What to Expect

Who is Psychotherapy for?

This service is open to women , religious or non.  No judgements shall be made with regards to faith, practice or non. Spiritual or religious beliefs are only discussed at the lead of the client.

Psychotherapy is for persons with mild symptoms of depression, anxiety, sadness, bereavement and low faith. A person who attends sessions of psychotherapy has to at least be able to communicate their thoughts feelings and behaviour,  this doesn’t mean to say they will have full awareness of them, but an openness to explore is expected. If you feel you have more acute mental health symptoms such as obsessive thoughts and tendencies, are hearing voices, maybe severe self harming or are suicidal, I suggest discussing with your GP and organising a referral to the NHS mental health assessment team or a psychiatrist who can possibly diagnose and prescribe medication if required. once a degree of stability in your acute symptoms is apparent, then there is no reason why psychotherapy can’t help support you as well. The first 4 sessions with a psychotherapist usually determines if psychotherapy  is suitable for you.

How Many Sessions will I require?

It depends on  your needs, I start with 4 initial sessions and then we review to see if we can work together on the change that you wish to seek. Psychotherapy tends to be more analytical and directive and longer term than counselling. That doesn’t mean to say psychotherapy is for persons with acute mental health needs, this is not the case. Psychotherapy is about communication, relationships and our place in life. Its experiential and aims to generate awareness of how you are in yourself and with others. Its a journey, its a process and sometimes that process may take years. The Quran teaches us that change is gradual and for awareness to grow we must seek knowledge. That knowledge begins with awareness of ourself in this world, our purpose and our aims (surah Alaq)

Is the service confidential?

Yes it is. In the first session we would need to define what confidentiality means to each of us. If you were at harm to yourself or others then we would need to discuss this.

How is it viewed in Islam to share our problems?

Sheikh Yasir Qadhi 13 August Quotes –

‘Depression is a real phenomenon, caused by many factors, some of which could be medical, and some spiritual.
If anyone is battling with depression, he or she needs to seek professional help. If the cause is medical or psychological, a religious scholar will not be able to help! A person with very strong iman can suffer from depression because of factors that are biological or psychological. One’s faith has no bearing on the existence of medical problems; don’t we all fall sick in one fashion or another throughout our lives?
People should remember the role of religious scholars and not make them into all-knowledgeable polymaths who can solve each and every situation that life throws at us. Go to the specialists for their specialities – that includes religious scholars for their specialities, and doctors, engineers, lawyers, car mechanics, and everyone else for their specialities!’

 Is it speaking to a therapist classed as backbiting?

This is a common question from Muslims and extremely important one.

If the oppressed complains of the oppressor in order to seek redress, it is not backbiting. Allah says about it: “Loveth not Allah open utterance of evil in speech except by one who hath been wronged,” [Qur’an 4:148]

To relate anyone’s fault while giving advice is not backbiting because dishonesty and decipt is not permissible in counselling.

(extract ref:http://wmctrust.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/do-you-know-what-backbiting-is-people.html)

Ive committed a sin and made repentance do I still seek counselling?

Yes, in order to refrain from repeating the sin again awareness is advised. This is a very helpful article that details repentance/tawba

http://www.inter-islam.org/Actions/repent.htm

How much is therapy?

Individual client (female) sessions are priced at £40

How do I make an appointment?

To book and initial consultation contact by telephone (pref text) 07513951531 or email: salaamsolutionstherapy@gmail.com or by filling in the contact form on ‘book an appointment page’

What if I have to cancel?

If cancellation is made on the day then the full hour will be charged at £40 payable at the next booked session. This covers room hire, therapist fee and travel costs.

What is  Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy offers a time and space for people to connect with themselves and their soul in a confidential environment

A Psychotherapist is  trained at a post graduate level specialising in a therapeutic intervention that aids client  and helps one overcome depression, anxiety, addictions and phobias.

A Psychotherapist offers support through listening, talking and exploring with the client their difficulties, troubles or anxieties such as; depression and anxiety, grief and loss,Issues with faith, low self esteem, relationship difficulties, domestic violence issues, forced marriage issues, cultural conflicts.

Psychotherapy is usually longer term and more intensive and directive than person centred counselling or CBT.

What is Tazkiyah?

Tazkiyahat al Nafs is an ancient concept based on self development with the aim of spiritual transcendence and enlightenment and the realisation of Taqwa (God Consciousness).

more information on Tazkiyah can be found here: Wiki  or  free preview here : Tazkiyah 

What is Transactional Analysis?

Transactional Analysis  is a humanistic and relational approach to counselling and psychotherapy. It can aid self awareness and facilitate change.

more on TA can be found here : Transactional Analysis Philosophy 

 

 

 

 

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