about me

I am a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  In addition, I am a researcher at the Clinical and Counseling Psychology Department, Teachers College, Columbia University and a psychoanalytic candidate at the Institute for Expressive Analysis.

As for my education, I have a Master's degree from New York University and a Master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science .

I have a certificate in child and adolescent psychotherapy from the William Alanson White Institute for Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis -one of the top institutes in New York City.  I also have training in mindfulness and psychotherapy techniques as well as Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy techniques.

I work in both English and Arabic.

other engagements

I am the Executive Director of Circle OASIS, a program geared towards providing Americans of Arab descent with high quality, culturally sensitive psychological counseling services.  

I am also a co-editor of the UK-based online journal E-Cronicon for Psychology and Psychiatry.  In addition, I am a confl ict resolution specialist and come to the field of mental health following a fourteen-year career at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, where I was a political affairs officer. 

I am a published author and public speaker.

speaking engagements

Keynote Speaker:
Title: "Mourning Land and People"
Event: Annual Conference -The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Location: Renaissance Hotel, Westchester, New York.
Date: November 2017

Keynote Speaker:
Title: "On Meeting the House Palestinian"
Event: Annual Conference - International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Location: Sydney, Australia.
Date: May 2017

Keynote Speaker:
Title: "Can You See Me?: The Arab Immigrant In The Consulting Room."
Event: Annual Conference -The National Institute For Psychotherapies.
Location: Kimmel Center, NYU, New York.
Date: May 2014


Title: "Psychoanalyzing While Arab: on terror and apparition"
Event: Scientific Meeting -International Forum of Psychoanalysis.Co-hosted by the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society and the William Alanson White Institute.
Location: New York City
Date: May 2016

Title: "Psychoanalyzing While Arab: on terror and apparition."
Event: Annual Conference - Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society.
Location: Rutgers University, New Jersey
Date: October 2015

Title: "Living in Not-Knowing"
Event: Annual Conference- International Association for Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Location: Toronto
Date: 2015

Title: "Global Psychoanalysis."
Event: Spring Meeting - APA Division 39. Spring Meeting
Location: Boston.
Date: March 2013

Title: "Bridging Two Worlds: a group of adolescent Muslim boys."
Event: Annual Meeting. American Group Psychotherapy Association
Location: Washington, DC
Date: 2008

Title: "What is autistic spectrum disorder doing in a psychoanalytic institute?: Case of an Adolescent."
Event: William Alanson White Institute Case Seminar.
Location: New York City
Date: 2007

Title: "Commuting from Sana’a to Brooklyn: What it means to be American, Arab and adolescent in America?"
Event: Annual Conference: The Association for Culture and Society,
Location: Rutgers University, New Jersey
Date: 2006