The Establishment of Harp Counseling.
Since 2013, I have had the privilege of working with children, adolescents and young adults in a rich variety of settings and organizations.
I spent the first two years of my career working in the intensive, round-the-clock environment of in-home therapy services. By observing patients in their homes and communities with siblings and parents, I was able to gain a true cultural understanding of each person. Though demanding, this was a deeply rewarding, immersive commitment, providing incomparable insight into the lives of my patients.
I spent my next phase working in outpatient therapy, treating children and adolescents one-on-one. This focused and organized environment allowed me to work on whatever issues arose for the child at home or at school, and help them apply new behavioral management strategies toward their goals.
Following this, I moved into a high school setting with over 1,000 students, where I worked in suicide and substance abuse prevention. In this role, I built connections with students at risk both individually and in groups, collaborated with the faculty to identify risk behaviors in students, and delivered talks to assemblies of over 250 students.
Finally, after two years, I moved back into the outpatient setting to once again have the opportunity to work at length with children and young adults through their challenges.
Why I Became a Counselor
I work with young people in crisis every day—but the truth is that when I came to the United States at the age of 10, I had an identity crisis of my own.
I was born in Egypt to an Egyptian mother and an English father, and my experience reconciling these two cultures while integrating into the United States was a profound challenge that created stress and confusion in my adolescent life.
Today, the challenges I once faced provide me with a valuable window into the unique struggles of my patients. They remind me that every child and parent has a unique story and set of circumstances. Through listening and understanding, I believe it’s possible to connect with every parent, teen, and child who comes through my doors.