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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.

This month, we spoke to Dr. Hooman Keshavarzi, who is an expert on OCD and the Founding Director of Khalil Center – the first Islamically oriented professional community mental wellness center and largest provider of Muslim mental healthcare in the US. He is licensed as a psychotherapist in the state of Illinois, holds a Doctorate of Psychology, a Masters of Clinical Psychology and a Bachelors of Science in psychology and Islamic Studies.

He is currently a visiting scholar for Ibn Haldun University (Istanbul, Turkey) and Adjunct Professor at American Islamic College, Hartford Seminary. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding at the Global Health Center, conducting research on topics related to Muslims and Mental Health. Dr. Hooman is an international public speaker and trainer currently serving as a Clinical supervisor of graduate students of clinical psychology at the Village of Hoffman Estates (DHS). He also delivers seminars on specialized topics around multiculturalism and psychology.

In this episode, Dr. Hooman shed light on:

  • The clinical definition of ROCD and its symptoms, and what Islam says about it
  • Most common misconceptions about ROCD and how to tell the difference between an intrusive thought stemming from OCD versus from shaytan
  • How mosques, community centres and organisations can be more inclusive of people with OCD
  • Best treatment methods available to help people with ROCD
  • Practical ways to deal with OCD and support a love one struggling with OCD
  • & so much more!

You can connect with the Khalil Center via twitter.

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Sarah Gulamhusein

Sarah is a Master’s graduate in Psychology, having completed an undergraduate degree in Medical Biochemistry. She is passionate about mental health and has attained a good knowledge of mental illnesses from both a scientific and psychological perspective. From her early years, she has been a keen writer and has consistently used her words to raise awareness and battle the stigma of mental health in society, highlight the challenges faced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities within the UK – especially for an organisation called 1000women. She hopes to use her skills and motivation to inspire others, promote co-existence and help others.

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