“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment”
– Lao Tzu
As your therapist, I help you bring a flow into your life. I follow your process and walk with you, side by side, into the hidden parts of yourself which tell your story. Here is where we acknowledge both your pain and your resiliency. We then set up a path for healing & transformation.
You’d probably perceive my approach to you as direct, authentic, warm, understanding, challenging, & creative. I use talk therapy, psychodrama, and mindfulness-based approaches, depending on your preference.
I have a broad experience working with children and engaging them in the healing processes of play therapy, role play, and expressive arts. My action-oriented approach working with couples focuses mainly on enhancing (non-violent) communication skills, examining attachment styles, exploring dynamics, and cultural differences.
I have experience working with diverse populations, including inmates, refugees, immigrants, battered women, children, students, and LGBTQ+ individuals. These are populations whom I am honored to stand up for in my ongoing pursuit of social justice.
Languages: English (fluent), Arabic (native) and French (basic)
Approach: Talk therapy, drama therapy, mindfulness, somatic, psychodynamics, relational, and non-directive play therapy.
Techniques: Mindfulness, solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, transactional analysis, and Psychodrama.
- Children (toddlers to 12 years old) and their families
- Adults (18 years old and above)
- Domestic violence survivors
- Asylees and refugees
Professional background: I am a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern #99141 at the Living Arts Counseling Center. I have an MA in “Counseling Psychology with concentration in Drama Therapy” at the California Institute of Integral Studies. I am seasoned in working with people who struggle with issues, such as, trauma (including developmental, relational, and trans-generational), identity crisis, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem, immigration, acculturation, transitions, diversity and social justice. I received extensive trainings working with children and domestic violence survivors.
Raised in Lebanon and having lived abroad in Belgium, United Arab Emirates, and in California, I earned insight and deep understanding about cultural differences which reflect in a culturally sensitive therapy process with my clients. I speak Arabic (native), English (fluent), and French (basic). My work is supervised by Merry Ross, MFT (#37401)