Afghans in Therapy- centering your healing for collective liberation.
To destigmatize and make accessible mental health + therapy in the Afghan community, through the first-ever Afghan therapist directory and podcast. Afghans in therapy aim to be a resource hub for Afghan mental health/wellness.
"Yes, Afghans do therapy. You have a right to happiness."
This project envisions a world where Afghans have no structural barriers to access an Afghan therapist that support the intersections of their mental health, healing and cultural identity. A world where Afghans are supported in their collective healing and liberation, through dialogue and therapy spaces.
“I know you're tired but come, this is the way.” -Rumi
Afghans in Therapy is committed to having an open dialogue with community members on topics typically considered “taboo” in our communities which impact our mental health and well-being such as addictions, queer/trans identity development, spirituality/religion, pre-marital dating, alternative/holistic ways of healing and any other ones that organically arise. We will not shy away from these conversations and respect the agency of Afghans in all their intersections.
"Seeking therapy may be difficult and quite intimidating at first. I believe one of the bravest things you can do is to take that step in order to begin to understand your own story and start the healing process and journey."
Meet the Founder
My name is Mona Fakhry (she/her) an Afghan in so-called Canada & Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). Being a part of community initiatives that nurture mental health has been one of my passions. Normalizing mental health conversations in the Afghan community is important to me however I knew, I (& we) needed to go beyond that, especially with how much Afghans are struggling to find an Afghan therapist who can truly “see” them. That is where the birth of this initiative came from. I’ve seen all kinds of therapist directories & therapy/mental health podcasts but never one for our community. This is where I hope we can bridge this gap & not only normalize but celebrate ourselves in these spaces. I hope this baby of mine (baby of ours) brings you a one stop hub for Afghan mental health. Our communities have (are) going through so much and we deserve this healing.
Want to support our work by making a donation? You can send it through here: Paypal If you prefer e-transfer please send a message through the ‘contact’ tab on this website.
Afghans in Therapy has been lucky enough to start with a grant from the government of Canada through #RisingYouth and AYEDI. We’d like to continue this work and make it as accessible as possible beyond just the year 2022, which is why we require collective care! All of your funds will be used only for the project to ensure the directory is free for both users and therapists. We are so grateful for your support!
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