Kathleen Roche-Nagi: Director,  Trainer, Supervisor and Developer

Kathleen Roche-Nagi is the managing director of Approachable Parenting she is also one of kathleen3the developers of “The Five Pillars of Parenting” 4-11 years and pregnancy to 3 years programmes.

Kathleen has a varied background, she is a qualified Nurse (SRN) and Midwife (SCM) from Dublin, Ireland. Following this in 1997 she became a community Mediator, in 2002 she gained a diploma in Counselling at Lincoln University. In 2007 she obtained a diploma in Life-Coaching from ANM and presented a paper on ‘How coaching is suitable for Muslim women’ at the BPS annual conference, which was attended by Sir John Whitmore. In 2011 she obtained her diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, from Warwick University and has also gained QTLS.

 She has been working with BME children and families for the past eighteen years, enabling them to overcome parenting issues, to increase their self-esteem and confidence while shaping their abilities to achieve. Previously, she developed and delivered the “Positive About You” programme which was a successful emotional intelligence programme  delivered to 1500 children within mainstream schools, prior to SEAL in the West Midlands. She also managed the “Get Qualified” project which supported sixty women to gain qualifications and to progress either into education or the workplace.

She is a licensed trainer of the Five Pillars of Parenting programme and supervises others trainers. Kathleen delivers the Train the Trainer course to gain the OCN qualification for the Five Pillars of Parenting.

Kathleen is a convert to Islam and is married with four children.

Hanan Hussein: Trainer , Supervisor and  Developer 

Dr Hanan Hussein is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist working in the speciality of Primary Care Adult Mental Health within the West Midlands. Dr Hussein completed her Doctorate in 2007 from the University of Birmingham, after which she began her professional career working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. During this time she helped develop the Five Pillars of Parenting programme. As a parent, she values the contribution parenting programmes have on the wellbeing of children and parents.  Dr Hussein has an interest in engaging with community based initiatives and understanding the impact of faith and culture on psychological theory, research and practice. She is a licensed trainer and supervisor for the Five Pillars of Parenting Programme.

Haseena Lockhat: Trainer, Supervisor and Developer


Dr Haseena Lockhat works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Worcestershire Health and Care Trust. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manchester in 1999 and specialises in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

Haseena is currently a partner at the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); and  Vice President of MOSAIC West Midlands –  a mentoring  initiative founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007, for young people growing up in the most deprived communities.

Haseena stands as a leading figure both in the UK and internationally on healthcare issues relating to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  Her publications include the acclaimed book ‘Female Genital Mutilation: Treating the Tears’ which culminated from research that she carried out in order to investigate the psychological effects of FGM.  She has a special interest in developing and delivering interventions for BAME communities and has been involved in the development and delivery of parenting programs for the Muslim community in the UK. She is a licensed trainer of the Five Pillars of Parenting and a clinical supervisor with Approachable Parenting.

Maarya Abwat-Johnson: Trainer and Developer 

Maarya Abwat-Johnson received my BSc in Clinical Science from Wolverhampton University alongside training to be a Clinical Physiologist, specializing in Cardiology. She has worked internationally, assisting on research projects in Cardiology. Maarya received her Masters in Psychology in 2013 from Coventry University and is now a graduate member of the British Psychological Society. Her research on psychosocial factors of health behaviour in Muslim women in the UK has been used to highlight service requirements in Warwickshire for BAME communities.

Maarya is an active member of her community, managing the Nuneaton Muslim Society Day Care Centre and has worked with local and national organisations to implement activities for the local community, including Dementia Awareness, and maintaining positive Mental and Physical Health. Maarya is currently volunteering with Mums in Mind – a project that encourages positive relationships between mothers diagnosed with Postnatal Depression and their babies. Maarya is also a school governor at an infant school. Her interests include child development and family relationships. Maarya is a licensed trainer of Five Pillars of Parenting and co-developer of the Pregnancy to 3 years parenting program.

Heather Aboulgasem: Trainer


Heather is a Trainer for Approachable Parenting delivering the Five Pillars of Parenting programme. She is principally based in Cardiff, however also delivers the programme in the West Midlands. She is a mother of four grown up children, three of which have completed Higher Education and the youngest who is currently in Sixth form. Heather has enjoyed a varied and diverse career, ranging from Nursery Nursing to Social Housing / Social Work and Counselling. She is also involved in various volunteer work. It is through experience and many years of working with vulnerable adults and families that Heather decided to train and further qualify to become a Trainer for the 5P parenting programme.

Heather is empathetic and understanding, characteristics which she has picked up from years of experience both from her professional career and from her personal life. As a working mother herself, Heather has first-hand knowledge of the challenges parents face and is insightful to how rewarding having good parenting skills can be.

“I look forward and hope to meet you in one of our Training Courses in the near future”-Heather.

Ruksana Rahman: Trainer


Ruksana has been working as a family support worker at Balsall Heath Children’s Centre for over 5 years. She was delighted to be given an opportunity to be trained and to facilitate Approachable Parenting and claims that the course has given her great insight into how to support parents who have children displaying challenging behaviour.  Being a Muslim mother, she is able to relate to how difficult it is to bring up children on the right path and fulfil parental responsibilities as a good Muslim.

As a Family Support Worker, Ruksana’s role is to support families by focusing on their individual needs.  She supports disadvantaged and vulnerable families in a deprived multi-cultural community to improve outcomes for children.  Ruksana understands that everyone has different norms and values but when it comes to parenting, most of us face similar issues.

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Sayma Bibi

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