I am a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. I earned a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College with an added certificate in Family and Relationship Counseling. I also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida. I hold certifications in Gottman Method Couples Therapy levels 1 & 2.
Having worked as a college counselor, I have a deep understanding of the unique struggles faced by emerging/young adults. However, I also welcome adults of all ages, as I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to improve their mental well-being. Whether you are going through a life or family transition, dealing with school or work-related stress, or facing relationship concerns, I am here to help. One of my areas of specialization is working with clients living with anxiety or depression. I provide the necessary support and tools to help individuals manage their symptoms and regain control of their lives. Additionally, I am passionate about supporting the LGBTQ+ community, not only through therapeutic work but also through community-based advocacy.
I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can freely express yourself without fear of criticism. I believe that therapy should be a collaborative process, where we work together to explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Drawing from various counseling techniques, I tailor our sessions to meet your unique needs and goals. Operating from a systemic approach means that I understand the interconnectedness of your identities, relationships, and family of origin. I recognize that these factors play a significant role in shaping who you are and how you navigate the world. By exploring these aspects, we can gain a deeper understanding of the patterns and dynamics that may be influencing your current struggles. While therapy can be challenging at times, I also believe in the power of laughter and joy. I strive to create a space where we can incorporate moments of lightness and fun into our sessions. By infusing humor and positivity, we can create a balanced and holistic approach to your well-being.
Being a first-generation Middle Eastern American, born and raised in Long Island, New York, has shaped my perspective and understanding of cultural diversity. I am proud of my heritage and strive to promote inclusivity and acceptance in both my personal and professional life. I believe that everyone deserves to be heard and understood, regardless of their background or experiences.
Living in Orlando has allowed me to indulge in my love for theme parks. There's something magical about stepping into a world of fantasy and adventure, even if it's just for a day. Exploring new coffee shops and trying different cuisines has become a delightful hobby of mine. It's amazing how food can bring people together and create connections across cultures.
But above all, my greatest joy comes from spending time with my loved ones and of course, my two Mini-Goldendoodles, Teddy and Toby.In a world that often tries to define us by our labels, I find solace in embracing the multifaceted identities that make me who I am. Being a partner, daughter, sister, friend and counselor allows me to connect with others on a deep level and make a positive impact in their lives, and them on mine. I am grateful for the opportunities that have shaped me and look forward to continuing this journey of self-discovery and growth.