It’s a privilege to be asked to enter the most vulnerable spaces with clients. As a Kurdish-American who resettled in the U.S. as a refugee, I prioritize recognizing the intersectional identities of each client in order to create a safe space where they can exist authentically. My hope is to continue playing a role in improving access to mental health services in the minority communities. I aim for a curiosity-oriented approach with my clients to help develop skills of self-observation and exploration.
Amira received her Masters of Science in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb University in May of 2017. During her education, Amira worked with victims of domestic violence as a crisis counselor and advocate through the Domestic Violence Division of the Metro Nashville Police Department and the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center. She has experience working with at-risk and adjudicated youth through residential treatment, where individual, group, and family sessions were offered. Amira is passionate about providing mental health care to populations for whom mental health care is not always easily available due to cultural or linguistic factors. Her own experience as a Kurdish-American refugee has empowered her to reach out to the refugee and immigrant populations of Nashville through community leadership and outreach. Amira’s therapeutic approach is humanistic, while also integrating cognitive behavioral and solution-focused therapy. Outside of work Amira enjoys traveling, hiking, riding her bike, and connecting with family and friends.