Professor Abdur Rasjid Skinner

Rasjid Skinner read Anthropology and Psychology at Durham University. He continued his study in Anthropology under Professor John Blacking at Queens University Belfast (QUB) and went on to pursue training in Clinical Psychology at QUB while also undertaking training in Jungian (Zurich School) analysis. He qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1976 and has been in continuous clinical practice, mostly with the National Health Service. He was appointed as a consultant at Lynfield Mount Hospital Bradford in 1990. Abdul Rashid formally converted to Islam at the London Central Mosque in 1977, following an internal experience a few years earlier. In the 1980’s he began working with eminent scholars on Islamic approaches to Psychology, presenting his first conference paper on the subject in 1989. In 2013, along with colleagues in Bradford, he established Ihsaan, a charitable organisation that provides psychological therapies based on Islamic models. He has lectured at Leeds and Sheffield Universities and the Cambridge Muslim College. He is visiting professor in Islamic Psychology at the International Islamic University Islamabad. Along with Abdallah Rothman, was asked by the late Malik Badri (R.A) to form an international association to help to preserve his legacy.


Kaplick, P.M. & Skinner, R (2017) – The Evolving Islam, Psychology Movement, European Psychologist, 22 (3) 198 – 204.

Skinner, R. (2010) An Islamic Approach to  Psychology & Mental Health. Mental Health, Religion & Culture 13 (6) 547-551.

Skinner, R. and Kaplick, P.M. (2017) – Cultural Shift in Mental Illness – a comparison of stress responses in World War 1 and the Vietnam War. J.R.S.M. Open 8 (12) 1-5.

Skinner, R. ((1989) 2018). Traditions paradigms and basic concepts in Islamic Psychology. J of Religion and Health. (1-8).  DOI:10.1007/s10943-018-0595-1

Recent Conference/training presentations

2017 July, Bradford Literature Festival.Djinn Possession: Dispelling the Myth. Introduction to Islamic Psychology

2017 August, El Nilan University, Khartoum. Islamic Psychology.

2017 November, ICIPP Conference, New Delhi. Keynote Address.

2018 February, Zaim University, Istanbul Islamic Psychology.

2018 March, Islamic Theology Society, University of Bradford. ‘Paradigm Shift: from Western to Islamic Psychology’

2018 April, Cambridge Muslim College. Approaches to Islamic Psychology. 5 day residential course.

Dr Mahbub Khan is a Clinical Psychologist currently employed by the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in the speciality of Learning Disabilities. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. His last post of two years was in the Adult Mental Health speciality, after qualification in 2011. He has worked for over 12 years in the NHS in the field of mental health. He has also worked as a teacher in both primary and secondary schools and continues to provide consultancy to the education sector in relation to psychological well-being and school improvement. He has acted as a clinical supervisor to the University of Liverpool and University of Leeds Doctorate Courses in Clinical Psychology.


Khan MM & Beail N (2013) Service user satisfaction with individual psychotherapy for people with intellectual disabilities. Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 7(5), 277-283.

Beail N & Khan M (2010) User satisfaction with psychological therapy. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23(5), 426-426.

Recent Conference/training presentations

2016 September, ISPS Exeter 2016 Residential Conference. Conceptualisation of Psychosis in people of a Muslim Faith –  Religious, cultural and ethnic considerations for engaging people with lived experience of psychosis in the UK: A symposium of four research papers.

2016 November, LYPFT NHS Research and Development Forum 2016. Poster presentation: The views of residential support staff on the facilitators and barriers to engaging people with learning disabilities in meaningful activity. Alexandra Storey (Research Psychology Intern), Graham Firth (Intensive Interaction Project Leader) & Dr Mahbub Khan (Clinical Psychologist).

2018 April, Cambridge Muslim College. CBT in an Islamic Context.

Uzma Khan is a TA Psychotherapy Practitioner and has worked in mental health for over ten years helping a variety of clients suffering from a range of psychological and psychosocial issues. She has worked with MIND in Bradford and New MIND Counselling Service (NMCS) formally part of North Kirklees MIND for ten years, where she is the Deputy Chair for the board of Trustees. Uzma works using a Transactional Analysis integrative framework adapting the model of therapy, to meet the religious and cultural needs of a diverse range of clients. Uzma has completed the following academic studies; a degree in Psychology (BSc), a Diploma in TA (Transactional Analysis) psychotherapy, a Certificate in TA psychotherapy and is registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).

Recent Conference/training presentations

2015 September, Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy. Introducing an Islamic Theory of Personality and it’s Relevance to TA and mainstream psychotherapy.

2017 October, Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy. Islamic Psychology and it’s Relevance for TA.

Ansa Ahmed is a qualified counselling therapist. Ansa works with a variety of local and national organisations as a counsellor which includes Mindbox and Gasped in Wakefield. She is also a founder of HOPE bereavement support, a community support group based in Leeds. Ansa works with clients with a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self -esteem and confidence problems. She is particularly experienced at working with loss and bereavement. Ansa delivers support groups for mental health and wellbeing and for people who have experienced miscarriages and/or infant loss. Ansa is registered with the BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists).

Sajeda Patel MA, BSc, Dip.MBACP

I began my counselling role with the Samaritans 20 years ago. At present I work for Emotional Support for Children and Young People (ESCAYP) and have a private practice which is based in a GP practice. I also actively work with the mosques, schools and community centre in Dewsbury by providing training/supervision in setting up counselling support/awareness on mental/emotional health. I work with children, adolescents, adults as well as offer couples counselling and supervision.

Qualifications: Diploma in the Practice of Supervision, MA Psychological Therapies, Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Principles in Teaching and Learning, Couples and Family Therapy Diploma, Diploma Special Educational Needs Advanced, Diploma in Joint Life Coaching and Counselling, Therapeutic Art Diploma, Mindfulness Diploma, Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents, BSc (Hons) Orthoptics.

Published: One Half of the World: Hemianopia or Neglect, British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation (1999, Vol. 7:pg327)