Amira Abudiab, Co-Founder & Clinician
Amira Abudiab is a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) with an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and concentration in substance use. She received her B.S in Physiology and Neuroscience at UC San Diego before transitioning into the mental health field, bringing a research and neurological lens to her studies. Amira is a Co-Founder of Amaly, a mental health non-profit organization that focuses on multicultural counseling, especially for the Muslim population.
As a clinician, she has over three years of experience with clients from different populations including college students on the Autism spectrum, adults with severe mental illness, and those struggling with substance use. Amira has extensive involvement with youth in the Muslim community. She has been exploring and developing alternative forms of healing for more effective and decolonized therapeutic practices for communities of color. Amira’s passion lies in
bringing attention and resources to severe mental illness and addiction in the Muslim community. She hopes to combine her background in biology and social justice work with her training as a
clinician to bring well-rounded therapeutic approaches to her clients. Amira currently serves as an Assistant Program Director at a Short-Term Acute Residential Treatment (START) program in Downtown, San Diego.
Halima Eid, Co-Founder & Clinician
Halima Eid is a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) with an M.S. in Multicultural Community Counseling and Social Justice education. Halima received her B.A. in Psychology at San Diego State University. She is the co-founder of AMALY, a mental health non profit organization. Halima is passionate about normalizing mental health care in the Muslim community and providing accessible services for multicultural communities in general.
As a clinician, she has over three years experience working with various issues including relationship/marriage conflicts, eating disorders, transgenerational trauma, racial trauma, homelessness, familial conflicts, being a first generation college student, religious and cultural barriers, etc. Halima works with individuals from a holistic approach, taking into account all aspects of the individual’s life (social, relational, emotional, mental, physical, cultural and environmental) that may impact their overall wellness. Halima utilizes Cognitive Behavioral techniques, gestalt therapy, feminist theory, solution-focused therapy, self-compassion work, and emotion focused therapy.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR:
Ms. Jayyousi, LCSW, LPCC
Ms. Jayyousi, LCSW, LPCC, received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and her Master's in Social Work from San Diego State University. She has over 25 years of experience in diverse settings, including inpatient behavioral health, intensive outpatient, non-profit organizations and private practice setting. Ms. Jayyousi has direct practice and administration experience. She is a full-time lecturer at Cal State University San Marcos, and continues to manage an outpatient behavioral health program focused on treatment of anxiety, depression and psychosis. She is passionate about social justice issues and advocates for the utilization of the recovery model in helping individuals from diverse backgrounds. She was a bilingual (Arabic) social worker for 9 years serving immigrants from the Middle East. She is currently serving on the board of CSCSW and is co-chairing the Diversity, Equity and Transformation Committee.