Judgement or blaming is not the point. Understanding is.
~ Gabor Mate

Zuraya Rafique

My sensitivity and compassion as a counselor, and the analytical skills I learned during legal training enables me to understand situations cognitively and emotionally, with clinical know-how.

As a counsellor, I guide persons through a process of self-examination, focusing on their thinking, emotional and behavioural patterns. I help clients discover and utilize tools and resources within themselves, in order to find solutions, heal and grow. I use an integration of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), emotion and compassion focused therapy, and insight-oriented therapy, amongst others. My approach is also holistic – I see the client as a whole person, exploring health, social, cultural/spiritual, physical well being, and other areas that may promote or diminish their well being or mental health. 

I am trained and certified in the evidence-based approach of REBT-Tazkiyah An-Nafs (Mohd Zaharen, 2019). This model incorporates Imam Al-Ghazali’s Islamic counselling model (personal and spiritual purification). This model suits Muslim clients who prefer to combine an Islamic approach during therapy.

In my work as a mental health professional, I have been honoured to work with a great diversity of people who have struggled with a variety of concerns. I have been privileged to witness many people making positive changes in their lives. The work we do often focuses on relationship with one’s self and with others, emotional well-being, and giving meaning to life experiences. I work with both local and expatriate clients.

I find that counselling is most effective and successful when there is a strong collaborative relationship between the client and the therapist. This means respecting differences, being open and receptive in working together to a better you, for the life you want. Bring all your hopes and hurts and I will meet you right where you are.


Registered and Licensed Counsellor, Malaysian Board of Counsellors


Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision (Derby, UK)
Master in Counselling (HELP)
B.Sc in Psychology (Upper Iowa)
LLB (Hons) Business Law (Hudds, UK)

Professional Affiliations

Malaysian Counselling Association
International Society of Mental Health Online
International Association of Islamic Psychology

Please contact me with your concerns or questions, or to schedule an appointment.