Get to Know Me
Hello. Thank you for visiting me here at Journey. With Mira. My name is Mira Shah and I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor which all sounds very complicated but it simply means that I am a trained professional for talking therapies. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within the ethical guidelines of the organisation. Counselling is not my first career, I used to work in and amongst the bright lights of London - life was pretty good to me.
Fast forward a number of years, I'd made some life changes and I felt kind of... lost. I sought therapy after feeling exhausted and vacant but not really knowing why. Being able to talk to someone openly and honestly without judgement felt freeing. Therapy was an opportunity to get out of my head and connect with my feelings. A bit like a jigsaw puzzle, I took scattered pieces of myself and rebuilt the person I am today with encouragement from my counsellor. The positive impact of counselling in my life was a game changer for me and was the reason I decided to train as a counsellor.
I am passionate about mental health and breaking down the taboo that surrounds mental health today. It is absolutely ok to not be ok, but it does not feel ok that putting yourself first and asking for help can throw up fear and shame. I strongly believe that change is possible and sometimes you just need a hand to support you in getting to where you want to go.
Counselling is not a quick fix, I’d be lying if I said it was. Sometimes the process may seem challenging but it is in these moments, with the right support, that clarity and growth can prevail.
Being fluent in Gujarati and Hindi allows me to provide a multilingual service but more importantly I have an understanding of cultural nuances which can be helpful in understanding the context of your experiences.
I often wish I had sought therapy earlier to help me navigate through troubled times. We needn’t be at crisis point to seek help – take the first step today.