Following years of development, in 1996, Sabnum Dharamsi and Abdullah Maynard started providing Islamic Counselling services and related training programmes, based on spiritual teachings at the heart of Islam, internalised through an apprenticeship with their Sufi teacher.
More than 20 years later, there are now around a dozen organisations and many more practitioners offering Islamic Counselling in the UK to the Muslim community. Many Muslims actively seek out a spiritual approach to their well being.
This interview gives an overview of what Islamic Counselling means. We will also discuss Muslim mental health, exploring the interactions between faith and personal identities, spirituality, and well being, in the geo-political context of the 21st century.
Counseling Muslims – Sameera Ahmed & Mona M. Amer - (October 2011)