Qualified Muslim Counsellor and CBT Therapist
Salaamun Alaykum, Welcome to Zamzam Counselling- an affordable and professional counselling and CBT service offered by an experienced, well-qualified muslim counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist.
This page will give you an idea of my practice, qualifications, experience & registration details.
How I work with Muslim clients
In my private practice with Muslim clients, I integrate Islamic values with highly effective conventional therapeutic approaches like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Person-centred approach and Attachment Narrative Therapy.
Qualifications and Training
BACP Accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
BABCP Accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is based on an underlying rationale that our feelings and behaviours are largely determined by the way we view ourselves, others and the world. Thinking is based on attitudes or assumptions developed from earlier life experiences. CBT helps us understand and then gradually change unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns that maintain our problems.
Attachment Narrative Therapy (ANT) training
ANT focuses on family relationships, feelings and attachments. This training I undertook was facilitated by Rudi Dollis and Arlene Vetere who are pioneers of ANT.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) training: CBT Strategies for Harm Focused & Complex OCD (BPS Approved)
Working with PTSD using Trauma-Focused CBT (BPS Approved)
Therapeutic Work with Teenagers (Centre for Child Mental Health)
Working with Phobias (BPS Approved)
Neurolinguistic Programming (BACP Endorsed)
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Islamic Studies: Theology, Ethics, Arabic, Hadith Studies, Quranic Sciences, History and Fiqh.
In addition to my most valuable experiences of being a daughter, sister, wife and mother, I have worked as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist with people from a variety of backgrounds, faiths and cultures, ranging from age 4 to 84 since 2011. I now work as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with adults.
While working for educational and charity organisations, the NHS and my private practice, I had a variety of experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma and other distressing problems.
I have worked at:
Talk Wandsworth (South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust)- current
Zamzam Muslim Counselling
Brent Bereavement Services
SOAS Student Services (University of London)
Secondary school (London)
Civil Hospital Karachi
My first degree was in Medicine which gave me an opportunity to experience working within different departments in a hospital that covered a socio-economically deprived population. Years of daily contact with these patients and interacting with them holistically on a personal and professional level helped me to see and understand people within their social context. I also began to understand them better as unique individuals with unique circumstances beyond their presenting problems. This has positively impacted on how I relate to my clients now in my practice as a therapist.