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Group 1

How Can I Measure My Progress In Therapy?

In the first session when I make the assessment I get a baseline in every area of the client’s life and I have them rate the different areas.  After 4 sessions of learning and applying the new techniques I reassess them to see their progress.  It always amazes me how people can evolve so quickly  & drastically masha’Allah.

Relatively early in treatment, you may likely begin to recognize self-defeating patterns or habits of thinking, feeling and behaving without necessarily being able to change them immediately. Later, after watching these habits at work and discussing with the therapist the causes and effects of these habits, you will be able to make changes and let go of old patterns. As this self-actualization process deepens, you begin to feel more natural, spontaneous and at ease in all areas of life. Genuine emotions come more freely and relationships deepen. Old patterns of worrying and obsessing become less disruptive.

How Long Will it Take?

It varies according to each individual problem. I do short term, solution-focused therapy which means I find out what your goals are and I help you to achieve your goals in the shortest period of time.  I generally see quick results alhamdulillah because of the effective techniques I use along with the 20 years experience I have doing therapy. For the average client who applies what I suggest they can see significant changes within 4 sessions.

Some individuals may have a more complicated case which may take longer.   It is important to keep in mind that therapy is not a ‘quick fix.’ It takes time and effort to see results especially if your concerns are deeply rooted. The length of the treatment will be agreed upon by the client and the therapist following assessment.

 The length of therapy and the effectiveness of the therapy is dependent upon several things:
1. Attending the sessions consistently each week
2. Being cooperative, honest and  receptive to the information
3. Implementing the suggestions and the agreed upon actions

What Happens During a Therapy Session?

The most important thing that occurs is the sharing of your thoughts, concerns and fears with an objective, third party that is a trained professional who will listen attentively and help you set up a program to either overcome your difficulties or achieve your goals. The exchange of ideas, feeling supported and feeling accountable to make the necessary changes in your life is the essence of therapy sessions.

What is the price for a Session?
  • My rates for Skype therapy sessions $150.00 for 50 min. Appointments can be scheduled from my Schedule Skype Session link.
  • In-person visits are $175 for 50 min. You can request to pay online or pay cash or check in-person. In-person visit is at my office in Allen:
    The Atrium 1333 McDermott, Suite 150 Allen, TX 75013.
  • Emergency sessions or sessions on weekends are $200.
  • We accept Paypal and all major credit cards.
  • Sorry,  we do not accept Medical Insurance

Group 2

How Do I Know if I Need Therapy?

Therapy is for anyone who is going through a stressful situation and needs support in overcoming the many hurdles in life. Sometimes it’s hard to face life’s challenges alone and that’s why it’s helpful to get support and guidance from an expert. Anyone can benefit from sharing their feelings and concerns by discussing with a non-judgmental, caring and spiritually aware therapist.

Here are some specific reasons you may need therapy:

  • If you feel troubled and are unable to shake it off
  • If you feel stuck in your relationship
  • If you are overwhelmed with anxiety and depression
  • If you have uncontrollable anger and it’s affecting your relationships
  • If you have issues with low self-esteem, feeling of hopelessness or unworthiness
  • If you have suicidal thoughts or you have attempted suicide
  • If you are experiencing obsessive thoughts or actions
  • If you have lost a loved one
  • After a trauma such as physical, verbal or sexual abuse
  • If you are struggling in parenting and need advice
  • If you have body image issues and you are struggling with an eating disorder
  • Recovering from a divorce
  • Avoiding a divorce

    Here are some of the symptoms that could indicate a need to seek help:

For Personal Reasons:

  • depression or intense sadness
  • frequent irritability
  • persistent feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or helplessness
  • low self esteem
  • poor concentration
  • changes in sleeping or appetite
  • decreased motivation or interest in life
  • thoughts of suicide or occurrence of self injury
  • angry outbursts
  • behavior changes noticed by yourself or others
  • panic attacks
  • significant difficulty leaving the house or completing everyday tasks
  • intense fears or phobias
  • excessive worrying
  • nightmares or flashbacks of traumatic events
  • Self-Improvement:
  • better self-image
  • goal setting
  • effective communication
  • conflict resolution
  • overcoming phobias
  • overcoming addictions
  • Family Counseling:
  • Marital relationship
  • Parenting
What if I Feel Uncertain About Attending Therapy?

It is certainly scary to reach out, to admit problems, and to make yourself vulnerable in front of others. But getting started is the most difficult part of the process. By the end of the initial session people are often comfortable and glad that they attended. If you are contemplating contacting a therapist, then I recommend that you approach it as a trial and attend a session or two and then decide if you are interested in continuing.

Why See a Therapist?

There are many reasons to see a therapist. You may want to talk about an immediate crisis causing you distress; or explore longer term difficulties in your life.
It may be that you have a very clear idea of what you want to get from the therapy, and changes you want to make in your life; or it may be that you come feeling vague, confused or depressed about your current or past circumstances. Therapy can offer you a safe confidential space to explore anything at all that you feel is disturbing your sense of inner peace and harmony in body, heart, and mind.
It can also help you to become empowered, gain new self-esteem, communicate more effectively to enhance your life and your relationships. Whether you are having marital problems, difficulties with raising your kids or lacking the necessary motivation to move ahead; therapy can help you to RESOLVE, REFRAME and RENEW your life.

Group 3

What Kind of Therapy Do You Provide?

Short-term, Solution Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing the way we think about things in order to change our behavior. It’s an excellent combination of cognition and behavior in order to get the desired results. Everything we do in life is a result of our thoughts and actions; therefore in order to make any changes we need to address both our cognition and behavior. Solution focused means that I find out your goals for therapy and I help you to achieve them in the shortest period of time.

I also use Psychodynamic, which involves a more open-ended and exploratory approach to understanding the childhood and life experience of the client.  For many clients, a balance of both approaches works best: For example a person with relationship issues might need to look into their history in an exploratory way to see how the problem developed in the past, and then use that insight to choose the best CBT intervention to deliberately reshape the patterns that are causing stress in the current situation.

I customize the therapy for each individual depending on their needs, personality and issues they are facing.  It is never one therapy fits all approach, rather it is with deep contemplation, reflection and thought along with dua to design the most effective and empowering therapy anyone could imagine.

The most important aspect of my approach is that it is directive. I do much more than just listen to you.  I provide you with solutions, guidance and education.  The case studies of thousands of people I have worked with give me a plethora of tools to apply to your specific needs and I make sure you apply the techniques by following up each week with you to ensure that you are making progress.

What Will People Think?

It is very common for people to be consumed with what other people will think of them when considering getting professional help. First of all, no one needs to know. It is a private issue and there is no need to announce it. However; it’s important to give priority to your mental health and seek treatment over what others will think. If you had a medical condition you would not hesitate to go to a doctor and you wouldn’t hope that your illness just goes away. Emotional distress and psychological disorders don’t just go away – they need to be treated or else it gets worse and physical symptoms may appear or worsen.

Group 4

How is Islam Integrated Into the Therapy Sessions?

The therapy sessions will be faith based and it will explore your spiritual development as it pertains to the issues at hand. If the person is interested, I will encourage spiritual development in order to attain psychological balance.  I find that people who have a strong connection with their creator will have the tools to cope with life’s ups and downs.

Here are some of the faith based discussions:

  • Understanding that there is a Master Plan & learning to accept everything that happens
  • Knowing that everything happens for a reason and there is divine wisdom
  • Realizing that our family members have been chosen for us and there are lessons to learn from them
  • Asking for forgiveness in order to free yourself from guilt and worry
  • Encouraging prophetic characteristics such as forgiveness, kindness, benefit of the doubt, gentleness
  • Inspiring my clients to LIVE AND LOVE FOR A HIGHER PURPOSE

As a practicing Muslim therapist who has 20 years of attending religious classes, I will put everything psychological through Islamic filters so that your mind can be at ease that nothing will go against Quran and Sunnah.

I have worked with non-Muslims and I never impose my beliefs or opinions on them.  I have the utmost respect for diversity.

What About Confidentiality?

One of the essential features of therapy is the notion of confidentiality. What you say to your therapist is held in the strictest of confidence. This is designed to assist the client to feel free to share their deepest thoughts, fears and feelings. It is a crucial part of the process. Even the nature of the relationship is considered confidential so that if you were to run into your therapist in outside of therapy they could not introduce you as their client without your expressed permission. Your written permission is required to convey personal information to others. However if you threaten to harm yourself or another person then the psychologist is ethically bound to contact the appropriate authorities.

Why Go To a Muslim Therapist?

It is so essential to seek help from a Muslim therapist who is fully informed and knowledgeable about your cultural and religious backgrounds without any negative preconceived notions.  As a Muslim therapist I will encourage you to do things that improve your psychological health and your spiritual health. I would never recommend anything that contradicts the Quran and Sunnah in the pursuit of helping you heal.

Part of the therapy is reconnecting with Allah and seeking the ultimate cure from Him.  Many Muslims that suffer from anxiety and depression have contradictions in actions and beliefs.  By getting them back on track spiritually they naturally feel better psychologically.

A very limited number of therapists get cultural and religious sensitivity training while pursuing a degree. Many times the advice and suggestions can actually be detrimental to our religious beliefs and they can unknowingly break up homes.