How I got here
I say I got here by luck, but I'm learning in therapy., That's just a way to minimize my work. That's how I could rationalize it because some part of me doesn't trust I could do it. But I did it. I've struggled with myself, my identity, body image, mental health, and everything else my entire life. As a Syrian/Lebanese immigrant to Florida at age 8, I could not understand what was happening around me. All I knew was that I no longer had my friends or family or anything else I was used to doing anymore. It was time to start over in a new country, language, and new everything. The feelings of displacement, loneliness, anxiety, and loss of identity never left me, so I searched for the "why," which led me to my interest, passion, and career in mental health therapy and education. I have made it my life's mission to educate and end mental health stigma. For this reason, I founded my practice, Serein Counseling, and my social platforms, which have a community of 1.2 million and a reach far beyond that. My platforms have provided resources and access to millions daily and have allowed me to have important mental health conversations with people I never thought I would be in the same rooms with. I am a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness. As someone who was diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety in adulthood, I know what it's like to feel like something is deeply wrong and not know where to turn. I am here to help build awareness in hopes that no one will feel alone.
I speak 4.25 languages, English, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, and a little Portuguese. I have traveled to over 15 countries and spent years abroad teaching English as a foreign language to European children and adults and refugees from the Middle East. When I am stressed, I book a flight somewhere and spend time seeing the world and, of course, eating! I go to therapy regularly and encourage those around me to do the same. My most recent trip was to Sedona, where I fell in love with the Red Rocks and spent a lot of time enjoying nature and meditating.