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Counseling Services at MCC

We commend you for prioritizing your well-being and seeking support through life’s many issues and challenges.

MCC offers a counseling office that offers marriage and therapy sessions with counselors trained in holistic Islamic psychology. Don’t suffer alone.

Some insurance plans are accepted. At this time, we accept new clients only who reside in California.

MCC offers counseling in partnership with Maristan, a spiritual community wellness center that provides marriage, individual, and family counseling, premarital coaching, consultation, and a psychiatrist (medication management). Counseling fees are payable on a sliding scale.

How to Make An Appointment

  1. Please make an online appointment for an in-person telehealth appointment with a Maristan clinician, online at mcceastbay.org/appointment
  2. Call the Maristan Clinic Coordinator, Jannah Sellars, at (510) 380-7229
  3. Email clinic@maristan.org

Here are also other resources to help you get support. Axis Community Health also offers Tri-Valley residents with and without insurance free rapid mental health treatment. See here.

For Emergencies: If you or someone you know is in a state of emergency or having a mental health crisis, please dial 988 for emergency mental health services.

General resources:

Muslim therapists outside of Maristan

*Please note there are several other websites and resources to find a Muslim therapist or Muslim mental health resources. It can just take some digging through online research and asking around.

Muslim-relevant support lines…

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If you cannot afford the therapy, please let Maristan know. MCC has a standing commitment to cover any services provided in the four walls of the community center.

Holding Seminars Online For Our Couples & Parents

Your Community Cares

At the MCC, we believe we’re more than a masjid: we’re a part of every community member family we proudly serve. As your community center, it’s important to us that we do what we can to support you. For sisters specifically:

  • Muslim Mental Health Professional Databases: This reference document helps you independently connect with Muslim clinical practices. Link
  • Gems of Light: Call this women’s-only confidential Q&A hotline at (612) 293-5100 from Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST, for problems or questions about Islam.
  • North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused: To access the services of this women’s shelter in the Bay Area, send a message anytime by emailing info@asknisa.org or by calling the helpline at (888) 275-6472.
  • AllyNetwork Mental wellness support for immigrants, asylees, refugees, and immigrant youth in Alameda County. Find a Provider
  • Khalil Center The MCC counseling center was formerly run by the Khalil Center, which closed during the pandemic. The Khalil Center continues to provide mental health counseling options via WebTherapy and phone sessions (as well as in person at the MCA Bay Area in San Clara).
  • Rana Chawla For heart-centered therapy for couples & individuals: https://rana.clientsecure.me/#services

Helping Our Youth

For youth ages 14 to 23 residing in the East Bay seeking advice or spiritual counsel to get through life’s challenges, MCC Youth Leader Hafiz Zaid Khanani holds weekly office hours and phone sessions in 30-minute increments. See here for details and a link to complete the intake form for spiritual counseling.

For teens struggling with emotional issues or thoughts of suicide, there is hope. Here are teen help lines recommended by Shaykh Rami:

About Maristan

Maristan’s Mission & Vision: Grounded in Islamic traditions, Maristan aims to lead professional clinical care, education, and research in advancing holistic, mental, and spiritual wellness. Maristan strives to revive the Islamic legacy of research and education that informs holistic healing and provides culturally and spiritually congruent, professional, accessible, and affordable mental health care. Perhaps one of the most unique manifestations of Islamic Civilization is the Maristans, or institutions of healing, that boasted the world’s first treatment centers for treating psychological illnesses. Given the holistic framing of the Islamic worldview, it was no accident that these healing centers embedded the treatment of psychological illnesses into their offerings. In so doing, Maristans became a trademark of the Muslim world and could be found in major metropolitan cities from the 8th Century onwards. These healing institutions forever changed the understanding and treatment of psychological illnesses by first dedicating specialized wards for psychological illnesses within the larger Islamic hospital complex, followed by stand-alone institutions solely dedicated to treating the mentally ill.

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Muslim Mental Health Professionals Databases

For Muslims in the Bay Area: Marriage and Family Therapist Rana Yasmin Chawla also offers these services.

Disclaimer: These resources are not intended to be referrals. Instead, they are for you to connect with Muslim clinical practices independently.

Our dear community congregation teacher and friend Shaykh Alauddin Elbakri also provides these services via his nonprofit, Tawasaw on these life challenges:

  • Faith or Identity crisis
  • Doubts about Allah or Islam
  • Identity confusion or loss
  • Spiritual Depression
  • Youth Spiritual Counseling
  • Ages 12 + (Parental permission required to book a session)
  • Youth faith or identity crisis
  • Behavioral Issues such as rebellious or erratic behavior
  • ​Loss of Life of a loved one or a child
  • For families and individuals who have just lost a loved one or a child
  • Parent/Child Counseling
  • Helping Children and Parents reconnect and understand each other
  • Marital Counseling
  • Individual Spouse counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Professional/Work-related issues
  • Questions on practicing faith in the workplace

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 (800)-273-TALK  | Text “Home” to 741741 

1 (866)-NASEEHA | Call/text: 1 (855)-95-amala | Anonymous Online Support: stonestobridges.org

PLEASE NOTE: Our therapists are unable to provide crisis services. If this is a life-threatening emergency, please dial 911, or dial 988 or 1.800.273.8255 for the 24/7 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Muslim Youth Help Line

#HEREFORYOU
1.866.NASEEHA
https://naseeha.org
Helpline:  1 (866) 627-3342 (NASEEHA)
Available 7 days a week (12 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST)​

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Several trained volunteers are already in place thanks to Crisis Text Line.
This Crisis Text Line can save lives in stress, anxiety, or depression.

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