Afirah Azmi is a psychotherapist, who has worked in numerous mental health settings, such as private hospitals and treatment centres, delivering group work and one-to-one therapy.
Afirah has worked with patients suffering from a range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, depression, personality disorders, substance misuse and process addictions, obsessive-compulsive disorder and, psychological, emotional, sexual and physical abuse. In addition to working with Cognacity, Afirah has her own private practice and is an Associate Consultant Psychotherapist with another organisation. Afirah is currently training in EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing.
Afirah works with clients from 18+ adults, from young to old, who may be struggling with a myriad of past and current life problems. Some of these problems include trauma (such as childhood neglect or abuse), toxic relationships, anxiety, work-related stress, addictions, eating disorders, root causes of OCD. She works on promoting the clients’ self-efficacy and autonomy especially where a patient is struggling with low self-esteem, low self-worth, feelings of unexplained shame, internal conflict. Afirah helps to identify faulty core beliefs and maladaptive coping strategies, attempting to understand the root cause of distress for the individual with consideration and care.
Afirah has a particular interest in treating survivors of narcissistic abuse and has published a short article on this subject, Recovering from a Relationship with a Narcissist.
Afirah is passionate about is helping clients navigate difficult life situations, family relationships and problems in interpersonal relationships. Afirah uses an Integrative approach depending on the clients’ individual needs. She works collaboratively with patients by building a strong therapeutic relationship to deliver both long and short-term therapy.