Muslim marriage counselor Sarah Shah specializes in the complexities of Muslim couples’ dynamics and is interested in all things couples related, in addition to identity development, multicultural concerns, life transitions, and spirituality and religion. She is trained in working with adults of all ages, couples, and families. She is currently completing her Master of Science in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Texas and is excited to be a part of the Lifeologie Team.
Born and raised in Texas, Sarah is a first-generation Pakistani-American Muslim and takes great pride in her bicultural identity. She believes that identity development is a life-long process and enjoys walking alongside her clients as they make self-discoveries to become most authentic to themselves. She is bilingual, fluent in both Urdu and English.
Growing up in a tight-knit Muslim community in Garland, Texas, Sarah is all too familiar with committed, but unhappy marriages, and family conflict and secrets. This sparked her desire to help marriages and families, including her own, improve their communication skills and build a shared understanding of love and connectedness. Being a Muslim in the United States, Sarah knows what it’s like to feel different, unwanted, and misunderstood. She pursued her desire to help others by switching her major to psychology from pre-med, initially against her parents’ desires (Yay, breaking cultural stereotypes!), during her freshman orientation at the University of Texas. Hook ‘em Horns! Sarah is passionate about helping others reach their goals and feel encouraged and worthwhile throughout the entire process.
Sarah knows that even taking the initial steps to begin counseling can be a difficult and scary experience. Because of this, she is committed to creating a safe, empathetic, nonjudgmental environment for all of her clients regardless of their background and story. She believes that counseling is a collaborative process and that feeling connected to your counselor is important to create change. Sarah strives to build a positive relationship with all of her clients, making sure they feel heard and understood.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys stretching out on a yoga mat at Klyde Warren Park and reading, eating all types of desserts, watching any and all comedy TV series (currently, New Girl), and spending time with her husband, friends, and family traveling or being a tourist in her own city.