Hi Everyone! I am Ms. Syahira Khan, a counsellor supervised by Dr. Cassandra Aasmundsen-Fry at MindWell. I am working towards my double-board licensing as a Professional Counsellor. I am highly passionate about what I do- my aim is to help individuals and couples understand and navigate through their emotions, build better behaviours and achieve a purposeful and meaningful relationship with themselves and others, in both their professional and personal lives. I value clients growth and their purpose, hence I ensure that I exercise empathic understanding and client exploration in all my sessions in a non-judgemental and safe manner.
I approach therapy through a Person Centered Therapy (PCT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy lens (CBT). Using PCT’s core values of unconditional positive regard, empathy, and genuineness has enabled me to foster a stronger therapeutic bond with my clients, and give them the support they need for self understanding and positive growth. Concurrently, CBT emphasises the importance of healthy thinking, and using its therapeutic techniques with clients helps in developing healthier cognitions which I think is impetus in improving clients mental health.
Aside from providing individual therapy, I help with community empowerment at MindWell where I assist with providing talks and workshops designed to broaden perspective about mental health, and also provide support with social media engagement.
Syahira is currently completing her Masters of Professional Counselling, and holds a Bachelors (Hons) in International Relations from the School of Politics, History, and International Relations at the University of Nottingham.
Syahira has interned with local and international NGOs in Malaysia, providing assistance to vulnerable groups, such as the refugees, and abused women. This consists of her stints with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) where she provided psycho- social support to refugee women who were exposed to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, and refugees in the resettlement pipeline.
My key area of counselling interests include;
Trauma and Abuse
Codependency and Attachment
Anxiety and stress-related concerns