Dr Bina Sharma
Key info about Bina
Qualifications: Applied Psychology BSc, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Therapy used: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Ages worked with: 16+ and couples
Clinics at: East Finchley (N2) and Online
Health insurance coverage: Aviva, AXA, BUPA, Cigna, Vitality, WPA and other providers
Accreditation: Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Hi! I’m Bina and I'm a Clinical Psychologist.
Can you tell me a bit about your background?
I have worked in mental health for over ten years and have worked with adults across the lifespan, children and families who have experienced a range of difficulties, in both community and inpatient settings.
I completed my doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and currently work in a specialist NHS service for people with learning disabilities. I also have a special interest in working with people with psychosis and unusual experiences and much of my pre-training experience was in this area.
As a South-Asian woman, I am very aware of the perceptions about mental health in many cultures and communities. These can often make it difficult for people to openly access support and therapy for their wellbeing. It is important to me to help others work through some of these barriers that may stop them from receiving the appropriate support to enhance their wellbeing. I believe that providing a safe therapeutic space where people of colour can openly and non-judgmentally talk about their challenging experiences that impact their day-to-day life is of paramount importance.
What will it be like when I meet you?
We will spend some time getting to know each other to create a safe and relaxed space, to help you talk freely about your experiences. We may talk about what has brought you to therapy, as well as what is important to you and what you would like from the sessions. I will be interested in hearing about different aspects of your life, but there will be no pressure to talk about anything that you do not feel comfortable sharing at our first meeting – I believe taking things at your pace is really important in building a trusting therapeutic relationship.
What types of therapy do you use and what kind of difficulties do you help people with?
I offer individual therapy, as well as working with families to help them overcome difficulties with anxiety, low mood, stress, adverse life experiences, relationship and/or family difficulties, psychosis or unusual experiences.
I have training in a range of therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp), Systemic Therapy, Narrative approaches, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I often use an integrated approach, which involves using more than one of the above therapies depending on the needs and goals of an individual or family.
What do you enjoy outside of psychology?
I enjoy keeping fit and especially love dancing! I like experimenting with food and cooking, as well as spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles and Sudoku.
Reviews for Dr Bina Sharma
"Following experiencing a bereavement, I was apprehensive about whether therapy would help me. However, I found that Bina created a very safe environment in which I could speak openly about the issues I was experiencing and just being able to speak freely about these helped me to feel less overwhelmed. Bina also helped me with some useful coping mechanisms for how to deal with the anxiety and stress which I was experiencing. I feel a lot calmer and more able to cope with things following my sessions with Bina. I definitely recommend Bina as a therapist"
“Bina has been an absolute godsend following the death of my husband. She is engaging, understanding and quickly adapted to my situation - above all she has shown me there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
A true professional that comes highly recommended!”
"Thank you for all the help you have given over the past few months you have honestly changed my life!"
"I attended therapy not really knowing what I wanted out of it, I just needed to talk to someone about my struggles and how I was feeling. Dr Sharma worked well with me by listening to everything and working on the root causes. This changed my perspective on how I see and feel about myself and it has truly changed my life. We had some difficult conversations but the outcomes of them were phenomenal. The types of exercises we did allowed me to express my deeply buried emotions in an incredible way. Really grateful to Dr Sharma and would highly recommend her for anyone looking to have therapy."