Who am I?
As a Bengali therapist from Bangladesh, I bring a deep cultural richness and a passionate scholarly approach to the field of family science, specializing in couple and family therapy. My academic path is marked by a fervent dedication to unraveling the complexities of human relationships.
Holding Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology and Educational Psychology, with an additional Master of Philosophy in Educational Psychology, I have always been driven by a desire to explore the dynamics of relationships and family structures.
I am currently advancing my expertise by pursuing a Ph.D. in Couples and Family Therapy at the University of Minnesota. My research is dedicated to exploring the multifaceted aspects of couples' lives, with a strong emphasis on evidence-based practices. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy is at the core of my work, guiding my approach to therapy and research. My tenure as a faculty member in the Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology at the University of Dhaka has been an integral part of my career, further enriching my experience and perspective.
My strong sense of cultural identity as a Bengali woman enriches my professional work, allowing me to offer a unique perspective on relationships and family dynamics. This distinct viewpoint is seamlessly woven into both my research and practice, highlighting the importance of cultural context in understanding and nurturing human connections.
Approach to Therapy
My therapeutic style is characterized by warmth and steadfastness, reflecting my deep-seated belief that clients are the experts of their own lives. In my role as a therapist, I see myself as a facilitator, guiding clients through their self-exploration and growth. This facilitation is enriched by my use of humility and my efforts to forge genuine connections. For me, being fully present in each therapy session is paramount. It is through this unwavering presence that I can truly engage with my clients, understand their experiences, and support their journey toward healing and self-discovery.
I approach each session with an open heart and mind, acknowledging the unique perspectives and innate wisdom every individual brings to the table. By creating a collaborative environment, I encourage clients to delve into their own narratives, discover their strengths, and address the challenges they face. My aim is to empower clients, helping them to unlock their potential and move towards a more harmonious and fulfilled life. This process is not just about addressing difficulties but also about celebrating successes, big and small, as integral parts of the therapeutic journey.
Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT): This approach helps clients enhance and restructure emotional responses to strengthen relationships.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): A technique effective for alleviating the distress associated with traumatic memories.
Play Therapy: An expressive method allowing clients, especially children, to convey their feelings and thoughts through play.
Mindfulness: Practices aimed at fostering present-moment awareness and non-judgmental observation of thoughts and feelings.
Non-violent Resistance (NVR): This approach addresses a range of behaviors from youth aggression to adult domestic violence, promoting constructive change without confrontation.