Amina Elfiki

MA in Counseling Psychology

I am a queer, polyamorous transwoman of color, dedicated to providing culturally competent therapy to QTPOC and other marginalized folks.

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in OAKLAND, CA
Supervised by Dr. Sheila Addison, LMFT

Services
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

I am passionate about working with: People of Color; Trans, non-binary, and genderqueer individuals, and their partners and families; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer folks; Polyamorous and non-monogamous individuals, couples, families and other relationship configurations; Activists and organizers involved in social justice movements and struggles for liberation; and especially, people at the intersections of these categories.

My Background and Approach

I use an eclectic, collaborative, client-centered approach to psychotherapy. I am largely oriented around psychodynamic theory. This means that I am attuned to unconscious beliefs, fears and desires. I believe that what shows up in the relationship between us is valuable information about how you experience and navigate the world. All human beings have psychic defenses against uncomfortable or painful thoughts and feelings. These defenses are as natural as thrusting your hands out to break a fall, yet they can also cause harm if one is unaware of them. I am also interested in attachment theory. I believe that our earliest relationships—or lack thereof—to parents or other caregivers create the mold which we use to form other relationships, whether to people, life pursuits or the world itself. I believe that everyone’s life experiences are shaped by our different positions of power, marginalization and oppression. I believe in harm reduction, autonomy and self-determination.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I aim to create a therapeutic space that actively works to counter oppression, including racism, sexism, homophobia and queerphobia, transphobia and transmisogyny, fatphobia, ableism and classism. I recognize that as long as these systems are in place, this work will always be aspirational and incomplete. I am committed to having challenging, nuanced conversations on the complexities of racial, ethnic and national identities, while also centering those POC most vulnerable to violence and marginalization. I am also particularly and personally invested in developing the discourse around mixed race identity and psychology. I recognize that many marginalized folks have been harmed by the mental health field and mental health professionals, and I strive to be accountable for the power I hold in my role as a therapist.

I have experience with the following
  • Atheism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 4 years of practice
  • Languages: English

Info

510-545-3415 Email Amina
411 30th Street
Ste. 412
OAKLAND, CA 94609
431 30th Street
Ste. 250
Oakland, CA 94609

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