Fahad holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University; MPhil from University of Cambridge; and a DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford. In his PhD, Fahad has focused on studying the ways culture and religion impacts mental health especially in South Asian people.
Fahad has experience with counselling in university contexts in USA, UK, and Pakistan; mental health advocacy at the United Nations; and university-level psychology and sociology teaching in Pakistan and the UK. He is currently a Postdoctoral research affiliate at the University of Oxford focused on mental health and inclusive Muslim communities in the UK.
Fahad has an expertise around issues of trauma and marginalisation among South Asian people resulting from actual or perceived nonconformity in beliefs, identities, behaviours, relationships, and life goals. In his therapeutic work, Fahad helps people recover meaning, belonging, and purpose, particularly women, people of colour, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, and religious/spiritual minorities (including atheists, agnostics, and nonconformist Muslims). He tailors therapy according to individual needs and employs mindfulness and compassion-based methods that are holistic, i.e., he focuses on employing techniques that target different aspects of a person: their body, emotions, thoughts, relational/cultural selves, and their sense of ‘Higher Self’.
Fahad also works with psychological concerns such as trauma, anxiety, depression, procrastination, shame, loneliness, self-esteem issues, lack of meaning and purpose, fear, guilt, rumination, sexual and relationship issues, and stress management. He works with clients based in Pakistan as well as internationally and offers online therapy sessions.