Luisa Bakhoum, LMHCA
Description of Counselor/Practice
The most important part of my work’s foundation is the understanding that parents want to do what is best for their children, and what they need most in order to feel confident in their parenting style and the relationship they have with the children, is to be able to sort through and process what is coming up for them as they are raising a child.
My approach is founded in helping parents consciously decide what patterns are helpful and true to them, and which ones are unhelpful and need to be unlearned, so that they can feel confident in the choices they are making for their family, their self-understanding, and their relationship with their child.
I find joy in helping parents see all they are already doing that is authentic to them, especially when they are feeling less confident or even at their worst, by offering insight that does not result in more work but instead more harmony and balance. This balance will reflect in their family dynamics and their relationship with their children.
I operate from a strengths-based lens. This means that although I understand and hold space for the pain, trauma, and experiences my clients endure, I also hold space for their resilience, their ability to show up for themselves and their children, and their willingness to continue to strive for a more authentic experience in their parenting even in the face of challenge.
I work with an identity-first model which recognizes that the world is set up for people who meet a very specific set of standards. This can create shame and stigma about anything that is outside of the norm. Because my approach is holistic, meaning I recognize that each area of a person’s life affects all areas of their life, when working with clients I prioritize all parts of the person equally.
I work with evidence based methods, allowing for cultural and/individual adaptations that allow me to always center my clients well-being.