Nisha Irfan

Integrative Psychotherapist


Nisha holds a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Nottingham and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision from the Centre for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD).

She has been awarded accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which is a quality status for experienced practitioners who can demonstrate high standards of competent and ethical practice. She adheres to the professional body’s ethical framework and professional conduct procedure in all her work with clients, ensuring a high standard of professional practice.

Nisha has over 12 years of experience working with adolescents and adults. She has worked in a range of settings, including schools, private practice and now in private mental health care. She has also been providing clinical supervision to therapists in individual and group settings since 2017.

While Nisha’s counselling orientation is humanistic and is based on experiencing relational depth in the therapy, her approach is trauma informed. She is a certified provider of tension, trauma and stress releasing exercises (TRE), which is a technique that releases deeply imbedded muscular patterns of tension, calming down the nervous system and encouraging the body to return to a state of balance. Additionally, she is a fully trained eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapist; an innovative psychotherapy that uses bilateral stimulation to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories.

Position at Priory

Nisha is a full time, permanent member of staff who has been with Priory since October 2021, working as an integrative psychotherapist. Her vast experience resulted in her being awarded accreditation with the BACP. She is also a member of TRE For All and the EMDR Association UK.

Links to clinical articles/papers:



  • English
  • Urdu
  • Hindi



  • Using Compassion Focus Therapy (CFT) for Trauma: Enhanced Applications for Understanding
  • Using Compassion in Trauma Treatment with Dr Chris Irons – Feb 2024
  • EMDR and Parts Work for Treating Complex Trauma with Dr Arielle Schwartz - Nov 2023
  • Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused as Children with Laurel Parnell - August 2023
  • Healing Trauma with Janina Fisher- Essential Strategies for Shame, Self-Loathing and Working with the Body - June 2022
  • Trauma-informed Practice when Working with Complex PTSD - April 2022
  • Trauma Skills and Supervision Group with Dr Arielle Schwartz - April 2021 to Sept 2021
  • The Attachment Summit: Integrating Attachment Science with Today's Most Popular Approaches in Psychotherapy - Aug 2021
  • The Grief Summit: Grief Counselling and Treatment in a Pandemic of Loss - April 2021
  • Dick Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems Master Class - Nov 2020
  • Developing Minds: Mental Health, Children & Young People featuring Dan Siegel - Aug 2020
  • Gabor Maté Compassionate Inquiry Master Class - May 2020

Body College

  • Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Psychotherapy with Steve Haines - July 2022

TRE Global

  • TRE Advanced Training - Feb 2021

SOS Internationale

  • Introduction to Somatic Experiencing - June 2019

Play Therapy UK (PTUK)

  • Sand Play Therapy Skills Certificate (Part 1) - June 2017


  • Mindful Self-Compassion an 8-week course - March 2018
  • Mindfulness for Stress, a 6-week course - Oct 2016

Wholebody Focusing with Alex Maunder

  • Body-Centred Psychotherapy Combining the Alexander Technique and Focusing - June 2016

Psychotherapy UK

  • Trauma and the Therapeutic Relationship: Exploring the Subtle Processes of Embodied Attunement, Empathy and Integration - June 2016

WPF Therapy

  • The Emotional Bully in Relationships - June 2016

Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)

  • Essential Principals of Humanistic Therapy - Aug 2015


  • Working Therapeutically with Children using Play and Creative Arts - April 2015
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People - Mar 2015

Stepping into Action

  • Psychodrama Group - April 2014

Kooth Counselling: Xenzone Ltd 

  • Safeguarding Children and Young People - Mar 2014

Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)

  • Trauma and the Body - Feb 2013
  • Working with Rebellious Adolescents - Oct 2012
  • Working with Victims of Sexual Abuse - Mar 2011
  • Working Therapeutically Using the Arts - Dec 2010


  • EMDR Academy Europe - Certified Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist (2019)
  • TRE College London - Certified provider of Tension, Trauma and Stress Releasing Exercises (TRE) (2018)
  • Dynamic Communications - Practitioner Stage 1 of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (2018)
  • Centre for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) - Diploma in Clinical Supervision (2017)
  • WPF Therapy, London - Certificate in CBT Skills (2015)
  • University of Nottingham, Nottingham - Master of Arts - Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice (Distinction) (2013 – 2014)
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) - Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling (2012 - 2013)
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) - Level 3 Certificate in Humanistic Counselling (2011 - 2012)
  • City University, Cass Business School, London - Bachelor of Sciences - Management (First class) (2005 - 2008)