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Individual Therapy

in a safe and confidential environment

Individual therapy is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential experiences, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.

Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. Individual counseling provides clients with the opportunity to explore their feelings, beliefs and behaviors, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, and work toward desired goals.

People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.


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Family Therapy

to develop satisfaction and understanding

Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy that involves all (or some) members of a nuclear family and, in some cases, members of the extended family (e.g., grandparents). It is a process through which families deal with important issues that may interfere with the functioning of the family and the home environment. The goal is to help family members improve communication, solve family problems, understand and handle special family situations (for example, death, serious physical or mental illness, or child and adolescent issues), and create better relationships.

As human beings, we all have a natural need to connect with those around us, particularly those who are closest to us. One of the most stressful issues is struggling with relationships within our families. Despite our love for our parents, children and siblings, issues easily arise within families. Family therapy is an effective way to improve communication and help strengthen relationships among family members, while providing a safe space to begin the process of opening up to one another.

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him maintain the bonds of kinship.” (Bukhari)

Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy that involves all (or some) members of a nuclear family and, in some cases, members of the extended family (e.g., grandparents). Family therapy is a process to help families deal with important issues that may interfere with the functioning of the family and the home environment. The goal of family therapy is to help family members improve communication, solve family problems, understand and handle special family situations (for example, death, serious physical or mental illness, or child and adolescent issues), and create better relationships.

Working with a therapist in a safe, judgment-free and confidential setting allows families to explore how their experiences, thoughts and actions may be impacting their relationship and home in both positive and negative ways. As a therapist, I strive to ensure that every family member feels heard as we address immediate as well as long-term problems. We will develop a plan of action to improve each individual’s satisfaction and contentment alongside the overall improvement of the function of the family as a whole. Family therapy allows the opportunity to also develop strategies to protect and enhance the long-term health and happiness of relationships within the family.

I employ an eclectic approach focused on strengthening familial relationships through techniques that have been proven effective through years of research. I predominantly utilize the Structural Family Therapy approach, which is a strengths-based, solution-focused treatment modality. It focuses on the following principles:

  • Our behaviors are a function of our relations with others.  Our relationships have an impact on the way we think, act and feel.
  • The family is in constant transformation and it is the primary context where we develop ourselves through our interactions with spouses, parents, children and other family members.
  • Each family has recurrent patterns of interaction and cycles that develop over time.
  • A well functioning familyis not defined by the absence of stress or conflict, but by how effectively it handles them as it responds to the developing needs of its members and the changing conditions in its environment.
  • The job of the family therapist is to locate and mobilize underutilized strengths and understand the needs of each family member, thereby helping the family to outgrow constraining patterns of interaction to create a healthier and happier home.

You can learn more about Structural Family Therapy here: http://www.minuchincenter.org/home


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Marriage Therapy

to bridge the gap and strengthen the relationship

Working with a therapist in a safe and confidential setting, couples are able to explore how their individual backgrounds, beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors may be impacting their relationship in both positive and negative ways. While we address immediate and pressing problems, we will work to understand the negative patterns that have led to current issues. Along with addressing the immediate needs of the marriage, we will also work on a toolkit to ensure that you are able to continue creating positive, healthier cycles to maintain long-term health and happiness in your marriage.

Feeling disconnected from the person you need support from the most can sometimes feel like a hopeless struggle. Marriage therapy helps couples to bridge this gap, address marital issues and strengthen spousal relationships. Couples often seek therapy due to constant arguments, feeling a lack of love, feeling unheard and not knowing how to resolve differences. Marriage therapy is an effective way to improve communication and help strengthen the marital relationship, while providing a safe space that allows each partner to feel heard and validated.

Allah (swt) says, “And one of His signs is that He has created for you, spouses from amongst yourselves so that you might take comfort in them and He has placed between you, love and mercy. In this there is surely evidence (of the truth) for the people who carefully think.” (30:21)

Working with a therapist in a safe and confidential setting, couples are able to explore how their individual backgrounds, beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors may be impacting their relationship in both positive and negative ways. While we address immediate and pressing problems, we will work to understand the negative patterns that have led to current issues. Along with addressing the immediate needs of the marriage, we will also work on a toolkit to ensure that you are able to continue creating positive, healthier cycles to maintain long-term health and happiness in your marriage.

As a therapist, I employ an eclectic approach focused on strengthening marital relationships through techniques that have been proven effective through years of research. I utilize techniques from the Gottman Method as well as Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy throughout the therapeutic process.

Dr. John Gottman’s approach is based on 40 years of research with over 3,000 couples and is focused on a three-system method:

  • The Friendship System reestablishes the foundation for knowing one another, which reinvigorates closeness and intimacy.
  • The Conflict System provides couples with a basis to identify, understand and address solvable problems while also understanding and managing irresolvable differences (which every couple has).
  • The Shared Meaning System provides a foundation that allows partners to discover a shared purpose for building a life together while gaining support for individual dreams.
  • You can learn more about the Gottman Method here: https://www.gottman.com/about/the-gottman-method/

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is an intervention based on the scientific study of love, bonding and attachment in couples. It is designed to address distress in intimate relationships through increasing the understanding of each person’s emotional responses in order to increase security, closeness and connection. This is accomplished through a three-stage process:

  • Stage One: Cycle deescalation identifies key issues of concern and the ways negative patterns of interaction increase conflict when these issues arise. The therapist reframes key issues for the couple in terms of negative patterns of interaction, underlying emotions and fears, and each individual’s relationship needs.
  • Stage Two: Changing interaction patterns involves assisting couples in expressing their needs and underlying emotions as well as expressing acceptance and validation for their partner’s needs.
  • Stage Three: Consolidation and integration involves coaching the couple in the use of new communication styles to discuss old problems and develop new solutions. The couple learns ways to use skills practiced in therapy outside of session and develops a plan to make new interaction patterns a consistent part of life after therapy. Therapy is considered complete when couples can reliably engage in changed interaction patterns learned in therapy outside of the therapy environment.
  • You can learn more about Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy here: http://www.iceeft.com/index.php/about-us/what-is-eft