About

My Journey

From a young age, I have been an outsider looking in; dancing between interacting with the world, and stepping on the sidelines to observe. I became passionate about using my own experiences as raw material to understand the world around me, finding belonging within creativity and nature. By tapping into creative modalities, playfulness, and introspection, I realised the importance of intuitive awareness quite early on.

With age, I became increasingly curious about the nature of being human; what helps us flourish, and what causes us to decay. All while experiencing the highs and lows of flourishing and decaying myself. Coming to a constantly-evolving understanding that, like nature, we are always changing. Constantly blooming, dying, and rebirthing.

While riding the waves of life, I began to understand that I have everything I need within me, to heal myself. And you do too. I am still learning, and will continue to learn and unveil the infinite possibilities that we all possess to grow, change, live fully, and thrive. 

We all have our own truths and meanings about life, and I can certainly guide you into your own sovereignty.

My Approach

I use the title ‘holistic’ therapist because I work with the wholeness & totality of a person, for healing: the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

My approach bridges the latest scientific discoveries with the most ancient healing tools to help you remember your innate healing abilities. I say remember because everything already exists within you, encoded in your cellular memory.

Our work together is about softening into that remembrance so you can live a life that is heart&soul-aligned, a life that excites the core of your being, a life that makes Monday’s turn you on, and most importantly, a life full of connection, empowerment, and awe.

My work is spirit-driven, highly intuitive and alchemical- meaning I combine a variety of tools in a formula that is unique to you as an individual, or as a group, that results in potent inner transformation (think of the process of turning lead into gold)… these tools stem from my background in Jungian art psychotherapy, trauma-sensitive yoga, EFT tapping therapy, energy healing, intuitive movement, womb work, and much more that doesn’t need to be squeezed into a label. Let’s call it magic 😉

Qualifications

I am a fully qualified HCPC registered art psychotherapist. I ensure my clients’ safety by abiding by the code of ethics (link). 

Education: 

  • MA Art Psychotherapy (University of Roehampton) 2017-2019
  • BA Psychology (American University of Beirut) 2013-2016
  • Teaching Diploma in Special Education (American University of Beirut) 2015-2016

I can offer therapy in English, French, and Arabic. 

Certifications

  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) & TFT (Thought Field Therapy) Tapping Practitioner (Complimentary Therapists Accredited Association and The Priority Academy) 2020 -In progress
  • Pranic Healing Level 1 (World Pranic Healing Foundation Inc.) 2019
  • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Nederland) 2018
  • 200HR Sivananda Yoga Certified (Yoga Alliance) 2017
  • Kids Yoga Certified (Groovy Kids Yoga) 2016
  • Afrobeats Fitness Dance Teacher (AfricanGymTonic) 2016

Experience & Expertise

I have ten years of experience in a combination of these settings, working with both adults and children:

Mental health hospitals, charities, schools, learning centers, and private practice.

My specialization is, but not limited to: (Side note: I believe human beings are much more than a diagnostic label; these are only the tip of the iceberg that can help us find a starting point)

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Acute mental ill-health
  • Eating disorders
  • Autism
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Learning and intellectual difficulties
  • Spiritual Experiences that need Integration
  • The practice of being human…

My growth has been turbocharged and I am eternally grateful.

This was my first experience with therapy and Leila created a safe space that felt like talking to a friend but within the boundaries of a professional environment. She is clearly doing what she has been called to do in life which has been beautiful to be a part of. She entered my life really at what feels like divine timing, with the tools I needed at the exact time I needed them. She’s helped me to discover the missing piece of my puzzle by increasing my awareness to a more holistic perspective of who I am as a man and encouraged me to trust my own intuition more. As a guy who has been so heavily focused solely on structure and discipline, bringing the feminine energy of flowing freely and being (outside of just meditation) into my daily practices has and will continue to be life-changing. Things just seem lighter, I’m lighter and my day-to-day interactions are just filled with love and I think it really is the merging of the feminine and masculine energy that has given me the freedom to just be more me.
She has helped me to fully express my inner being as freely as possible which has led me to create more music and actually share them! Our sessions provided a safe space for me to explore thoughts, ideas and my inner challenges but also gave me practices that I can take with me and do myself. I’m now off to work and travel without being controlled by any fear and just trusting my process as I step closer and closer to my potential. In short, my growth has been turbocharged lol and I am eternally grateful.
A.J

Some beautiful testimonials from the intuitive movement workshop:

“I found it so freeing and playful. Leila was an excellent practitioner, what a wonderful experience. I would love to see other sessions by her!”

“This was very needed and freeing. Thank you for allowing that freedom of movement.” -N Cassi

“Thought Leila was brilliant, I’ve never done this before but she was very calming, reassuring, and great at explaining. Felt very relaxed and freed afterward! I would love to do more of it.”

“Very freeing. It had exactly the right combination of movement and relaxation. Soothing and uplifting. Leila is wonderful; she created a perfect space for us to let go. We need more sessions like this! Thank you.”

“Thank you for a really interesting session! I found it released some of my emotions that I’ve been suppressing. Definitely expressed myself more fully.” -Natalie

This was incredibly beautiful, and powerful

What an honor to learn from your wisdom, and I’m not just saying that. Thank you a hundred times.

-Nur, Wombga Workshop Virtual

"Leila has been a life-saver.

She guided me towards reshaping my relationship with myself. Showing me to the place of self-love; this, along with my love for writing, are now my greatest tools, which Leila helped me cultivate. I was silently struggling with anxiety and an eating disorder for years. With Leila, I was able to unlearn so much past conditioning and learn to live with anxiety without it taking over my life. Leila always sees the light at the end of the tunnel and will hold your hand until you see it too. She sees the soul in everyone and the inner child that needs attending-to. She is truly such a genuine and selfless person, you see this so clearly in her approach. Sessions with her leave me feeling so relieved and light.”

H.G: age 22

Your session was INCREDIBLE,

I think you have a gift and I admire your courage to do something so different.

-Sushmita, Wombga Workshop Virtual

An unexpected experience...

Wombga workshop for me was an unexpected experience. Simple techniques (no need to be an advanced yogi or super meditation expert) but very sophisticated outcomes. Whatever seed you plant as an intention during (the) workshop, under the smooth guidance of Leila, will rise as a huge tree of light. Recommend you to try this very powerful practice to unwind potential, awaken creativity, centerered focus, or any personal need in self-development and spiritual practice. Love.

-Lana Allegra, Wombga Workshop Dubai

I love doing yoga with Leila!

Her hatha yoga class leaves me feeling energized yet calm at the same time. The flows are very intuitive, bespoke, and heart-opening. Much needed on a weekly basis!

-Talia

Thank you so much Leila for holding space for this work.

I had been feeling so stagnant, disconnected, angry, and resentful; it was a powerful way to move.

-Masuma, Wombga Workshop Virtual

Leila is a wonderful yoga teacher;

you can tell just how invested she is about catering to the needs of her students by observing and listening to them deeply. Her method, because of that, changes on a weekly basis as she makes the constant effort to be attuned to both her students and the world we live in. Through Leila, I learn to breathe deeper, take things slower, stretch my heart, and engage my core.’

Nur: age 25