Becoming a Relationship Therapist
I believe that the most important relationships we have in our lives are the ones we hold with ourselves and others. Throughout my life, I have found myself lending an empathetic and understanding ear to the people around me. Being first generation Afghan American, I naturally guided my family through hardships they endured.
This fueled my passion to become a therapist. I am enthusiastic about helping others strengthen their relationships by improving communication styles, increasing intimacy, and effectively resolving conflict.
I enjoy creating a safe space in which you are comfortable, at ease, and relaxed. I am compassionate, genuine, authentic, non-judgmental, and have an open mind. I promise to always give you my undivided attention. I will work with you to identify your goals and desires and empower you to make those positive changes in your life. I know that the decision to seek therapy can be difficult, so I praise you for taking the initial steps in doing so.
Counseling Style and Strengths
The counseling approach I take is acknowledging that we are all human and our feelings are valid. I personally have been vulnerable with my own therapist and understand the importance of being heard, validated, and reassured. I implement a solution focused approach by assisting you identify your barriers, increasing self-awareness, and working towards your personal goals. I take pride in being culturally competent and working with diverse populations.
Professional Counseling Background
My experience includes working as a behavioral health counselor and managing the substance use disorders I hold both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. In my six years of experience, my environment was diverse, working with individuals and couples from all cultural, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. I work with patients with diagnoses including (but not limited to): depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, co-occurring disorders, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, suicidality, developmental disabilities, and gender dysphoria. Additionally, I have experience working with the LBGTQIA+ and use various approaches in my model to increase self-esteem and manage symptomology. I value the importance of mental health and how it can impact our day to day functioning.