In seeking a therapist, individuals might consider the benefits of seeing a therapist who shares the same faith. Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, and a religiously sensitive therapist can play a pivotal role in addressing the unique challenges and needs that an individual might face.

Why Opt for a Muslim Therapist

Our existence encompasses physical, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions. For some, a robust spiritual life is integral to their mental health journey. Religion plays a substantial role in the lives of many Muslims, influencing their perspectives on family, community, and personal identity. However, secular psychology often centres on the individual’s experience and might pay less attention to the importance of the role of the individual’s faith. A Muslim therapist well-versed in the intricacies of Islamic teachings, practices, and values, will be able to integrate religious sensitivity into the therapeutic process to foster a more empathetic, supportive, and ultimately effective therapeutic environment.

Understanding Our Stories

Religion often shapes a significant part of our upbringing. A Muslim therapist’s religious knowledge and sensitivity ensures a deeper appreciation of such experiences. This is especially important when addressing issues related to faith, spirituality, or the intersection between religious and mental health concerns.

Breaking Stigma and Shedding the Shame of Mental Health

A prevalent misconception is that seeking therapy implies a lack of strong faith. Such a stigma can discourage individuals from reaching out for mental health support. It is crucial to emphasize that therapy is not a sign of spiritual weakness but rather a courageous step toward holistic well-being. One can have a strong faith and still seek professional help.
The shame related to mental health issues is sometimes associated with personal failure or divine punishment. By giving mental health challenges the same priority as physical health problems, we hope to dispel this myth and co-create a culture of understanding, acceptance, support, and care for clients.

Test from God and Balancing Patience with Action

Islamic teachings often highlight the importance of patience through trials. Muslims are also reminded to be proactive in finding solutions to their problems. Seeking therapy is not contradictory to the concept of enduring trials. Rather, it is an empowered approach to tackling challenges in partnership with professional guidance.

Bridging Treatment and Religion

Certain forms of therapy may conflict with religious teachings. A Muslim therapist acts as a bridge, helping individuals connect with therapy without compromising their faith. This facilitates a smoother understanding during the therapeutic journey.
For example, an individual who has lost a loved one might struggle to come to terms with the loss and may even have suicidal thoughts. There may be feelings of guilt and worry about how others might judge them if they share their honest feelings and thoughts. A Muslim therapist can assist in processing the guilt, trauma, and grief by integrating psychological, scientific, and Islamic concepts and perspectives. Clients are empowered to share without fear of reproach and judgment for thoughts and behaviours that might be considered deviant from the religion. Together, we can find strength and fortitude in the face of adversity.

Can a Non-Muslim Therapist Help Me?

Absolutely. While a Muslim therapist offers unique perspectives and benefits, professionals of different faiths can still provide effective treatment.

What if I am Not Religious?

Our therapists are trained and equipped to assist individuals of all faiths or none. A Muslim therapist can provide treatment without imposing their faith and beliefs. For example, an individual facing end-of-life issues may wish to discuss spiritual matters without delving into any specific religion. Talk to your therapist about your needs, preferences, and comfort level so that we can navigate the therapeutic journey comfortably together to reap the greatest psychological benefits.

How Can a Muslim Therapist Help Me?

  • Integrate religious perspectives, values, and practices into therapy
  • Create a safe space to discuss religious concerns without fear of reproach or judgment
  • Provide guidance based on Islamic principles

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Ms. Siti Mariam is a Principal Therapist at Private Space Medical. She holds master's degrees in grief and palliative care, as well as art therapy. With her extensive experience, she provides support to patients and their loved ones facing chronic, critical illnesses and end-of-life issues. She is also an expert in advance care planning.

Siti Mariam’s expertise extends to helping individuals deal with work-related challenges such as social anxiety and workplace bullying. She conducts talks and training sessions on various topics, including depression, anxiety, and grief from an Islamic perspective. She also participates actively in boards, committees, and workgroups, representing both her Muslim and professional identity. As a Muslim therapist, she is well-placed to assist individuals of Muslim and other faiths.

Ms Siti Mariam
Principal Therapist
Private Space Medical