Dr Fouzia Siddique
Dr Fouzia is a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS – Acute/Inpatient Psychology Services and Home Treatment/Crisis Response Teams and has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College London. Studying and working in three different countries has had a huge impact in building awareness of mental health and different approaches to it and has provided her with excellent opportunities to develop her clinical skills and theoretical knowledge of working in mental health. She is passionate about mental health within the Muslim community and tackling stigma around it and believes is no feeling that matches being able to make a legitimate, tangible difference in someone’s life, the best way we can. The work she does, the people she works with, never fail to inspire her, with the remarkable demonstrations of strength, bravery and courage they perform in their everyday lives.
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.
Maaham works as a Psychological Therapist within the NHS, having completed an Undergraduate and Masters degree in mental health, and more recently a post-graduate degree in Psychological Well-being. Her current role involves working on a 1-1 basis with a caseload of clients, in which she conducts assessments and treatment sessions, using a CBT framework. She has experience working within in-patient units, the private sector and within the community. Having worked with individuals of various ages, cultures and backgrounds, it has been insightful for her to see just how differently mental health can impact an individual and those around them, and particularly what a big role culture and religion plays in this. She expanded on this by spending time in various mental health institutes across Pakistan, in which it became apparent that there is still much work to be done in order to break the stigma attached to mental health. From this, Maaham has been motivated to tackle this stigma around mental health, to allow sufferers to feel more accepted and understood, and promote the education and awareness of mental illness.
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.
Senior Psychotherapeutic Advisor
Aaliyah is an Aziz Foundation Scholar (2017), who has been awarded a scholarship for a PhD in Women’s Health on trauma and 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.