Our Team

Psychotherapist | Owner

Dr. Masuma Rasheed

She/Her/Hers | License No. 180.011806
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Registered Yoga Teacher

Specialties

“Don’t fight the darkness, bring the light and the darkness will disappear”
– M. Mahesh

Welcome! My name is Dr. Masuma Rasheed and I’m a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and owner of Mindful Life Counseling. I have 12 years of experience helping clients find more clarity and direction in their lives. Our practice specializes in helping adults, including marginalized individuals, take control of our life story. 

I believe that when we feel stuck in life or experience self-defeating thoughts, it’s easy to veer off course and lose sight of where we’re going. By learning to understand our internal guide, I believe we can build a stronger relationship with ourselves, and therefore build a stronger relationship with the pieces of life outside ourselves (relationships, work, food, intimacy, etc.).

I founded Mindful Life Counseling to help those who may feel lost in life and lack confidence in their direction or purpose. I combine mind and body techniques, such as guided breathing and EMDR, with interactive talk therapy to help clients find their way. Typically counseling sessions with me involve somatic techniques, interactive dialogue, feedback, and back-and-forth discussions to facilitate growth.

Although talk therapy is necessary, I strongly believe that we benefit from incorporating the body for a sufficient journey in the healing process.

I also incorporate yoga-based breathing techniques into counseling sessions to access the body’s healing power and harness the power of mindfulness to elevate the mood. I am certified as a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner (LFYP®), trained in using yoga to treat depression and anxiety, as well as using the Yoga for 12-Step Recovery model for healing. I believe that although talk therapy is necessary, I strongly believe that we benefit from incorporating the body for a sufficient journey in the healing process.

I also have a strong passion for using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, in sessions. EMDR enables clients to live more fully in the present by working through past triggers and letting go of beliefs that no longer serve them. I believe these mind-body modalities help clients achieve remarkable progress in healing. 

Outside of the therapy room, I value service to communities of color and have provided pro bono counseling services to domestic violence non-profit organizations. I am a former board member of HEART Women & Girls, an agency focused on sex education and sexual violence prevention for marginalized communities.

In my free time, my Mindful Life rituals include yoga, tai chi, breath-work and meditation — not to mention kickboxing, running, and weight lifting. I believe in strengthening the body to condition the mind. Other rituals include learning, dancing, journaling and connecting to nature as often as possible. I am usually working on a project that feeds my creative side; in addition to playing with my dog, Winnie.

Dr. Rasheed obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University in 2003, a Master of Science degree in Counseling in 2008 at University of North Texas (UNT), and a Ph.D. in Counseling Education at UNT in 2011.

 

 

My name is Dr. Christy Querol and I specialize in working with adults who face challenges related to anxiety, depression, body image, binge eating, self-esteem issues, and trauma. My mission is to help clients find peace in their daily lives by unpacking beliefs, behaviors, and emotions that may be holding them back.

In my practice, I emphasize finding alignment with the authentic self, and with it, a greater overall sense of well-being. I recognize that no two paths on this journey are the same. Because of this, I strive to provide a space that is sensitive to the individual needs of each of my clients. I mindfully help clients feel safe to connect to self, others, and the world through somatic, mindfulness, and polyvagal exercises. I also draw upon additional methods and techniques to enhance my work which include EMDR, Parts Work, Family Systems, and Attachment-Based interventions. I operate from a holistic framework and place a strong value on the mind-body connection by integrating: body, movement, nutrition, nature, community, mindset, spirit, and purpose. I place an emphasis on helping my clients to arrive at a place in their lives where they feel in alignment with their authentic self, connected to their bodies, and internal wisdom.

I place an emphasis on helping my clients to arrive at a place in their lives where they feel in alignment with their authentic self, connected to their bodies, and internal wisdom.

Led by my passion for health and wellness, I help clients to nurture their bodies through compassion, gratitude, intuitive eating, and movement. I regularly work with clients to change unhealthy behaviors around food by exploring the context of those behaviors and helping to cultivate body neutrality and self-compassion. I hold the belief that when we become reacquainted with the guidance of our internal nutritionist then we are able to develop an authentic relationship with food and ourselves.

True to my motto of living a balanced lifestyle, when I’m not working, my self-care routine incorporates play (e.g., dance, movement, and laughter), self-reflection (e.g., meditating and journaling), and exploration (e.g., reading, trying new restaurants, and visiting museums).

Dr. Querol earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Raised by Dominican parents in Miami, Dr. Querol is fluent in Spanish.

Psychotherapist

Alex Ngo

She/Her/Hers or They/Them/Theirs
License No. 149.022023
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Professor & Educator

Specialties

“Our most radical work is to love ourselves.”
– Kim Katrin

I’m Alex Ngo and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in trauma recovery, mindfulness, and racial, sexual, and gender identity development. As a Chinese Vietnamese queer and trans woman, I am especially passionate about the healing and liberation of queer and trans people, people of color, and their intersections. I am also committed to being a therapist who is affirming of sex workers, sex positivity and kink, and people in polyamorous and non-monogamous relationship structures. 

I have over a decade of experience in anti-oppression and social justice work that informs my clinical approach and understanding of trauma and healing. I believe in fostering our collective radical imagination, in pleasure activism, in celebrating the resiliency of queer and trans people of color, and in the power of transforming ourselves to transform the world. I also bring my experiences as a child of refugees, a Buddhist, and a believer in trans divinity, into my work in breaking cycles, fostering intergenerational growth, and developing an ancestral connection and spiritual practice. 

I am passionate about helping clients develop a gentle, curious, mindful, and compassionate relationship with themselves. I believe we are all made up of multiple parts, each with their own motivations and fears. When we are feeling distressing thoughts and emotions that come from these different parts of us, our first instinct is to push them away or use unhelpful coping skills to distract ourselves. However, relieving our suffering is possible when we learn to accept that, while we cannot control our thoughts and emotions, we can learn to control how we respond to them. 

I can help you get to know these parts, understand your thoughts and emotions, create opportunities for self-reflection and self-dialogue, and provide tools to heal old wounds our younger selves still carry for us. I find parts work to be especially helpful when helping queer and trans people re-establish a relationship with our younger selves who did not have access to the safety required to be their most authentic self. It is possible for us to become the person we needed when we were younger.

Parts work, mindfulness, and a mind-body connection are also integral parts in my approach to trauma recovery. I can help guide those with unprocessed trauma through painful memories to create new meanings from the harm you survived and to heal the parts of you still stuck in those traumatic experiences. My passion for this kind of work began in my work as a sexual assault prevention educator and activist. That passion continues to guide my calling towards helping us heal from violence, whether systemic or interpersonal, and foster safer communities by interrupting oppression, cycles of abuse, and intergenerational trauma. 

My most valuable clinical tool is my authenticity, vulnerability, and unapologetic approach to life, and I model that for my clients in the way I move through each therapeutic relationship. 

My friends and clients alike would describe me as someone who is very direct and provides feedback in a “no-nonsense” manner. I am firm, will absolutely push and challenge you, and also understand that this work takes time, patience, and compassion. My most valuable clinical tool is my authenticity, vulnerability, and unapologetic approach to life, and I model that for my clients in the way I move through each therapeutic relationship. 

Because I don’t believe healing can be all-encompassed within the context of talk therapy alone, I also engage in healing work in a number of different contexts. I am an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago where I teach a course on intergroup dialogue and facilitation. I provide conflict mediation, healing circles, and keynote speeches, consultation, and training on a wide range of topics, to universities, corporations, and organizations. I am also a performance artist and writer who has been active in the queer nightlife scene of Chicago, specifically working to make nightlife spaces that center and celebrate trans femmes of color.

Alex Ngo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Community Action and Social Change, and LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

My name is Mehak Hafeez and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. I specialize in inter/transgenerational trauma, dual cultural identity development, mindfulness, emotional dysregulation and unresolved family-of-origin issues.

I believe life is an expedition filled with adventures and hurdles. As we move through this journey, we often adjust and assimilate to the ever-changing dynamics of our world. If this process of adjustment and change is overlooked, it can lead to emotional dysregulation, which we may experience as anxiety, fear of rejection, confusion in our thoughts and/or a loss of motivation and direction.

As a clinician of color and first generation woman who has survived intergenerational traumas, I understand that we as humans are complex and ever-growing beings who need collective support to heal. That’s why my approach to therapy is collective — we will explore your roots and beliefs together, so we can find ways for you to heal and grow.

In my practice, I define healing as a lifelong process that embodies both mind and body work. When faced with loss, change, adjustments and trauma, we must learn to tap into our inherent, present capacity for resilience and courage.  The mind can take us in any direction in time and space, but the body anchors us to the present. I believe fully occupying the present moment roots us in reality and enables us to work toward healing and growth. I help support my clients in building a tolerance to stay in the present moment and learn where emotions, such as anxiety or fear, live in our bodies. Clients will learn ways to release emotion through breath work, conscious physical activity, awareness of nutrition, and other mindfulness-based approaches. How we move our bodies on the outside reflects how we feel emotionally on the inside and vice versa; therefore, paying attention to both mind and body is a crucial part of the healing process.

As a clinician of color who has survived intergenerational traumas, I understand that we as humans are complex and ever-growing beings who need collective support to heal. That’s why my approach to therapy is collective; we will explore your roots and beliefs together, so we can find ways for you to heal and grow.

Often after experiencing turmoil, we tell ourselves a narrative  and paint our worlds with colors we may not like. If this sounds familiar, support and guidance can help you clarify the scheme of colors you are seeing. Using talk therapy and mindfulness techniques, I help clients realize their situations are not hopeless and that there are people who care for them. This has helped my clients attain higher self-esteem, confidence, and control of their situation to overcome burdens or traumas.

Outside of therapy, I greatly enjoy painting and meditating in local parks. My daily routine includes journaling and writing poetry. I also enjoy practicing calligraphy while writing poetry to honor my dual-identity as a Pakistani American woman of color.

Mehak Hafeez received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Masters of Science degree in Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling at Illinois Institute of Technology.

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