License TX #201198
Like most therapists, I’ve had a great deal of education, training and over 15 years of experience. But what my clients value most is my calm demeanor and easy going personality that is balanced with my ability to cut to the chase. I also believe in the importance of understanding who you really are in order to determine the best course of action for your life. Therefore, I prioritize connecting with my clients and have often been told, “you just get me.”
My ability to connect with others comes from my own unique upbringing and the privilege I have had of meeting people from just about every walk of life. My childhood was spent in the public schools of Flushing, NY (yes, like the neighborhood from Eddy Murphy’s movie Coming to America), and my adolescence in a Catholic school in the suburbs of Houston, all while growing up in a Muslim-Bangladeshi household. My early years of marriage landed me in a neighborhood where I lived next door to and eventually worked with refugees from all over the world. From the North side to the South (and from the ‘hoods to the ‘burbs) my colorful interactions, have exposed me to the complexity and reality of peoples lives which now allow me to accept people unconditionally.
With this understanding and acceptance I work with my clients to generate solutions that are best suited for their needs, desires and values no matter what challenges they are facing. If you want to know more about me or my therapy services, Contact me to schedule a free 20 min consultation session to see if my style is the right fit for you or your family.
Education and Training
I earned a doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX and a Master’s degree at the University of Houston Clear Lake in Marriage and Family Therapy. I also worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston, Clear Lake for about 7 years before going full time into my private practice. Please click here for my Curriculum Vitae.
Past Clinical Experiences
- DePelchin Children’s Center with high risk and foster care families.
- Methodist Hospital on the chemical dependency unit, child and adolescent unit, and intensive out patient units.
- Center for Refugee Services
- True Results of San Antonio Diagnostics Center
Additional Training by Notable Experts
- The Body Keeps the Score Trauma Healing with Bessel van der Kolk, MD
- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor
- Brent Atkinson’s Pragmatic/Experiential Method for Improving Relationships
- Emotional Focused Therapy Externship
- Narrative Therapy and the Scaffolding of Therapeutic Conversations with Special Attention to Addressing the Consequences of Trauma.
- Imago Therapy
- Couples Assessment: Tools for Marital & Premarital Therapy
- Parent/Child Interaction Therapy Training
- Building Resilience in Youth and Families
- Negotiating Boundaries: Therapy in a Transnational Setting
- Couples Counseling Clinical Internship
- Facilitating Rapid Trauma Recovery and Spiritual Awakening
- Proactive and Preventative Education to Strengthen the Body, Mind and Sprit of At-Risk Families
- Spirituality and the Generative Life
- Strengthening Family Resilience: Rebounding from Crisis, Adversity and Loss
- Purposeful Play: Enhancing Creativity
Presentations and Workshops Conducted:
- Lets Talk: Vaping and Smoking Edition at Masjid Al-Salaam
- Emotional Intelligence Workshop for Mentors with Taiba
- Abuse, Anxiety and Depression in Youth at Masjid Al-Ansaar
- CAIR TX’s Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS)
- Time Management at The Texas Dawah Convention
- Platform presentation at the ISNA: Islam in America Conference
- Poster presentation at the The American Association for the Advancement of Science Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division: Science-The Key to the Past, Present, and Future.
- Parenting Workshop at the Islamic Society of Greater Houston: North West Zone
- Parenting Workshop at Austin Peace Academy
- Poster Presentations at the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- Platform and Poster Presentations at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy: Uniting Faith and Professional Practice
- Microaggressions and Islamophobia: Experiences of Muslims Across the United States and Clinical Implications
- A Systematic Research Synthesis of the Various Adaptive Strategies Utilized by Dual-Income Couples
- The Assessment of Marital Adjustment with Muslim Populations: A Reliability Study of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test
- Body Dissatisfaction and Mental Health across Ethnic/Racial and Immigrant Groups: Implications for marriage and family therapists