Nadia Islam, PhD, LCSW
Therapist & Clinical Supervisor
Sliding Scale: Available
Insurance: Can provide superbill for PPO plans with Out-of-Network benefits
Accepting New Clients: Yes
- Anxiety and Depression
- Relationships & Interpersonal Conflicts
- Workplace Stress / Work and Life Balance
- South Asian and Asian American Experience
- Trauma & PTSD
Hi there. I am Nadia. I am glad you are here.
When you are living in response to constant external demands, you might feel helpless. Whether this is due to romantic, family, or work-related conflicts or historical traumas, living on auto-pilot saps your vitality and joy.
Therapy can catalyze the changes in your life that you seek. In the work we do together, I will help you pause, clarify what’s most important to you, and take action to build a life you value. Our work together will help alleviate painful thoughts, feelings, and situations and solve the problems fueling them.
Therapy can help you build a life that reflects your deepest values.
Often, people describe feeling they are in a never-ending cycle of feeling stuck, too busy, or like they are treading water. If you relate to these feelings, therapy is a powerful space to gain clarity and support.
Together, we will unravel the thoughts, feelings, and situations that move you away from the life you envision and those that move you toward it. As we continue this journey, we will clarify your values as desired qualities of ongoing action, develop skills to detach from unworkable thoughts and feelings, and connect with the present. We will practice coping strategies and problem-solving skills to help you meet current obstacles and future challenges.
Therapy for Relationships and Interpersonal Conflicts
Interpersonal relationships can be the most rewarding part of our lives. Intimate relationships include those between intimate partners/spouses, parents and adult children, and other close relationships. They can bring joy, love, security, and new experiences. However, they can also bring about conflict and challenges. Lack of communication skills, intergenerational issues, unhealthy or abusive relationship dynamics, untreated mental health problems, and unmet cultural expectations can be some of the reasons for interpersonal conflicts. This can lead to enormous amounts of pain and unhealthy behaviors.
Therapy can help you understand the behavioral patterns that detract from having the healthy relationships you seek. We will practice how to detach from distressing internal experiences (thoughts, feelings, images, memories, and bodily sensations), connect with the present, and take committed action in alignment with your deepest values. Ultimately, therapy can empower you to build a healthier relationship with yourself and those you love.
Therapy for Anxiety & Depression
Depression and anxiety build over time. They may start small, so small that you can ignore or dismiss it. Then suddenly, it’s shaping your routine, and you feel unable to live your life the way you intend. You may feel uncertain about how to just get through your day. You may only feel anxiety in certain situations but also want to be able to try new experiences without fear.
In therapy, we will explore the sources of your depression and anxiety. We will practice strategies that will alleviate distress and change how you approach the situations that trigger them.
Therapy for Trauma & PTSD
Trauma shows up in many forms — childhood abuse, intimate partner or family violence, sexual assault, crime, grief/loss, and more. The trauma you encountered may have been a single event or intersecting experiences that cut across multiple relationships at different times and places. Those who live with unresolved traumatic memories often feel stuck. Maybe you even have others telling you that your experience was ‘not that bad’ or you should ‘just get over it.’
I help people who have encountered childhood abuse, family or intimate partner violence, sexual assault and other experiences heal from physical and psychological trauma. Together we will process your past in a safe environment where you can openly discuss your feelings, no matter what. You will choose the pace that allows you to heal, connect with the present, and create a future on your terms.
Therapy for High-Achieving Professionals, Leaders, and Executives
After years of graduate school and nearly two decades in a helping profession, I am familiar with perfectionism, burnout, and stress. In both my professional and personal experiences, I have encountered others who raise doubts based on my gender, color, or ethnicity.
I can help you feel more confident and engaged in your role.
I partner with early to late-career professionals to explore factors contributing to stress and burnout in order to take action toward work/life balance.
Therapy for Asians, Immigrants, and Multicultural Identities
Perhaps you are familiar with this immigration story. Members of my family have lived in four different countries across three generations. At times we lived continents apart and others at the same address. My grandparents were subjects of the British Raj in India. After a bloody partition, my parents were born in East Pakistan. After the Liberation War won their motherland its independence, they immigrated to Los Angeles with Bangladeshi passports.
I know what it’s like to be among the first Americans to arrive in your extended family. Acculturation can lead to life choices about work and love that confuse those whose acceptance we crave. This can inspire feelings of guilt or shame. These feelings can harden into anger, anxiety, and depression.
It can be difficult to find a therapist who understands what it means to negotiate life as an individual or within a family who identifies with another culture, religion or both. I can help you. My approach is strength-based, empathetic, and stems from a base of mutual experience. Together we will work to clarify your values and take action to bring them into physical form.
Therapy with Me
I work to make each of my clients feel heard, understood, and safe from the very first session. We develop an environment that is soothing, supportive, and empowering. We will set clear, collaborative goals to gauge progress moving forward.
We will build upon your strengths and help you find solutions for your specific challenges. By incorporating evidence-informed approaches, we will move toward objectives that match your priorities. You will gain interpersonal skills that you will be able to bring into all other aspects of your life.
You deserve vitality and joy.
Let me help you discover how to enact your values within any circumstance you find yourself. Life challenges you, but you do not have to meet these challenges alone. You can gain power over the thoughts, feelings, and situations that overwhelm you. I will help you shift how you relate to them and take action in alignment with your highest priorities.
Please reach out to start your journey towards healing. Together, we will work through your struggles to build a life that reflects your deepest values.