I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania with my mother and grandmother. I was a first-generation college student and paid my own way through school. I received a Bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Utah.
As an Arab American woman, growing up in a mainstream culture that was very different from my own led to my interest and passion for multicultural counseling and women’s issues. That is why I decided to focus my degree specialty in feminist multicultural counseling.
I have been working as a therapist since 2001. I have presented at various national and international professional conferences on the topics of: Body Politics; Feminist Multicultural Counseling for Individuals and Groups; Feminist Multicultural Mentoring; and my dissertation: "Housework, childcare, and inequality." In addition, I am a trained sexual assault advocacy counselor.
Please see my Curriculum Vitae for a detailed listing of my professional experience.
In my spare time I enjoy singing, cooking, reading, water aerobics, and watching movies.