Samia Quddus, Integrative Therapist; BA Hons, PGCert, PGDip, MBACP
She is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). Samia has a background in primary education and is a Specialist practitioner in the Special Educational Needs area of Social, Emotional and Mental Health.
Taqdeer’s conception occurred during a stage in Samia's life when she wanted to incorporate her understanding of journaling and the notion of gratitude both from an Islamic and scientific perspective. As a mental health practitioner, Samia has used her therapist training to bridge Western psychological theories and Islamic principles that serve to promote positive well-being, mental health as well as spiritual health.
Coinciding with the creation of Taqdeer in 2017 and the initial stages of therapist training, Samia experienced a difficult life event: an experience which led to her practising mindfulness exercises. Through using a mock-up version of Taqdeer, Samia found that solely focusing on Shukr (gratitude/ appreciation) helped her to develop a greater 'present' state, a self-development skill that is beneficial in increasing one's self-awareness.
By regularly listing her Alhamdulillah (praise be to God) moments in a structure that remained repetitive and consistent potentiated a change in Samia's perspective as she constantly sought to identify the positives.
The use of Taqdeer combined with Samia's therapist training has deepened her understanding of a trust-in mindset. Her work requires her to display a trust-in her clients' process as they work together. This entails exercising patience as experiences are worked through - however long it takes.
Samia applied similar thinking to her own difficult experiences through trusting her own process and importantly validating uncomfortable emotions by giving them a space to be felt. Recognising and accepting emotional felt-states is an important reflective feature within Taqdeer to help users further nurture a state of psychological mindedness.
Samia is a passionate advocate of mental health. She understands the complexities that many ethnic groups may experience with mental health interventions and is encouraged to raise positive well-being practices in BAME communities. Samia has contributed articles to the Children, Young People and Families BACP magazine and regularly writes blogs for Taqdeer.
Find out more about Samia's work here.