Akeem Yusuff Trainee Therapeutic Counsellor

Akeem Yusuff:

Trainee Therapeutic Counsellor

My name is Akeem Yusuff. I am a trainee therapist working in the low-cost therapy and counselling service at HQ Therapy Rooms in Hackney, London E8.

I am currently undergoing a Diploma in counselling teenagers with the Institute of Art Therapy Education (IATE) and have worked with teenagers for over 11 years. I have worked in secondary schools and PRU’s, supporting people of all ages and all types of complex needs.

I intend to use Art therapy when working with my clients. There is no need for you to have any artistic skills or past art experience to engage in this therapy. I have completed a certificate in counselling teenagers and counselling skills, which I completed at IATE.

Often as a teenager or young adult, you can feel alone and misunderstood, which is why I aim to offer a non-judgemental space where your voice can be heard, listened too and met with empathy and curiosity.

I know that counselling can be a big step, and there may be several reasons you might seek support. However, it’s my job to support you on this journey through empathic listening and offering a space to reflect.

I aim to create a safe space where you can unburden your troubles and speak freely about anything that comes to mind. I use the arts to help you to open up and explore whatever you want to discuss within our time together. It can often be hard to use and rely solely on words when talking about how we feel. We might need to speak in metaphor to truly explore how we feel about past, present or future events.

Using the arts can allow you to explore topics and emotions on a deeper level. It’s a form of communication that will encourage you to see situations and feelings from a new and deeper perspective. We may involve a sand tray, clay, music, bodywork (Breathing), painting, drawing, puppets and more. I know first-hand how strange it might feel to start with, but hopefully, you’ll begin to feel more comfortable with my guidance.

Psychoeducation is also essential for me and something I will often include in my sessions people.

I am happy to offer free long-term sessions face-to-face, depending on the current government guidelines during these unprecedented times.

“However long the night, the dawn will break.” African Proverb

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