Counselling & Support Manager
Safiyah is a Qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, with a Masters in Psychological Therapies, she has several years of experience with working within the mental health field in the NHS. She has spent three years working within a mental health inpatient unit for young people who suffered from a range of mental health issues, from eating disorders to psychosis. She offered them support within this role in their moments of crisis and helped carry out group therapy. She also has experience working with adults within the community, providing Low-Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as a way of managing their low mood and anxiety by teaching them skills and methods of overcoming these difficulties. Safiyah has always been passionate about trying to encourage conversations around mental health within the Islamic and BAME to try and reduce the stigma around it, to allow for those who are suffering to get the support they may need. While working in the NHS she has engaged with local community faith leaders and carried out presentations about mental health to the community to try and increase people’s understanding, also creating a space for discussion to be able to allow people to see the perspective of other individuals. She hopes to continue to help this cause within her role at Inspirited Minds.
Dr Merih Fidan
Dr. Merih has been a Psychologist since 1992. She undertook her Undergraduate and Masters degrees in Turkey in Psychology, and Masters and PhD degrees in research and counselling in the UK. She has been running her private counselling practice, offering emotional help and guidance, using Cognitive & Behavioural, Integrative and Islamic Counselling approaches. She also has been working as a lecturer and research supervisor in the University of Leicester. Her hobbies include reading, travelling, cooking and charitable work. She loves working with and towards communities, especially empowering women, and understanding men better. She is a member of British Psychological Society, British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapies, Turkish Psychological Society and Muslim Counsellor and Psychotherapist Network.
Ansa is a qualified counselling therapist, who offers a safe and confidential space to explore your issues and work towards understanding yourself and others in relation to you. She values the courage it takes to reach out and ask for help when you need it, therefore as a client of hers you can expect to be welcomed warmly and accepted fully with whatever you wish to bring to therapy. You will work together at your pace and comfort to ensure you feel safe to move forward and explore your thoughts and feelings to come to solutions best for you – found within and from you. She sees individual clients and couples with a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem and confidence problems. She is particularly experienced at working with loss and bereavement and has her own private practice which delivers training and support groups for mental health and wellbeing to professional organisations and people who have experienced miscarriages and /or infant loss. She is also fluent in many languages including English, Urdu, Punjabi, Pahari, Mirpuri, Hindi.
Sandra is a Senior Psychotherapist and an Islamic Counsellor with experience working with children, adolescents and adults of diverse cultural and faith backgrounds. She graduated with a BSc Psychology Counselling and Therapies and is currently undertaking a master’s in health psychology. Sandra has been a counsellor since 2016 and is an active member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and holds a graduate membership with the British Psychological Society. Sandra works therapeutically with the Islamic Counselling model which enables clients to experience a person centre approach exploring their sense of Self from a wider therapeutic spectrum which includes their spiritual reality. She also works with an integrative approach as well as specific evidence based psychological techniques depending on the client’s circumstances and presenting issues. Sandra is passionate about working with an awareness of the diversity of culture and spirituality in the provision of mental health services. She is originally from Mexico and her close family is of a mixed and multicultural background. Sandra is enthusiastic about the holistic approach into physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. Sandra has worked with anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, domestic abuse and violence, child sexual abuse, abandonment, bereavement; she has worked with people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Besides English, she can provide therapy in Spanish.
Syeda has been working as a therapist since 2005 and is an accredited Person Centred Counsellor. She has keen interest in attachment focus theory which looks at our early relationship which she believes can be the foundation of how we form relationships in adult life. She is also trained in CFD counselling for depression as part of the IAPT model based on PC and emotional focus with Metanoia Institute, CBT and attachment focus therapy which she integrates within her practice to help clients focus on particular areas. Syeda has particularly expertise and experience in dealing with ra ange of mental health issues including chronic depression, bereavement, domestic abuse, relationship, family issues and particularly childhood trauma. She believes that every person’s experience is unique and they have the capacity to grew and as a therapist she offers a safe confidential space, acceptance and trust of the therapeutic process by offering an empathic and non-judgmental approach. Syeda has vast experience of working within the NHS, charity and voluntary sectors, within multicultural settings and has a good understanding of cultural and religious sensitivity. Over the years Syeda has gained experience of working briefly and long term basis. Syeda is able speak fluent English, Bengali and Hindi.
Adisah is a BACP qualified counsellor who is also a key worker with NHS where she uses her skills to promote patient safety and recovery in the psychiatric ward. She provides person centred counselling as well as Islamic perspective counselling for people with mild to moderate mental health diagnosis. She has worked with reputable charities such as Place2be where she was the School Project Manager for a couple of schools. At this post she accomplished delivering the services and increasing access to psychological/emotional support for all pupil with increased access by BAME pupils. In working with her you can expect transparency, compassion and integrity and she also enjoys having a laugh and letting her kinky hair down.
Muslimah has a passion for supporting individuals to improve their mental health wellbeing. This is she why she has dedicated herself to understanding the core values of counselling, leading her to achieve a BA Hons in Psychology and Counselling, an FDA in Integrative Counselling, and an MSC in Mental Health science. As a qualified Counsellor, she has over 10 years of experience of incorporating and implementing tailered therapies, to help her clients move forward. The foundation of her work is built on Islamic principles, assimilating faith based practices into the therapeutic process. Trained in Islamic psychology, and a member of international association of Islamic Psychology, her aim is to bring people closer to the fitrah of Allah. Muslimah specialises in bereavement care and is a recognised professional for foundation infants loss.
Azmara is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and the former BAME Lead at a primary care psychology service in London. She completed her training at Royal Holloway University of London and is a recognised Alumna at the University of Westminster. Azmara specialises in trauma related psychotherapy. With experience of working with trauma survivors and having a compassionate and non-judgemental approach, her interest lies in working with ethnic minorities and raising mental health awareness in Muslim communities to challenge stigma and support individuals and their families to improve their well-being.
Ahmed is a BACP registered Counsellor. He has an Integrative Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. He specialises in working with people to overcome their anger, anxiety and stress. He facilitates personal development through self exploration and believes that the way we relate to the world as adults, is impacted by the way we experienced the world as children. He welcomes, enjoys and has experience in working with people from all walks of life. He is qualified and trained in supporting people with a variety of mental health and relationship issues through counselling therapy.
Rujia is a qualified person-centred counsellor/therapist with wide-ranging experience working with adults and young people from diverse backgrounds. As a person-centred counsellor, a key feature of therapy for her is to build a good therapeutic relationship, which helps clients to open up and talk about the difficulties they are experiencing and to help them connect with themselves. Sometimes it is a struggle for us to understand our own difficult and painful emotions or experiences. What we need is to have someone listen to us with openness and acceptance. Someone we can share our thoughts, feelings and experiences with, without fear of rejection, criticism or disapproval but with empathy and understanding. The relationship between a client and their therapist is crucial in how a client experiences therapy. Rujia offers a safe space for clients to discuss their thoughts and feelings, in a confidential and non-judgemental manner. She works at her client’s pace and only explores issues her clients are ready to explore. By being listened to and supported, clients are able to gain a greater understanding of themselves and this helps them to realise they have the resources within themselves to cope with the challenges they are facing. She believes that helping people to help themselves is essential to her role. She has experience working with clients on a range of issues including stress, anxiety and depression; trauma; sexual, physical, emotional and financial abuse; self-harm; loss and bereavement; discrimination; identity issues; substance misuse; and relationship issues. She has experience of CBT and also working with clients within a systemic setting thereby not only working with clients on the individual level, but also as people in relationships, dealing with the interactions of groups and their interactional patterns and dynamics. Having worked with clients from diverse backgrounds has also given her a greater understanding of the influence of cultural issues on us as individuals, and she is able to incorporate this into her work with clients.
Aysha Ali is a graduate of Journalism, Film and Broadcasting. She has worked with asylum seekers, within race equality and has been working in domestic abuse for the last 16 years for a challenging and diverse borough in Central London. Qualifying in 2016 as an Integrative Counsellor Aysha approaches her work with flexibility and responds to the distinct personal situation of each client, tailoring the work to their unique needs and preferences. She is fluent in Bengali (Sylheti) and can understand and speak basic Urdu and Hindi. Aysha is a registered member of BACP, she has completed a Certificate in Islamic Psychology, and is currently studying Level 2 in Islamic Counselling and Psychology. When she’s not working in her two roles, you can find her cooking up a feast for her friends and family or answering the question “why” for the eleventy-billionth time to her brood.
Nasra is an integratively trained counsellor. Working from this approach allows her to work with a diverse client population with a variety of presenting issues. She divides her time between part-time counselling at various agencies and working in private practice. She believes that each individual is unique and has the potential to find the answers they are looking for within themselves. She provides a warm, genuine, honest and empathic space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings without judgement. Nasra is a registered member of the BACP which means she abides by their professional ethics and codes of conduct.
Urfana is a BACP registered Counsellor. She understands sometimes it can be hard to find the reasons behind the pain we feel and she believes “All we need is Sakoon”. Sometimes in our life, we have to go through hardships, damage, loss, pain, tests, betrayal, misunderstanding, mistrust and search for the needed
“Sakoon”(peace). Urfana is a qualified and registered Social Worker and Counsellor. She is an Author, Speaker, Teacher, Student, Trainer, and qualified Interpreter and Translator (Law/Health). She has over 20 years of experience of working in different settings in her different roles. Besides English, she offers therapy in Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Mirpuri, Hinko and Pothwari. She has the experience of working with diverse cultural and faith backgrounds. She offers a warm, safe and private space to explore how you are feeling. At the heart of her work with clients is the relationship that she builds with them. She has the natural ability to connect with people and their pain. She has a caring and empathic nature and understands the courage of individuals to make the decision to seek support. She aims to support clients to heal and find their answers through therapy and live their life to their full potential.
Shereena is a certified and qualified level 7 relational integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist and is a registered member of the BACP. She is a warm and empathetic professional with a natural person-centred approach and understands the importance of accepting people for who they are. She aspired to become a counsellor to help individuals and to raise awareness about mental health in different communities. She felt and saw the scarcity of counsellors from ethnic minority and religious groups. Being a British born, South Asian, Muslim female, gave her the opportunity to understand and be aware of the difficulties of not being understood due to the cultural differences, barriers, and culture clash. She sympathises with the disharmony this can have on emotional and mental health. She works with various counselling services and has experience working with anxiety & stress, relationship issues, complex family Issues, bereavement & Loss, depression & low mood, low self-esteem, trauma, sexual violence, health issues, panic attacks, self-harm, domestic abuse, culture clash/culture confusion/culture Barriers. Shereena is trilingual, she can speak and communicate in English, Bengali, and Urdu.
Sophia is an integrative counsellor who combines different approaches to work with a range of mental health issues. She applies her natural warmth and empathy to build solid therapeutic relationships with her clients to help them feel heard and understood while enabling them to understand themselves and their experiences better and to move forward in life. Sophia has experience working with a range of issues including trauma, domestic abuse, PTSD, bereavement, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and attachment. She is a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). Sophia is passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues in the Muslim community and providing faith and culturally sensitive counselling service to those most in need.
Sameena has been a qualified counsellor since 2014 working with agencies specialising in bereavement, adolescents and university students. She has her own private practice working with female clients of all ages and a variety of issues. Sameena offers an integrative form of counselling to help clients with their issues and on their journey of self-discovery using Person Centred (working with the here and now), Psychodynamic (exploring unconscious processes developed since childhood) and CBT (looking at the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours).
Meena is a BACP registered Person-Centred counsellor. She completed her diploma in 2016 and had since worked in a range of settings, including Rape Crisis and Cruse Bereavement, as well as providing a counselling service in her local mosque. Her most recent experience is working within the NHS. Meena works collaboratively and relationally with individuals, providing them with a safe and non-judgemental space to work through their difficulties, also giving them the opportunity to understand their situation from an Islamic perspective. She is passionate about supporting people’s mental health and understanding their struggles primarily through their lived experiences.
Nadir is a Family & Systemic Psychotherapist accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy and a member of the Association of Family Therapy. He holds an MSc with merit in Systemic Psychotherapy from the Institute of Family Therapy in London. He has over 8 years of experience working in inpatient, outpatient, residential, criminal justice, children’s social care as well as NHS community CAMHS settings supporting both adults and young people and their families. He specialise in working with young people, adults and their families regarding a variety of issues such as mental health conditions, major life events such as divorce and bereavement, family conflict, trauma, migration, culture and faith etc. His clients know him for my warmth and understanding, whether they are talking about something positive, painful or difficult, and the sense that whatever they say, he appreciates their humanity and their intentions. Family therapy seeks to treat the family as a whole rather than just one individual, although they can also work systemically with individuals. Systemic therapists believe that relationship problems are usually best treated within those relationships. This often means working with individuals, couples or all members of the family or household together. During the therapeutic process, he explores clients’ views and relationships to better understand the problems they are experiencing. This approach helps family members to communicate better with each other. It can help families to change, develop, resolve conflict and promote intimacy.
Ibtissem is a qualified Integrative Counsellor with a First Class, Honours Degree in Psychology. She is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), therefore she abides by the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. She believes that her degree in Psychology (accredited by the BPS), as well as her Diploma in Integrative therapeutic counselling (accredited by the BACP), have offered her excellent knowledge of therapeutic interventions and theories. Similarly, she is trained to work with spiritual models such as the Islamic model of counselling. She believes that her ability to utilise and understand different modalities such as the Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive- Behavioural approaches to therapy have empowered her to work successfully with a range of various presenting issues and adapt to the client’s needs.
Salma is a BACP accredited counsellor and clinical supervisor with vast experience of working in domestic abuse and sexual violence since 2007. Her core training is in the integrative model and since qualifying she has further trained in CBT, Counselling for Depression and EMDR. She is flexible in her approach drawing techniques and skills from her training, recognising the need to be adaptable to meet the clients changing needs. She has experience of working with common mental health conditions including: depression, anxiety and stress. She has been working with client suffering from childhood sexual abuse and rape, particularly in men. She is passionate about increasing awareness and conversations around mental health in the community to help combat the stigma people suffer and normalise seeking help. She has experience of working in the charity sector and NHS within a primary care service. Salma specialises in working with the BAME community and delivering psychological help in a south Asian language.
Shazna is an BACP registered member. She is an experienced Integrative Counsellor, with a heart to empower you, to be the best you can be. She gives high importance in forming a trusting therapeutic alliance with her clients. Shazna believes therapy can be a turning point in ones life. She uses clinically proven techniques to help individuals improve their Mental Health/manage anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, intrusive thoughts and others. She is currently working with reputable charity Place2be and has years of experience in working with victims of Domestic Violence. She provides a safe non-judgemental space to explore any difficulties you may bring and assures confidentiality. She aims to support you explore your needs and to work together to better manage your feelings and finding your authentic self. Shazna is able to speak fluent English, Bengali, Sylheti, Hindi and Urdu.
Riana is qualified in Person-Centred Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She is a member of the BACP. Riana has over 10 years experience of in Counselling, mostly in the BAME Community. Riana acknowledges and respects that individuals have unique characteristics and personal experiences. There are times in our lives when we are feeling positive and enjoying life. There are also difficult periods when we are depressed, anxious and confused as to who we are and what we want. Riana offers you the opportunity to share your thoughts/feelings in a safe and confidential environment, to be able to gain insight into “what is happening to me? Why am I feeling this way?” Riana believes counselling is a professional relationship based on trust and confidentiality between the counsellor and the client. It takes courage and strength to reach out to someone and ask for help, this trust (Amanah) is something Riana holds in very high regard. Riana offers support in helping the client to develop and trust in their own healing process, to enable them to explore hidden feelings, to gain insight and understanding and be able to face the issues without fear of being judged.
Sadia is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and works within the NHS seeing people with depression and anxiety disorders, as well as, low self esteem. She specialises in trauma related psychotherapy, particularly with pregnant and postnatal women. Sadia also has a keen interest in humanitarian work and enjoys working with refugees and asylum seekers to help them integrate safely into a new community. Raising mental health awareness in Muslim communities to challenge stigma and support individuals and their families is incredibly important to her. As such, she is currently undergoing training in Islamic Psychology and believes working with a person’s spirituality is vital in therapy, in order to deepen our connection with Allah and heal holistically. With Sadia, you can expect a transparent, compassionate and non-judgemental approach.
Clinical Support Worker
Sabah is a graduate in Psychology, Sociology and Clinical Psychotherapy from MMU, who is currently studying a Doctorate in Psychological Therapies course and hoping to become a registered Psychotherapist in the future inshallah. She is also working as Special Educational Needs Teacher, supporting young people from a diverse background in their emotional, psychological and educational needs. She has been working with a range of charities from the age of 16 and pride myself in working with organisations with a charitable and client focused initiative. When I came across the services available for her community to raise the awareness of the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy within the Muslim community she could not find any until she came across Inspirited Minds. From understanding Inspirited Minds work ethic and focus she feels very fortunate to be a part of such a creative and multicultural team.