Farah Kurdi-Villate, MA (she/her)
We heal in relationship. All it takes is one safe,consistent, and empathic relationship to help move us away from shame and isolation and towards healing and thriving. A healthy therapeutic relationship is one where you feel calm, accepted, and understood. The quote “you are not alone” can become true in a therapy relationship.
In my clinical work I strive to meet you right where you are, moving from moment to moment together. I work under the assumption that my clients are doing the best they can under the circumstances they are in. My aim is to co-create a warm and empathic therapeutic relationship. Our time together will be rooted in truth, humanity, love, and kindness.
I earned my Master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice and my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marquette University. Living and working abroad in multicultural settings has informed my work, which includes child and adult therapy and education. My clinical interests include depression, anxiety, relationship, couples work, ADHD, OCD, sexual and gender identity exploration, and family dynamics. My approach is grounded in concepts from attachment theory, person-centered theory, third wave approaches, and relational-cultural theory. I offer non-judgmental and empathic therapy in both English and Spanish.
Selected training and affiliation
Trauma-informed Treatment Methods
Transgender and Gender Expansive Mental Health
Third Wave Behavioral Training
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Helping Women Recover and Helping Men Recover
The power of ‘and’ grounds me. I do not adhere to black or white, all or nothing. The dialectical premise frees me from such constraints. I can both dream big and want to take a nap.
The most trauma-informed thing we can do is slow down.
Every human is like all other humans, like some other humans, like no other human.
We are wired to connect. We heal in relationship
More about me
My mother is Colombian and my father is Saudi Arabian. I was raised in Puerto Rico. This makes it very difficult to answer the question “where are you from?”
I have a long-hair dachshund named Rufus. He is a trained therapy dog.
I have chronic JOMO: Joy of Missing Out. I experience joy when staying in and disconnecting.