Farah Qureshi

MA, TEMPORARY LIMITED LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Farah received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Michigan-Flint and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Wayne State University. Farah specializes in child and adolescent populations presenting with ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. Farah has worked with families in the Flint and Detroit area, and also advocates for mental health in her South Asian, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, immigrant and Muslim communities. Farah’s current research focuses on the effects of social determinants on mental health from a political economy and Islamic approach. In her spare time, Farah enjoys creating art, volunteering and spending time with friends and family. Farah is proficient in speaking Urdu.

Clinical Approach

Farah follows a humanistic and multicultural/feminist approach, focusing on CBT, DBT and play therapy treatments. Farah works to create safe spaces for all kids to thrive and be appreciated for their strengths, uniqueness, and resilience. Farah helps clients reflect on the complexities of being an individual, whilst also valuing a sense of belonging. When engaging in specialized and evidence based interventions during sessions, Farah honors and respects where you are currently at in your life journey with affirmative and culturally competent care. Farah validates the subjective thoughts, feelings and experiences of every client. Farah believes that the potential in any child should be celebrated, and hopes to help them discover their path of personal growth. Trusting a child’s expression of his/hers/their unique feelings allows for ongoing natural self-actualization of recovering, developing, changing and growing- Farah encourages her clients to challenge stereotypes and develop a healthy sense of self regardless of societal expectations. Farah hopes her clients can express their emotions freely and supports their autonomy and decision-making skills. It is important to Farah to find strategies that address the barriers for marginalized clients and families. By seeking inspiration, peace, confidence, joy, love, and health, as well as community, good mentors, friendships, support, understanding and belonging, Farah recognizes and celebrates the diversity of her client’s experiences, backgrounds, and cultures. Farah sees clients from ages 6+ both virtually and in-person, fostering a therapeutic environment for compassion, thoughtfulness and creative expression. Farah empowers clients to be their best selves. 

Farah’s Therapy Values:

 

  • To be patient and empathic; understanding and connecting with her clients.
  • To have the ability to adjust therapeutic approaches based on the client’s development and unique needs.
  • To work closely with families in understanding the child’s environment and support their progress outside of sessions.
  • To be sensitive to and respectful of diverse backgrounds, as well as understanding how culture influences child development and family dynamics.
  • To maintain appropriate boundaries while creating a safe and trusting environment for the client.
  • To continue education; keeping up-to-date with the latest research and therapeutic techniques in the psychology field.
  • To adhere to ethical guidelines and professional standards.
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