Mental Health

HIBA : WHY I BECAME A THERAPIST

Background​

Stepping into the mental health field has been a fascinating journey for me. As a second-generation immigrant in the United States with my parents originally from Hyderabad, India, I often found integrating the various aspects of my identity challenging.

I also grew up practicing the Islamic faith that I was primarily born into, but also discovered and nurtured deep love over time.

Through my schooling and early childhood experiences, I quickly learned that the dichotomous intersections of my own identity would prove challenging to manage. I found that carrying around multiple sets of different value systems was confusing and sparked my curiosity about the experiences of other multicultural individuals.

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“I imagined it could be difficult for anyone trying to manage intersecting identities without the proper tools or a reliable support system.”

Stigma

The concept of mental health wasn’t introduced to me until I went to high school.

Before receiving higher education, mental health was never discussed as an issue in the context of my home and the larger community.

This concept seemed outlandish and unfavorable- something that was a cause for shame or a sign of spiritual weakness. 

For this reason, I have seen many of my loved ones and peers quietly struggle due to the inaccessibility of mental health resources.

Motivation

Much of my work and passion in the mental health field stems from my experiences as a marginalized individual- navigating the difficulties of balancing different cultures.

All these situations encouraged me to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals from all walks of life. It became important to me to help individuals process their unique struggles while respecting their different identities.

Impact

Today, I dedicate my energies to actions that work to raise mental health awareness among stigmatized populations.

I serve for various non-profit organizations and volunteer at my local mosque in hopes that the conversation around mental health is not only viewed as important but also necessary.

I believe the symbolism that comes with an individual like me—an Indian, American, and Muslim providing therapeutic services, is powerful and holds value for those seeking support.

Ammirati Counseling is a boutique counseling group with office in Bannockburn. Therapists also offer private therapy via remote online. They provide comprehensive care to children, teens, adults, couples, families, and the LGBTQ community.
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