Individual & Couples Therapist
“Therapy is a safe space to be who you are.”
Moni is a CDA Licensed Social Counselor with 12 years of experience in psychotherapy. Moni specializes in working with adolescents, families, individuals, and couples, guiding them to explore beyond the surface and uncover the underlying causes of their distress. Her expertise is dedicated to aiding those who find themselves trapped in life’s challenges, grappling with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression, and relational complexities.
Moni obtained her Masters in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Family and Child Counseling from the American University in Cairo (AUC). She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).
With over a decade of private practice experience with individuals and couples, combined with seven years as a School Counselor focusing on families and adolescents, Moni’s background is both comprehensive and diverse. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) & Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT), incorporating humanistic and attachment theories. EFCT and EFIT assist individuals and couples in navigating challenges such as depression, grief, chronic illness, and past traumas. Beyond teaching communication techniques, Moni strives to reignite emotional connections and reframe relationships. Her goal is to empower couples to mend misunderstandings and communicate their needs from a place of authenticity and vulnerability. The EFCT/EFIT approach, infused with attachment theory and neuroscience, equips clients to understand and manage negative emotions and triggers effectively.
In the realm of couples therapy, Moni’s objective is to create a supportive environment where the couple can openly delve into the core of their relationship dynamics. She aims to guide them in exploring the intricate cycle of personal challenges that hinder growth, as well as the automatic reactions that contribute to the emotional distance between them. By fostering a space for vulnerability, Moni will assist them in uncovering, expressing, and effectively communicating their complex emotions and needs. As they acknowledge and reshape patterns of blame or detachment, they pave the way for heightened emotional intimacy. This process redefines their relationship, establishing it as a haven of safety and stability.
Many individuals find themselves entrapped in patterns of concealing emotions, avoiding them, and experiencing heightened reactions. These strategies, initially adopted to regulate emotions in unsafe environments, end up becoming prisons that uphold distress. In Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT), individuals can find their emotional balance, break free from these cycles, and be guided through their most vulnerable moments. In individual therapy, Moni works with clients to help them in identifying the issue and supporting them in attaining sufficient emotional balance to manage emotions like shame, reactive anger, sadness, grief, and fear.
Moni’s expertise extends beyond Emotionally Focused Therapy – She is also a Positive Discipline Parent Educator. Specializing in supporting parents of school-aged children, Moni aids them in navigating their children’s intense emotions. She offers guidance in establishing clear expectations, implementing effective discipline strategies, and delivering appropriate consequences for misbehavior. Through Moni’s work, she instills values of responsibility, respect, and emotional resilience in both parents and children.