Online Therapy for Individuals & Couples

Using mindfulness approaches and the latest research in neuroscience, I help couples shift their relationship from a source of pain to a source of joy and deep connection.

Meet Shereen El Gazzar, MS, MFT

Hello and welcome!

We all have times in our lives when we feel lost, stuck, overwhelmed and consumed. Times when we wonder,” Why do I do what I do?” “Who am I, really?” and” What does it all mean?” Times when we feel that the messages we received  growing up had failed us. We may wonder why we feel empty despite being outwardly prosperous, or why we feel lonely even when surrounded by our loved ones. We may feel like we are the only one in the world feeling those feelings — especially, as we look around and see others self-composed like they “have it all,” or, at least, appear to have it all together. It is easy in those moments to compare our inside with their outside, only to exacerbate our feelings of loneliness and emptiness.

I decided to become a therapist after realizing it’s quite common to feel anxious, confused, challenged in relationships, or to lack a sense of direction in one’s life. When I realized that the idea of a “normal” human being is far more expansive than the impression of normality I received from the media and society at large, I decided that I wanted to be part of the solution and help others to be mindful of the subconscious influences on their perspectives, behaviors, and inner narratives. 

As a therapist, I help my clients feel seen for who they truly are. I validate their experience and I help them gain insight about their lives. I help them recognize what they want, what they fear, and why they do what they do. With enough self-knowledge, patterns emerge, and together we work on ways to intervene with those patterns that don’t serve them. I lovingly guide them through their journey, as we unpack what gets in the way of creating the change they want in their lives.  I hold out hope for them and a strong belief in their capabilities. Eventually, I see them internalize this hope and adopt the wisdom received from our work together. 

I can help you:

•       Better understand yourself.

•       Approach your own story and your struggle from a place of greater curiosity and compassion for yourself.

•       Learn to calm your overwhelming emotions.

•       Communicate in a way that is true to yourself and invites others to meet your needs.

•       Develop and maintain healthy and loving relationships.

 

At the end of therapy, my clients often tell me they feel :

•       More self-aware and self-accepting.

•       Have more trust in their own capability to               deal with challenges.

•       They can set healthy boundaries.

•       Fulfilled in their relationships.

Education & Background:
I have a master degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University in the United States. I am also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, CBT, pre-marital counseling and trauma informed psychotherapy. Prior to my therapy experience, I covered political and financial news for The Wall Street Journal. Based in the Middle East, I also covered the war in Iraq.
 

Counseling Services

I'm specialized in anxiety and depression, life transitions, conflict resolution and relational distress.

01

Tele-Therapy

Are you constantly on the move, but still need support, yet you can't make it to therapy. Don't worry we got you. Through secure video technology, we can meet regardless of where you are on the globe.  Tele-therapy is useful tool for individuals and couples who don't have time or can't find a therapist who is a good fit in their area, but still want to benefit from regular therapy.

02

Are you feeling overwhelmed and that sometimes life is kind of too much. Do you feel that people close to you - like your family and friends don't always understand what you are going through? It's hard to connect with the people you care about.

With guidance, encouragement and compassion, I can help you get in touch with your feelings, feel your feelings in a way that is good and together we can discover what you really need. You will start feeling better about yourself and excited about life again. 

03

Couple Counseling

I help couples transform their distance and distress to unity and reconnection. I help them find the way back to the love they once felt for each other or decide that it is time to part ways peacefully.

I use sound communication tools and techniques that help couples listen to each other and deescalate tension by promoting effective communication.   

04

Couple Counseling for ONE

Your partner cannot make it to therapy, no problem. 

I helped many couples build a healthier relationship by the couples therapy for one technique.

I will coach you to use certain communication techniques that will help you express yourself in a way that your partner can hear.  

05

Premarital Counseling

Even thought you love each other like nothing else and your commitment is very strong, let's set you up on the right foot by meeting with a professional marriage therapist. Our work together will explore relational values, hopes for the future, communication skills and conflict management.

06

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT

DBT is a renowned evidence-based treatment. It helps individuals increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about triggers that lead to reactive states and find coping skills that help them avoid undesired reactions. DBT has four pillars: mindfulness skills, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. 

Counseling Services

I'm specialized in anxiety and depression, life transitions, conflict resolution and relational distress.

01

Tele-Therapy

Are you constantly on the move, but still need support, yet you can't make it to therapy. Don't worry we can still meet for therapy. Through secure video technology, we can meet regardless of where you are on the globe.  Tele-therapy is a useful tool for individuals and couples who don't have time or can't find a therapist who is a good fit in their area, but still want to benefit from regular therapy.

04

Couples Counseling for ONE

Your partner cannot make it to therapy, no problem. 

I helped many couples build a healthier relationship by the couples therapy for one technique.

I will coach you to use certain communication techniques that will help you express yourself in a way that your partner can hear.  

02

Are you feeling overwhelmed and that sometimes life is kind of too much. Do you feel that people close to you - like your family and friends don't always understand what you are going through? Do you feel it's hard to connect with the people you care about?

With guidance, encouragement and compassion, I can help you get in touch with your feelings, feel your feelings in a way that is good and together we can discover what you really need. You will start feeling better about yourself and excited about life again. 

05

Premarital Counseling

Even though you love each other like nothing else and your commitment is very strong, let's set you up on the right foot by meeting with a professional marriage therapist. Our work together will explore relational values, hopes for the future, communication skills and conflict management.

03

Couples Counseling

I help couples transform their distance and distress to unity and reconnection. I help them find the way back to the love they once felt for each other or decide that it is time to part ways peacefully.

I use sound communication tools and techniques that help couples listen to each other and deescalate tension by promoting effective communication.   

06

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT

DBT is a renowned evidence-based treatment. It helps individuals increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about triggers that lead to reactive states and find coping skills that help them avoid undesired reactions. DBT has four pillars: mindfulness skills, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. 

 

Begin to live life more fully and make meaningful connections.

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