One of my foundational philosophies in life is that an individual must be considered within the context of their environment to be truly understood. Throughout my own upbringing as the eldest daughter of immigrant parents from the Middle East, I have learned to appreciate each cultural group’s unique characteristics and acknowledge the difficulty in assimilating the two together. I believe that counseling is one of the most holistic ways of looking at an individual by taking in the micro and macro level perspectives when assessing a situation. Creating a healthy and productive therapeutic environment can bring to light overarching patterns of behavior or cognition that would have not been recognized elsewhere.
My therapeutic orientation takes its roots in multiculturalism, mindfulness and holism, and strength-based approaches to inspire acceptance, forgiveness, and growth. I believe that the client is the expert in their own lives, and when working with disadvantaged communities, it is necessary to recognize the systemic issues they may face in order to advocate for my clients and provide fully encompassing care while also allowing them to take a sense of autonomy over their care.
I find a lot of value in incorporating principles and interventions from positive psychology and want to be the type of counselor that my clients can rely on and relate to as well as be inspired by. My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe, welcoming space for my clients to have the freedom to explore their innermost thoughts, feelings, and experience in a non-judgmental, uplifting way. I plan to use resiliency training, gratitude implementation programs, and other positive psychology aspects with my clients in hopes to build personal power to feel like they have a little bit more control in their situation.
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