MEET ROZANNA, LLM, Dip. Couns.
I'm Rozanna Niazi, a professionally qualified psychotherapist offering face to face, online and telephone counselling. I take a person-centred integrative approach, which means I tailor the therapy to suit you. I can help you to understand your feelings, accompany you as you learn to behave more authentically and deliberately, exploring your needs and strengths and accepting yourself as valuable and worthy. I can teach you skills to manage your emotions and relationships more effectively, to help you live a richer life.
Now retired from legal practice, I was a solicitor and founding partner in the Legal 500 firm, Burke Niazi (burkeniazi.com), set up by me in 1997. My specialisms were in mental health, relationship breakdown and child protection. With my expertise and compassion, I supported clients through separation and divorce, care proceedings and adoptions. I was a respected authority in mental health law, facilitating better treatment for acutely ill people, often detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act.
Despite career success, I became disenchanted with corporate life in the City. I retired from law to seek a change of direction and to travel, adventure and live abroad. When it came to re-imagining my career path, training as a psychotherapist seemed a natural progression, given my love of working with people and my years of experience of family and mental health problems.
Combined, I have over thirty years’ experience in business management, law and counselling. I thrive on helping people question their assumptions, beliefs and values and guiding them through life crises, dilemmas and transitions towards a more meaningful life. I have a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders and working with people from the LGBTQ+ community. My know-how means I am a competent parenting and relationship coach.
Bachelor of Law, LLB (Hons), 1990
Solicitors’ Professional Exams, 1991
Masters degree in Mental Health Law, LLM with commendation, 2002
Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sheffield Hallam University, 2004
Post Graduate Diploma in Couples’ Counselling, Sheffield Hallam University, 2007
I have acted for social services in child abuse cases and the charitable sector for domestic violence, homelessness and anti-bullying organisations. I have worked as a counsellor for MIND, the NHS and a drug and alcohol agency. I regularly upgrade my expertise and have post qualification training in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Motivational Interviewing (MI), Attachment Theory and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends both CBT and DBT as therapies that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.
I have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring) check.
I'm a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to its code of ethics. I am also a member of the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) and, identifying as a person of colour, I appreciate the intersectionality of race and psychological wellbeing with people from these heritages.
Call me for a free, no-obligation chat to address any questions you might have. I approach problems with empathy and compassion, honesty and without judgment. I aim to guide you through the complexities of life and provide you with tools to improve your emotional well-being.