Get To Know Me Better!
What are your credentials? Your professional background?
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, which means I have my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.). I am licensed in both California and New York, meaning I can provide services to residents from both states.
I graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCS) with both my Psy.D. and my master’s in clinical psychology. Prior to obtaining my doctorate and master’s degrees from TCS, I earned my bachelor’s in Psychology from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
I have extensive training in several issues, including psychological assessment and testing, self-improvement, trauma, addiction, dual-diagnosis, and mild to severe psychological distress and diagnoses. I have been fortunate to be trained across a variety of settings, including private practice, the Department of Mental Health in Los Angeles, community mental health, elementary and high schools, psychiatric hospitals, addiction rehabilitation centers, and correctional health facilities.
Even with all my training and experience, my greatest reward by far is seeing my clients grow, change, and reach their personal and professional goals. That’s what gives me the most purpose and meaning in my work!
What kind of therapist are you?
My therapy approach is primarily psychodynamic and attachment-based. This means that I believe the foundation of your treatment success is the relationship we form together. You will likely be reenacting, or replaying, a lot of your relationship dynamics in our relationship, and together, we can help you notice these patterns and practice being more vulnerable and assertive, while getting more of your needs met- in healthier ways.
I also believe that therapy should be practical, and solution-focused a lot of time, so a primary goal of mine is to teach my clients cognitive-behavioral therapy skills, additional coping skills, communication skills, and other skills to help you be more assertive in other areas in your life (e.g., at work, in your relationships, even at the grocery store!)
I ask for, and provide, feedback throughout our sessions, and encourage you to please tell me what may or may not be working for you so we can address this together. I want to make sure your needs are being met to the best of my, and our, abilities.
Do I have to lead the sessions?
My sessions are very collaborative, and even with that being said, we’re going to have sessions where you might want to process and/or vent a whole lot, and we’re going to have others where you might feel like you don’t have much to talk about that day. All of it works!