Ussama Taha, LMSW
Supervised by Sheila Colleen Arnold, LCSW
“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin
Asking for help can be daunting. I know first hand how scary it can be to make the decision to seek out professional support and acknowledge the vulnerability of the path you’re on.
I hope to create a warm environment that can hold whatever you’re experiencing. I’ve found that our identities deeply impact our understanding and emotional experiences of the world and that conversations exploring this can be healing. I am devoted to doing all I can to ensure all parts of you are welcome during our time together. We now know that the key factor in a client achieving their goals is the quality of the relationship with their counselor and I prioritize deepening my connection with the people I work with - celebrating their victories, highlighting their strengths, and just being there when that’s what they need.
I have helped clients struggling with racism and prejudice and welcome making space for the experiences of injustice these systems create. I’m trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is an extensively researched psychotherapy method that can resolve unprocessed trauma and help the brain resume its natural healing process. The science of attachment theory guides my understanding of romantic relationships and family dynamics. I enjoy teaching people how to better understand their brains and nervous systems and what may be guiding their decisions and behavior. I also offer practical skills for what they can do about it.
I come from a biracial, multi-cultural family and spent a lot of time in airports and snoozing on planes while growing up in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Canada and the US. I studied broadcast journalism as an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin and then worked as a television reporter and producer for a decade in Dubai which gave me the privilege of further travel. This exposure allowed me to connect with a wide range of cultures and values. After rolling the end credits to my television career I returned to UT for a master’s degree in clinical social work and provided individual and group therapy to adolescent and adult clients.
I grew up playing sports and currently seek out competition and community playing sand volleyball. I enjoy stand up comedy and have even performed it a handful of times to audiences that sometimes enjoyed it as well. I’ve recently begun training in Krav Maga and enjoy the workouts and humility it provides. I cherish spending time with my family, partner and friends.
If you would like to speak with me about working together, please call 512-201-4501, ext. 218 and I will return your call. You could also get in touch by filling out our appointment request form.
Area of Expertise
Identity Affirming and Authentic
EMDR Trained and Trauma-Informed
Relationship and Family Challenges