B.A. in Early Childhood Studies, King Abdulaziz University
M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Pittsburg State University
M.A. in Psychology, Adelphi University
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Adelphi University
Anxiety; Depression; Family relationships; Life transitions; Multicultural issues; Acculturation; Cultural/Racial/Ethnic/Religious identity; Racism and Discrimination as a form of trauma; Relational trauma; Personality disorders
I work from an empathic and supportive stance while allowing time to build a trusting therapeutic alliance. I follow my clients' lead in collaborating to accomplish goals. Together with my client, we construct a story of past experiences that helps shed light on current behaviors and emotions. I strive to offer unconditional respect for my clients and their experiences while also challenging patterns that are related to what could be the cause of their pain. In an effort to accomplish inner-peace, I help clients answer questions that can give meaning and purpose to their life experiences.
I think about clients' experiences from a psychodynamic perspective and incorporate skills-based and behavioral techniques as needed. I also focus on what is happening in the therapy room to help us understand behaviors that occur in one's personal life. Finally (and most importantly), I aim to learn about a person's family culture and ethnic background in an effort to foster an informed view of their experiences, as well as an inclusive and tailored approach.
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and Love's Executioner by Dr. Irvin Yalom
Reading; drawing and painting; getting lost in nature's beauty; listening to music; watching movies and TV shows; and spending time with loved ones.