My Story

Name pronunciation: Sun-uh

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I am a first-generation Pakistani American, born and raised in Texas. I grew up in a small suburb in the Dallas area and spent much of my childhood playing softball competitively and dreaming of attending The University of Texas at Austin. After receiving my undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Psychology, I ventured out into the real world in hopes of becoming an actuary. When I began settling into the corporate world, I realized I was less interested in the work I was doing and more interested in people's stories. How did they end up here? What experiences shaped who they are today? How do they cope with stress? What do they need to thrive? Who do they turn to in times of stress? Who do they share their joy with?

Five years into my career, I decided to take a leap of faith and enroll in graduate school for counseling.  I am especially passionate about couples/relationship therapy, breaking harmful intergenerational patterns, healing from past trauma, and providing culturally competent care to marginalized communities. Unlike traditional models of the therapist-client relationship, I operate from a fully transparent and authentic stance. Regardless of my qualifications, the relationship between therapist and client consists of a human to human relationship that has the potential to blossom into a powerful tool for healing. 

on my bookshelf

No Bad Parts by Richard C. Schwartz, PhD

I Want This to Work by Elizabeth Earnshaw, LMFT, CGT

My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP

favorite cuisine

Thai food

Sushi

currently watching

Atlanta

current interests

Lifting weights

Cooking (learning how to!)

Education, Credentials, & Training

  • BA in Psychology and BBA in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin

  • MA in Professional Counseling - Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Track from Texas State University​

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) AssociateTX, License No. 204594​*

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Associate​TX, License No. 89011​*

  • National Certified Counselor​ (NCC)

  • Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Early Trauma Certificate

  • Completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy

*Supervised by Michelle Silva Segura, LMFT-S, LPC-S, SEP