“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard.” – Lao Tzu
My approach is warm, compassionate, and non-judgmental. As your therapist, I help you bring a flow into your life in order to be able to overcome the hard time you’re going through currently. My work is to help you see the different paths that you have, not only focusing on the symptoms that you may be exhibiting. 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.
In addition to individual therapy work, I have experience in psycho-social work and in performance-oriented therapeutic work which involved populations, such as, inmates, refugees, immigrants, battered women, children, students and LGBTQ community.
The therapeutic framework that I use includes talk therapy, drama therapy, psychodrama and mindfulness-based practices with a relational & a culturally sensitive approach. I also use play therapy, role play & sand tray with an emphasis on attachment theory when I work with children.
Languages: English (fluent), Arabic (native) and French (basic)
Approach: Talk therapy, drama therapy, Auto-biographical Therapeutic performance-oriented process, and non-directive play therapy for children.
Techniques: Mindfulness, solution-focused, Cognitive Behavioral, Transactional analysis, Somatic and Psychodrama.
- Children (toddlers to 12 years old) and their families
- Adults (18 years old and above)
- Women who suffer or have suffered from domestic violence
Professional background: I am a Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee at Living Arts Counseling Center and MA candidate in Counseling Psychology specializing 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 have worked as a theatre artist from 1998 to 2014 in Lebanon while touring as an artist in several European and Arab countries. My recent theatre work has been inclined towards therapeutic performances before I moved to the Bay area to specialize in Drama Therapy in 2014.
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 Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT (MFC# 28789).