A Person-Centred Counsellor who works in an integrative way. Meet Masuma Sultana, who is a dedicated and compassionate Associate Counsellor at BDSIP since 2021, who has made a profound impact on the lives of both primary school children and a special needs school children. With her unwavering commitment and empathetic approach, Masuma has helped students grow, thrive, and overcome challenges. Through her tireless efforts, she has become a beacon of hope for countless students, helping them navigate the complexities of their academic and personal journeys.
Masuma’s journey as a school counsellor began with her passion for promoting inclusivity and providing equitable support to all students due to her own personal life experiences. She firmly believes in the potential of every child, regardless of their abilities or circumstances. Recognising the unique challenges faced by children and special needs children, Masuma developed innovative strategies to foster their academic, emotional, and social growth.
For her work with children, Masuma created a nurturing environment that encouraged open communication, active listening, and personal growth. She empowered students to develop strong interpersonal skills, build resilience, and embrace their individual strengths. Moreover, when it comes to special needs children, Masuma’s dedication shines brightly. She collaborates closely with teachers and specialised professionals to create personalised plans that cater to each child’s unique requirements. Masuma ensures that these students receive the individualised attention they deserve. By cultivating a supportive and inclusive environment, she helps special needs children thrive academically, build self-confidence, and develop the necessary life skills to navigate the world around them.
Masuma is also a grief specialist bilingual counsellor who works for a Bereavement Charity. Masuma has extensive experience working with adult clients who have experienced trauma, loss and grief. She developed working in grief after her time working as a bilingual advocate for Bart’s NHS prior to becoming a counsellor for 8 years in a hospice with palliative patients.