I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has been providing psychotherapy and psychological testing since 2010.  I attended Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio where I earned my master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology.  Throughout my training, I have worked with individuals across the lifespan, in settings that include hospitals, community mental health centers, schools and private practice.

As a clinician, my work centers around compassion and respect for the individual; my overarching goal in therapy is to develop a collaborative relationship that allows me to work with clients in identifying their needs and goals, and in learning and practicing the specific skills that will help them meet these goals. While my therapeutic approach is psychodynamic and informed by family systems principles, I also incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution focused, and mindfulness techniques as warranted.

As a clinical psychologist, I am experienced in assisting children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with anxiety, trauma, depression, intense emotions and self-criticism. I have a particular expertise, and especially enjoy working in both practice and research, with women’s issues.

In addition to clinical practice, I have been a professor of psychology since 2014, specializing in courses in cultural competence, women’s issues, and health psychology.  I am a credentialed health psychologist through the National Register of Health Service Psychology and have working closely with interdisciplinary teams including internal medicine, neurology and psychiatry.

In 2018, I published my first book entitled Hopes and Perspectives of Muslim-American Women: A Paradox of Honor through Routledge Publishing, the world’s leading academic publisher in the humanities and social sciences.  I have been invited to speak on the topic of culture, honor and gender at New York University, Western Michigan University and conferences including the Muslim Mental Health Conference.

Please feel free to call me at (708) 942-7279 or email me at tshaikh@mqatherapy.com with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my husband and new baby girl.  I consider myself a TV show connoisseur, love to travel to new places and enjoy getting adventurous with my cooking (as long as it’s spicy, I’ll approve).