Treating Mind and Spirit as One

Anushua Arif

Anushua Arif

“To transform the world, we must begin with ourselves. However small may be the world we live in, if we can transform ourselves, bring about a radically different point of view in our daily existence, then perhaps we shall affect the world at large, the extended relationships with others.”

― J. Krishnamurti

Anushua Arif has a B.A. in Creative Writing from CCNY and is currently working towards an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercy College. As an immigrant and a secular Muslim, her interests lie in working with individuals in marginalized communities, hoping to help those struggling with cultural conflicts, racial and generational trauma, as well as identity crises. She is fluent in Bengali, Hindi and Urdu.

With a background in the arts, academia, and creative writing, from both here and abroad, Anushua aims to integrate the unique blend of traditional Western education with holistic Eastern influences in her practice. In her therapy sessions with individuals, couples and families, she draws from Internal Family Systems, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, alongside incorporating mindfulness techniques, primarily through a strength-based approach. Anushua has also served as intake coordinator at PSI for the past year.

Anushua believes that clients are experts of their own lives. Through a trustful and collaborative therapeutic relationship, individuals can begin the process of gaining control over their thoughts and inner dialogues, in order to create new narratives that will grant them the lives they wish to curate.

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