M.S., LPC, LMFT, LMP
Muna is a licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, and licensed massage practitioner, practicing in Idaho and Washington. Her journey with counseling started in 1994, when she completed a training with Stephen Ministries®, through her church in Santa Monica, CA, where she was trained (then trained other church members) in one-to-one caring communication, reflective listening and community-resource links. As she cared for church members who are going through a difficult time, Muna found that listening and caring skills came very naturally to her and loved the experience so much that she decided to go to graduate school for a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy degree. Her choice was Fuller Theological Seminary because its School of Psychology has a rigorous and accredited program where her educational experience included valuable clinical supervision during both practicum and internship. As soon as Muna graduated, in June 1999, she moved to the Lewis-Clark Valley to join her husband. Muna worked at the Center for New Directions (CND) as a counselor from 2000 to 2011 and as a coordinator/counselor from 2011 to the present. Serving people of all ages and backgrounds, CND’s mission is to help individuals in transition to become personally and economically self-sufficient. In addition to leading various groups and classes such as anger management and parenting for divorcing parents, Muna completed training and was certified as a Career Development Facilitator. Furthermore, out of a passion for holistic healing, Muna successfully completed her education in massage therapy at the Moscow School of Massage in Moscow, Idaho.
With years of clinical experience and continuing education trainings, Muna utilizes her knowledge of Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Attachment theory, Neuroscience research on how trauma affects brain and body, Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Solution Focused therapy to counsel and educate those who seek her assistance. She completed training in EMDR, levels I & II, and most recently (9/2014-5/2015), she completed Level I Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses and Traumatic Memory, in Berkeley, CA. She teaches various tools for emotional/physical stabilization, regulation and growth from Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, and Ann Weiser Cornell’s “Focusing.”
Muna approaches her work as a sacred and fertile ground for healing and growth. She is client-centered, respects and values the wisdom, resilience, ability and knowledge each individual brings to the counseling relationship. Muna is bilingual and bi-cultural; she is familiar with many spiritual paths and appreciates diversity. She welcomes clients of all ages, ethnic and religious backgrounds and sexual orientation. Whether you seek her as a counselor or a massage therapist, she is fully present with a very holistic mind-body-spirit perspective on health and healing. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association of Massage Therapy, and she is a provider for various insurance companies and programs.