ANXIETY is a natural physical occurrence that literally everyone feels at times. Yet when those momentary anxious moments expand to broader days, more hours, and intense thoughts and sensations, learning the skills to live alongside your worry is a great relief.
You might notice:
– racing thoughts, difficulty breathing, continued worrying, restlessness, thinking you aren’t doing enough or aren’t enough, sleeping problems, panic attacks or thoughts
In therapy you will learn to embody new practices to both manage and befriend anxiety, feeling less overwhelmed and more empowered. We’ll utilize mindfulness, essentials of meditation, somatic approaches for the nervous system, and some cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
TRAUMA occurs when the nervous system experiences something beyond its capacity to cope and the unsuccessful survival mechanisms (fight, flight, freeze, shutdown) get stuck in the body. You could have chronic traumas from childhood, one singular traumatic experience or many. Addressing trauma gently via the nervous system heals the root of the injury. Read more about SE below —>
Examples of traumas I commonly work with, yet by no means an exhaustive list:
sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment; car accidents; physical accidents; chronic illness; chronic pain; war, fleeing homeland; racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia; complex grief; complex PTSD
You might notice:
– upsetting memories or sensations that still affect you, avoidance of certain situations or people, hyper-vigilance, difficulty with close relationships, anxiety or depression symptoms
Somatic Experiencing (or SE) is the gentle, body-oriented approach that helps re-negotiate trauma and stress-related symptoms in the nervous system, including early developmental attachment, emotional, medical, or clear physical traumas. Somatic Experiencing comes from the work of Dr. Peter Levine’s ethological work studying animals’ recovery from traumatic experiences. SE therapy works slowly, safely and ultimately reaffirms trust in the body itself to protect and defend.
ARAB WOMEN, MUSLIM WOMEN | REFUGEES, IMMIGRANTS
I am grateful to work with many Arab/Middle Eastern women (often former or current refugees, or immigrants) who seek me out for therapy, wanting to talk with someone not in their community but who has core understanding of their cultural and religious norms. My clinical and cultural experience comes from living in Occupied Palestine and working in Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter with Palestinian refugees, as well as from similar work in rural Tanzania with current Burundian and former Rwandan refugees.
You might be a former or current refugee who is feeling settled and ready to process in therapy about: religious, cultural , sexual, or other identities; professional life changes; personal or family relationships; societal integration; anxiety or trauma. While I am not of these identities myself, I offer familiarity with Arab and Muslim cultures, whether you identify as Muslim, no longer Muslim, questioning, or Arab and another religion.