As a Pakistani-American Muslim woman, Maryam recognizes that there is a significant need for counseling services within diverse communities. Maryam is especially passionate about working with BIPOC women as they navigate major life transitions, such as moving, marriage, and motherhood. Maryam has worked with clients from various backgrounds and clinical presentations, focusing on addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, family issues, stressors, identity, etc. Maryam also provides clients with the opportunity to incorporate elements of their religious and spiritual practices within their healing journey. Maryam recognizes that an individual’s beliefs and values can largely shape their requirements throughout the course of treatment.
Maryam utilized a wide range of clinical approaches including CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic, and person-centered approaches (such as working on negative thoughts, mindfulness/emotion regulation, applying unconditional positive regard, etc.). Maryam provides a holistic approach to her clinical work, accounting for the client’s needs and desires in their counseling journey. She understands that every client is different, and values the practice of using an integration of various techniques and modalities to curate the ideal treatment. Maryam practices unconditional positive regard and compassion with her clients, and works to create a safe space for her clients’ comfort and success in therapy. She focuses on getting to know her clients, in order to build a healthy and collaborative client-clinician relationship.
Maryam obtained her Master of Arts in Counseling from Northwestern University in Illinois. Prior to her graduate education, Maryam earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lewis University in Illinois. Maryam was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. When she is not working, Maryam loves spending time with her family, baking, traveling, and hanging out with her cat, Boba.