Life doesn’t come with a manual. It is hard to navigate and we can consciously and unconsciously create many maladaptive patterns that serve us for a short while but become problematic later on. I believe that self-awareness, insight, and pattern recognition are key to well-being. Thankfully, you don’t have to do this alone. Together through acceptance, compassion, and trust we will explore the different aspects of your life that you find difficult. Collaboratively we will identify and change your unhelpful patterns and develop those that serve you and your goals.
Growing up in Egypt I got the chance to understand the importance of family, community, religion and society. I understand how all these aspects play a big role in positively or negatively affecting our mental health. It is through my investigation of my relationship with the world around me that I became interested in the mind-body connection, consciousness, and mindfulness. My curiosity led to me getting my B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College. My desire to help led me to New York University (NYU) where I completed my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
We shape our environment, and our environment shapes us. As an immigrant myself I approach my therapeutic relationships from a culturally sensitive perspective. We can’t control many aspects of life but we can control our reaction to them. That’s why I have an eclectic orientation that pulls from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brief Psychodynamic Therapy, and Mindfulness.
Some of my hobbies include playing Basketball, meditating and learning about eastern philosophies. I am always trying new food with friends and I am always excited about trying new things.