Skillful, Compassionate Therapy in Berkeley

Uzma Knouss, MS

Registered MFT Intern, IMF #89564
Supervised by Natalia El-Sheikh, MFT, Licensed MFT #50266

As a therapist who works with couples, individuals, and families, I believe that it is my job and privilege to create a safe and nurturing environment in which you are able to overcome obstacles in your personal life as well as in your relationships. I believe in working collaboratively to help you create self-awareness and ultimately live the best and most fulfilling life that you can.

I approach therapy primarily through a narrative lens, where the client is the expert on his or her life, but I also employ other interventions as needed depending on my clients and their journey.

Building a strong therapist-client relationship is one of the biggest indicators of success in therapy. I hope that we are able to build this essential relationship together.
 

Areas of focus

  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Major life transitions
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-esteem
  • Family conflict
  • Divorce
  • Life coaching
  • Marital and premarital
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    Ages

  • Adolescents/Teenagers (14-19)
  • Adults
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    Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Family/Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Gottman Method
  • IMAGO
  • Narrative
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Relational
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    Alternative Languages

  • Urdu/Hindi
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    Background and experience

    I hold a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts – Boston. I am also certified in Imago’s couples’ therapy and am currently a Gottman Method trainee. Before entering into the field of mental health, I earned a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Sydney, as well as a Masters degree in Education from George Washington University.

    I currently work with couples, adults, and adolescents in my private practice that are dealing with a broad range of issues. I also have personal and professional experience working with multicultural issues.

    I approach therapy primarily through a narrative lens, where the client is the expert on his or her life, but I also employ other interventions as needed depending on my clients and their journey. My job is to help my clients create meaning of the problems they are experiencing, as well as how these problems are affecting their lives.

    Our Address
    3101 Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705
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    Clinical director
    Stuart Sovatsky, PhD, MFT Licensed #MFC 19173