Frequently Asked Questions
Who is counselling for?
This service is open to Muslims, non Muslims and people of any faith 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.
How Many Sessions will I require?
Usually Psychotherapy is a long term journey that can be weekly, individual or by group therapy. Some people stay in therapy for years, some stay for a few months, leave and then return when they need. Others, one session is enough! It depends on our condition, our difficulties and our view to commitment of self awareness.
Is the service confidential?
Yes it is. However 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 counsellor 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.
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
How much is therapy?
Individual client (female) sessions are priced at £40, Funded places available on application (£20)
How do I make an appointment?
To book and initial consultation contact by telephone (pref text) 07513951531 or email: email@example.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 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 usually trained at a post graduate level specialising in a therapeutic intervention that aids client awearness 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.
What is Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy?
Transactional Analysis (TA) is considered a existential and humanistic theory built on the simple philosophy ‘Im OK, your OK’. For more information visit http://www.ita.org.uk
Do you counsel children and Adolescents?
Yes, counselling for children and adolescents age 7-16yrs, both male and female. Over the age of 16 only female.
Will the parent need to be present at the sessions?
It is recommended for the 1st session that the parent or carer is present for the 1st half of the hour. This is to discuss what to expect in the counselling sessions.