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Culturally integrated, neurodivergent affirming therapy.

Hello and welcome, I'm Zena Nicholas a counsellor providing culturally integrated, neurodivergent affirming therapy.

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I am an Iraqi British, AuDHD therapist, working online from my base in South Yorkshire.

From personal experience I understand that navigating different cultural norms and neurotypical expectations can be stressful and overwhelming, and can impact daily life. I am committed to working collaboratively with my clients to develop strategies that take into account their unique strengths; supporting them to navigate life's challenges and improve their overall well-being.

As a therapist, I believe that everyone has the potential for growth and change. My approach to therapy is centered around creating a safe and non-judgmental space where my clients can explore their inner world, develop a compassionate understanding of their needs and achieve their therapeutic goals.


MBACP, Registration no. 379240

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). You can find me on their register which is a public record of counsellors and psychotherapists who meet their accepted training criteria, and also standards for supervision, continuing professional development and a contractual commitment to the BACP Ethical Framework.

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Anti-oppressive practice 

Many of us have been led to understand that our mental health issues are created solely from within, and while I am confident of the internal strength and power we each hold, I also acknowledge that many of us have been and continue to be oppressed, discriminated against, and disadvantaged due to our intersecting identities.

In my work I recognise that we need to balance the potential to minimise the impact of cultural and societal influences on individuals, with the potential to focus on systemic issues without fully understanding the unique experience of each person. 

What to expect

Counselling can offer many possibilities, for understanding, acceptance, change or growth

Together we will explore what you are experiencing, and how you would like the counselling to help. We can determine your goals for therapy, and then work towards those goals.  Therapeutic goals can be specific or very broad, anything from support in making a change in your life, help to improve relationships, to gain greater understanding of how you are feeling or to feel better – less anxious, more confident, less stressed.


I also work with clients through some very difficult periods in their lives, in these circumstances therapeutic goals may not be something we would consider. Therapy can also be a time to sit still and feel - feel pain, feel grief, talk about things you don’t feel able to talk about anywhere else and this in itself can be very cathartic and of great value.


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Fees and availablity 

Online 15-minute initial consultation - free

Online individual therapy session - £70


I currently have very limited availability, please get in touch to find out what sessions I have available for new clients. 

Finding the right counsellor is an important part of therapy. The relationship is key to the work and it’s important that you feel comfortable with your therapist. If you would like to speak with me, please contact me to organise a chat. I will happily answer any questions you have about counselling, or working with me, without any obligation.

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