About After Faith
My name is Aisha Khan. I have got over 10 years experience of working in the NHS, using CBT to help people overcome Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Health Anxiety and Specific Phobias. I have a special interest in working with people who have renounced their Religion.
During my time as a therapist, I have gone through my own journey of doubting my Religion beliefs, to completely moving away from the Religion I followed. My journey has been a difficult one, but one which has allowed me to live the life I want.
I will work with you to find out about your personal circumstances and what you would like to get out of our sessions together. The main type of therapy I use is CBT, however I am also trained in other therapies including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) which can be beneficial to many clients and will be used where appropriate. For more information about these types of therapies, please take a look at the Therapies page.
Loss of Faith (special interest)
The term used for individuals who have left a religion is 'Apostates'. Apostates can include ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, ex-Muslims, ex-Christians, ex-Mormons and many others who have left a religion. After Faith is able to offer therapy to people who have left high-controlling religions and feel they need Psychological support to manage this, due to the impact it is having on their emotions, relationships and day-to-day life. It is important to acknowledge that not everyone who leaves behind their faith will experience difficulties relating to this.
Apostates may experience emotions of guilt, shame, depression, anxiety and other difficult emotions that that result from no longer following the religion they once believed in. They may also experience difficulties including family estrangement, emotional or physical abuse and loss of communities and friends, taking away vital support at what is already a difficult time. After Faith recognises this, and is here to provide Psychological support to anyone who has renounced their faith, regardless of which faith this was. There are many other emotions and difficulties that Apostates can face but these are some of the most common ones.
If After Faith for me if I am considering leaving a religion?
After Faith is unable to advise you if you should join or leave a Religion. We can use your therapy sessions to help you examine your own beliefs and support you to make your own decisions.
How do appointments work?
All appointments take place via video link, meaning that sessions can take place outside of working hours and can be accessed from any part of the country. For those without access to a secure and private space with which to undertake regular therapy sessions, other options, including telephone appointments, are available. We are happy to discuss any needs you may have and see if we can find a way to work around this. Please contact us to discuss this.
How many appointments will I need?
The therapy we offer at After Faith is designed to be short-term as it aims to provide you with tools and techniques that you can continue to use once your therapy comes to an end. Your therapist will speak to you about number of sessions based on your specific needs, but therapy will typically range from 8-16 sessions. Please read our Therapies page to find out more.