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About Me

Nilufar Rahim

Dip.Couns, MBACP, BSc (Hons), MSc


Having listened to, encouraged and mentored many people in both my professional and personal life led me to becoming a counsellor. Now I help clients to explore and confront their feelings to identify the changes they can make. Through the energy of the human connection to nourish and heal, I believe we can all be empowered to find our own answers and learn to develop better relationships with ourselves and others. 

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My Qualifications and


I am a qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I abide by the BACP’s high standards of proficiency and good practice, and their framework of ethics, values and principles underpin my professional conduct. While qualifying, I studied different theoretical approaches to counselling which enables me to create an appropriate and integrated approach for each client. This may also include elements of coaching.

Other qualifications include:


  • Certified Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

  • Qualified NLP Coach

  • Certified Practitioner of Time Line Therapy

  • MSc in Education, Power and Social Change

  • BSc (Incorporating Gender Studies)

  • Diploma in World Religions


Previously, working in adult education, I taught and mentored trainee and qualified teachers, gaining knowledge of work-related issues such as stress, performance anxiety and burnout. The insight and skills I attained have proven to be invaluable in my counselling and coaching. 


More recently, I practised at Waterloo Community Counselling which provides multi-ethnic counselling as part of its service. This experience strengthened my knowledge and understanding of inter-cultural therapy, encompassing issues related to race, identity, and non-Western relationship dynamics. This is very important for me for while I qualified in the UK, my approach to personal development and growth, embraces an understanding of non Western-world cultures and ways of thriving. I am a member of BAATN (The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network). 


I also practiced at the Albany Trust, a specialist counselling and psychotherapy organisation, focusing on a positive approach to sexuality and relationships across the gender spectrum, with any identity and sexual expression. There are many conflicts which arise in the intersects between what is considered 'normal' or mainstream in society, and how people actually identify and desire to live - conflicts which can cause much inner turmoil. My experience at Albany enabled me to gain a valuable and nuanced understanding of issues related to identities and sexualities - without imposing a heteronormative lens.

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