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Beyond the Clinical: A Look at Our Therapists In and Out of Session: Noha

Sometimes it can feel like a mystery when searching for a therapist.

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Noha Khalifa, LCPC, LPC, PMH-C

You read and scroll all of the websites, profiles, and clinical information, but you don’t usually get to hear from the therapist in their own words.

Bright Light Counseling Center decided to lift the veil and introduce our therapists, in their own words. Learn more about them both personally and professionally.

This month we are interviewing Noha Khalifa, LCPC, LPC, PMH-C

(Nancy): What do you enjoy most about being a therapist?

(Noha): TI enjoy meeting and working with all my clients. I feel so honored and humbled to be able to do this work. Universally I think people are looking to connect and feel heard. I love being able to hold that space for my clients. I also appreciate how a meaningful therapeutic relationship can impact both client and clinician. I’ve learned so much from my clients, lessons that have made me a better clinician. I’m blessed to truly love what I do and for my “job” not to feel like work.

The journey to introspection can be very difficult. It takes a lot of inner strength to go through the process of therapy.

(Nancy): What do you like to do in your free time/for fun?

(Noha): Ha- free time. As a mom of three young boys I don’t get a lot of that. There is a lot of time spent playing, baking, and running around. I also enjoy a nice meal, quality time with my husband, and quietness. There is something powerful and energizing about being still in a quiet space.

(Nancy): Why did you choose Perinatal Mental Health as an area of focus?

(Noha): Societal and cultural expectations of women has always been the expectation that they will be mothers and LOVE being mothers. Unfortunately, there is A LOT of misinformation about everything related to motherhood. I think the amount of pressure and shame women experience can be suffocating. I chose this focus because I wanted to be a part of changing the narrative. I wanted to provide a space for women to discuss all the truths of motherhood- the hardships, struggles, tears, guilt- and to know that they are not alone. It’s okay to not be okay.

(Nancy): Are you currently binge watching any shows?

(Noha): I recently binge watched the Maid on Netflix and was impressed. It was such a great portrayal of the complexities surrounding domestic violence, abuse, and addiction. I would definitely recommend it, just be prepared to cry.

(Nancy): What is your favorite dish to eat?

(Noha): Do pastries count as a dish? Seriously- I have a major sweet tooth and can (unhealthy I know) live off of sugar for an entire day. However, if I had to choose something savory (and an actual meal) I would say my favorite is an Egyptian dish called koshary: rice, lentils, elbow macaroni, with fried onions and hot sauce. It is carb heaven.

(Nancy): What would you want someone who has never been to therapy to

know about therapy?

(Noha): First, I’d want them to know how brave they are. The journey to introspection can be very difficult. It takes a lot of inner strength to go through the process of therapy. While emotions are sometimes viewed as “weakness”, I believe that being able to process your emotions makes you strong and courageous. Second, therapy is a process, there isn’t a “quick fix” and it’s not a “one size fits all”. It requires patience, self compassion and a willingness to change.

(Nancy): What do you think makes your standout as a therapist?

(Noha): I remember one of my clients saying how it’s nice to work with me because I’m not a “real therapist”. Haha, she meant that I was personable, approachable, and made her feel safe. I bring my expertise to the session to help my clients, but I am also very aware that THEY are the experts on themselves. I think being genuine helps me connect with people in a more meaningful way.

(Nancy): What is rewarding about working with your clients?

(Noha): Everything! I feel completely energized by my clients. Their ability to trust me enough to allow me into their lives and support them during vulnerable times is truly humbling. I’m so grateful for being able to do this work and to meet all the amazing people I’ve met. My clients are some of the bravest and most resilient people I know. I love what I do and that's all thanks to my clients.

(Nancy): Where is one place you would like to travel to and why?

(Noha): I’ve been fortunate to travel to a lot of places. I believe there is something to learn and experience anywhere in the world. As long as I’m with the people I love, I know I’ll have a great time. Right now, I’d love to go to a beach with crystal clear water and soft white sand.

(Nancy): How have current events impacted how you approach therapy?

(Noha): Woah- It’s been an insane two years. For the first time, we have all collectively experienced similar challenges and struggles. People appear more willing to engage in therapy. I believe it’s made me more compassionate and patient with myself as well. We are all human and knowing my limitations has been instrumental in providing the best care for my clients in the most authentic way.

My clients are some of the bravest and most resilient people I know. I love what I do and that's all thanks to my clients

To learn more about Noha, click here.