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The Mindful Muslim is an Inspirited Minds podcast that hosts raw, open, and honest conversations on various topics within the sphere of mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality.

In this episode, we spoke to Sameer, a Muslim brother who has been actively involved in community cohesion and interfaith work from a young age. This has provided him with an opportunity to enhance his skills in facilitating dialogue and discussion amongst people. In addition, he has also worked within the field of education over the last ten years, ranging from primary, secondary, SEMH and evening faith supplementary schools. As a result of working with a wide array of people in different settings and due to personal life experiences, Sameer soon came to realise the importance good mental health and the lack of support available, specifically in the BAME community. This led him to train as an Integrative Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Islamic Psychologist.

Currently, Sameer is working in a pastoral/welfare capacity within schools and with the National Mental Health Charity, MIND, on their BAME project, which intends to encourage more people from the BAME to access counselling services. Alongside this, he is also offering counselling services through his private practice, delivering workshops for the wider community and CPD for schools and educational institutes.

They spoke about:

  • His training to become a counsellor and psychotherapist
  • The importance of having men in the field of mental health and its benefits within Islam
  • Reflections on therapy from a faith perspective
  • The Western models of psychology and mental health and how they coexist with Islam
  • How to use both Islam and therapy to give meaning to our experiences
  • How to become more aware of our social and emotional mental health needs as a Muslim
  • The qualities of a Muslim that coincide with being a counsellor

You can find out more about Sameer’s work at, or via Instagram @noor_therapy. You can also reach him via email at

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Sivan Kader

Sivan is a Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Neuroscience graduate from Queen Mary, University of London and King’s College London. She hopes to combine her learning from personal experience with mental illness, with the passion to drive positive change, to ultimately empower others to take care of their mental wellbeing. With a background in research, and having worked with a social enterprise, she has joined Inspirited Minds to help shed light on mental health stigma in the Muslim community, in particular, and work towards encouraging dialogue, empathy, and compassion.

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