A series launched in collaboration with Shalina Litt (@iamshalina_) explores the issues that take place "Behind Closed Doors".
In this episode, Shalina speaks with Asmah Bibi (Nurse & Author) and Maya Salam (Psychotherapist). Both Asmah and Maya share their experiences, professional and personal opinions, and advice for all those battling mental health issues. They also touch upon spirituality and faith, and how these can help individuals to cope with the burdens they carry.
Asmah Bibi is also known as the Inspirationalist. She created her vision to ‘inspire and influence’ positive changes in her own life and that others. Her key skills and passions lie in coaching and mentoring, writing, speaking, soulful expression and various forms of art. She is currently working in Birmingham City University as an Assistant Lecturer following a long & varied career as a nurse in the NHS including. She holds a Bachelors degree in Nursing and is currently working on her Masters in Teaching. Asmah is a certified coach, and holds a qualification in Professional Interior Design. She now calls her self a 'Creativepreneur' and feels blessed to have such a varied life full of artistic expression and interest. Asmah is very passionate about highlighting and speaking for people of colour, and raising the flag about their negative experiences. Over the last 10 years she has been able to align and tap into her true self and the foundation of her work is always to demonstrate how a person can go from struggle to success with the tools of Salah, Dua and Tawakkul. Since adopting this mindset herself she has seen great success including becoming a published writer online and offline. She has in the past won two business competitions, and more recently scaled the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Asmah's E-book is called "Don't Be Dumb About Your Du'a" which is available online, free of charge. Click the link to find out more:
Our second guest is Maya Salam, a registered counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She has been in counselling practice since 2006. Maya works within the BACP ‘Ethical Framework for Counsellors’, and also the BACP Guidelines for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy. Information relating to both of these documents can be found at:
Maya is a qualified and experienced online counsellor with 15 years of face-to-face counselling experience and 7 years experience of helping clients via e-counselling. She works in private practice offering both face to face counselling and online counselling. She has worked with clients across all age ranges, from age 13, up to and beyond retirement. Maya has the fullest commitment to offering a service, which is welcoming to all backgrounds in a supportive and non-discriminatory manner.
If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in this video, please do not hesitate to contact the Muslim Women's Network Helpline. For more information, please visit the website below.