Psychologist/Multicultural Support Specialist
Khalila is a former doctoral intern of CHWS and has returned to assume the role of Multicultural Support Specialist after serving as a staff psychologist and the Coordinator of Consultation and Outreach at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. She earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, GA. Khalila has worked within a range of environments, from college counseling centers to the department of juvenile justice, which affords her the opportunity to work with a variety of mental health concerns among diverse populations.
Khalila’s clinical interests include cultural diversity and the impact of oppression, human sexuality, trauma recovery, identity and personality development, and systems intervention. In addition to conducting therapy, she has an affinity for social justice, advocacy, public education, and outreach. Whenever possible, she serves as an advocate and mentor for underrepresented and at-risk youth. Khalila has organized and facilitated outreach programs regarding mental health, stress management, sex education, sexual assault prevention, team building, and prejudice and discrimination reduction. Khalila is in the process of becoming an AASECT certified sex therapist, specializing in trauma recovery, taboo lifestyle practices, and treatment with individuals from marginalized identity groups.
Khalila’s theoretical orientation is integrative with a humanistic core. She has foundations in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, person-centered, interpersonal, and systems psychology. She incorporates mindfulness techniques and encourages holistic approaches to well-being. Within therapy, Khalila strives to empower individuals as she assists them to relieve distressing symptoms, gain self-acceptance, and develop strengths.
Outside of the clinical setting, you may find Khalila reading, dancing, singing karaoke, attending sci-fi conventions, or engaging in intense discussions. She’s looking forward to exploring more of the great outdoors.