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Youth Counseling at SRVIC with Shaykh Bilal
“Spiritual counseling goes beyond traditional forms of psychotherapy by tapping into the importance of religion or spirituality within a person’s life. It aims to integrate standard therapy techniques with religious/spiritual practices and wisdom. Spiritual counseling can help people cope with a wide range of disorders and challenges, such as: anxiety, low self-esteem and more. Beyond specific disorders, spiritual counseling can help to promote personal growth. It may be useful if you feel that you have become spiritually disconnected or if you’re unsure about the role that you want religion to play in your life.” [Taken from thrivetalk.com]
Here at SRVIC, Shaykh Bilal serves as our Resident Scholar. Shaykh Bilal has completed the rigorous 6-year Aalim program and obtained Ijazat (authorization) in the Hadith, Tafsir and Fiqh sciences. Given his age, and the fact that he completed all of his studies right at home in the United States, it allows him to connect to the youth on a personal level. Shaykh Bilal also obtained his Bachelors in Psychology from Purdue University, with a focus on Clinical Psychology. He divides his time between his work at SRVIC and other Muslim communities in the Bay Area.
SRVIC does not provide a professional service in regards to counseling. Shaykh Bilal, though he has a background in Psychology, is not a licensed psychologist / psychiatrist / certified therapist, or a professional mental health care provider. He will not diagnose nor pass professional judgement; rather, he may give advice and/or recommendations. Though we will adhere to strict rules of confidentiality, there are situations where SRVIC will take steps to ensure the safety of the community.