Information about news services and events relating to Islamic counselling

Level 2 Islamic Counselling London starts 27th September 2014. Applications open. For more info, contact us 

Level 3 Islamic Counselling London based starts in February 2015.

To apply to Level 3, you must have completed a Level 2 in Islamic Counselling. We do take prior learning into consideration but see the award body website for info on this prior to application - For more info, contact us

 Level 4 (diploma) Islamic Counselling London based starts in September 2015.

To be considered for Level 4, you must have completed Level 3 in Islamic Counselling.  For an application and more info, contact us

For information on careers as a counsellor, see

For information on your progression route, see our award body website 


Islam Today

Regular articles in this magazine "In the counsellor's chair" by Sabnum Dharamsi


Beyond Belief - Depression and Spirituality

Sabnum Dharamsi was a contributor on Radio 4 on Monday 30th July 2012 at 4.31pm-4.59pm.


"Counselling Muslims" - a new publication

Sabnum Dharamsi and Abdullah Maynard are among the authors of a new book focusing on issues relating to the Muslim community and Counselling. Our chapter is called Islamic Interventions, and focuses on our islamic counselling model, defining other Islamic Counselling models nafsiyat, and case studies.



Thinking through the England Riots of August 2011

The riots in England that started on the 4th of August have proven to be a difficult watershed for people of faith in the UK. Reflecting on the events critically through tessaouf Abdullah Maynard has written an article on these events to place them is perspective. this is published on the articles page.



Talks on Islamic Psychology Therapy and Counselling by Abdullah Maynard and Rasjid Skinner at Islamic Psychology Conference in London and Manchester on July 27th and 28th 2011:

A groundbreaking conference on Islamic Psychology in London. Professors Malik Badri, Abdullah Maynard and Rasjid Skinner gave excellent keynote papers. In addition there were presentations from Ayesha Aslam, Stephen Weatherhead, Lynne Ali Northcott and Saiyyidah Zaidi. To see slides from Abdullah Maynard's presentation please go to Muslim Mental Health Context: Problems, Strategies and Solutions . Please note these slides are copyright and must not be amended, when using them please acknowledge the author and the source of the materials.


Research Report By Muslim Youth Helpline shows GPs And Counselling Services Don't Understand Young British Muslims

The Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH) published a new report, the first of its kind to be produced in Britain.

 The report, funded by London Councils as part of a project aiming to improve services for young Muslims in London, found that there is still a lack of understanding amongst support services in assisting young British Muslims facing difficult issues. Often faith and cultural sensitivities are overlooked in tackling issues such as forced marriage, sexual abuse, family pressures, sexuality and domestic violence.

The report highlights a case study of a young British Muslim who first called MYH when she was looking to move away out of her parental home after having been subjected to physical and emotional abuse, over a long period of time. While the young woman received some support from her support worker at university, she felt that she also needed support from someone who understood her cultural and faith background.

Akeela Ahmed, Chief Executive of MYH said, "Since our inception nearly 10 years ago, young British Muslims are still reluctant to get the help they need from mainstream services for fear of being misunderstood.. Statutory agencies need to further develop the capacity to provide faith and culturally sensitive support to Muslim youth in the UK.  Meaningful community engagement and support can be empowering and transformative, helping young British Muslims to overcome barriers to social inclusion and have better access to the services and ultimately opportunities that promote good psychological and emotional wellbeing."

Some key findings of the report are:

a)      Young people and service providers felt that forced marriage is treated too simplistically by policy-makers. While direct intervention to prevent forced marriage is important, more needs to be done to help young people who are not forced, but nevertheless feel pressured into marriage. 

b)      Stereotyping still affects the services received by young Muslims. Young people felt that GPs, counselling services and mediation services could often benefit from a greater understanding of their cultural and religious backgrounds - as well as an understanding that each young person is an individual with a unique perspective and heritage.

c)       Support services for young Muslims could do more to improve their sensitivity around faith and culture. This included: more knowledge on Islam that is not informed by media stereotypes; more knowledge of the customs and practices of different communities; an understanding of how important faith and culture can be in decisions made by young people; and a willingness to understand issues from the perspective of young people as individuals, without imposing any one particular view.

The report will be delivered to policy-makers and includes major funding recommendations - including a suggestion that much more funding needs to be channelled into mediation and specialist services.


Islamic counselling presentations

Sabnum Dharamsi has recently presented a paper on Islamic counselling to the Spirituality, Theology and Mental Health conference held at St John's College University of Durham. Her paper on Self and Soul in Islamic counselling was received well and we hope to publish it, either with other conference papers or here on the website.

  Abdullah Maynard gave a conference presentation on working with the Muslim Client at the Islamic Social Services Association Wales conference in Cardiff on the 29th of September, and one on Islamic Counselling in Sheffield for the Launch of a resource geared at the Somali comunity and mental health.

Islamic counselling training in the South West of England

Following the Programmes of Islamic counselling training in London and Birmingham demand for Islamic counselling skills has spread to the West of England with two courses, one in Gloucester and one in Bristol organised by the Inner City Mental Health Team.

Facebook Islamic Counselling Group

Discussions are open and varied, and you can see pictures of classes  etc. Visit the group on facebook at Islamic Counselling.   

The Lateef Project Open

In Partnership with Birmingham and Solihull Foundation Mental Health Trust, Stephen Maynard & Associates are developing an Islamic counselling based service for Muslims in Birmingham - the Lateef Project. This is an Islamic counselling skills based service in the community for people wanting to talk through family or personal problems, supporting their 'every day ups and downs'. It will give members of the community a chance to confidentially talk through their concerns without judgement, using skills and knowledge of Islamic counselling to provide a safe and Islamic space in which they can be heard, understood and supported. Additionally, it acts as a gateway for people in need of more structured support from services provided by the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.  Running Mondays to Wednesdays from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm the service is available to all local Muslims practicing or in Birmingham.

The project draws its volunteers from those trained to VRQ level three in Islamic counselling skills to provide support over the phone to people in the community.  

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The Cambridge Muslim College Diploma in Contextual Islamic Studies & Leadership.

The College has developed and launched a diploma designed to help those who already possess a significant training in the Islamic sciences develop, articulate and implement their knowledge effectively in Britain today. Included in this diploma is a module on Islamic counselling, convened by Sabnum Dharamsi with Abdullah Maynard, Dr Rabia Malik and Professor Rasjid Skinner

For further information please contact the Cambridge Muslim College

 Cambridge Muslim College

Tel: 01223 742019


Mosque Based Mental Health Promotion

Within the field of mental health there has been widespread acknowledgment that more needs to be done to reach out to individuals and communities with different world-views relating to their belief system, how they understand the self, society and mental health or illness. When it comes to developing a service to meet the needs of these communities a rounded view of diversity is needed that takes on board more than just ethnicity. To date there is a big gap in understanding how faith and or spirituality can be incorporated into a good practice model to ensure that an individual's mental health is improved or maintained.


To fill this gap, CSIP, Stephen Maynard and Associates with the assistance of BSMHT, Rethink and Green Lane Mosque came together to launch the initial project involving  Imam's and Masjid teachers. The programme has increased participant knowledge and skills so that they can effectively signpost people in the community to mental health service provision where necessary and provide a clear mental health promotion message to the wider Muslim community. The training examined in detail the kind of scenarios and cultural pressures within the diverse Muslims communities that could trigger mental health issues among them.

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Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies in BME Communities IAPT Utilising Islamic principles of well-being


Based on the work initiated with CSIP as a pilot in the DH Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT), Stephen Maynard & Associates with Yorkshire and Humber CSIP have devised a programme to train Imams and scholars active in the Muslim community in simple CBT skills within the Islamic counselling model. This model is designed to facilitate people with common mental health services into either community-based support or through the support of people in the community therapeutic treatment. The pilot aims to provide appropriate care to the local Muslim community in Leeds enabling trainees to facilitate Muslims with depression or anxiety to gain greater access to Psychological Therapies whilst developing an evidence base of the intervention's effectiveness. The pilot is part of the national three year IAPT initiative and if successful will be repeated. It is one of two similar interventions being carried out in the Muslim Community The second programme is being run in Bradford by AlKauthar (

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March 2008 Muslim Mental Health Scoping Report presented to the DRE National Programme Board

Stephen Maynard & Associates were commissioned by the Department of Health to provide a scoping report on Muslim Mental Health looking at Islamic therapeutic interventions. The UK Muslim population is now at approximately 3 million. One in four of them can be expected to experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives. The positive relationship between faith in the form of spiritual wellbeing and mental health can act as a source of strength and resilience for many within the Muslim community. This relationship is even more important due to the social exclusion relative deprivation experienced by many within the UK Muslim community. Both of these factors are known to associate with mental distress and mental health problems. In addition research indicates that post 9/11 Muslims feel significantly more stressed and excluded than prior.

Traditions within Islam such as Tibb medicine and Nafsiyat have been incorporated into a variety of approaches to support therapeutic work within the Muslim community to alleviate distress and elevate mental health.

To prepare the report Stephen Maynard & Associates interviewed Muslims working within the Muslim community on issues of mental health and documented the models used. The report carried out a brief assessment of issues relating to mental health and the community as well as considered available research. The report was submitted to the Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health programme board in March 2008. Their interest in the subject matter stems from the fact that the majority of Muslims in the UK are from minority ethnic communities. Following its submission, the report contributed to the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies Programme within the department of health . Also, following  reorganisation within the department, there are plans to develop a related Spirituality and Mental Health Action Plan.     


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