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Faisal Ahmed Raja
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Faisal Ahmed Raja

Faisal has worked within mental health care since 2010, in both NHS and private healthcare settings. Faisal joined Priory in May 2017 as a cognitive behavioural therapist at Birmingham Wellbeing centre. Towards the end of 2017 Faisal also took position of cognitive behavioural therapist at The Manor, a specialist private inpatient ward at Priory Hospital Woodbourne. He now works across both sites, providing therapy to outpatients and inpatients.

Faisal delivers therapy for patients experiencing major depressive disorder, generalised anxiety and other anxiety related disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, panic and phobias. Faisal also works with personality disorders and assists in therapy for the Addiction Treatment Programme.

Faisal carries out in-depth psychological assessments to determine a patient’s needs and concerns and engages in therapy using a cognitive behavioural approach. Alongside individual therapy, Faisal also delivers group therapy, and facilitates psycho-education groups.

Since joining Priory, Faisal has been actively involved in the implementation process of developing therapy programmes at the Manor Ward and he works closely with consultant psychiatrists, therapists and nursing teams.

Training

Faisal graduated from Coventry University with a Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology and Sociology. He then completed a postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health Practice in 2010 from the University of Central Lancashire. In 2016 he completed a postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, from the University of Cumbria. Faisal is also a member of The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Faisal has always been interested in psychological therapy and promotion of mental health care. He has worked in mental health trusts across the country, gaining experience of varied patient demographics. Faisal also has a keen interest in transcultural mental health issues, work-related stress and academic wellbeing, and partakes in continual professional development.

Languages

  • English
  • Urdu
  • Punjabi
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology and Sociology
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health Practice
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (BABCP Accredited)

I work as a psychological therapist, practising cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT has become one of the most popular forms of talking therapy. It looks to help patients manage problems by enabling them to recognise how their thoughts can affect feelings and behaviours. CBT combines a cognitive approach (examining your thoughts) with a behavioural approach (the things you do). It aims to break overwhelming problems down into smaller parts, making them easier to manage.

I have extensive experience working with individuals experiencing many mental health concerns, helping them focus on the ‘here and now’ and using evidenced-based interventions. I support patients by actively listening and helping them to learn skills and techniques, which enables them to overcome their current concerns.

I understand the difficulties people experience with mental health problems. I adopt a caring, friendly approach to help individuals better  their self-awareness, achieve goals and improve mental wellbeing

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