Shirah Herman trained as a Registered Mental Nurse in 1984 and went on to work in a variety of mental health settings in hospitals, day units, private hospitals and the NHS. She has wide experience of working with children and families. Shirah has an in-depth understanding of mental health issues and has worked with numerous individuals as well as working in a preventative capacity. She has considerable experience with working with people exhibiting addictive behaviour.
Shirah next qualified as a Registered General Nurse and worked in major London teaching hospitals where she dealt with people affected by unpredictable medical and psychological conditions. She went on to manage a unit of young adults who had suffered traumatic childhoods and were survivors of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. She trained as a systemic practitioner (Post Graduate Diploma in Systematic Theory) at the Tavistock Clinic in London and has a deep understanding of family dynamics.
For the last ten years Shirah has worked in a comprehensive school managing the school counselling service, and has extensive experience with children in the 11-18 years age range. She is responsible for the counselling of adolescents affected by the impact of family breakdown, loss, illness, anxiety, self-harm, mental health issues, and many other problems which present during teenage years.
Shirah’s style of working is client-centred. She is skilled at helping individuals to find their unique strengths and talents. She helps them to understand their own levels of resilience and how to empower themselves to reach their full potential.
Shirah is a trained Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and she has an MSc in CBT. She is a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and a member of the Nursing & Midwifery Council. She is also a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist.