Asalamu Alaikum & Peace Be Upon You!
The H.O.M.E Institute serves as a haven for your psycho-spiritual wellness! It is founded by Dr. Marwa Assar, a psychologist and educator, dedicated to providing psycho-spiritual (psychological & spiritual) wellness education through an Islamic psychological lens!
The H.O.M.E Institute's name is inspired by Dr. Marwa's Heart Over Mind & Ego (H.O.M.E) Approach to Psycho-Spiritual Wellness, and its vision and spirit is inspired by the light house as it seeks to embody the prophetic (pbuh) trait of being a haven for the hearts of others! In doing so, Dr. Marwa provides both virtual and physical spaces that foster spiritual, mental, and emotional wellness through developing, teaching, and offering psycho-spiritual courses, programs, and retreats that are rooted in both Islam and psychology!
The H.O.M.E Institute values cultivating and empowering the spiritual growth of individuals while addressing their mental and emotional health & wellbeing. Through all her courses, programs and retreats, Dr. Marwa teaches and prioritizes the exploration of the relationship between our psychology and our spiritual growth and how it impacts the way we walk towards God, understand and view ourselves, experience our acts of worship, and the way we interact with others. Through The H.O.M.E Institute, Dr. Marwa hopes to help others tackle the psychological barriers that keep them from healthy and fulfilling relationships with God, themselves, and others!
Core Values of The H.O.M.E Institute
Education: The H.O.M.E Institute seeks to be a resource for psychological & spiritual knowledge that is rooted in Islamic teachings through online and physical courses, seminars, programs, and retreats.
Empowerment & Support: The H.O.M.E Institute seeks to provide spaces that can empower your spiritual, mental, & emotional growth while providing you with the support and environment you need to feel seen, heard, nourished, and connected.
Holistic Approach & Collaboration: The H.O.M.E Institute values collaborating with Islamic scholars as well as mental health and wellness professionals to bring you education, empowerment, and support that is holistic in nature and that cultivates not only your religious & spiritual growth but your overall well-being.
What is The Heart Over Mind & Ego (H.O.M.E) Approach?
The Heart Over Mind & Ego (H.O.M.E) approach to psycho-spiritual wellness is a methodology that Dr. Marwa developed and conceptualized based upon her studies of Islam and Psychology and her years of educating and counseling others. Dr. Marwa believes that Islam speaks to our psycho-spiritual system and what it needs to experience harmony. Throughout her studies, Dr. Marwa recognized the emphasis that Islamic Psychology placed on the heart and its impact on our entire being. As a result of her studies and work, Dr. Marwa developed the Heart Over Mind & Ego approach to help others gain insight into the way God designed their psychological & spiritual system, and believes that if we learn to treat our hearts as the leader and king of that system, we can experience healing, liberation, and feel an internal sense of home throughout our journey in this world.
A Word from Dr. Marwa
Asalamu Alaikum & Peace Be Upon You!
This is Dr. Marwa here and I want to welcome you to The H.O.M.E Institute!
It is my prayer and hope that The H.O.M.E Institute becomes a haven for your psycho-spiritual wellness!
I've always had a thing for light houses. And it's because my heart loves anything that is a haven for souls on this earth and a space for hearts to feel safe, nourished, and at home.
Lighthouses are havens for souls. They provide relief for the traveler. They provide hope to those whose journey have been difficult. They are a refuge and support for those who need a rest from the unrelenting waves of the ocean. They help light the way. They provide a sense of home.
I believe Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a light house. He was a haven for all those who were lost and distressed. He was a light amongst the darkness. He always provided hope when those around him thought there was no end in sight. He was always a place of refuge.
I have always been in awe of the prophetic traits that a light house embodies, and it is my love for creating havens on this earth for the hearts of others that inspires my work and what I hope and pray God allows me to offer others through The H.O.M.E Institute.
And I pray and hope deep in my soul, that it can embody the prophetic trait of being a haven for others, and one that nourishes hearts, and empowers our spiritual, mental & emotional growth!