Yousef Essex


Currently in school at Johns Hopkins University – Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Projected Graduation: August 2021

Accepting new clients

What’s therapy with me like? I focus most on anxiety, depression, and healthy masculinity, using integrative modality, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and feminist theory. Underlying my approach focuses on the spiritual dimensions of the client and their existential concerns.

How I’ve kept learning…Through my own healing journey, I have learned to incorporate nature and physical movement into the therapeutic process as a complement to talk therapy. I have been working to redefine my relationship with masculinity in a way that is healthy and true to myself. As I walk this path, I seek to support others to find their own voice and authentic self-expression.

Who do I work with? I work with clients from young adulthood – middle age.

My impacting identities are…I was born in the U.S. and have lived in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon. I am inspired by traditional spiritual approaches to mental health and well-being, which stems from my connection to Islam.

I feel allied/aware/part of/informed/knowledgeable about…LGBTQIA+ (informed, allied), eco-feminism (knowledgeable about), and parenthood (part of).

I am the best fit for a client who…is exploring redefining gender roles, healthy masculinity, self-love, and/or spiritual growth.

I am not a good fit for a client who… is uninterested in exploring the way social norms impact their wellness.

What makes me unique? I have a spiritual approach that is informed by a feminist perspective. I also am fluent in Arabic, and am comfortable conducting sessions in that language.


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 teletherapy, which I actually prefer! 


The Fun Stuff

Did you know…In my life, I’ve lived in Cairo, Beirut, Damascus, Aleppo, Amman and New York City.


How to Give me A Buzz

The best way to contact me is…by email to or click below to schedule!


Supervised By: 

Bethany Grové, LCPC