It is my highest priority to make sure each person feels welcomed and safe in an un-biased environment. My passion involves helping each individual reach their moment of empowerment through the therapeutic journey. If you have been struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, loss, navigating through major life changes, familial or interpersonal relationships etc., this is the perfect opportunity to gain back control of your life!
I am a Licensed Clinician in the state of Illinois and Michigan. I have my Bachelors and Masters in Social Work and have been a practicing clinician for over 5 years. I implement a variety of interventions and styles such as CBT, Narrative and Solution-Focused therapy, to better accommodate with what works best for each individual.
I speak Arabic fluently and have worked with various racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Cultural competency, validation and encouragement are pillars in my therapeutic style. Please feel free to consider getting in contact with me.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
MI LMSW 6801098871
IL LCSW 149.023856
AZ LCSW LCSW-21920
Thank you a ton!
Written on Jun 01, 2022 after therapy with Merna for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd
Merna’s great. She understands and relates to my issues. She also isn’t afraid to tell me what I need to hear even if it’s hard to swallow. Best therapist I’ve had.
Written on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Merna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Merna is absolutely great! She is very understanding and has a lot of wisdom behind her words. She is also able to remember the main topic and come back to it if I get sidetracked which I appreciate a lot. I would definitely recommend Merna to everyone!
Written on May 14, 2022 after therapy with Merna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem
Merna is extremely relatable and and easy to talk to. Non-judgemental and really listens to what you have to say and what you are going through.
Written on May 04, 2022 after therapy with Merna for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Merna is incredibly direct, wastes no time getting to the point and being accurate about the points she makes, listens very well, wonderfully punctual, offers a variety of ways to contact and conversate, she makes me feel very comfortable, and adds the perfect level of humor to some of the darkest moments I’ve gone through, hands down one of the best therapists I’ve had and I am going to happily continue seeing her for as long as I am able to.
Written on Apr 29, 2022 after therapy with Merna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Merna is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend working with her!
Written on Apr 24, 2022 after therapy with Merna for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem