Having already developed one of the first transcultural counselling certificate course in the UK, shortly after my conversion to Islam with Sabnum Dharamsi, I developed the Islamic Counselling model. I then went on to develop a programme of accredited training courses to level 4 in Islamic Counselling. I have trained people in Islamic Counselling in London, Birmingham, and Bristol. I sat on the board of the Muslim Womens Helpline, one of the first Islamic counselling services in the UK, and assisted in the development of the Arabic Childrens and Families Counselling Service, part of Kensington and Chelsea CAMHs, the first Islamic counselling service to work in partnership with the NHS. In 2007, I wrote the Department of Health and Social Care Muslim Mental Health Scoping Report, a document that has since been translated into German following the Syrian refugee crisis. I am also the founder director of the Lateef Project, the second Islamic Counselling service to work in partnership with the NHS. This Birmingham service has worked with Muslims (and none Muslims) through its telephone service in Birmingham as well as Europe, Africa, and Asia. More recently, its face-to-face service embedded in a GP surgery has worked with Muslims from Afghan and Pakistani communities.
Counseling Muslims – Sameera Ahmed & Mona M. Amer - (October 2011)