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Portrait of Sekneh Hammoud Beckett


Sekneh Hammoud-Beckett is a Narrative Psychologist, PhD candidate who has worked with youth in mental health for over 15 years.  Sekneh is passionate about the therapeutic work she engages with young Muslim and non Muslim people of diverse cultures, religions, genders, sexes and sexualities. Her work has received international recognition. Sekneh believes her “work is love made visible.” The prominent Australian journalist, David Marr writes, “Beckett is matter-of-fact, passionate and Muslim. She writes, teaches and counsels in English and Arabic. The gay community regard her with great respect, not least for her bravery.”

Sek also instructed me in all matters of Muslim culture and language for my first novel THE RED DOORand explained what it was actually like growing up as a Lebanese woman in Sydney.

Sek, what a pleasure it was to spend time with you and paint your portrait