Islamic Faith as a facilitator for accessing counselling

Seamus Prior, Mounira Aldousari

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This paper draws upon qualitative research with three Kuwaiti counselling clients to explore how they negotiated accessing counselling in the context of their communities, culture and faith. Contrary to the prevailing view in the literature portraying Islamic faith as a barrier to help-seeking in mental health, these clients view their faith as an important facilitator for accessing formal help. In particular, participants distinguished faith from culture and appealed to sacred scriptures to demonstrate the convergence of Muslim values with help-seeking in relation to psychological distress. This paper offers an original and timely discussion of one aspect of the potential interface of Islamic faith and counselling, while acknowledging the limitations of the small self-selected sample from which the findings are drawn.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Early online date7 Aug 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Aug 2019


  • counselling
  • Islam
  • facilitator
  • barrier
  • help-seeking
  • Kuwait


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