My Journey

Holistic Creative Psychotherapist, Yoga Teacher, and Special Educator

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.

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…
"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

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

"Leila has been doing virtual therapy with my daughter for two months now and I am so pleased to notice how much self-confidence and expression she has acquired.

She had struggled with bullying and expressing herself for so long and was able to form a nurturing bond with Leila to build on her strengths and creativity. My daughter values her sessions with Leila so much. She is especially fond of how many tools she has discovered she already had. It is wonderful to see my daughter shining so bright!”

J.N: Mother of the client, age 52, daughter is 13

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: age 27