Given the growing population of Muslims in Western societies and the current global political and social climate, it is imperative to develop a better understanding of the mental health needs of our friends, neighbors, clients and employees who come from a Middle-Eastern or Muslim background. That's why I provide a thorough training on the subject for counselors, agencies, schools and employers. Originally crafted to educate mental health and addiction professionals on best practices and ethical considerations when working with this population, my program has also been useful for other organizations seeking to incorporate a higher level of cultural competency, sensitivity and awareness into their operations.
I spent my young life as an American growing up in Israel and Lebanon, and these years gave me an intimate and intrinsic understanding of Middle-Eastern, Muslim and Arab cultures, as well as partial fluency in Arabic. I draw on these experiences and refer to current research on the topic to bring unexpected insights and understanding to what is often a misunderstood segment of people. My goal is to help clarify misconceptions and promote understanding of these vibrant, beautiful and important cultures.