About me

I hold the belief that everyone can benefit from therapy. Therapy is not just for those who are severely “mentally ill” or struggling. The therapy room can be a safe space for you to explore and get to know the more vulnerable, intimate, and darker parts of yourself.

Growing up in the Arab world and being aware of the scarcity of adequate mental health professionals, in addition to the heavy stigma placed on mental health, led me to my path to becoming a therapist. As a teenager struggling with my mental health and multiple identities, I found no one to turn to. Thus, I made it my mission to become a resource for those who are struggling to feel understood.

Today, I work with adult women of color in unpacking and processing traumas, whilst they navigate the many facets of their complex identity. Oftentimes, I find that my clients struggle with people-pleasing and perfectionism, which makes it very difficult to set boundaries and know their worth. You may find it hard to take up space and advocate for yourself in different settings due to conflicting narratives and unresolved traumas.

Therapy can be a space where you finally take ownership of your narrative, reframe your story, and find new ways to move past your stuck points. I’m here to guide you on this journey of self-discovery so you can feel more confident, meet your own needs, and find security in your relationships. Therapy is a space where we can uncover the truths behind why we think, behave, and feel the way we do. I’ll support you by gently nudging and challenging you to align yourself with your values.

Unique approach
I operate from a multicultural and feminist lens, affirming the cultural nuances in your narratives and highlighting how oppressive systems of sexism and patriarchy manifest in your relationship with yourself and others. I also recognize the intersections of multiple identities within your therapeutic journey. I am psychodynamically inclined, which means I help make the unconscious more conscious, as we connect how events of the past are influencing the present.

Specialties
I work with adult women (mostly in their 20s and early 30s), more specifically women of color (e.g., Arab, South Asian, East Asian, Black, and Latinx). I grew up Muslim, so I have a deep understanding of the experience of religious minorities and marginalized communities.

Qualifications & Practice Details

License Number: P016319

License State/Territory: New York

Additional Credentials:

M.ED., Mental Health Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A. Psychological Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University
Advanced Certification in Sexuality, Women, and Gender, Teachers College, Columbia University
Practicum Training: STEPS to End Family Violence

Insurance Plans: Out-of-Network, Aetna

Prescribe Medication: No

Practical Details

Languages
English
Other

Arabic

Types of Clients
Adults
Session Types
In Person
Online
Specialities

Anxiety
Trauma
Women’s Issues
Gender and Sexuality
Interpersonal Relationships
Multicultural Identity Formation