Make a resolution in 2020 to get the support and advice you deserve to work through life’s many issues and challenges.
MCC offers a Counseling Office that offers marriage and therapy sessions with counselors trained in Islamic holistic psychology. WebTherapy also offered. Some insurance plans accepted. Don’t suffer alone.
MCC offers counseling in partnership with the Khalil Center, a spiritual community wellness center that provides marriage, individual, and family counseling, premarital coaching, consultation, and a psychiatrist (medication management). Counseling fees payable on a sliding scale.
Make an appointment online or call 925-485-1786, and choose option 7 for the “Khalil Center Counseling Office.”
Helping Our Youth
For youth ages 14 to 23 residing in the East Bay who are seeking advice or spiritual counsel to get through life’s challenges, MCC Youth Director Shaykh Rami Nsour holds bi-monthly office hours and weekly phone sessions in 30-minute increments from September to May. See here for details and for a link to complete the intake form for spiritual cousneling.
For teen struggling with emotional issues or thoughts of suicide, there is hope. Here are teen help lines recommended by Shaykh Rami:
- Khalil Center: https://khalilcenter.com/crises-helpline
- Stones to Bridges: http://www.stonestobridges.org
- Amala: https://www.amalahopeline.com
- Hopeline: https://www.amalahopeline.com
- Naseeha: https://naseeha.org
Your Community Cares
At the MCC, we believe we’re more than a masjid: we’re a part of each and every community member family that we are proud to serve. As your community center, it’s important to us that we do what we can to support you.
If you can afford to pay for counseling, let us do it for you. Each month, we have a standing commitment with the Khalil Center to cover clients seen at the office at the MCC who are unable to pay for services. Just let the Khalil Center know when booking your appointment!
About the Khalil Center
The Khalil Center approach is to offer a holistic integrative approach to counseling/therapy. Cultural/Spiritual competence is emphasized and Khalil Center integrates aspects of the psychological literature on best practices for application in counseling/therapy.
When an individual comes to Khalil Center seeking counseling/therapy services, he/she is scheduled for an intake session that is composed of gathering the presenting problem and the historical background of the individual. Please be advised that, the first session is NOT counseling. Rather it is an opportunity for the therapist/counselor to determine whether the client is appropriate for counseling and to collaboratively structure a treatment plan guided by the counselor/therapist.
Usually at the end of the intake session, recommendations are made as to how to proceed. The first counseling session, after intake often involves building the counseling relationship between client and therapist and determining a treatment plan.
All case history and content is kept strictly confidential in accordance with HIPPA privacy regulations and the Illinois Confidentiality Act. The case details are only discussed within the treatment team and supervision for the purposes of optimizing services.
Types of Counseling: Who We Serve:
Types of Issues we work with:
-Social phobias, PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, etc.
-Substance use (after-care)
-Adjustment problems (environmental change that requires adjustment)
Couples Counseling Process
Couples interested in couples counseling will also be scheduled for an intake. However, the assessment phase of counseling spans over 3 sessions and the 4th session is a feedback session with a collaborative discussion about treatment planning. The first intake session is to gather the presenting problem and relevant background information (relationship/individual history). The second and third sessions, the couple is split up and individual appointments are scheduled for an individual assessment. This is partially due to the fact that many couples often have issues that they would rather discuss in confidence with the therapist or feel more comfortable to speak about the marital conflict when separated. The fourth session will bring the couple back together for feedback. This model is consistent with an Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT) approach.
Things to consider
-The therapist will NOT resolve your conflicts. Rather, the therapist will help facilitate an environment that is conducive to the acceptance of one another and communication towards the resolution of the couples own conflicts.
-The therapist is highly interested in helping each individual hear, understand and build tolerance/resiliency in their marriage and with their spouse.
-There is no guarantee that the therapy will fix the problem, but rather both individuals commitment to change and the process of counseling will be the primary mechanism of change.
-If there is domestic violence – couples counseling will not be offered. Rather individual counseling (focusing on anger management) will be recommended.