I do not believe that a person struggling with their mental health is broken in any way that needs fixing. Instead, I believe that they need to be met with warmth and acceptance that starts from within the client. I believe the center of effective therapy is the connection and trust between the therapist and client which entails that warmth, acceptance, compassion, and empathetically attuning to the client. I believe that every client (whether seen individually, as a family, or as a couple) has their own unique strengths and they possess an inner light which is the resiliency of their mind, body, and spirit. I believe that often, the challenges that we experience in life that affect our mental can dim that inner light. I aim to help my clients discover and reconnect with their inner light and help them harness it so they are able to live the best version of their life possible, I believe me clients are capable of and deserve to be their most authentic, mentally well, and whole self that is powerful beyond measure. I love the work I do and consider it a great privilege to be invited into some of people's most difficult and vulnerable moments and create a non-judgemental and safe pace where my client is fully accepted.
I have a warm and down to earth style in sessions. I'm passionate about providing strength based, trauma informed, culturally competent, and socially conscious therapy. I explore my client's strengths and lived experiences and the political, social, historical, and cultural contexts in which they exist. I aim to create a safe space that is free of judgement because I understand that being vulnerable can be the most daunting part of therapy. I also understand that seeking therapy comes with stigmas among marginalized and minority communities that might feel like therapists don't fully understand their values, background or experiences. It's a commitment of mine to break through these stigmas and barriers coming from these communities myself as a therapist who's a Muslim woman and child of immigrants.
I develop goals collaboratively with my clients that are tailored to the client's needs and readiness for change. I explore what my client's strengths are, why they are seeking therapy, and what they are hoping to get out of our sessions together which will factor into the treatment goal.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Race & Cultural Identity
Challenges around race and cultural identity vary enormously, including issues related to discrimination, racism, and intergenerational trauma.
Coping skills are tools and techniques one can learn, practice, and use to handle difficult emotions, decrease stress, and establish or maintain a sense of internal order.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Social anxiety or social phobia is fear of social situations or a fear of interacting with people other than close friends and family. Social anxiety can be persistent, intense, and debilitating, greatly affecting daily life.
Persisting health conditions causing significant barriers to daily functioning as well as discrepancies in how society responds to disabilities. Can impact people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and lead to feelings of isolation, uncertainty, and helplessness.
Involves a person sacrificing their needs to meet the needs of others. Their thoughts and actions center on a significant other, spouse, friend, or relative. Becomes an issue when relationships are unbalanced and unhealthy.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Internal Family Systems Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
The Gottman Method
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
CA, LMFT, 125467
MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, California State University, Northridge
I have experience working in a private practice setting and school based setting. I have experience working with adolescents, young adults, adults, families, and couples from all walks of life. I have helped many clients experience the positive changes they want in their lives including helping them to process and change negative thoughts and behaviors, build healthier relationships and boundaries, process and overcome trauma, develop oping skills to manage anxiety and depression, and so much more. I specialize in anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, life transitions, trauma, and struggles with identity, faith, immigration, and acculturation.
Remote Therapist, Northridge, 91325, CA