Iman Ben Ahmed
Iman is a Mental Health activist. She holds an Undergraduate degree of Psychology from Saint Mary’s University, Canada. She is currently completing her MA in Counselling in London. Iman is a counsellor in training with Place2Be, a renowned child counselling service. She is also an adult addictions counsellor. Iman works in the Maya Centre, which is a women’s counselling service, addressing issues such as domestic abuse and women’s rights in society. Iman is driven to combat the stigma regarding Mental Health, and she strives to educate and raise awareness about the cause. This passion drove her to start a Mental Health initiative on her university campus, aiding Muslim and minority students on campus with their Mental Health concerns, as well as running educational workshops, which is a step closer to the destigmatization of Mental Health. This project is growing rapidly, and extending to universities across London.
Sara currently studies BSc Psychology at UCL. She spends a lot of her time conducting and assisting research on the clinical population. Sara likes to volunteer her time helping out those in need, and spends her summers in the classroom with special needs children. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging and discovering new places of bliss. She aims to become a clinical psychologist in the future with the hope of setting up her own mental health clinic in the Middle East
Hafsah Aneela Bashir
Hafsah is a poet, writer and spoken word artist with a BA in English and Criminology and has completed an MA in Postcolonial Literary and Culture at the University of Leeds. She worked as a mentor for prolific offenders with drugs, alcohol and mental heath issues in Manchester and now works with various vulnerable and marginalised groups within the community such as refugees and asylum seekers using creative agency as a means of expression and therapy. She belongs to writing collectives, Common Word and Manchester Muslim Writers and facilitates creative writing workshops within the community working with young people to develop an understanding of identity and empowerment. Her additional work with NGO’s, providing emergency supplies and medical aid to conflict zones informs her creativity producing a form of lyrical activism. She raises awareness through this about social injustice and has a keen interest in writing as a form of resistance and liberty. Her passion lies in enabling others to empower themselves to reach their full potential and challenge the stigmas surrounding mental heath issues within society having had experience of this herself. She blogs at http://hafsahaneelabashir.wordpress.com
Nasihah came across the hadith “The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” many years ago and has since tried to implement it and try to be of benefit, and help as many people as possible, in whatever capacity she can. This has led to her working and volunteering with many charitable causes, through raising funds, awareness, organising events, taking part in challenges and more. She has recently completed her BSc in Psychology and plans to study MSc Mental Health Science in the near future. She wants to improve the understanding of mental health conditions, especially within Muslim communities as many of us fail to see mental health as a real problem. Nasihah is passionate about giving back to the community and helping others, this combined with her interest in mental health has led to her working with Inspirited Minds as a support worker.
Husna has a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree. With target modules surrounding mental well-being. During her undergraduate, she learnt the theories and developments surrounding mental health and psychological disorders as well as the stigmas attached with the public. Husna has a passion for helping people with their problems and hopes her experience with Inspirited Minds will help her help the community by educating and breaking the stigma which surrounds mental health and the implications caused by religious and cultural communities. She hopes to make a positive impact to someone’s life by instilling confidence in oneself to talk about their mental health, as mental health is just as important as physical health.
Sandy has graduated with a bachelors degree from UCL in Biomedical Science. She then went to study her Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering at Brunel University. She is now pursuing a career in mental health as a Support Worker for Look Ahead and doing a 3 month placement as an Activities Coordinator for the NHS in Hillingdon Hospital. She also teaches mental health in schools and colleges as a Youth Wellbeing Trainer for the Mind charity and focussing on delivering presentations on the five ways to wellbeing and mindfulness. She is passionate about inspiring people to live their lives fully and empowering people to achieve their goals. At IM Sandy is a Support Worker managing clients and referring them to the psychology team. She hopes to make a difference in people’s lives.
Karima is currently studying Psychology at UCL and also works at the Anna Freud National Centre for Families and Children. She has a passion for mental health and spends much of her time keeping up to date with the research going on within the field. Her future goals include improving access to psychological therapies and mental health education, and becoming a clinical psychologist.
Fatima is a qualified, integrative counsellor and has been dealing with a range of issues throughout her career. Fatima has particular expertise and experience in dealing with stress, anxiety, abuse, violence and relationship problems. Fatima is also experienced in working with clients, being non-judgemental and working within a confidential environment. When under stress a person’s thinking ability may become blocked, however Fatima believes that every client has the potential to move forward from their stressful situation, when given the right conditions and opportunities. Fatima is emphatic with her clients, in order to understand their feelings at a deep level. She accepts and values her clients without any conditions attached. She works as a congruent and genuine counsellor and aims to build a strong client-counsellor relationship. Fatima is able to speak English, Urdu and Gujrati.
Georgina is an experienced counsellor who specialises in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. She is a registered member of the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) and holds a certificate in Counselling in Person Centered Counselling. Georgina is constantly bettering her knowledge via further studies, for her personal development. She is currently completing her BSc (Hons) Degree in Counselling Studies and Therapeutic Skills and is also in her final year of post graduate level training for a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy a UKCP accredited course. Georgina is a revert to Islam, who is extremely hardworking, passionate and conscientious to the needs of her clients. Her passion for counselling arose when she noticed the difficulties of being a Muslim women in the West, which she felt required psychological attention.
Nazish is a professional, experienced, multilingual, BACP registered integrative counsellor with an M.Ed, B.A in Psychology and F.Da in Counselling. She is working as a counsellor, Psychotherapist, life Coach, NLP Practitioner and Educator. She is founder of an Islamic Supplementary school (Al Jannah Academy) and a counselling practice (Here 2 Listen). She can offer counselling in English, Hindi, Punjabi & Urdu. She specialises in anxiety, stress, trauma, depression, panic attacks, anger , self esteem, alcohol and work related issues. She has vast personal and professional experience working with loss & bereavement, couple & relationships, eating disorders, bullying, violence or abuse, career counselling and child related issues. She has worked with organisation like Hospice and Mind. Her interest include exploring how the client’s spiritual belief system affects the process and outcome of the therapy.
Aaliyah is the founder of Rahmah Wellbeing, a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Birth Trauma Educator. She holds an MEd in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling from University of Cambridge (thesis: An unconscious alchemy of the womb: How women’s (psychosocial and neurobiological) experiences and feelings regarding menstruation and birth affect their attachment relationship with their child) and a MA in Muslim Community Studies. Aaliyah worked as the youngest employed Muslim female Chaplain from the age of 24 for Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust for 6 years. She specialises in trauma, and the time in the womb as impacting later life development. She is interested in neuroscience, demedicalisation of birth, trauma, attachment, psychology of pain, and the role of patriarchy in women’s health. Aaliyah feels passionately towards natural health, unschooling, natural parenting and conscious living. Her passion is in encouraging women to reclaim their bodies and choices from culture, patriarchy and medicalisation and to empower women through igniting conscious awareness of the power of the womb to restore and heal.
Abutaher studied at a young age in an Islamic secondary school and further pursued his studies at ‘The Institute of Islamic education’ in Deswbury. He has been enchanted by the rich history of the Islamic culture. The knowledge of Islam that he has acquired gave him an understanding of the complexity of the ever intriguing world we live in today. The mixture of his educational experiences and the joy of supporting others has enforced the thought that he enjoyed the challenge and responsibility of educating others and providing guidance and support. He maintains an energetic importance in contemporary technologies and classical sciences and has the ability to talk to many different types of people with ease. The experiences and knowledge he has gained from studying Islamic Studies has enabled him to be dedicated in captivating and engaging the hearts and minds of others. He has had the opportunity to help several brothers and sisters who were in need of advice and support. Through the sheer blessing and mercy of Allah, they found his advice beneficial and it led them to a better lifestyle.