Mindful Monkey.

About Us

Mindful-Monkey is a collaborative space which was founded by:

Shehzad Malik

Shehzad Malik is a Mindfulness Based Counsellor. He has a degree in Psychology and 30 years of experience working with people. He has worked in a wide range of services including 13 years with problem substance users in the NHS and Voluntary Sector.

He was Deputy Course Director of the ‘Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Drug and Alcohol Treatment’ at the University of Leicester Medical School for 9 years. From 2008 to 2016 he was a Teaching Fellow on the ‘Foundation Degree in Drug and Alcohol Counselling and Treatment’, at the University of Leicester. He is an Associate Tutor at Leicester University and Lancaster University. He currently works as part of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Service at Cumbria University.

He is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist, has a Diploma in Brief Strategic Therapy and has trained in NLP, EFT, Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

He has a lifelong interest in Mindfulness and completed his MSc in Mindfulness Based Approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University in 2015. He has engaged in research into using Mindfulness with problem substance users and developed a mindfulness course for children.

He facilitates Mindfulness courses, and offers Counselling and Training nationally.

Junaid Zico (BA Hons, Dip HE Nursing, Dip Hypno-psychotherapy, PG cert CBT) is a trainer and therapist registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Following his degree he trained as a Psychiatric Nurse. He has 20 years of experience within the NHS in a variety of settings including Acute Psychiatry, Eating Disorders, Substance Misuse Counselling, Smoking Cessation and Primary Care Therapy.

His work within the drug and alcohol field included prescribing, counselling and health promotion. He was involved in setting up a blood borne viruses and vaccination clinic. He has been involved in running a range of groups including Anxiety Management, Overcoming Depression, Confidence Building and Guided Imagery. He has an eclectic approach including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural and Solution Focused Therapies.

He has a special interest in the mind/body connection and incorporates skills from Neuro Linguistic Programming, Positive Psychology, Imagery and Mindfulness based approaches. He is a registered hypnotherapist. He also works as a tutor at the University of Leicester on the Foundation Degree in Drug and Alcohol Counselling. He provides trainings nationally on a range of topics. He also provides therapy on a one to one basis and Guided Imagery and Relaxation classes.


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