PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH DR. AISHA
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
— Pema Chodron
Pema Chodron’s words are powerful and on point. They reflect my approach in my relationship with clients. I have the ability, and truly the great honor and privilege, to sit with my clients as they process their own suffering and move towards healing and greater well-being.
As human beings, we can have a wide range of experiences over the course of our lifetimes – joy, pleasure, elation, sorrow, anxiety, confusion, uncertainty, suffering, desire – and no one of us is exempt from this universal truth. I strongly believe we have an opportunity to embrace life now – to more fully experience the joys and pleasures and more safely experience the challenges and suffering. At times our relationship to our past experiences and current challenges can have a tremendous impact on how we are embracing the present and anticipating the future.
I view life from a holistic, culturally relevant, mindfulness-oriented, ecological perspective and I am passionate about supporting clients in exploring, healing, growing, and living in the midst of unique life experiences and challenges. I work collaboratively with my clients in addressing their concerns regarding their past experiences, present functioning, and thoughts of the future.
As a woman of color, I know intimately the ways in which intersecting identities and sociocultural context can impact our lives and influence and inform life concerns and I incorporate this understanding into my work with deep consideration for how my client’s unique intersecting identities and relevant context impact their presenting concerns.
I consider it a great honor and privilege to be part of my client’s life journey — to empathically sit with my client in the midst of suffering and joy, provide a supportive and compassionate presence as my client uses their voice and tells their story, foster a safe and empowering space for my client to develop practices and tools for healing and compassionate living, and support their holistic well-being and unfoldment as they work towards meeting their goals and intentions.
My approach to working with my clients is informed by the following therapeutic orientations and perspectives:
- Culturally relevant
- Womanist, feminist
- Holistic, integrative
- Compassion, self-compassion, and empathy
- Strengths-based, ecological
Individual psychotherapy sessions are 45-50 minutes in length. Extended individual sessions of 90 minutes can be arranged. Group therapy and workshops are approximately 90 minutes in length.
Areas of focus include:
- College and graduate students
- Cultural concerns and intersecting identities
- Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence
- Family conflict
- Family stressors
- Grief & loss
- Life transitions & adjustments
- Pregnancy, birth, & new motherhood
- Racial trauma
- Relational concerns
- Religious & spiritual concerns
- Sexual abuse
- Stress management and coping
- Therapists & trainees
- Trauma (including intergenerational, complex, racial, collective, vicarious)
- Well-being and thriving
“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.”
– Audre Lorde
PSYCHOTHERAPY RATES & INSURANCE
Dr. Aisha’s rates for psychotherapy and consultation services are comparable to other local professionals. Dr. Aisha may offer a sliding scale/adjusted fee for individuals and organizations with special needs and circumstances.
For psychotherapy services, Dr. Aisha is an in-network provider for Aetna PPO and Aetna EAP. Dr. Aisha can provide services for individuals participating in the Victims of Violent Crimes (VVC) program. For other insurance, Dr. Aisha is considered an out-of-network provider and can provide a super-bill (receipt of service) for you to submit directly to your insurance to request reimbursement. Whether your insurance provider will reimburse you for an out-of-network provider depends on your plan and you are advised to contact your insurance provider directly for details about reimbursement for services rendered by out-of-network providers.
Contact Dr. Aisha to schedule a complimentary telephone consultation.
CONSULTATION WITH DR. AISHA
Dr. Aisha has experience with and enjoys providing clinical supervision for practicum and intern level clinicians, consultation services, and workshop presentations for organizations on a wide range of topics. Please contact Dr. Aisha to inquire about consultation or workshops.
Workshop topics include:
- African Americans
- Women of Color
- Multiracial/mixed ancestry
- Intimate Partner Violence
- Mindful Motherhood