Amina Elmahdy, AMFT
Approach to Therapy:
Getting help is part of being human. Plain and simple. I believe everybody can benefit from a friendly, non judgmental and validating space in therapy. I view each of my clients as unique and value taking time to understand the many influences in their lives and the voices inside of them that inform who they are. In my office clients explore the stories of their lives, and are encouraged to nourish the parts of themselves they love, and find strength to evolve away from what is no longer working. Through warmth and empathy I create an open canvas to explore new ways of being.
My specialities include working with couples to improve communication and meaningful connections, helping clients with life transitions, maneuvering depression, anxiety, trauma and loss. Additionally, I am interested in learning how culture informs our relationships and sense of self, and enjoy exploring this with my clients.
Education and Training:
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University in Fullerton. I have received specialized training in group therapy, couple’s therapy, and family systems. Additionally, I have trained with Postpartum Support International to assist mothers and fathers with the unique needs of mental well being, pre & post childbirth. My theoretical interests include narrative approaches to therapy, Adlerian theory, and Imago couple’s therapy.
I have experience as an instructor for Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. My teaching experience helps my clients because I value bringing education into my office. I have found that teaching clients the tools of therapy often helps them find the confidence to expand what they learn in therapy to other areas of their life.
3 Things I love:
Reading, travel, and carpentry.