Our wonderful writers have inspirational souls filled with words meant to soothe your heart, soul, and mind. Read more below about our lovely team.
Dear Chereen was created by me, Chereen, a Therapist and a Life Coach. After obtaining a master's of science in Counseling and Certification in Life Coaching, I realized that words offered immense healing and motivation. I enjoy writing to inspire, because I truly believe that words are the gateway to our hearts, souls, and minds. I want you to remember that you are wonderful. Stay blessed.
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I have always wanted to major in Psychology since I was 15 in between my passion for writing poetry and short stories throughout my teenage life. Little did I know that not only these writings have helped me to reflect but they have helped me grow. After completing my Masters in Psychotherapy Studies, I have been working in the mental health field since. I also venture into Expressive Art (which I stumbled by a twist of fate) as part of intervention. I strongly believe that Expressive Art facilitates growth in individuals of all ages. We are, after all, a lifetime of work in progress.
While I play many roles- daughter, sister, wife, designer, traveler- my most prominent role is being a student of life. Throughout the years I have developed a deep interest in personal development and understanding how the mind & body connection works. It fascinates me how simple life can be once we stop complicating it with our own perceptions. I look forward to sharing my views with you on everyday matters and the path to self development.
Seada has a background in Counselling Psychology. Her focus in Counselling is in several areas of therapy, more specifically working with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, anger management, and trauma. She volunteered her time presenting on Adolescent Depression, Anxiety and Self-Esteem. For 2017, she will begin teaching workshops on couples communication and marriage preparation. Lastly, Seada is working on bridging the gap on mental with the Muslim community by exploring the services in need.
She's enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge of the psyche world and integrates her practice with Islamic guidance.
Haneen is a Nashville native who hopes to inspire people to find beauty in living healthier lifestyles. Her interest in genomics, personalized medicine, and healthcare are reinforced by her degrees in Biochemistry and Biotechnology. Haneen loves to spend her free time getting lost in nature, sipping on coffee, and petting cats!
Zeina is a Palestinian American living in NYC. She recently graduated with her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and is currently working as a College Persistence Advisor and Advocate. Zeina has a wealth of research and counseling experience, including working with Muslim women to determine the barriers and facilitators to breast and cervical cancer screenings. She briefly worked as a domestic abuse counselor and as a career counselor within the higher education field. Her interests include social justice, diversity, and dismantling patriarchy. Zeina believes in the importance of incorporating faith into mental health based discussions in the Muslim community as well as the recognition of diverse viewpoints.
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The name is Barah, and writing is what I love! It's not only my major but it's my passion; I'm blessed to be one of the few lucky people out there who got to study what they love. I write about it all; I don't like to confine myself to one subject because beauty can be found in anything. Coffee is life, and so are books. Reading, just like coffee, are the food to my soul. I don't think I'm a great writer, but i do my best and enjoy doing it; so that's all that really matters.
There's a saying many mothers use; "little girls should be seen but not heard." Sofiyya has broken that rule time and time again. She's an Optometrist in the Caribbean, believing strongly that caring for the public is the best form of Dawah. She has been very vocal in in her community and is best known as the host of the children's TV show on the Islamic Broadcasting Network, Story Time with Sofiyya, where she teaches the stories of the Prophets and Companions to viewers of all ages.
Sofiyya's biggest goals in life are to show people the beauty of Islam, fight stereotypes and empower women to use their voice. Join her as she shares inspiration from the stories of the women in the life of the Prophet Muhammad (s.w.s).
Since she was a child, Marissa has always had a humanitarian heart . As she entered into her early 20's, she decided to pursue this passion fully. Marissa teaches mindfulness meditation and yoga to those in need of calmness. Most recently, Marissa started Karmic Flow – a brand dedicated to helping those find balance through mindfulness practices. Marissa's passion for meditation and humanitarian work has taken her all over the world. She recently implemented a meditation and yoga project for Syrian refugees in the North of Lebanon. She has also traveled to Istanbul, Turkey where she studied other various meditation techniques. She has a deep love for people all over the world. She believes in helping to promote spiritual solidarity and unity amongst others.
Marissa's love for writing has been prevalent throughout her life. She believes words have the power to make the soul feel at ease. She hopes her articles on Dear Chereen provide a soothing voice for those who need it most. In her spare time, you'll find her discovering new coffee shops, enjoying nature and getting lost in Sufi poetry.