Yousef Essex


Johns Hopkins University – Clinical Mental Health Counseling; LGPC

Currently accepting new clients.

What’s therapy with me like? I focus most on anxiety, depression, and trauma, using person-centered, CBT and integrative practices.
I like taking an integrative approach to tackling mental health issues because there is no one-size-fits-all method. I believe in the power of contemporary evidence based practices, and recognize that they can coexist with the world of traditional knowledge. I also believe that there is more to people than the bundle of neurons between their ears. We are also heart, spirit, and body. My practice incorporates all of these elements.

How I’ve kept learning… Learning about somatic experiencing, acquiring tools to integrate mindfulness resources into practice, exploring my own path towards developing healthy masculinity, researching and seeking consultation on supporting psychedelic integration, and learning/attending trainings on conducting assessments for asylum applications.

Who do I work with? I work with individuals and couples from teenagers through older adults.

My impacting identities are…I have been socialized as a white, cis-gender male. I am Muslim and learned Arabic initially as part of my religious studies before deciding to complete a Masters in Arabic language. My spirituality has been a major driving force in my life. I consider myself a perennialist in that I believe in the power of all spiritual pathways, regardless of religion or non-religion. I grew up in Maryland and have lived in Cairo, Damascus, Aleppo, Beirut, Irbid, and New York City. These places have all left a deep imprint on my heart. Finally, I spent a big portion of my life living in the forest and deeply believe the in the healing power of nature. 

I feel allied/aware/part of/informed/knowledgeable about…I am LGBTQIA+ affirming, knowledgeable of Arabic (Egyptian / Levantine), and supportive of alternative lifestyle practices such as ethical non-monogamy and polyamory.

I am the best fit for a client who…is interested in exploring existential concerns, seeking to cultivate self-love, exploring healthy masculinity, and/or spiritual growth, as well as integrating mindfulness into their healing journey.

I am not a good fit for a client who… does not want to be an active participant in their own healing journey.

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 in network with Carefirst BCBS and Evernorth (previously known as Cigna).

Do I offer telehealth or in person sessions? During COVID, I am offering teletherapy, which I actually prefer! 


The Fun Stuff

Did you know…I talk to trees and sometimes they talk back!


What I’ve Learned Lately

  • Integrative Approaches to Clinical Mental Health, Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Aparna Ramaswamy, 6/7 – 6/12
  • Conducting Psychological Evaluations for Asylum Applications, Inspirit Counseling 9/29/2021
  • Psychological Evaluations to Support Asylum Cases Loyola Clinical Centers, Dr. Joseph Gorin, PsyD, October 2021
  • Set Boundaries Find Peace, Book by Nedra Glover Tawweb, November 2021
  • Family Constellation Workshop The Constellations Group , December 2021
  • Parent-Child Conflict: Practical Interventions, Alejandra Trujillo, LMFT, January 22, 2022
  • From a Distance: Navigating Polyamory During a Pandemic The Affirmative Couch, Esther Benoit, Phd, LPC, February 2022
  • HIPPA Privacy Training for Clinicians, MAPS, March 17, 2022
  • Anti-racism Training 3 Month Training, Dr. Nathalie Edmond, March & April 2022
  • The Counseling Compact, Lynn E. Linde, Ed. D.; John P. Duggan, EdD, LCPC, LPC, April 2022
  • Trauma and its Effects on the Body, May 2022
  • Transforming Trauma, Dr. Peter Levine, June 2022
  • Gender Affirming Surgery Letter Writing Training, Tavi Hawn, LCSW-C, July 2022
  • Psychedelics in Therapy: MDMA, Psilocybin, Ketamine, Micro-Dosing & More, August 2022


How to Give me A Buzz

The best way to contact me is…by email to!


Supervised By:

Bethany Grové, LCPC-S