I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) dedicated to helping my clients identify healthy behaviors that lead to healthy lives, relationships, and decision-making. I am a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies & Human Services with a secondary major in American Ethnic Studies. I earned my Master of Science in Family Therapy at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas prior to relocating to Texas. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Wesleyan University, with an anticipated completion date of August 2018.
I have served individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings including community agencies, shelters, residential treatment facilities, churches, and private practice. My specialties include trauma, addiction recovery, depression and anxiety disorders, women’s issues, and distressed couples. My strengths as a therapist include an innate ability to restore calm in relationships disrupted by the stress of chronic, unresolved conflicts and emotional disconnection. I am open-minded to all perspectives in the room, leading my clients to feel safe and heard.
I strongly believe that our families of origin influence the way we think, feel, and the choices we make in life. I enjoy helping clients gain insight, tolerate and reduce anxiety, and create intimacy with their partners. I embrace cultural and religious diversity, and strongly believe that there is no “normal.” I believe we develop and participate in patterns of behavior with our loved ones, and it takes intentional effort to get unstuck. I consider it a privilege to learn my clients’ stories and play a role in their therapeutic journey.
I am a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a member of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (TAMFT), and member and former President of the Dallas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (DAMFT) from 2013-2015. I am also professionally affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
My interests outside of therapy include spending quality time with my husband and son, learning, and giving back to the community. I am active in my church and enjoy reading, music, and watching movies.
FUN FACTS ABOUT LAYLA
Favorite quote: “One does not fall ‘in’ or ‘out’ of love. One grows in love.” – Unknown
One thing on my Bucket List: Write a book.
Show & tell item: Cultural items that reflect my Mexican and Lebanese heritage.
Biggest fear: I’m not a fan of snakes.
Greatest achievement: Pursuing my PhD…I love learning!
My favorite thing to do on a weekend: Spend time with my 10-month old son and watching movies or Netflix with my husband.
Coolest place I’ve traveled: I went to St. Lucia on my honeymoon and would love to go back!
Favorite ice cream: Ben & Jerry’s are my very good friends! I love anything with chocolate, brownies, or cookie dough. Yum!
If I could meet anyone in history or alive today, it would have to be: Michael Jackson in his prime. His career was unequaled.