How I can help you
I am specialized to work with ages 8 to 25 in treating a range of psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, trauma, and self-harming. My experience stems from working with children and adolescents both in the US and UAE. My primary goal is to develop a safe and trusting relationship with you and your child as this is the vehicle of the healing process. My experience with cultural diversity further deepens my ability to connect with you and practice with cultural humility. The way I view the therapy process is that it takes time and consists of recognizing, expressing, releasing, embracing, understanding, feeling, letting go, unlearning and learning. It can be powerful to speak to the part of ourselves that may not have received light and nurturing. It can help us feel unstuck. Exploring how we coped and discovering whether these coping mechanisms still serve is can help us make changes. This process cannot be rushed or forced. And it is important to recognize that growth is not linear. Parents are an important part of the process and as such I help you understand your child’s mental health and ways in which we can work together to alleviate issues. This is with keeping confidentiality in mind. What your child discusses with me stays in the room with me, with the exceptions of safety related issues. Parental involvement should not be at the expense of hindering their therapeutic relationship. My counseling approach is individualized and comprehensive. I use eclectic interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. I facilitate well-being by exploring the impact of life experiences, developing physiological and emotional regulation, as well as building safe and dependable relational supports. I also offer trauma-informed care to address childhood trauma by using Trauma-Focused CBT. Additionally, I facilitate Girls Circle, a group designed to empower young females through a process of creative exploration, self-reflection and sharing towards building healthy self-esteem and connections with others. I also provide workshops on mental health topics for schools ranging on anxiety, bullying, self-esteem, and social media. I am also trained to raise awareness on Trauma-Informed education. I train school professionals to look beyond challenging behaviors by showing them the connections between underlying stress and learning, as well as providing practical classroom and relational strategies. I firmly believe that learning cannot take place without supporting mental health needs first.