interpreter and community advocate before training as a Children and Families social worker. Following this, for over 12 years, I supported survivors of domestic abuse in different organisations both on a one to one basis and in groups. Organisations I worked for include Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) and Woman’s Trust.

My personal statement:

My approach is to help you identify your feelings and increase your awareness by gently challenging any unchecked beliefs that might be hampering your progress or stopping you from moving forward. I will offer you a safe, relaxed and confidential space. I will treat you with respect and I will not judge you regardless of what issues you bring to the sessions. We will work together and at your own pace to find a way out of the dark cloud that might be hanging over you and to get you back on track.

My role is not to tell you what to do but instead to provide you with an opportunity for a fresh perspective; which will promote growth and positive change. It will also help you to move forward especially when you have been feeling stuck.

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:

In 2012, I co-produced “Al-Aman toolkit for professionals” which aims to increase professionals’ understanding of specific cultural and religious issues underpinning domestic abuse within the Arab community including forced marriage, female genital mutilation and the so called honour based abuse. You can learn more about this here.

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