Betool Ridha, M.A.
Clinical work supervised by Kari Becker, Ph.D.
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Auburn University (in progress)
- M.A., Counseling Psychology, Auburn University
- B.S., Psychology, Xavier University of Louisiana
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
I believe therapy is one of the best ways to understand oneself better and live a more meaningful life. Therefore, I aim to help my clients gain better insight of themselves and others, while also empowering them to speak their truth. I also believe it’s important to address systems of oppression and how these intersect and impact each client’s presenting concerns.
Theoretically, I utilize a blend of psychodynamic, interpersonal process, and multicultural perspectives in order to co-create a safe space for clients to express and explore their concerns. Professionally, I am interested in working with depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relationship concerns, perfectionism, identity exploration, and body image issues.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
I’m very passionate about social justice issues, both personally and professionally. I believe it’s an integral part of clinical work—without it, progress is virtually impossible. As an individual with multiple marginalized identities, I am especially passionate about advocating for marginalized individuals and making sure that I am continually increasing my awareness and competency to work with marginalized people.
I enjoy spending time with family, traveling (both domestically & internationally), trying new food, baking, reading, writing poetry, and watching period-films.