Our Counselling Support

Inspirited Minds is a mental health charity launched in 2014 that aims to provide high-quality therapeutic support. Our therapists are a mix of BACP registered counsellors and BABCP registered CBT therapists. More details of our counselling team can be found on Our Team page. We focus on providing faith sensitive therapy for Muslim clients and many of our therapists have undertaken additional training in spiritual and Islamic models of psychological therapy. We are also open to people of other faiths.

Our counselling approach:

  • All Inspirited Minds counsellors are either BACP registered counsellors or BABCP registered CBT therapists and all of their details can be found on our website and the respective accrediting body websites. We do not have trainee or student therapists within our service and aim to offer a good standard of support. All counsellors are insured, DBS checked, have private clinical supervision and also receive monthly in-house group supervision informed by Islamic principles.
  • Before counselling can begin, we carry out an Initial Assessment which can be done either via telephone or video and usually lasts around 30-40 mins. Counselling sessions will usually last around 50 mins.
  • Our clients are at the heart of our decision making and we aim to offer between 12-18 sessions to each client with longer and shorter courses of treatment available dependant on need.
  • Therapies we offer: Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), Existential therapy, Humanistic therapies, Integrative, Islamic counselling, Mindfulness, Person-centred therapy, Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Reality therapy, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis.
  • Additional languages we cover: Arabic, Bengali, Dutch, French, Gujarati, Hausa, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu
  • Type of counselling sessions: Face-to-Face counselling (currently unavailable due to lockdown), Telephone counselling, Video counselling
  • Online support platform: all clients will be given access to our online support platform to manage their counselling; communicate with the IM Clinical Support team and their counsellor, and track their wellbeing.
  • Regular client feedback: we are committed to reviewing the quality of our counselling support on a regular basis.

Our referral criteria:

  • We can see clients who present with common mental health difficulties across a range of Axis 1 disorders such as depression, anxiety and related problems. We can see people deemed suitable for primary care psychology services who are looking for a faith sensitive approach.
  • Clients referred must be over the age of 18.
  • Clients must be from the UK.
  • Clients should be involved in the decision-making process and must consent to counselling.
  • We are not set up to work with people with enduring mental health difficulties and in need of secondary or specialist services, such as complex trauma or psychosis.

Our fees:

  • Our Initial Assessment will incur a fee of £15.
  • Our Telephone / Video counselling will incur a fee of £35 per session.
  • Our Face-to-Face counselling will incur a fee of £45 per session.
  • Payment must be made in advance of the counselling session via our Online Support Centre. Clients are able to apply for funding for 50% of the counselling fees, should they not feel they cannot pursue counselling with the full charges applied. Proof of financial hardship (such as household income / benefits) will be required when applying for funding and as Inspirited Minds is a charity, funding cannot always be guaranteed. We welcome donations in order to enable our service to continue in a high standard and so that we can offer clients to apply for funding for our services.

We hope the following FAQs will answer any questions or queries which you may have. Should there be anything that hasn’t been mentioned in this section, please contact us here.

How common are mental illnesses?

The WHO suggests that almost 50% of the world’s population suffer from a form of mental illness which plays an impact on their daily lives. I in 4 persons are said to develop a mental illness each year, and this develops into a serious illness for 1 in 50 persons.

Why is mental health so important?

Richards et al, 2010 found that an individual’s emotional well being will in turn affect their physical health, possibly leading to further problems such as turning to abuse of drugs and alcohol. Having a stable mental health is vital to allow individuals to find positive coping mechanisms for stress, when things are not going according to plan.

Why is Inspirited Minds a faith-based organisation?

Thankfully, there are many organisations out there who aid sufferers of mental illnesses. The findings from our independent research show that in many cultures, mental illnesses are still regarded a subject which is preferred to be kept hidden. We found that this ideology exists amongst the culture of people of an Islamic faith, therefore, we decided to use Islam as our tool to educate and change these thoughts imbedded within these cultures. We wish to highlight that mental illnesses are just ‘normal’ as physical illnesses, which require immediate assistance.

Do you help people of other faiths?

Yes. Our work is largely based on aiding sufferers in the Muslim community, as we found there is a lack of such organisations available. However, should we be approached by people of another faith, we will ensure to help them just as passionately and professionally.

How can I get hold of your telephone number?

Unfortunately, we currently do not currently have a helpline service. Should you have a telephone appointment with a counsellor, they will contact you at the appointed time.

Why haven’t I heard back from Inspirited Minds?

We ensure to respond to any questions or queries within 10 working days. Should you have not heard from us, please contact us here. It may be that there was an error when sending your message via the website. We will ensure to respond to your message at our earliest convenience.

I need help now. How can I contact you?

Inspirited Minds is not an emergency service.  In case of an emergency/risk to one’s life – please call 999. For urgent not life-threatening care call NHS 111. Please visit our Emergency Contacts page for further contacts.

How long do the counselling sessions last?

Counselling usually lasts for between 6-18 sessions (around 50 mins each), the first of which, the initial assessment, which is usually around 30mins. Should a client feel they require further sessions (and this is agreed with the counsellor), further sessions can be arranged.

To access our support services please complete our Get Help Form.