Dean Mousad is a well-known and much admired member of the Muslim community. A man motivated by his own journey of overcoming struggles and embracing his Islamic faith, Dean has dedicated his life to uplifting others and being a catalyst for positive change.

With a fervent commitment to service and compassion, he is the co-founder of two of Australia’s best known Islamic charity initiatives Brothers In Need and Project Qur’an.

He also started up the successful company for good Invictus Solutions, which since its inception in 2020 has become an in-demand player in the Islamic educational space.

At the helm of Invictus Solutions, Dean’s days are dynamic and purposeful.

Dean Mousad giving a presentation at one of Invictus Solutions in-demand educational workshops.

Leading a team of over 20 counsellors and educators, he navigates through counselling sessions and school, workplace and community workshops, addressing issues ranging from addiction to mental health concerns.

His vision for Invictus Solutions extends beyond borders, with plans to expand the company into the Middle East, enriching lives beyond his immediate community.

Dean’s impact goes way beyond professional boundaries. As the co-founder of Brothers In Need and Project Qur’an, he actively engages in charitable initiatives, offering support to the disadvantaged and spreading awareness of Islam’s teachings.

His dedication to both his faith and his community serves as a testament to his enduring commitment to making a difference.

In this Q & A with AMUST writer John Mahoney, you will learn more about one of our community’s hardest-working and most inspirational figures.

John Mahoney: What motivated you to pursue your professional career in counselling and psychotherapy?

Dean Mousad: Growing up in the Sydney Muslim community, I witnessed first-hand the struggles and challenges many individuals faced. Indeed, I faced demons of my own before turning my life around, through the mercy of Allah.

Islam has a strong emphasis on compassion and service, inspiring me to support my community to overcome these obstacles.

Counselling and psychotherapy became my path to assisting and motivating people….helping them realise their full potential and become the best version of themselves.

JM: What does a typical day or week look like for you?

DM: In terms of Invictus Solutions, I deal predominantly with clients struggling with addictions or mental health concerns. I schedule appointments on business days in my Sydney (Punchbowl) office (just how many depends on my other workloads).

Invictus Solutions has grown extensively, particularly over the past 12 months to the point that I now have more than 20 staff and in addition to counselling, mentoring and consulting clients, I also run educational workshops for schools, businesses and community groups.

I am often required to travel interstate for workshops and attend and/or address conventions. Overseas travel is also involved at times and I am currently putting steps in place to hopefully expand Invictus Solutions into the Middle East region (GGC – Gulf Co-operation Council). With this current workload and my very much hands-on charity work, my weeks are never dull!

JM: Can you share a recent success or achievement in your counselling work that you’re proud of? 

Dean with Invictus Solutions team member Adam Ismail (and a four-legged friend!) at a rural retreat late last year.

DM: I worked with a client struggling with pornography addiction but committed to change. After six sessions with me over six months, they expressed gratitude for the non-judgmental, compassionate support they had received from me. Now, free from addiction, they’re preparing for marriage.

JM: What is the most rewarding aspect of being a counsellor/psychotherapist for you?  

DM: For me, the most rewarding aspect is witnessing my clients turn their lives around. Seeing them discover the strength and resilience to work their way through challenges and find hope in adversity. I gain immense satisfaction from seeing them embrace the silver lining in life’s journey, after the struggles they’ve been through.

Dean with Project Qur’an co-founder Aladdin Elmir and renowned international speaker The Sunnah Guy during the latter’s visit to Australia last November.

JM: How do you contribute to the betterment of the profession within your community?

DM: The vast majority of my clients are Muslims and I am fully aware of the need to continually educate myself with regard to religious nuances and cultural sensitivities. It is crucial that I understand these nuances fully in order to provide counselling which is both effective and culturally sensitive. I offer sincere and compassionate counselling based around Islamic principles and in terms of contributing towards the betterment of my profession, I am proud of the professional ethnics and standards that I uphold.

JM: Are there any particular projects or initiatives you’re currently involved in?  

DM: My life revolves around my faith, my family and my community/my work. In addition to being the CEO at Invictus Solutions, I also co-founded two Muslim charities, Brothers In Need (2015) and Project Qur’an (2019) and remain very much hands-on with both.

I am the Managing Director of Brothers In Need, which now services three states and provides support to disadvantaged individuals and communities through various programs and initiatives. Project Qur’an is dedicated to distributing copies of the Qur’an and prayer aids to new Muslims and those who may be interested in Islam. It promotes the understanding of Islam through Dawah initiatives (inviting others to Islam, sharing its teachings and guiding them towards righteousness).

JM: What advice would you give to any young Muslims who may be considering a career in counselling/psychotherapy?  

DM: I recommend if they are thinking about this kind of career, don’t hesitate….do what I did and ‘dive in at the deep end’. Only after dealing with clients will you know if you’re the right fit. Hopefully, this career path will bring you as much fulfillment as it has done for me!

 

“We are here to help”….the Brothers In Need volunteers are a familiar sight, feeding the homeless at Martin Place in the Sydney CBD every Saturday evening.

JM: Is there a quote or philosophy that sums up you and your work?  

DM: Sure! “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

 – Marianne Williamson (American author, speaker and politician).

This quote resonates with me both personally and professionally, as it reminds me of the importance of embracing my own power and potential. It inspires me to encourage others to do the same.

JM: An open question for you. Please tell me anything that didn’t come up in the previous questions and answers? 

DM: In life, it’s never too late to make change. It’s not how we start, it’s how we finish, meaning that our past doesn’t dictate our future; it’s our actions and outcomes that define us. The potential for positive change is there at any stage of our lives.