Nadja’s Contact Details
We all have the potential to grow, heal emotional wounds and achieve our ambitions.
Understanding yourself and your loved ones better helps us on our journey through life.
Life can be stressful and expectations high– psychological support helps us to listen to ourselves and find strength within oneself to move forward.
Psychotherapy and Counselling in English and German with Nadja Alim
As a Counselling Psychologist and Applied Paediatric Neuropsychologist, I am particularly interested in human emotional and cognitive development. Experiencing oneself as different and struggling to connect with the world around can be difficult for the person, their family and people close to them. It can often provide the first seed to growing emotional pain and can disturb healthy attachment relationships and emotional growth.
Understanding and conceptualising peoples’ individuality and helping them to develop through individual and group/family therapies is the main focus of my work. In my work with adults and children with and without intellectual disabilities I have particular expertise in the following areas of assessment and treatment:
- Neuropsychological assessments, for example, of intellectual functioning, memory, attention, perception, learning and tailored assessments based on behavioural representations;
- Diagnostic assessments of Autism Spectrum Conditions;
- Behavioural assessments particularly for children but also for adults with intellectual disabilities and behaviour that poses a challenge;
- Psychodynamic assessments looking at clients’ unconscious processes, attachment behaviour and relationships;
- Assessments of therapy progress, outcomes and wellbeing.
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy;
– Psychodynamic therapy;
- Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA);
- Behavioural therapies and CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy);
My work is underpinned by the latest best practice and evidence-based approaches.
At our first meeting, I’ll conduct a detailed assessment and design an individually tailored treatment programme. We’ll work collaboratively to determine appropriate treatment lengthand frequency. Throughout any treatment programme, I’ll regularly report back my assessments and review progress of the treatment plan.
Areas I work with:
- Addictions, Obsessions & OCD
- Anger Management and Conflict
- Anxiety and Panic Attacks
- Bereavement, Grief and Loss
- Child and Adult Autism Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Couples counselling & therapy
- Depression and Mood Swings
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy
- Expert Witness Psychology services
- Family Conflict & Crisis Issues
- Low Self-esteem and Self-confidence
- Memories of Childhood Abuse
- Parenting and step-parenting
- Relationship Issues & Problems
- Stress and Feeling Overwhelmed
Working with children and families
In my work with children and their families I tend to adapt treatments to suit the individual cases. I approach my work with very young children or children with intellectual disabilities by conducting observations at home and/or school, which may be coupled with collecting information through diaries and charts that parents/teachers may fill out.
Obtaining the right information is fundamental to the psychological understanding of children and hence designing the most beneficial treatment plan. I firmly believe that it is important to take a collaborative approach with the families and schools/nurseries I work with in order to foster new understandings, skill development and encourage shifts in the family/system as a whole to maintain the progress the children will be making after my work has ended. Behavioural and playtime approaches to therapy are particularly important in this context as well as working with other professionals, possibly even with a multidisciplinary network (i.e. teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, paediatricians etc).
With older children, 1:1 therapy as well as systemic/family therapy approaches to psychotherapy are often important to foster skills and strengths in the child themselves. I believe that building a trusting and warm relationship with the child is vital. From here, we can work together on how best to bring in or share certain information with parents and/or teachers to help the child realise some of the gains of the therapy also within other contexts.
Working with adults
Also my work with adults is individually tailored and varies from person to person. We will initially have a consultation over the phone in order to ascertain the area of need for which treatment might be needed. I will guide clients through an initial assessment process and we will discuss whether I am the right person to help or whether we might refer on to a Psychologist/therapist more specialised in the area of need. We can then book one or two initial assessment sessions and after these discuss focus and course of therapy. Therapy can be targeted support for a particular issue (e.g. a particular trauma which may be treated using EMDR) but it can also provide a weekly space to offload, feel contained and work out ways to move forward.
In my therapy work with adults with intellectual disability, I will use an amended therapy protocol (e.g. focussing on more behavioural rather than cognitive components to therapy) to suit my client’s needs or use a systemic/family therapy approach. Where 1:1 therapy is not possible, I am able to work with the client and their systems within their home-, or day-settings.
Psychotherapy Qualifications and Training:
I hold a PsychD (Psychological Doctorate degree; obtained at the Tavistock Institute and accredited by the University of Essex) as well as MSc in Counselling Psychology (City University). I further have an MSc in Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology from University College London in conjunction with the Institute of Child Health.
I have practiced as a Consultant level Psychologist within the NHS (e.g. South London and Maudsley NHS trust, Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry Clinical Academic Group; Camden and Islington NHS trust, Camden Learning Disability service) specialising in working with adults and children with and without intellectual disabilities. I have specialised in assessing and working with people and their families/carers affected by Autism Spectrum Conditions and behaviours that can cause a challenge to the person. I am a visiting lecturer for Psychology graduate programmes at Kings College London and the University of Canterbury. I have further provided consultation and therapy in the private sector and expert witness services to legal agencies and the courts.
Therapy in German and English: I am a bilingual therapist
You can e-mail me in the first instance. Following this, I am happy to talk on the telephone about any concerns or questions you may have about the process.
- Individuals, families, groups;
- Home consultations, review meetings, workshops, presentations, activity sessions;
- Assessments and reports also for legal purposes.
Home Consultations are normally 3 hours: Home Visit (2 hours) + Review Meeting (1 hour, usually at Barnsbury Therapy Rooms)
Please enquire for fees.