Clients quickly learn their pains are not a weakness, but a portal towards wisdom and growth. Though I take my clinical training very seriously, I believe the connection between you and me is essential for a successful therapeutic partnership. It is important to honor our lived experiences, and I make it my mission to learn and respect your unique life story.
With my parents immigrating to the United States 2 months before my birth, I have walked the tight-rope of two cultures my entire life. I utilize cultural backgrounds as an important component when working with those who seek the therapeutic process under my care.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I’ve spent 10 years addressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), complex trauma, emotion regulation, relationship concerns, life transitions, and other mental health concerns. I also have unique training & experience understanding the effects of forced migration, international armed-conflict, political unrest, military service, humanitarianism, and the impacts of structural racism.
During my graduate studies at the University of Chicago, I began my clinical training under the direct mentorship of Dr. Paul Holmes, PsyD – A clinical psychologist and renowned expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Chronic Distress. Dr. Holmes is also the creator of Contextual-DBT (C-DBT). I then completed a three year post-masters fellowship under his direct supervision. Simultaneously, I received supervision from Jeff Levy, LCSW – an expert in treating PTSD. Currently, I continue to work directly with Dr. Holmes, and am directly involved in the development of C-DBT.
In 2018, I traveled to the Syrian-Lebanese border on a medical mission with the Syrian American Medical Society. In my role, I provided triage based mental health services to Syrian refugees and trainings to in-country mental health providers. I also acted as the primary psychological support for other medical providers.
I then spent 2 years working at Personal Evolution Psychotherapy. Within this role I provided individual therapy and comprehensive DBT & ACT services, as well as acted as primary family therapist within the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). I also played an integral role in the development of their mindfulness program, and training of clinicians on the implementation of mindfulness based practices in therapy.
Master’s of Clinical Social Work (2016) University of Chicago - School of Social Service Administration.
Concentration: Psychological Trauma
& Mental Health
Master’s of Science, Conflict Management and Resolution (In Progress). University of San Diego – Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.
Bachelor’s of Arts, Psychology (2012)
University of California, Santa Barbara.
Areas of Clinical Specialty
PTSD, Complex & Chronic Trauma
Couples & Relationship Concerns
Depression & Anxiety
Suicidality & Self-Harm
Compassion Fatigue & Burn-Out
Military Personel and their families
Front-Line, Humanitarian, & Crisis Workers
Forced Migration & Displacement
Difficulties with finding meaning & purpose
Intimacy and difficulties with closeness/bonding
California Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW# 97915)
Illinois Licensed Social Worker (LSW# 150.102015)
Previously Held Positions
Lecturer – University of Chicago, Masters of Social Work Department
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Outpatient Clinics
Intensive Outpatient Program – Primary Family Therapist
Multiple Rape Crisis Centers
Emergency Domestic Violence Shelters
Syrian Refugee Camps (Lebanon)
Humanitarian Relief Organization Co-Founder
Community Mental Health Clinic
Homelessness and Chronic Mental Health Outpatient Services
Therapeutic School Bridge Program