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?
One on One Counselling sessions
Highly trained professional therapists
How can you signup?
We’ve supported over 120 individuals across 29 countries.
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
Due to our limited funding, we kindly request that those who are able to afford to pay for mental health sessions utilize our discounted rates of GBP 35 to 45 per session at our network of therapists and clinics. This will allow us to prioritize providing support to those who truly need it.
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.