Allied – Counsellor
I hold a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology both from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. I further hold a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Aside from studying in the US, I have work experience there with people of diverse cultural and class backgrounds which included refugees and immigrants.
The way I work as a therapist involves asking questions to help people self-reflect and thus help themselves. In this way I aim to:
Aside from asking questions, I understand that some people may first need to build a solid foundation of coping skills. Sometimes we may even struggle with what words to use to describe our experiences. This is why I offer to help build self-care practices that feel meaningful to you, explore barriers to getting more support from people, teach relaxation strategies, and teach secular adaptations of mindfulness meditation. I am further open to using creative writing, journaling, and collage as alternative ways of expressing yourself, but I will not analyse their meaning for you. Instead, I will support you in building your own meaning of what you have created.
My 1-hour therapy sessions are offered one-on-one for people aged 18 and above in both English and Arabic at a frequency of once per week. While the total number of sessions to expect depends on the nature of the problem, I tend to suggest starting with a minimum of 8 sessions before deciding whether to end or continue therapy. I am open to helping people struggling with a wide range of problems including: