Mental Health Program

Nurturing the mental health of ExMuslims worldwide

Leaving or questioning a faith can be a daunting and emotionally tumultuous journey. At Faithless Hijabi, we empathize with the unique hurdles faced by ExMuslims, particularly those residing in Muslim-majority nations where apostasy often triggers persecution and violence.
Many ExMuslims confront the apprehension of abandonment, isolation, and even violence from their families, communities, and the state. This trepidation can manifest in severe anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other psychological ailments.
To safeguard themselves from persecution, some ExMuslims may resort to living double lives, concealing their true beliefs and feigning adherence to their former faith. This persistent dissimulation can inflict emotional strain and contribute to mental health problems.
Faithless Hijabi serves as a beacon of support for ExMuslims, proffering a safe haven to share experiences, seek guidance, and connect with others who comprehend their struggles. We provide free mental health counseling to assist ExMuslims in navigating their complex emotions and developing coping mechanisms.

 Faithless Hijabi provides a safe and confidential space for ExMuslims to explore their new identities, question their faith, and process the emotional and psychological impact of apostasy.

The program partners with a network of clinics and therapists located in the UK, US, and Lebanon, offering culturally sensitive and trauma-informed care to ExMuslims from all backgrounds.

Our therapists are trained to work with individuals who have experienced religious trauma and who are seeking help coping with the emotional and psychological impact of leaving or questioning a faith.

What do we offer?

12

One on One Counselling sessions

3

Languages:
English
Arabic
Farsi

14

Highly trained professional therapists

How can you signup?

    This is our initial contact form, you'll be contacted for further details after this form and have an initial onboarding interview setup, please keep an eye on your mailbox.

    We’ve supported over 120 individuals across 29 countries.

    I worked closely with my therapist to process and make sense of my past experiences

    As a former Muslim from Northern Nigeria, I sought therapy to address the impacts of childhood trauma, which had led to PTSD. Specifically, I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of how my past experiences had affected my current emotional state and learn effective coping mechanisms to manage my symptoms.

    I worked closely with my therapist to process and make sense of my past experiences, with a focus on the symptoms of PTSD that were impacting my daily life. Together, we identified coping mechanisms that worked for me and helped me feel more equipped to manage my symptoms. My therapist provided a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space where I could openly discuss my trauma, which allowed me to make significant progress in my healing journey.

     

    From Nigeria

    I had no idea how to overcome the overwhelming shame and guilt I felt for disappointing my family due to my disbelief.

    From UK

    I was able to overcome many of my fears and develop a stronger sense of self.

    Living in Egypt as an atheist was a constant source of fear for me, and I often worried about being hurt or abused by others. Despite these fears, I remained committed to working through my trauma and finding ways to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

    Overall, my therapy sessions were incredibly helpful and had a significant positive impact on my life. Thanks to the support and assistance of my therapist & Faithless Hijabi, I was able to overcome many of my fears and develop a stronger sense of self. I am deeply grateful for their help in managing my anxiety and allowing me to live a more fulfilling life.

     

    From Egypt

    It was a lifeline that empowered me to embrace my true self, offering hope and understanding to closeted Ex-Muslims like me.

    From Lebanon

    I want to express my gratitude for the support I’ve received.

    I want to express my gratitude for the support I’ve received. I’ve been making significant progress, and I’m experiencing fewer feelings of paranoia. However, I’ve been confronted by the challenges of dealing with PTSD, depression, and anxiety, particularly when opening up about past traumas. I’ve had to confront some toxic people-pleasing behaviors that stem from my upbringing in a highly oppressive and submissive environment. I’m hopeful that these challenges will improve with time.

    From Jordan

    This journey hasn’t been easy, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to confront the pain in the hopes of achieving personal growth and improvement.

    Navigating feelings of loneliness while trying to connect with people and friends who haven’t experienced or fully understood my struggles, and sometimes even mistreated me, has been a difficult journey. Trying to find a sense of belonging in such circumstances has been a challenge, but I believe that you and your team have a deep understanding of these difficulties.

    I want to specifically acknowledge Emily, who has been a tremendous help to me. I’m genuinely thankful for the insights she has provided, helping me better understand myself. This journey hasn’t been easy, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to confront the pain in the hopes of achieving personal growth and improvement.

    From UK

    Just having a space to state out clearly what I have been pilling up for a long time feels so amazing.

    Just having a space to state out clearly what I have been pilling up for a long time feels so amazing. And at therapy better, I have that space to express and have someone willing to patiently listen to me. I end my therapy feeling lighter everytime. I feel more focus after every session. I am glad am going through this amazing experience and I am looking forward to a better me with therapy better.

     

    From Saudi Arabia, now UK

    I’ve made significant strides in improving my life, including my job and relationships

    I began therapy when I was at my lowest point, grappling with incessant suicidal thoughts that seemed more appealing than seeking help. However, since commencing therapy, I’ve made significant strides in improving my life, including my job and relationships. It’s been a transformative journey, and I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you, Doctor, for your exceptional listening skills and your genuine kindness as a human being. I will always keep you in my thoughts as you continue to pursue your goals, for you have been the guiding voice on my path to personal betterment.

     

    From Tanzania

    I’m incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to build resilience and work towards a brighter future.

    I have suffered from what I thought I could never heal from, or even let go. I was in a constant state of fear that my family would one day end up killing me after the years of abuse. First, it was for being found out that I removed the hijab when I was out with my friends, and then it constantly went on. I was under surveillance, and even when I questioned why God would punish women with imposing such restrictions, it was blasphemous. I wasn’t sure if I would even get the space to freely talk to my therapist, and had to pretend to go to bed early so I could do my sessions. I’m incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to build resilience and work towards a brighter future.

    From Egypt

    Please note: Our mental health program is not a crisis center and is not equipped to provide immediate assistance for individuals who are at risk of suicide or experiencing a mental health emergency. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call your local emergency number or go to the nearest emergency center.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Fill out the form on this page, you'll be emailed a form for you to fill out your details and preferences, when a spot is available, we'll send you a link for a 30 minute chat to walk you through the program and discuss your situation briefly before sending out a referral. After the initial chat, if you're eligible for the program, your therapist will get in touch with you directly within 2 weeks for your first session. If you're funding your own sessions, the therapist will invoice you directly, if Faithless Hijabi is funding your sessions - you don't need to worry about invoices.

    Faithless Hijabi's mental health sessions are conducted virtually, using video conferencing platforms such as Zoom or Skype. To ensure that your therapist can effectively support you, you need to be able to use both video and audio during your sessions. If you do not have a private and quiet space where you can use both video and audio, we suggest waiting on starting the program until you have a suitable environment for virtual therapy.

    Please note that this program is not intended to provide assistance with obtaining asylum in another country. It is specifically designed to support ExMuslims who are experiencing mental health challenges and coping with religious trauma and abuse. Our therapists are not able to offer advice on escape routes or refugee cases, and they will not engage in any discussions that could be considered legal or immigration counseling.

    We understand that many ExMuslims face persecution and discrimination in their home countries, and we want to make it clear that this program is not intended to replace or substitute for legal or immigration assistance. If you are seeking asylum, we encourage you to contact a qualified immigration attorney or legal aid organization.

     

    Yes, your mental health sessions are confidential. Your therapist is legally and ethically bound to keep everything you say in your sessions private. This means that they cannot share your information with anyone else, including your family, friends, insurance company, or employer, without your written consent.

    There are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, if your therapist believes that you are a danger to yourself or others, they may need to break confidentiality in order to protect you or others. Additionally, if you are involved in a legal case, your therapist may be required to share your information with your lawyer or the court.

    However, in general, you can be assured that your mental health sessions are confidential. Your therapist is there to help you, and they will take all necessary steps to protect your privacy.

     

    Please let your therapist know in advance if you are unable to make your session. This will help them to plan their schedule and to make sure that they are available to meet with other clients who may need their support.

    If you miss a session without prior notice, Faithless Hijabi is still charged for the session. This is because we believe that it is important to honor the commitment that our clients make to our program. However, we will deduct the cost of the missed session from the client's remaining sessions.

    If you miss two sessions, we will discontinue your participation in the program. This is because we want to make sure that our sessions are available to as many people as possible. We also want to ensure that the sessions are as effective as possible, which requires that clients are able to attend regularly.

     

    Faithless Hijabi uses the information you provide on the form to connect you with a qualified therapist who can provide you with mental health support. They will also use this information to track the number of people who are seeking support and to improve their services.

    Here is more detail about how they use your information:

    • To connect you with a therapist: Faithless Hijabi will review your information and match you with a therapist who has experience working with ExMuslims. They will also consider your location, language preferences, and other factors to ensure that you are matched with the right therapist.

    • To track program usage: Faithless Hijabi tracks the number of people who submit the form and the number of people who are matched with therapists. This information helps them to understand the need for their services and to make sure that they are reaching as many people as possible.

    • To improve services: Faithless Hijabi uses the information they collect to understand the challenges that ExMuslims face and to develop new and innovative services. They also use this information to identify areas where they can improve their existing services.

    Your information is stored securely and will not be shared with anyone else without your permission. Faithless Hijabi is committed to protecting your privacy and confidentiality.

    The mental health support program is designed for one-on-one sessions with a trained therapist. This allows for a safe and confidential space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings without feeling judged or exposed.

    If you would like to connect with other ExMuslims, we can recommend some Discord channels. However, please be mindful that these channels are not affiliated with Faithless Hijabi and may not have the same level of privacy and safety protections in place. It is always important to be cautious about sharing personal information online, especially in spaces where you may not know everyone who is participating.

    Due to limited funding, Faithless Hijabi can only offer up to 12 free therapy sessions. If you require additional sessions, you'll need to arrange it directly with your assigned therapist and cover the costs yourself.

    Faithless Hijabi does not offer group sessions. We believe that one-on-one therapy is the most effective way for ExMuslims to receive the support they need. This is because one-on-one therapy allows for a more individualized and personalized approach to treatment. Therapists can tailor their interventions to the specific needs and experiences of each client, which can help to ensure that they are getting the most out of their therapy.

    In addition, one-on-one therapy can help to protect the privacy and confidentiality of ExMuslims who are in vulnerable situations. By meeting with a therapist in private, they can avoid the risk of their identities being exposed to others. This can be especially important for ExMuslims who live in countries where apostasy is a crime or who face discrimination from their families or communities.

    We are however part of a larger ExMuslim Coalition https://www.ex-muslim.org.uk/intl-coalition with whom we have aligned values and goals, many of them offer meetups regionally or online that you can connect with other ExMuslims, some of them have thorough vetting processes to ensure that individuals who join are ExMuslims, but as always please proceed with caution when you join support sessions available.

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