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Laila earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Towson University (TU) in the United States. She is a certified cognitive therapist by the Egyptian Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (EACBT). Completing her year-long internship at the Goucher Counseling Center has allowed her to specialize in working with young adults with a wide range of concerns, such as social anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, relationship dynamics, identity development, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Laila completed her B.A. in psychology from the American University in Cairo (AUC). As a clinical intern at Al Mashfa Hospital, she built a strong clinical foundation working with adults and children with wide range of clinical presentation. She worked as a psychology teaching assistant in Egypt and the U.S. for three years. Her research work on the psychological impact of cyber and in-person gender-based violence informs her clinical work with clients navigating similar experiences.

Laila believes that empathy and unconditional support are the cornerstones of therapeutic healing. She uses a client-centered approach integrated with CBT tools, mindfulness techniques and narrative therapy. In her work, she is mindful of cultural norms and values, and how they could impact wellbeing and identity development.

Laila is comfortable conducting sessions in English or Arabic.

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