Hooman Keshavarzi, MA, Psy.D
Hooman Keshavarzi is a licensed as a psychotherapist in the state of Illinois, he holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, a Masters of Clinical Psychology and a Bachelors of Science – specialist psychology track/minor in Islamic Studies. He is currently a visiting scholar for Ibn Haldun University (Istanbul, Turkey), Adjunct Professor at American Islamic College, Hartford Seminary, instructor of psychology at Islamic Online University and founding director of Khalil Center – the first Islamically oriented professional community mental wellness center and largest provider of Muslim mental healthcare in the US. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding at the Global Health Center, conducting research on topics related to Muslims and Mental Health. Hooman Keshavarzi is an international public speaker and trainer currently serving as a Clinical supervisor of graduate students of clinical psychology at the Village of Hoffman Estates (DHS). He also delivers seminars on specialized topics around multiculturalism and psychology.
Hooman Keshavarzi has also authored several published academic papers in recognized peer-reviewed journals on integrating Islamic spirituality into modern psychological practice.
In addition to his academic training, Hooman Keshavarzi has studied Islamic theology both formally and informally. He is a student of Shaykh Muhammad Zakariya from Toronto, Canada, where he attended his hadith and spiritual discourses for a number of years. After moving to Chicago, he studied informally with Shaykh Azeemuddin Ahmed, later formally enrolling in Darussalam Academy for 4 years. During this time he also did some specialized coursework with Shaykh Amin Kholwadia in Islamic counseling. He then transferred to Darul Qasim where he is continuing his higher Islamic education.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext: 703
Fahad Khan, MA, MBS, Psy.D
Clinical Director, Chicagoland Offices
Dr. Fahad Khan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences. He is also a Hafiz of the Qur’an (having committed the entire Qur’an to memory) and has studied Islamic studies with various scholars in the Muslim world and the US. He is currently a student of Islamic studies and Arabic. He is a faculty member at Concordia University Chicago and College of DuPage. He has conducted numerous research studies and have published book chapters and articles on Traditional Islamically-Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP), help-seeking attitudes of Muslim Americans as well as the effects of Acculturation & Religiosity on Psychological Distress. He is a fellow of the International Association of Islamic Psychology and serves as an editor for the Journal of Muslim Mental Health.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext. 704
Sabaahath Latifi, MS LCPC
Licensed Clinical PsychoTherapist
Sabaahath Latifi is a clinical therapist at Khalil Center. She has completed her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology, with a subspecialty in children and adolescents’ developmental psychology, from Benedictine University. She graduated from Elmhurst College with her Bachelors in Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to that, Sabaahath studied Islamic jurisprudence, history, Quran Tafseer, and Urdu for six years. She has also previously worked with children with special needs and learning disorders.
At Khalil Center Sabaahath works with children experiencing anxiety, significant changes in family environment, behavioral concerns, peer related concerns, body image and self-esteem issues, and stress management. She also works with women experiencing anxiety, OCD, marital conflict, and depression. Currently she leads two groups: divorced women’s support group and anxiety skills group for adolescent females. Sabaahath is trained in crisis and trauma response and runs the crisis hotline.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 706
Sarah Syed, Psy.D
Dr. Sarah Syed completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University. Her master’s degree is in clinical psychology was obtained from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Texas School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Syed has a broad range of experience working within the field of psychology including diagnostic and vocational testing, career counseling, domestic violence, addictions, family and couples therapy, depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment, grief/loss, school concerns, lifespan adjustment, and community mental health. Her pre-doctoral experiences include neuropsychology testing, children, family, and couples counseling and inpatient psychiatric care of adults with moderate to severe psychiatric issues.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 705
Samar Harfi, MA, Psy.D
Dr. Samar holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Samar’s clinical training and experience include working with individuals struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, traumatic incidents, identity concerns, relationship problems, and other serious mental health issues. Dr. Samar has worked with individuals from all age groups across gender and a broad range of cultural identities. She has special interest in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Samar’s clinical approach is integrative with a focus on multicultural, interpersonal and narrative therapy. As a bilingual clinician with international experience, Dr. Samar has provided clinical services in both Arabic and English.
Dr. Samar is passionate about social justice and multicultural counseling and has been active in national and international mental health projects in the past. She received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work with refugees in Chicago in 2012.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 707
Shireen Musleh, MA LCPC
Shireen Musleh is licensed in the state of Illinois to diagnose and treat mental health related issues as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She has extensive clinical experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with various types of concerns and issues. She has experience and training on marital conflicts and parenting, fears and anxieties, grief, depression, and addiction.
Mrs. Musleh has a great deal of understanding and training in working with individuals and families suffering from domestic violence. She completed an all-encompassing training program with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). She co-facilitated domestic violence and anger management groups to provide psycho-education and to increase insight into maladaptive coping mechanisms. Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP) groups were provided to court ordered perpetrators, which is a program that provides services for people, both males and females, who control their partner with physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or economical abuse (money). She also co-facilitated self-esteem groups for women to empower them and provide a safe support system. She provided co-parenting counseling for couples going through divorce, as well as for individuals struggling with the difficulties of parenting. She has basic training in biofeedback/neurofeedback, which is an evidenced-based adjunctive treatment used for psychiatric conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, phobic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, depression and affective disorders, autism, and addictive disorders.
1-855-5KHALIL ext 714
AbdulAziz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). He holds a Masters of Social Work – School Social Work concentration from Governors State University. Currently, he serves as a Therapist at Khalil Center and a School Counselor at MCC Academy.
Previously, AbdulAziz spent a large portion of his career in public schools as a school social worker and at Purify Your Gaze, an online platform for Muslims struggling with sexually compulsive behavior. Thus, most of his experience has been with adolescents and young adults struggling with addiction, goal-oriented behavior, lack of life satisfaction, career choices, internal conflicts and more.
AbdulAziz takes a Task-Centered approach when working with clients. He believes that every client is an expert on their experience and that by creating a safe, welcoming and warm environment, people can begin their journey towards healing. AbdulAziz is passionate about learning and improving service delivery to his clients. He considers himself to be a lifelong learner and continues to take classes or professional development coursework.
1-855-5KHALIL ext. 721
Dr. Mohamad Ata, DNP
NPA – Psychiatry
Dr. Mohamad Ata received his doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) from Rush University in 2017 and worked as a psychiatric nurse since 2012. His medical training includes a residency in psychiatry at Carle Foundation Hospital. He became board certified in psychiatry in 2018. He is a member of the Neuroscience Education Institute.
His medical interests include:
- Special populations including deaf, mute, blind, and autism,
- Neurocognitive disorders including dementia
- Also: delirium, depression, and anxiety.
Dr. Ata believes in a holistic approach to treating mental illness including the integration of Islamic principles, psychopharmacological interventions, and psychotherapy for optimal outcomes.
Contact : Mohamadata@khalilcenter.com
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 709
Dr Yusuf Salah, MD
Dr. Yusuf Salah received his Bachelors Degree in Middle Eastern Languages and Civilization from Northwestern University. He then completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his residency in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His interests include youth work and community service.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 708
Imman Musa, Ph.D.
Dr. Imman Musa earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University. Her research career has focused on the mental health impact of discrimination and Islamophobia on American Muslims. Dr. Musa has presented her research at professional conferences across the country including the annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Muslim Mental Health Conference. She is a co-founder and Director of Outcomes and Evaluation at MWPN, a St. Louis-based non-profit organization dedicated to the mentorship and professional development of Muslim women.
Clinically, Dr. Musa works with adolescents, adults, and couples. She has specialized training working with individuals with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and substance use disorders. Dr. Musa has previously worked with diverse client populations in a broad range of clinical settings, including partial hospitalization programs, primary care medical centers, college counseling centers, and community mental health clinics. She sees clients with a broad range of presenting issues including anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, mood disorders, addictions, adjustment issues, ADHD, acculturation stress, bereavement, and sleep disorders. When working with clients, Dr. Musa utilizes cognitive-behavioral strategies while incorporating a multicultural framework that considers her clients’ unique social identities, values, and belief systems.
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1-855-5KHALIL Ext 732
Nada Shalash, LSW
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 746
Lujain Mahmoud, MA
Lujain Mahmoud is a Licensed School Counselor and therapist at Khalil Center. She holds her Professional Educator License and Masters in School Counseling from Concordia University Chicago. She graduated from Aurora University with her bachelors in Social Work and minor in Psychology. Lujain’s graduate training involved working with adolescents in a high school setting. She has experience working with adolescents and adults with anxiety and depression. Lujain’s therapeutic approach involves cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). Meeting the client where they are is a big part of Lujain’s approach.
Sana Mohiuddin, MAMFC
Bessma Haider, BA
Haneefa Meteen, M.A.
I believe that healing is possible with a wholistic approach. By wholistic I mean maintaining balance physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. I’m currently an advanced Psy.D. student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology Chicago campus. Now receiving internship training in spiritually integrated psychotherapy at the Khalil center. Having graduated with a Masters in rehabilitation counseling, I’ve observed that everyone has challenges, just in different ways which hold us back from being all that we can be and using the talents and guidance Allah blesses each person with. My interests and experience are in anxiety management, posttraumatic growth after trauma, children and families, women’s spirituality, homeopathy and other natural ways to balance moods, learning more about Islam for the new millennium. Accepting, valuing, and exploring the positives of your culture. Well-rounded I’m also an artist, watercolorist and clothes designer, advocate, and retired registered nurse.
Rafay Raziuddin – MA
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Candidate
University of Missouri – Kansas City
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 1
Ustadha Rania Awaad, MD
Clinical Director – Khalil Center Offices, Bay Area – CA
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine
Rania Awaad, M.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine where she is the Director of the Muslim Mental Health Lab and Wellness Program and Director of the Diversity Clinic. She pursued her psychiatric residency training at Stanford where she also completed a postdoctoral clinical research fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Her research and clinical work are focused on the mental health needs of Muslims. Her courses at Stanford range from teaching a pioneering course on Islamic Psychology, instructing medical students and residents on implicit bias and integrating culture and religion into medical care to teaching undergraduate and graduate students the psychology of xenophobia. Her most recent academic publications include an edited volume on “Islamophobia and Psychiatry” (Springer, 2019) and upcoming texts on Islamic Psychology (Routledge, 2020) and Muslim Mental Health. She has also produced a toolkit, fact sheet, CME course, and is now editing a clinical textbook on Muslim mental health for the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Awaad is particularly passionate about uncovering the historical roots of mental health care in the Islamic intellectual heritage. Through her outreach work at Stanford, she is also the Clinical Director of the San Francisco Bay Area branches of the Khalil Center, a spiritual wellness center pioneering the application of traditional Islamic spiritual healing methods to modern clinical psychology. She has been the recipient of several awards and grants for her work. Prior to studying medicine, she pursued classical Islamic studies in Damascus, Syria and holds certifications (ijaza) in Qur’an, Islamic Law and other branches of the Islamic Sciences. Dr. Awaad has also served as the first female Professor of Islamic Law at Zaytuna College, a Muslim Liberal Arts College in Berkeley, CA where she taught courses on Shafi’i Fiqh and Women’s Fiqh and Qur’anic sciences for nearly a decade. In addition, she serves as the Director of The Rahmah Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Muslim women and girls. At Rahmah, she oversees the Murbiyyah spiritual mentoring program for girls. Dr. Awaad is a nationally recognized speaker, award-winning teacher, researcher and author in both the Islamic and medical sciences. Follow her on I/T: @Dr.RaniaAwaad
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 702
Hira Khanzada, MS LCSW
License Number: 92776
Masters Degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley
Board Certification: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Psychotherapist and Community Outreach Coordinator
Hira Khanzada is a Mental Health Therapist, credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California. She completed her Master’s at UC Berkeley and graduate social work training at institutions including the UCSF/ZSFG Trauma Recovery Center and Stanford Health Care. Hira provides both individual and family therapy. Her experience includes supporting those with depression, anxiety, family issues, and multiple forms of trauma, across a broad spectrum of faiths, cultures and ethnicities. Hira’s approach is outcome-focused, warm, and non-judgmental. She seeks to approach all challenges holistically from their root cause, whether emotional, physical, or spiritual. Her theoretical orientation is integrative, incorporating modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Skills Training in Affective and Behavioral Regulation. She provides services in English and Urdu/Hindi.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 722
Nuzhath Quadri, MA LMFT
License Number: 77379
Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from University of San Diego
Board Certification: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Nuzhath Quadri is holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is currently working in a school and clinic setting. Her primary experience includes working with children, adolescents, women, and families.
Her theoretical orientation is integrative. She uses a mixture of cognitive behavior, solution focused, mindfulness, stress management and insight oriented techniques – depending on the needs of the client.
Heba el-Haddad, MS, PsyD-Candidate
Mental Health Associate
Heba has received her undergraduate degree from UC Irvine in Psychology of Social Science, later earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. She worked at OMID Multicultural Institute for Development, a mental health institute for 3 years, where she completed her practicum hours and gained a variety of experience working with the Muslim population from different ethnicities and backgrounds. Simultaneously, she worked at the Anaheim Family Justice Center through New Star Family Center in Anaheim with law enforcement, counseling victims of domestic violence and abuse. She also served as a case manager for ICNA’s first Transitional home and shelter for Muslim women in Southern California. Heba is an affiliate of the Stanford Muslim Mental Health Lab which focuses on providing resources for clinicians, researchers and community leaders working with the Muslim population. Believing that prevention is superior to intervention, Heba has worked on promoting awareness on a wide spectrum of topics ranging from anxiety to stress management through seminars, workshops, and lectures and believes that psychoeducation has the ability to empower and transform communities, not just individuals. Heba perceives learning to be a never-ending process and is continuously seeking to further her self-development in all aspects.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 711
Yusuf (Martin) Turner, MA APCC
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Yusuf (Martin) Turner holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Regis University. He is a registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor intern (APCC) and is working toward his licensure.
Yusuf has experience working with adult male and female clients in community treatment settings and supportive housing. struggling with various addictions, chemical dependency, depression, anxiety, trauma, and severe mental illness.
In the past Yusuf has worked with Muslim Family Services of Colorado, providing individual mental health counseling and psychoeducation to adult males at risk in oppressed communities of color, primarily the African American and Somali communities of Denver, Colorado.
Yusuf’s theoretical orientation is eclectic, heavily influenced by psychodynamic and existential psychology. He utilizes a plethora of therapeutic techniques specific to the needs and issues impacting his client (e.g., psychoanalytic, client-centered, gestalt, cognitive behavioral, narrative, mindfulness, and transtheoretical therapies). Yusuf is an advocate of social justice and volunteers his time with a number of social causes.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL ext. 712
Rana Chawla, MA, LMFT
Rana Chawla is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and holds a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. She has worked extensively with adolescents & families, providing individual & family therapy and dealing with a wide variety of issues. Her clinical training ranges from working with seriously mentally ill adolescents living in a locked facility, to providing treatment in the community and in-home services to families. Rana also has experience working as a school counselor in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Her 15+ years of experience in the field allows her to utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques based on the needs of the client. She also provides marriage and couples therapy with a focus on both The Gottman Method and EFT interventions.
Rana is passionate about providing services to underserved populations, dispelling the stigma of mental illness, and assisting parents to improve their family dynamics. In addition, Rana studied abroad in 2003/04 in Damascus, Syria, where she received a license to teach Tajweed from the late Shaykh Abu Hassan Al Kurdi. Rana is always working to deepen her spiritual knowledge & self-understanding in order to better serve her community.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL ext 717
Saha has received her undergraduate degree from UC Davis in Psychology and a minor in Comparative Religion. Later, she earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Southern California. She worked at John George Psychiatric Hospital where she completed her clinical hours and gained a variety of experience working in the ER setting. Simultaneously, Saha has been working at NISA, a Muslim domestic violence organization for over 15 years where she provides counseling and case management for survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Saha utilizes a multitude of therapeutic intervention modalities based on the needs of the client including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and stress management.
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist & Community Outreach
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 701
Moulana Shahbaz Shaikh was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He attained his Masters of Science in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling in 2016 from San Francisco State University.
By the grace of Allah, Moulana Shahbaz studied the traditional Islamic sciences under Mufti Abdullah Nana for five years. After completing his university studies, Moulana Shahbaz traveled to New York where he spent one year furthering his Islamic studies at Darul Uloom New York. He completed his Islamic studies at Madrasa Arabia Islamia in South Africa where he attained Ijazah (certification) in the six major canonical books of Ahadith: Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abu Dawood, Jami Al-Tirmidhi, Sunan An-Nasa’i, Sunan Ibn Majah, and other major works such Muwatta, Sharh Ma’ani Al Athar, and Tafsir Baidawi.
Moulana Shahbaz has a background working with individuals struggling with depression, suicidal ideation, relationship problems, anxiety, substance abuse and many other mental health issues.
He also has experience conducting therapy with teens and young adults with a variety of needs and issues such as family conflict, substance abuse, peer pressure, stress, and other various concerns and challenges. He has a tremendous desire and passion in helping young people gain the support that they need in order to grow and develop as healthy individuals.
Over a decade, he has volunteered in various masajid across the country and abroad, offering peer counseling and delivering lectures to Muslim youth with a variety of spiritual, emotional and social needs in order to help them connect themselves with their local masajid and grow as a part of the community.
Moulana Shahbaz seeks to combine the knowledge he has learned from the sacred Islamic sciences with the knowledge he has attained from the fields of psychology and counseling in order to deliver spiritual and effective counseling to his clients.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 735
Melissa Daoud converted to Islam in 2001, and was born and raised in the United States. Melissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Jose State University. Immediately after earning her undergraduate degree she continued her education at San Jose State University where she completed her Master’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Research and Experimental Psychology. Melissa is licensed as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, and completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2017.
Melissa’s approach to psychotherapy is collaborative and integrative, as she believes the best therapy is tailored to the individual. She utilizes interventions from psychodynamic, attachment theory, family systems, and evidence-based psychotherapies.
Since 2016, Melissa has extensive clinical experience with children, teens, young adults, and their families, providing both individual and family therapy. Melissa also has experience working as a school counselor in elementary, middle, and high school settings. In addition to working with youth, Melissa enjoys working with parents, converts to Islam, and pre-marital couples.
Haneen Hage Hassan
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.
Haneen works as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, having earned a Masters in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked in clinical settings of a wide range, including community clinics, an elementary school, and a non-profit organization. She has worked with clients of diverse backgrounds and ages. Haneen assists clients attain better functioning lives and relationships, and helps clients identify their values and identities, including an exploration of how generational gaps impact them. This, along with empowerment, support, and teaching of skills, can facilitate a healing and thriving environment for individuals in a non-judgemental space. She conducts therapy in English and Arabic and her theoretical orientation includes CBT and Emotionally-Focused Therapy,
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 748
Tuesday-Friday, Sunday: 10-5pm
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 701
Shaykh Suhail Hasan Mulla, MSW
Director – KC LA Area, CA
Shaykh Suhail Hasan Mulla is a native Angeleno, proudly born and raised. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Pan-African Studies from CSUN, his Master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA and another Bachelor’s Degree in Shari’ah (Islamic Law) from the world’s preeminent Islamic seminary – Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Additionally, he completed a two year Islamic Studies program at Al-Asheera Al-Muhammadiya in Cairo, Egypt where he studied privately with numerous Azhari scholars.
Shaykh Suhail has worked as a social worker in school and juvenile justice settings, served as an Imam at the Islamic Society of Orange County and has served as Interim Executive Director and Director of Mental Health at Access California Services.
Shaykh Suhail currently serves as Resident Scholar at the Islamic Society of West Valley and as University Muslim Chaplain at UCLA and CSUN. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 723
Sakeena Mirza, LCSW, MSW
Associate Clinical Social Worker– KC LA Area, CA
Contact: 1855-5 KHALIL Ext. 718
Fiaz Zubair Syed, LCSW
Therapist – KC LA Area, CA
Fiaz Zubair Syed is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and long-standing community activist. As a clinical social worker, Zubair has worked with children, families and adults to help in addressing social and emotional challenges. He received a B.A. in History from California State University, Northridge in 2005 and a Master’s in Social Welfare from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2007. In his 10+ years of professional experience, Zubair has worked within the healthcare and educational systems to address a wide range of mental health issues with individuals and groups of diverse abilities and backgrounds. He has a broad range of experience working within the field of social work performing bio-psycho-social assessments, crisis counseling, threat assessments, suicide prevention and assessment, grief counseling, group therapy and cognitive behavioral interventions for trauma.
Zubair has held the position of Pupil Services & Attendance Counselor, Medical Social Worker, Expulsion Counselor and currently holds the position of Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW) for the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a PSW, Zubair works with high school students who present with mental health needs, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, and trauma.
In his 15+years as an activist, Zubair has held leadership positions within Muslim American Society (MAS) and co-founded the Islamic Society of West Valley (ISWV), a non-profit religious organization in the San Fernando Valley. Fiaz is happily married with three children.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 710
Humera Sheikh, ACSW
Associate Clinical Social Worker
Humera Sheikh is a Behavioral Health Therapist and an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW). She has completed 3000 hours of social work and is in the process of preparing for California LCSW exam. Humera holds a MSW from University of Southern California, and was a Fellow of USC Community Organization and Business Innovation (COBI) Fellowship Program 2016-2017. Humera has a BA in Political Science from University of San Diego. She worked as an administrative assistant at the Islamic School of San Diego (ISSD), where she transitioned to a social work internship, to develop for the first time a social work program for ISSD. Humera also worked for Molina Healthcare in the Research and Development Department, where she developed culturally competent programs to enhance Employee Wellness, Corporate Social Responsibility & Inclusion and Diversity.
Dr. Venus Mahmoodi, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Venus Mahmoodi is Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor, and Managing Director at the Khalil Center-New York City office. She cares for individuals and couples to alleviate distress from a wide range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficulty managing emotions. In her clinical practice, Dr. Mahmoodi utilizes a range of interventions to manage symptoms depending on the need of the patient, from insight-oriented techniques to coping strategies. She has specialized training in reproductive mental health and childhood trauma. And she continues to build expertise in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for low-resource communities as well as Traditional Islamically-Integrated Psychotherapy for the Muslim community.
Dr. Mahmoodi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University where she teaches courses on reproductive mental health as well as mentoring students in research and integrative projects. She is an Affiliate Scholar with the Global Mental Health Lab under the direction of Dr. Lena Verdeli, where she heads projects on global perinatal mental health. Her research focuses on finding effective prevention and intervention models to treat perinatal mental health issues within low-resource communities, namely Muslim women in the US and abroad.
Dr. Mahmoodi completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University’s Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, with an emphasis in women’s neuroscience and reproductive health through a collaboration with Stanford University. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City and a post-doctoral specialization in maternal mental health with the Seleni Institute.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 727
Tasnia Ahamed is a Licensed Social Worker. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Stony Brook University, with a trauma specialization. She currently serves as a Therapist at Khalil Center-NY and as the Domestic Violence Program Director at Turning Point for Women and Families. Tasnia’s career has largely focused on counseling female survivors of intimate partner violence by addressing the safety, social, and mental health needs of women facing violence at home. Tasnia approaches clients from a strengths-based perspective and believes that healing begins with recognizing one’s own self-worth.
Mawlana Omar Patel
Psychotherapist & Operations Manager
Imam Omar Patel completed his formal Islamic education in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Dar ul Ulum Azaadville, South Africa. Upon returning to Canada, he pursued his Master of Pastoral Studies with a specialization in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto.
In 2015, Imam Omar began his service as a Muslim Chaplain at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. He has complemented his studies in Psychotherapy with certification from the Toronto Center for Psychotherapy and Counselling Education. Imam Omar`s clinical experience includes working with adolescents, couples and families to overcome various mental health and relationship concerns.
Imam Omar currently serves as the Operations Manager and Psychotherapist at Khalil Center Toronto.
Contact: 1-855-5-KHALIL Ext 713
Pastoral Counselor Level 1, PhD Candidate (Psychology)
Kashmala Qasim completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology from the University of Toronto and completed a Masters in Neuroscience from McMaster University. She has also completed the Taleem ul Qu’ran Diploma course from Al Huda Institute. Kashmala has been a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the Islamic Online University and has also received Level 1 Pastoral Counselling training from the University of Toronto. Kashmala also initiated and led a Muslim Community Engagement Program at McMaster University, through which she and her team members, conducted several workshops in the community related to mental health and counselling. She is now pursuing a PhD at York University in Social Psychology. Kashmala’s research interests include Socio-cultural challenges faced by the Muslim community in accessing mental health care, coping mechanisms used by Syrian refugees and developing an Islamically integrated model of peer support for Muslim women.
Contact: 1-855-5-KHALIL ext 734
Aalimah Fatima Bhaiyat was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She completed her Bachelors of Arts in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Jamiyah Islamiyah of Scarborough in Toronto, Canada. She teaches at various institutes within the GTA to students of various age groups, primarily focusing on the youth. Upon graduation from the Islamic Seminary, she saw a great need in the Muslim community for spiritual care and counseling and decided to bridge her traditional scholarship with a position in a modern Canadian context. She is currently pursuing her Master of Pastoral Studies specializing in Psychotherapy and Spirituality. She has served for 3 years as a chaplain at the University of Toronto Scarborough catering to Muslim Females.
Contact: 1-855-5-KHALIL ext 731
Sadiyah Chauhan is a Toronto native and has completed her Islamic Theology Studies in India. She is currently completing her Masters in Spiritual Counselling and Psychotherapy. Sadiyah has been teaching Islamic studies to young girls for the last couple of years and enjoys it very much. Sadiyah is interested in Islamically integrated therapy and serving her community.
Contact: 1-855-5-KHALIL Ext 733
Munsif Mubarak completed his Bachelor of Science (majors in psychology and health studies) from the University of Toronto. Upon graduation, he spent seven years in al-Madinah al-Munawwarah studying the Islamic sciences within Masjid-un-Nabawi and in the homes and circles of various scholars. Munsif completed his associate degree in Arabic Language and a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Classical Arabic Literature/Linguistics) from the Islamic University of Medina. Upon returning to Toronto in 2017, he served as an associate imam at Masjid-ut-Taqwa for one year. Munsif is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from the University of Toronto while serving as an instructor at The Zakariyya Academy for Advanced Islamic Studies (Islamic Centre of Oshawa)
Munsif has also memorized the Holy Qur’an. While he was studying in the Islamic University of Medina, he was privileged to edit one of the books of Dr. V. Abdur Raheem, and after that began translating various texts from Arabic to English. While living in the Blessed City, he also taught English to native Arabic speakers and earned his CELTA certification in 2016.
Munsif has been a disciple of Shaykh Zakariyya Patel of Masjid-ut-Taqwa since he was nine years old and continues to attend his weekly lessons in loving and living the way of Messenger of Allah [upon him be peace and salutations].
Contact: 1-855-5-KHALIL Ext 738
Dr. Saleha Gangat
Saleha Gangat was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and travelled with her family to India for the acquisition of Islamic studies. There she spent eight years completing the Aa’limiyat course where she learnt the Islamic sciences of Tafseer, Hadith, Fiqh, and Hifz and obtained her ijazahs. Thereafter, she has taught for over 15 years around the GTA mainly focusing on the youth while continuing her academic studies and family obligations. She has an Hounours BSc from the University of Toronto in psychology and Neuroscience and a medical degree from McGill University. She has recently completed her Family Medicine training and is currently practicing medicine in Hamilton, ON, and mental health services at Khalil Center, Toronto. She is a mother of four young children and the Co-Founder of Al-Fatihah Learning which is currently offering classes for adult sisters in Tajweed and Qirah. She is also a member of the Canadian Council of Muslim Theologian – Jamiatul-Ulema of Canada.