One of my favorite writers, Yung Pueblo, once said, “I kept running away from darkness until I understood that in it I would find my freedom.”
I identify as a queer Palestinian woman. Discussing mental health-related topics is foreign to my culture. I chose to become a therapist to normalize conversations about mental health within cultures, like my own, that don’t discuss it enough.
Sometimes, taking the most challenging step pulls you closer to becoming the person you want to be and the life you most desire. As a therapist and human, I believe we need to learn to be in better touch with ourselves, both in the past and present, before we can begin to help ourselves in the best way possible.
As your therapist, I will help you tap into your inner resources and power so you are able to create and experience a much more fulfilling relationship with the people around you, your life, and, most importantly, yourself. In my approach to therapy, I utilize a narrative and person-centered approach. This means I focus on your story and your experience in the moment.
Your safety in therapy is a top priority for me. I want to know and pay attention to how I can best support you throughout the process as you learn how to help yourself through it all.
If you are curious about working together, please reach out to me.
Education and Training
Naseem Saleh, MA, NCC, holds a Masters degree in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, as well as a Certificate in Sex Therapy from Adler University. Naseem also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Minors in Sociology and Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her clinical internship, she primarily worked with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ clients seeking help with grief, trauma, relationship issues, gender identity issues, racial trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and more.