Meet the talented individuals of our team who bring together our members. We start with a proven track record and a careful screening process, followed by a detailed interview.
We select only those matchmakers and couselors that bring with them the talent to bring people together and those of the strongest moral integrity since all your information is kept confidential. We hope you'll enjoying working with them as much as we do.
Rumana is a Cali girl at heart. Born in L.A and currently resides in Northern VA. She has a degree in Systems Engineering from George Mason University. Rumana has always had a knack for setting up family members and friends. Her dedication to helping people and contributing to the Muslim community is deeply rooted as her calm and easygoing nature enables her to accomplish such dreams. To her, there is nothing that brings her more joy and satisfaction than helping others achieve happiness/success. She loves traveling the world with her husband and family- embracing new and unique experiences.
Aasia Abdullah currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and three beautiful children. She was raised on the East coast, and she holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a master's degree in Education. Aasia has been matchmaking for 7 years and has made successful matches that lead to marriage, alhamdulillah. She knows matchmakers from all over the country that she regularly connects with. When she is not matchmaking, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Abeer Ayaz spent her early childhood in Florida and the later years in Connecticut. She has her Bachelors in Health Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She has to two awesome kids. Matchmaking started off as a hobby and went on to being a personal duty to help people find their other halves. She hopes to make this her consistent contribution to the Muslim community.
SalmaAbugideiri is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Vienna, VA. She received her masters degree in counseling from GMU and completed a post-master’s certification program in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech. She provides counseling to adolescents, adults, couples and families.
Imam Zia was born in Kashmir and grew up in England. He recently authored “ Addressing the Taboos: Love, marriage and Sex in islam. He is a founding member of the North Texas Islamic Council, an umbrella organization representing islamic Organizations in the North Texas Area. He is actively involved in Interfaith, Outreach and Dawah work, working hard to unite various faith groups in an effort to create peace and harmony between religions.
He has completed his PhD thesis with the Graduate Theological Foundation.
I believe every individual, couple, and family are unique and bring their own set of experiences to therapy. I work with my clients in a way that is comfortable to them and respects their values and beliefs. We will meet, discuss your concerns, and together come up with goals for therapy. You will be part of the process and along with my guidance and expertise we will work to help you alleviate your negative symptoms and feel better. I work hard to make sure therapy is a safe, judgement free place for you to discuss your concerns and feel relief.
Dr. Rasheed is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas and currently works in her own private practice offering counseling services to individual adult clients struggling with a wide range of life challenges.
Additionally, Dr. Rasheed, as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), completed training in yoga for treating depression & anxiety and is currently certified as a LifeForce Yoga Practioner (LFYP), Yoga for 12-Step Recovery, and the Psychology of the Body System.
Dr. Rasheed’s education, clinical experience, and volunteer service have afforded her the knowledge, insight, and skill to work with you and to help you meet your needs.
Dr yasmeen Khan is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has a subspecialization in cross cultural psychology. She is trained in the Internal Family Systems model from the Center of Self Leadership. She also holds a certification in clinical hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr Khan has a private practice called The Self Empowerment Center in Wheaton, IL. She has been in practice for over 15 years. She works with children, adolescents, and adults. She provides individual, group, couples, and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with muslims, religious and culturally diverse population. Dr Khan utilizes a holistic approach in her therapy where she believes in working with the mind body and spirit thus working with the whole person. Dr Khan has presented many workshops on many subjects both in US and abroad.
Dr. Nora Alarifi Pharaon is a counseling psychologist licensed in New York and New Jersey. She provides individual, couple, and group psychotherapy as well as performs psychological evaluations for adults, youth and children. She volunteered for 10 years as a United Nations NGO representative of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). She was an active member of the UN NGO committee on Mental Health and the committee on Refugees and Displaced Persons. Nora earned her doctorate and master’s degree in psychology at Columbia University.
Najwa Awad, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker who offers therapy services to individuals, couples and families in Baltimore County and Howard County, Maryland. She obtained a Bachelors degree in Psychology from George Mason University in 2005, and in 2007 she received her Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University with a specialization in the clinical treatment of individuals and families. She provides individual counseling for clients who are struggling with issues related to getting married (stress from family about getting married, interpersonal stress about not being able to find someone and chronic unstable relationships.
Shamir A. Khan, Ph.D. is a New York City psychologist with over 15 years of experience across the fields of psychology, education, research, business, and online publishing. His counseling sessions involve working with parents/families , particularly if the family is not supportive of the marriage/partner.
Dr. Khan has co-authored peer-reviewed articles in such journals as Schizophrenia Research & Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and has been quoted in the areas of psychology or education in The New York Times, AM New York, New York Family Magazine, The New York Observer's Scooter Magazine, and West Side Spirit
Originally from South America, Dr. Khan currently resides in NYC with his wife of 14 years and children, ages 11 and 8. In addition to living in South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and different parts of the U.S., he has travelled extensively, focusing on ethnic, religious, racial, and political warfare zones around the world
Dr. Nafisa Sekandari is the co-founder of Mental Health 4 Muslims (http://mentalhealth4muslims.com). She is currently licensed and practicing in California and Arizona. She provides counseling on mental health issues that is both clinically supported and Islamically sound. She works with a wide variety of Muslims from different backgrounds and knows firsthand how important such a service is to our community. She is also a published author and lecturer
Malahat Baig-Amin is a psychotherapist licensed in VA and the District of Columbia. She received her master's degree in social work & international social welfare from Columbia University in New York. She counsels adolescents, adults, couples and families. She helps clients with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, marital conflict, domestic violence, anger management, trauma, abuse, interpersonal conflict, work issues and adjustment disorders. She utilizes her knowledge of Islam, multiculturalism and psychology in her practice with her Muslim clients.