Sarah Kouzi

Marriage and Family Therapy

Contact Info     rihlausa@gmail.com

Education

  • Master of Science in Counseling, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (San Diego State University)

  • Bachelors of Science in Clinical Psychology  (UC San Diego)

Languages Spoken

  • English

  • Arabic

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A little about me:

I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). Being a Muslim American and a daughter of Lebanese immigrants, I am very passionate about serving the community and making mental health services more accessible and catered towards diverse cultural backgrounds. I speak fluent Arabic and have experience conducting therapy in Arabic. 

 

What I do:

The MFT title is often misleading— a more accurate description of what I do might be a mental health therapist who approaches solving problems from a relational lens. I can work with individuals, couples, and families. The way I view mental health struggles is via relationships: our relationships with ourselves, our families, our social circles, our cultural worlds, and our contexts. All these relationships have an impact on the stories we tell about ourselves and the identities we create from them, all of which impact our well-being. Through this lens, I collaborate with people to help them sort out the pieces, support them through the struggle, and help them find their own strength and resiliency to lift themselves up. I view my clients as experts of their own lives, and myself as a collaborator, like a supportive co-pilot on the journey. A collaborative approach to therapy means that I will take my clients' lead and support them in whatever way they believe to be helpful. It also means that I work with their strengths, but I might offer some tools and suggestions that could be helpful.

 

My approach to therapy: 

Therapists can work from many different theories, which might inform their style and approach to therapy. The therapies that inform my sessions are strength-based, narrative, and attachment theories. I also believe in the importance of cultural humility and bringing cultural and religious beliefs and practices into the therapy process.


I have experience working with the following demographics/mental health issues:

  • Individuals, families, children, teens

  • Abuse/Domestic violence

  • Anxiety, Stress, Depression

  • Self-esteem/identity 

Special training:

  • Domestic Violence Advocacy 

  • Motivational Interviewing