Abdullah Mia

headshot of Abdullah looking at the camera wearing round glasses with a large black beard and white open collar shirt and a suit - smiling at the camera

About Abdullah Mia

Dr Abdullah Mia is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for a forensic medium secure service in Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. He works with adults who have complex difficulties in relating to others and society around them.

Areas of interest

  • Fostering Connection
  • Challenging Oppressive Structures
  • Promoting Equity
  • Narrative Therapy

More Info

Dr. Abdullah Mia is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and the Clinical Lead at a forensic medium secure NHS setting in Birmingham. He works with adults facing complex relational and societal challenges, and draws on compassionate and relational approaches to enhance strengths and challenge oppressive structures. Drawing from a diverse range of psychological modalities, including CBT, community psychology, narrative, and psychodynamic therapies, Abdullah prioritises the power of authentic human therapeutic encounters. He is dedicated to helping individuals connect deeply with themselves and others, fostering meaningful and transformative relationships.

Abdulllah is also passionate about mentoring practitioners to look deeply at their blind spots and recognise the potential harm in their practices. He emphasises the importance of engaging with complexity without the necessity of “fixing” or resolving every problem. His private practice (The Pebble Practice) involves working with organisations and employees to enhance employee wellbeing and deliver training within a corporate environment to enhance organisational dynamics and facilitate change. He also provides individual therapy and is particularly interested in psychological therapies for men and people from ethnic minority groups.

Abdullah, being interviewed for the Locked Up Living podcast, says:

“I come from a Indian Gujarati Muslim background, and was encouraged to celebrate other people’s cultures even though they were not my own ie. Christmas, Diwali etc.  Here began my ‘difference is OK’ experiences, in the context of ongoing anxiety about racism as I grew up.  My family also have a strong traditional element, which means hierarchies of respect entwined with patriarchal and caste based systems.  This also introduced me to difference can be ‘bad’.  This personal conflict has taken some time to understand and process and the way I have navigated difficult conversations with family and community also influence how I navigate hierarchies within my professional life.

My professional life has varied, beginning as  teaching assistant, through to a reparation officer with YOT teams in Lancashire, and then as a youth worker.  As a youth worker, I also began volunteering as an Assistant Psychologist, before a paid post in a community psychology project in Liverpool working with refugees and asylum seekers, I think unconsciously and consciously I have been always motivated to work with difference and marginalised groups, and this has contributed to me also working with offenders.  Moments of reflection seem to lead me to think that it’s linked with my own experiences of inhabiting multiple worlds, and navigating these stressors and joys.  Since training as a clinical psychologist, I have also completed training in group analysis (but not the full analyst training!) and really like to incorporate how the social and political worlds present in our bodies and our minds.  This combined with my continued in how people navigate racial and ethnic differences in the work, and how this can also give us some understanding and learning about what it means to navigate multiple spheres of life, and ultimately different conflicts.”

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