Afrah Al-yufrusi

Registered Psychotherapist

Background

Afrah studied Creative Expressive Therapies, BA (Hons) at the University of Derby followed by a Masters in Art Therapy where she qualified as an Art Psychotherapist. During her 7 years of training Afrah worked in different settings and capacities gaining knowledge and experience working with people. She feels this complemented her understanding of therapy and highlighted the importance of relationships.

Afrah worked as a teaching assistant at a secondary school with complex young people. She also worked with older adults, in their home and on hospital wards.  Afrah has experience of working with people diagnosed with working age dementia and older adults with dementia. Afrah has also worked on adult psychiatric units and other physical health wards. These experience have highlighted the importance of mind and body connection within her work.

Shortly after completion of her degree Afrah joined the Nottinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust specialist CAMHS team providing art psychotherapy for children who are looked after or adopted. In this role she worked with a variety of children, their adoptive parents and complex family systems. Afrah continues to work for CAMHS, as a senior member of the team, with 12 years of experience behind her. 

Clinical Experience 

Afrah has insight into developmental trauma and the impact of this on individuals.  She has  worked with people who have experienced physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and emotional abuse in childhood. Afrah works in an integrated model, in a trauma informed way with complex networks and  while bearing in mind the importance of early childhood experiences and working psychodynamically with the past. Afrah is experienced in working with gender, sexuality and intimate relationships.   

Afrah primarily provides Art Psychotherapy, Psychosexual Therapy (as a trainee) and uses other therapeutic interventions such as Theraplay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Mindfulness in her practice. DDP supports attuites in PACE (playfulness, accepting, curiosity and empathy) all of which have become naturally incorporated in her practice through training and naturally acquired over the years from working with people.

Approach to therapy

Afrah is an approachable non-judgemental and open-minded therapist. Whilst dealing with difficult subject matter she can also bring and, element of playfulness to the therapy. Playfulness has become an important aspect in Afrah’s work. Playfulness is important at any age. Being playful allows connections to develop and sometimes allows complex sessions to feel less frightening.  Playfulness doesn’t take away the seriousness of the difficulties but sometimes allows people to relax and think more clearly about what they want to communicate and accept empathy.

Communication and informed consent is important for Afrah in her work.  Informed consent gives people the power and the drive to make changes that are important to them and supports their therapeutic journey.

From the experience of working with looked after children, families and the parental couple around them Afrah developed an interest in working with couples. She is currently undertaking the Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy, which covers working with both couples and individuals who are presenting with sexual issues, at the world renowned Tavistock Relationships in London. 

Registrations and memberships  

Full membership registration with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council).

Full membership with registration with BAAT (The British Association of Art Therapists)

COSRT (COSRT (College of Sex and Relationship Therapy) Trainee membership.

Appointments

Afrah is available for online therapy appointments. To book an appointment, please call Evidence-Based Therapy Centre on 091 727777 or get in touch via the contact page.