MEET ROZANNA, LLM, Dip. Couns.
I'm Rozanna Niazi, a professionally qualified counsellor practising in Cardigan. I take a person-centred integrative approach, which means I tailor the therapy to 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 better life.
Now retired from legal practice, I was a solicitor and founding partner in the firm, Burke Niazi (burkeniazi.com), set up by me in 1997. My specialisms were in domestic violence, family conflict and mental health. With expertise and compassion, I supported clients through separation and divorce, care proceedings and adoptions. I was a respected authority in Mental Health law, representing clients in serious crisis, often detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act.
Despite my career success, I felt dissatisfied with corporate life in the City. I retired from my legal career 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 like a natural progression, given my love of working with people and my years of experience in family and mental health in the legal arena.
Combined, I have over thirty years’ experience in law and counselling, helping people with difficulties including anxiety and depression, phobias, work related stress, alcohol and drugs, family issues, couples’ counselling, domestic abuse and parenting coaching. I have a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders. My business know-how means I am a competent career and life 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). Many experts consider DBT to be a well-worked variant of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT. 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 and full liability insurance with the Psychological Protection Society.
I'm a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to its code of ethics.
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 mental well-being.