Heba Youssef

“My freedom is to be what they do not want me to be.” – Mahmoud Darwish

She/Her/Hers

Currently in school at Johns Hopkins University – Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Projected Graduation, May 2023

Hartford International University for Religion and Peace (formerly Hartford Seminary), 2012/Master of Divinity

Currently accepting clients for a waitlist.

Why work with a clinician in training?

What’s therapy with me like? I focus on stress, grief, family conflict, and moral identity/spirituality using integrative and inclusive aspects of behavioral theory with a person centered/humanistic approach.
My therapeutic style is affirming and holistic of mind-body-spirit. Steeped in person-centered/humanistic principles, the environment cultivated is that of genuineness and compassion coupled with a deep optimism in each person’s innate resources and resilience. Using an integrative approach I empower clients to creatively explore their unique healing culture and to draw from traditions and practices that are culturally meaningful to them. We each have our own healing repertoire and sometimes just need extra support to tap into it.

How I’ve kept learning… For me, learning is a lifelong pursuit! I am in the process of completing my second Masters degree and the bulk of my research has focused on the impact of moral injury on frontline healthcare providers. Recent courses I’ve taken that I am really interested in are Integrating Alternative Approaches to Mental Wellness, Couples & Family Counseling, Ethics, and Diversity and Social Justice in Counseling.

Who do I work with? I work with Individuals, families, and couples, from young adult to late adulthood.

My impacting identities are… I am a racially and ethnically ambiguous cisgender woman, born to immigrant parents impacted by the effects of cultural assimilation. Being bi-racial and bi-cultural, I can uniquely empathize with the identity struggle that exists navigating between different cultural realities. My feminist values shape my intentionality in uplifting marginalized and disenfranchised voices and informs my belief in challenging oppressive systems that contribute to identity erasure and trauma.

I feel allied/aware/part of/informed/knowledgeable about… LGBTQIA+ (allied), women of color (part of), immigrant, refugee, asylum seekers, and those impacted by political statelessness (allied), racially marginalized individuals of Black/African American identity, Hispanic/Latinx identity, Indigenous identity (allied), Asian identity (part of), Middle Eastern/North African identity (part of)…with ever present room to learn and grow in my positions of allyship.

I am the best fit for a client who… may have concerns about navigating the cultural stigma of attending therapy. I am a great fit for clients willing to experience emotional vulnerability in the context of a collaborative environment and who are open to developing insight and gaining a deeper understanding of their authentic self. I am also a great fit for clients who value the exploration of childhood experiences, and familial or intergenerational patterns, and the impact it has on their current function.

I am not a good fit for a client who… is seeking a directive or rigid approach and not open to emotional exploration. I am also not a good fit for clients who do not have an interest in critically evaluating exclusionary or prejudicial beliefs they may hold.

What makes me unique? My demeanor is empathic, warm, nonjudgmental, and I hold space for clients to be exactly who they are in all of their fullness, though I will compassionately challenge clients when there is opportunity to facilitate insight. I am intentional in bringing a culturally sensitive lens to my work and am committed to creating space for the socio-cultural and systemic realities that exist and impact a client’s lived experiences. In collaborating with clients, I recognize we each have unique styles of communication shaped by our cultural realities and that we are more than the sum of any one of our identities.

 

The Practical Stuff

What insurances do I accept? I am currently not in network with any insurances, but I offer therapy for a sliding scale between $30-70, based on what the client can afford.

Do I offer telehealth or in person sessions? During Covid, I am offering both teletherapy and in person therapy, with a preference for in-person when possible.

Am I taking on new clients? Yes! 

 

The Fun Stuff

Did you know…I’ve rewatched Schitt’s Creek more times than I can count!

Any pets? I have two sweetheart saluki-mixes named Ishta & Asab, who are rescues from Oman.

 

How to Give me A Buzz

The best way to contact me is…by email at admin@honeybwellness.com.

Supervised By: 

Bethany Grové, LCPC-S