Liza Ibrahim, LPC
Liza Ibrahim, LPC
I am a bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor and have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in clinical and school settings since 2012. I earned a Master of Arts and Education Specialist degree in Professional Counseling and School Counseling from Seton Hall University in 2015. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2009.
I am currently working as a School Counselor in an urban elementary school with children ages 5-13. My experience in both clinical and school settings have helped me to become skilled in addressing childhood trauma, bullying, school-related/academic concerns, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and other various clinical concerns. I have a passion and dedication for helping children, adolescents, and adults cope with difficulties, resolve problems or conflicts, and enhance their quality of life. In my past experience working for a previous private practice, I came across a client population that was culturally diverse and worked with individuals coping with various clinical diagnoses. In my experience with Options Counseling Center, I worked in supporting adolescents and adults coping with co-occurring and substance-use disorders.
I am fluent in English and Arabic and enjoy working with clients of various age groups and cultural backgrounds. I believe that to be a successful therapist, one must be able to empathize and connect with clients. My practical view of the function of counseling is that it is a journey of self-exploration by the client which is meant to improve his or her level of self-awareness and self-understanding. I make it a priority to support clients’ in identifying, developing, and utilizing resources to successfully solve problems and cope with other struggles in their lives. I truly believe in creating a nurturing and warm environment to help develop rapport and to maintain a healthy client/therapist relationship. Clinically, I implement a psychodynamic and humanistic approach. However, I believe it is necessary to be flexible in my theoretical orientation to better serve the needs of my clients. Some of the approaches I find to be helpful include CBT, play therapy, art therapy, and solutions-focused counseling.
I am a member of the American Counseling Association and New Jersey School Counseling Association.