I am inspired by the power of human resilience and the influence of storytelling to heal and empower people. I am a warm and enthusiastic provider who uses humor, creativity, and compassion to build an authentic and trusting therapeutic relationship. Creating a safe space to tell your story and explore all parts of yourself is essential in the healing process. I listen with an open mind and genuine curiosity, seeking to understand how our layered identities and complex interactions impact our worldview and well-being. I specialize in exploring the interconnected patterns between people, their relationships, and their environments in order to facilitate change.
My therapeutic work is influenced by a humanistic, trauma-informed, and strengths-based approach. I use narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and teachings in somatics and mindfulness to create a collaborative intervention process tailored to each individual, couple, or family.
I am a multilingual and multicultural therapist from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I identify as a first generation Bosnian-American Muslim woman, who came to the US as a refugee. I speak Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian, and German.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies with a concentration in Social Justice from the University of Minnesota and my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University. I am a culturally competent therapist who enjoys working with intersectional identities and diverse populations. I have worked in school based and in-home settings—with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families experiencing and navigating anxiety, depression, trauma, relational conflicts, identity exploration, spiritual exploration, autism, grief and loss, and life transitions. I am also a certified yoga teacher and strongly believe in the healing power of mindfulness and the value of the mind-body connection.
I am passionate about helping marginalized communities receive competent and compassionate mental health care while eliminating stigmas and barriers to access. I enjoy working with immigrant individuals and individuals of color. I enjoy working with interrracial, interethnic, and interreligious identified couples and families. I enjoy working with young people navigating multicultural challenges and identities. I find it necessary to acknowledge and deconstruct how the larger political and social systems impact our worldview and well-being.
I love good coffee, cooking, traveling, hiking, practicing yoga, and going to see live music. I try my best at baking and gardening.