After many years of volunteering and working in the social services sector, I have decided to embark on a new chapter in my life… my own practice. Looking back I realised it was vision I had as teenager along side becoming a fashion designer (which for now is limited to reinventing myself every so often).
My inability to understand my own struggles as a teenager and not having anyone to turn to…I dreamt of working and helping others. I distinctly remember a conversation I had with one of my nieces friend while overseas in 1995, telling her I wanted to study psychology and how it can be incorporated with Islamic values , I was clearly very articulate about my vision. She later called and asked me about which university delivered the course. There was no university as far as I knew, It was what I believed should be out there.
Thankfully times have changed and in 2016 we are having more open discussions about mental health in the Muslim community. While the discussions have increased, our understanding is still limited and the notion that mental health issues are self-made or the result of low faith are still prevalent. My hope is that my practice will allow people especially women a place to discuss and process mental health issues and the impact on their lives in a holistic manner.
We all have our unique challenges, but also have the right to be heard no matter what our challenges are. I understand first hand how hard it is to find a counselor that worked for me and I realize it takes time. I encourage you to make the decision to seek support and find someone you feel comfortable with.
I urge you to give me try and see if I am that person. All the best on your journey…until next time.