Spirituality and Therapy: How the rubber hits the road Workshop with Sabnum Dharamsi, Susan Groves, Abdullah Maynard, Sue Monckton-Rickett & John Wilson

There is an emerging interest in the relationship between spirituality and psychotherapy, particularly in relation...

Last updated 3 May 2024

There is an emerging interest in the relationship between spirituality and psychotherapy, particularly in relation to life, death and the pressures experienced during the pandemic.

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Spirituality and Therapy: How the rubber hits the road Workshop with Sabnum Dharamsi, Susan Groves, Abdullah Maynard, Sue Monckton-Rickett & John Wilson


Abdullah Maynard

Stephen Maynard is the founder of Stephen Maynard & Associates, a trained counsellor, consultant and educator, working in the public sector and with NGOs.

He has worked with a number of central government departments including The Department of Health, The Home Office, The Department of Children, Schools and Families and The Department of Local Government and Communities. Also a member of National and Regional (West Midlands) Forums for Mental Health and Spirituality, Advisor to the Department of Health IAPT Programme (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) BME Communities, and author of their Muslim Mental Health Scoping Report, He co-founded the Islamic counseling courses.

He is the founder member of The Lateef Project, unique in offering Islamic counselling as part of mainstream services for the NHS in Birmingham.

Book | Counseling Muslims – Sameera Ahmed & Mona M. Amer – (October 2011)
John Wilson

I have been facilitating in Counselling & Psychotherapy programmes in the UK for more than 10 years.

I am currently the director at Temenos Education and have a private practice where I offer online Psychotherapy and Supervision using video and chat communication platforms along with virtual environments. I am also the co-founder of onlinevents which has grown to be the world’s largest library of online video and audio content with instant certification and a learning log.

I am also a past chair of the Association for Counselling & Therapy Online (ACTO) and have served for 6 years on the board of the World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counselling. My passion to bring online learning into the field of Counselling & Psychotherapy has also led to the development of online experiential learning within the Temenos programme, facilitating the exposure of Temenos students to external tutors who are located in different parts of the world. Along with the inclusion of experiential learning of online Counselling & Psychotherapy for Temenos students so that they qualify with knowledge and practice in online communication and relationship.

You can read an article I co-authored about online group facilitation here:

Sabnum Dharamsi

As the co-founder of the Islamic Counselling training programme, the first Islamic accredited training in the UK, I developed a theoretical underpinning for Islamic Counselling as well as a curriculum, and currently teach students in Islamic Counselling up to practitioner level.

Our model of Islamic Counselling (there’s more than one) reflects our contemporary, non-sectarian outlook, responding to the needs of our diverse communities. It’s inspired by our deep spiritual apprenticeship with Sufi Master, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, with whom I learnt the importance of internalising the inner teachings of Islam, and further readings in Islamic Psychology.

I’ve lectured/trained in Islamic Counselling & Spirituality in Counselling in many mainstream and Muslim organisations, including the Universities of Tübingen, Durham, and Punjab, as well as the Muslim Youth Helpline, SOAS Islamic Society, Islamic Medical Association, and Markfield College for New Muslims. I’ve enabled Muslim grassroots organisations to offer Islamic counselling skills to their members like Wingz in Northampton, Pearls of Peace in Gloucester, and Whitechapel Islamic Centre. The facebook group I established on Islamic Counselling has almost 2000 members worldwide.

Abdullah and I contributed a chapter for the book ‘Counselling Muslims‘. I’ve spoken on Islamic TV/Radio programmes to raise awareness on Muslim mental health, and was Chair of the Muslim Women and Families Helpline for over 10 years. Originally trained in youth work and then in person-centred counselling, I’ve worked extensively in the drugs and alcohol field, briefly been a student counsellor, and have provided local government and other bodies with research, training, policy development, and consultancy in the area of teenage pregnancy, looked after children, sex and relationships, adult education, and diversity. I also offer consultancy on adult education to councils throughout Britain.

Book | Counseling Muslims – Sameera Ahmed & Mona M. Amer – (October 2011)

Sue Monckton-Rickett

Sue Monckton-Rickett is the Chair of the Association of Christian Counsellors. She is a Registered Accredited Counsellors and has been working in private practice for over 25 years, giving her a wide range of training and experience, including creatuve therapy as a Jungian sandplay therapist.

She is an experienced trainer for both counselling and pastoral care, conference speaker and retreat leader and pastoral supervisor.

Sue with her husband Chris lead an orgnisation called WINGS (Wholeness In God’s Son), which seeks to bring wholeness to the lives of individuals, families and communities, through counselling, , retreat leading, pastoral supervision and training.

In the last two years Sue has been the independent chair of a panel established by the Church of England to support survivors of church based abuse.

Sue is also a qualified accountant and project manager and worked for international banks in the City of London for 30 years in these roles.

Susan Groves

Susan has an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy and theology as well as an initial training in social work. She grew up in Southern Africa and has been offering work around whiteness in South Africa and the UK over the last few years. She values creativity and play and draws strength from various spiritual traditions. She is the author of 4 books, one of which addresses the theme of whiteness.