GTCW Meet the Team: Farah Hussain Asghar, LMSW
What ages do you work with?
I work with children (6 to 10), preteens, teens, and adults.
Who else do you enjoy and feel confident working with?
I love working with persons of color, first- and second-generation immigrants, and Muslim communities.
Your approaches/how you help:
I help clients find different ways to ground themselves, reframe their thinking and use positive psychology techniques to improve their overall mental health and well-being. I challenge clients in a productive and healthy way to help them explore and find new ways to relate to themselves, their feelings, their relationships and their world. I’ve done training in TF-CBT, which has given me skills help my younger clients work through traumatic life experiences. I’ve also done training in grief therapy, to help clients of all ages work through and heal from personal losses.
In working with children, I help support parents with education on parenting and on meeting their child’s developmental needs. In working with children, I use a variety of direct and non-direct play therapy techniques.
Core Treatment Modalities:
I gravitate towards using mindfulness-based approaches in my work with clients., and help my clients resolve ambivalence about change in their lives and increase motivation for change. I like to use a strengths-based, compassionate approach.
What can a client expect if they work with you:
I foster a nonjudgmental, safe space for clients to feel truly heard and cared for. I will be patient and compassionate as we work together on helping them live authentically. I can help highlight the strengths that they already hold to empower them to be their best self.
What do you like about being a counselor?
I love being able to watch my clients grow and succeed as they process difficult life experiences, work on their goals and explore what their values are. I have learned so much about resilience from my clients and it’s truly beautiful to be a part of.
If you could meet one author who would it be and why?
Ralph Waldo Emerson. He’s responsible for my favorite quote from high school so I’d love to talk with him. “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Unique fact about you (hobby, interest, etc):
I love doing anything creative! Whether it’s baking, a painting class, or a pottery class, I love being able to create something.
We are so excited to have Farah on the team here at GTCW! To schedule a session with Farah, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (512) 400-4247 x 6.