Sakina Issa, LMFT Virtual Therapy

Sakina Issa, LMFT is an online private practitioner with virtual office hours. With the convenience of virtual sessions, you are able to plan face-to-face video sessions that work for your lifestyle and schedule. This easily inclusive approach allows you to make time for yourself despite today’s busy schedules, while enjoying the comfort of your own space. 

Therapy and coaching are each effective ways to work on bettering yourself through the guidance of an impartial individual. As an outlet for personal growth, these sessions are aimed to help you navigate your challenges, using reflection questions to reframe situations and offer new perspectives. These conversations will help you see yourself in a different light and explore alternative pathways in addressing your concerns.

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CONSULTATION

30 minutes/session

  • Private and Confidential 
  • A starter session aimed to gather information and evaluate where improvement can be made to establish client’s goal 
  • Promotes self growth 
  • Helps identify the direction of treatment 
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INDIVIDUAL SESSION

45 minutes/session

  • Private and confidential 
  • Engage at your own pace
  • Aims to facilitate change & improve quality of life 
  • Promotes self growth 
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GROUP COUNSELING

90 minutes/session

  • Curated group topic to promote self growth 
  • Psycho-education to unlock new information 
  • Therapeutic support 
  • Personal check-ins 
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THERAPEUTIC PACKAGE

50 minutes/session  

  • 3 month commitment with 10 personal sessions
  • A complete healing journey
  • Looks into past and present relationships to identify patterns
  • Creates new dynamics through facilitating change
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COACHING PACKAGE

50 minutes/session 

  • 3 month commitment with 10 personal sessions 
  • Supplemented with SMS support
  • A jumpstart to personal growth & development
  • Establishes clear achievable goals 
  • Initiates accountability 

I came to Sakina dismantled and chaotic, dealing with post traumatic experiences, a low self-esteem, and completely unaligned with my mind, body, spirit. I felt like I was always fighting against myself, unable to establish boundaries with myself and with people in my life, I was exhausted and felt defeated. Sakina helped me discover my self-worth, guided me to understand that I am all I need and to trust my feelings. I am now confident to set appropriate boundaries, I work with myself instead of against myself, and my relationships have grown deeper with this awareness. I can’t express how amazing it feels to have “found” myself and I owe it all to Sakina for facilitating me on this journey! AZH

Anne Zorn-Harrison

March Google Review

I am so grateful for Sakina! She creates a safe space for you to share anything that’s on your mind. She has helped me realize my strengths and work through my weaknesses. Sakina guides you with mindfulness & exercises that will help you continue with your journey of healing. I highly recommend Sakina!

Genna

February Google Review

Great cou selling services! Sakina listens so well. Helps navigate situations and gives you the tools you need to further navigate in your own time and situations. She’s not afraid to talk about taboo topics + creates such a safe mental space that allows you to open up!

Ferwa Chevel

Thanks Sakina for the generational patterns workshop today. It was really interesting and insightful. I highly recommend !

Sophia Dharsee

Really enjoyed the self-love workshop! Served as a great reminder. Sakina was super informative and interesting to listen to. Thank you!

Shahreen Virjee

Loved Sakina’s four week summer course on self-love. She really delved into the heart of each issue and I enjoyed learning from both a scientific and spiritual point of view. Sakina has a really personal touch and I found her practical examples of how to overcome cultural obstacles really useful as well. Would definitely recommend her services!

Sana Chaudhry

Really enjoyed the super-informative online classes with Sakina. They were insightful and practical. She has a wonderfully caring nature. Looking forward to more sessions!

zamina ali

Sakina really helped me with self reflection and helped me understand the type of person I want to become and how I would like better my self. Highly recommended!

metch muller

FAQ

Out of Pocket: You must enter in payment info to reserve your appointment. You will not be billed until after the appointment. If you choose to cancel within 24 hours, you will also not be billed.

The best way to reach Sakina Issa is though tthe contact form here. Messages will be answered on business days within a 48 time frame. If you are experiencing an emergency call 911.

Yes! Sakina Issa will not share your name, circumstances, or treatment with anyone under the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Sharing Information Related to Mental Health.

A therapist doesn’t solve your problems for you. Rather, he or she helps you clarify issues so you can solve problems on your own with a therapist’s guidance, support, and expertise. The goal of therapy is to make you more self-sufficient, not more dependent.

Online Therapy may be right for you if there is anything that interferes with your happiness or prevents you from achieving your goals, Sakina may be able to help. If you are feeling stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting struggles, depression, addictions, eating disorders, trouble sleeping, trauma, anger, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and more. Also many people feel online therapy is a great intro to therapy in general. Online Therapy is not the right solution for you if any of the following is true: • You have thoughts of hurting yourself or others • You are a minor or you are under the care of a legal guardian • You are in an urgent crisis or an emergency situation • You were required to undergo therapy or counseling either by a court order or by any other authority (in this case in-office therapy is the right choice for you) • You cannot communicate for online therapy via email (how we will chat)

  1. Book a session under service, “Individual Counseling via Video Chat”
  2. After payment is made. Fill out PDF assessment. This PDF can be downloaded here and filled out on your computer. Once completed email the completed form to hello@sakinaissa.com
  3. The information you provided will be reviewed. The therapist will email you information that you will need to access the video chat.
  4.  Online therapy will begin at the scheduled appointment time.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment to complete information forms. This will help the therapist know the reason(s) you are seeking services and how s/he can assist you. The therapist will meet with you for approximately 45-50 minutes. At this first session you will be asked questions to clarify your current situation and past history. The therapist will discuss treatment options with you. We will make every effort to see that you receive the best available care, whether it is our office or through making a referral.

According to a research summary from the Stanford University School of Medicine, therapy effectively decreased peoples’ depression and anxiety related symptoms–such as pain, fatigue, and nausea. Therapy has also been found to increase survival time after heart surgery, for people with cancer, and it can have positive effects on the body’s immune system. Research increasingly supports the idea that emotional and physical health are closely linked and that therapy can improve a person’s overall health status.

There is convincing evidence that most people who have at least several sessions of therapy are better off than untreated individuals, who are having emotional difficulties.

There are many approaches to therapy and various formats in which it may occur–including individual, group, and couples. Despite the variations, all therapy is a two-way process that works especially well when you and your therapist communicate openly. Research shows that the outcome of therapy is improved when the therapist and the client agree early about what the major problems are and how therapy can help.

You and your therapist both have responsibilities in establishing and maintaining a good working relationship. Be clear with your therapist about your concerns that may arise. Therapy works best when you attend all scheduled sessions and give some forethought as to what you want to discuss during each session.

Therapy isn’t easy. But individuals willing to work in close partnership with their counselor or psychologist often find relief from their emotional distress and begin to lead more productive and fulfilling lives.

As you begin therapy, you should establish clear goals with your therapist. Perhaps you want to overcome feelings of hopelessness associated with feelings of depression. Or maybe you would like to control fear that disrupts your daily life. Keep in mind that certain tasks require more time to accomplish than others. You may need to adjust your goals depending on how long you plan to be in therapy.

After a few sessions, it is a good sign if you feel the experience is a joint effort and that you and your therapist enjoy a comfortable relationship. On the other hand, you should be open with your therapist if you find yourself feeling “stuck” or lacking direction once you have been in therapy awhile.

You may feel a wide range of emotions during therapy. Some qualms about therapy that you may have might result from the difficulty of discussing painful and troubling experiences. When this happens, it can actually be a positive sign that you are starting to explore your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

You should spend time with your therapist periodically reviewing your progress. Although there are other considerations affecting the duration of therapy, success in reaching your primary goals should be a major factor in deciding when you should end therapy.

Sometimes the chemistry between the therapist and client or the therapeutic modality just isn’t a good fit. Just as you sometimes have to switch medication, you may need to switch therapists or treatment moralities to achieve success. Therapy works best when you are open to it and are actually willing to participate in your own healing.

Therapy is a partnership between an individual and a professional who is trained to help people understand their feelings and assist them with changing their behavior. People often consider therapy under the following circumstances:

  • They feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness and helplessness in their futures.
  • Their emotional difficulties make it hard for them to function day to day. For example, they are unable to concentrate on assignments and their class performance suffers as a result.
  • Their actions are harmful to themselves or others.
  • They are troubled by emotional difficulties facing family members or close friends.
  • They just need someone with whom to talk.someone with whom to talk.