Fawziya studied Medicine at King’s College London and is currently specialising in Psychiatry working in a variety of settings. She was a late bloomer in the field of mental health, having first become interested in her latter part of her junior training, but since then she has not looked back! She is particularly interested in the interface between the mind and body and thus is currently sub-specialising in Liaison Psychiatry; providing an outreach mental health service for those in A&E, medical and surgical wards and women’s health. She has joined Inspirited Minds with the hope of raising awareness of mental health in the Muslim communities and driving down the stigma.
Interim Support Manager
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.
Fahim is a Psychology student at UCL and intends to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology. The lack of Muslim figures, especially males, within the field is something he wants to help change for the future. He would also like to contribute and further the involvement of Muslims in both research and practise.
Haniyyah is currently studying a Msc in Clinical Psychology. Having worked within the community and healthcare settings, Haniyyah aims to improve openness of discussion about mental health issues within the Muslim community through education and support. Her future goal is to become a clinical psychologist and to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues within the Muslim community, encouraging individuals to realise the important role that mental health plays alongside spiritual health in one’s day to day life.
Raheel is a Mental Health worker in a Crisis Team in North London. He is currently on the first year of his Level 4 Diploma training as an Islamic Counsellor. He did his BSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology at University of Manchester and his MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Goldsmith College. He is passionate about spirituality, psychology and mental health and promoting holistic wellbeing amongst all people.
Nadia has a degree in BSc (Hons) Psychology and has immense passion towards mental health. Her dissertation project solely focused on the stigma towards mental health (i.e. depression) in a faith based culture (Pakistani origin). It was found that people have very little knowledge and awareness about such disorders due to not having much facilities to accommodate the needs of people who are going through these issues, more specifically, not having anyone to go to discuss about what they are going through. Therefore, the main purpose of becoming a support worker at Inspirited Minds is to help others discuss more openly their concerns and at the same time, spread awareness and reduce stigma in her culture and many other different cultures.
Raneem has a BSc in Psychology and has recently completed her Masters in Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience at City, University of London. She has worked in an acute day hospital with individuals experiencing a wide range of mental health disorders. Raneem has also interned at MIND (mental health charity) and whilst working there she conducted research investigating the issues minority ethnic groups experience in mental health settings in the UK. Her research was focused on the mental health assessment process and the factors influencing BAME/BME communities from seeking support (e.g. stigma). Raneem would like to become a Clinical Psychologist, is passionate about Neurotheology and Social Psychology.
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.
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.
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.