11 May 2019

Islamic Counselling for Depression

Depression is a serious mental health condition affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. There is rising awareness and an attempt to focus more on mental health and well-being, however, sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between depression and low mood. Everyone experiences sadness or low mood from time to time – this is a natural human response and is often in response to an unpleasant situation. Depression, on the other hand, is characterised by persistent, significant changes in an individuals’ ‘normal’ functioning and includes symptoms such as:

  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Changes in appetite (for example, over-eating or a loss of appetite)
  • Changes in sleep patterns (for example, sleeping too much or disrupted sleep)
  • Feeling suicidal.

Depression in Islam

Unfortunately, the cause of depression can sometimes be judged as others by a lack of shukr or not being thankful for the blessings being given by Allah. This, in turn, can make individuals experiencing depression or depressive symptoms feel even worse. It is important to remember that like physical illnesses, psychological disorders such as depression are also trials and cannot simply be ‘stopped’ by the individual. Just as we see a doctor or use medicines and remedies when we have a cold or flu, we should also endeavour to seek support and Islamic counselling in times of psychological distress from the appropriate professionals, and this should not be a seen as a source of guilt or shame. Depression can affect not only your physical health but can also affect relationships and cause marriage breakdowns.

How is depression treated?

At Eemaan Therapy Clinic, we offer a number of evidence-based Islamic psychological therapies for depression, including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy. Together with a qualified Islamic counsellor, you can discuss your treatment needs and goals, and decide which type of therapy is best suited to you. Most importantly, our therapists will ensure that these therapies are delivered with consideration of Islamic perspective, including ayat and hadith, to ensure both your psychological and spiritual needs are addressed.

How to book an Islamic Counselling Appointment in London

Call us on 02034883901, or send us an e-mail at to discuss your treatment needs and options with one of our dedicated team members who will be happy to assist you with your queries.

Dr Aisha Ali
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