Dunya Alkaissi

Counselor Intern

Supervised by Elizabeth Grady, LCMHCS

Telehealth Available

Get to know Dunya

Dunya is a dedicated counseling intern with a passion for helping individuals navigate the unique paths of their lives. At her core, she is a compassionate listener and a firm believer in the transformative power of counseling. Rooted in empathy, authenticity, and a collaborative spirit, Dunya's counseling approach is geared toward establishing a safe, non-judgmental space where clients feel empowered to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

Dunya is particularly drawn to working with adolescents and young adults of color facing the complex challenges of life. Whether clients are navigating cultural identity, coping with academic pressures, addressing mental health concerns, or managing interpersonal relationships, Dunya recognizes these unique struggles and aims to be a compassionate guide through the process. 

In addition to this, Dunya is committed to fostering an inclusive and client-centered therapeutic environment. Within this space, she encourages clients to explore obstacles that are not only personal but also shaped by their diverse backgrounds. Dunya is dedicated to ensuring that every individual who walks through her door feels seen, heard, and supported on their path to personal well-being.

Dunya earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with minors in International and Middle Eastern Studies from North Carolina State University. Currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at NC State, she is dedicated to expanding her knowledge and refining her counseling skills to better serve her future clients. Anticipating graduation in the Spring of 2025, she is set to immediately pursue licensing and further practice counseling.

Outside the counseling room, Dunya finds a great deal of joy and inspiration in film photography, capturing the beauty of life through a lens. She finds this creative outlet allows her to appreciate the subtleties of the world and find new perspectives, a skill that will translate into her counseling practice. Dunya is also an avid traveler and loves exploring different cultures and broadening her understanding of the human experience. In her downtime, she cherishes spending quality time with friends and family. 

In essence, Dunya’s journey as a counseling intern is fueled by a passion for helping others navigate the complexities of life, fostering resilience, and supporting them on a path of self-discovery and fulfillment. She looks forward to the opportunity to walk alongside you on your unique journey towards growth and well-being.

Click here to view Dunya's profile on Psychology Today.