Selima Jumarali, PhD Intern
I am a cisgender, queer, Indo-Caribbean, Muslim femme of color deeply invested in the mental health, healing, and well-being of queer and trans people of color (QTPOC). I use she/her/hers pronouns.
I believe therapy is a space in which you and I build an authentic connection that serves as a foundation for your healing and growth. I use an intersectional, anti-oppressive approach to support people in their healing journeys, whether that be in navigating anxiety, depression, and/or trauma -- including oppression-related trauma. This means that I consider how systems of oppression impact us individually and interpersonally, including in the therapy space. I view therapy as a space for making sense of and coping with an oppressive world while also building resilience and cultivating joy.
I draw on a variety of therapies alongside the teachings of Black feminist scholars to shape my practice. For instance, I incorporate principles from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which draws from Buddhist principles to encourage us to see that seemingly opposite things can co-exist and be interconnected. I also incorporate strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) that help us see ourselves as more than just our thoughts, allowing us to gain some distance from thoughts that may cause pain and suffering. Lastly, I use psychodynamic techniques to help us figure out what patterns may be occurring in your experience and how we can work to shift or change those patterns in order to bring you closer to living the life you want.
I am currently a graduate student in the Clinical-Community Psychology PhD program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I am passionate about working toward liberation and furthering radical, revolutionary love. In my free time, I love eating Thai food, listening to Bollywood music, and hosting game nights!
Telehealth appointments available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays: $10 per session