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Halimo Abdulkarim is a psychotherapist specializing in working with diverse cultural backgrounds, addressing the challenges of feeling a sense of otherness and not being fully understood. As a relational psychotherapist, she takes an approach that is dedicated to fostering deep connections within clients themselves and with others.
Halimo's expertise encompasses life transitions, relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and racial/cultural identity exploration. Guided by a holistic and integrative approach, she recognizes the profound interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit and their impact on overall well-being and our relationship with the world.
In her dedication to the healing process and promoting personal growth, Halimo strives for a more just and equitable society. Within therapy, she creates a non-judgmental space for healing and growth, emphasizing the importance of reclaiming control over breath and body as anchors to the present moment, enabling self-awareness and resilience.
Halimo's therapeutic practice draws upon various modalities, including relational psychodynamic therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Somatic Therapy, and Trauma-informed Therapy and Practice. By exploring clients' relational history, she helps them uncover unconscious patterns and dynamics, empowering them to deepen self-understanding and foster meaningful relationships. This integrated approach alleviates suffering, reduces stress, and promotes positive self-awareness and personal growth for individuals experiencing a sense of otherness and seeking to be understood.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Halimo has a personal connection as a refugee from Somalia. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, watching comedies, practicing yoga, and experimenting with new recipes. Halimo is thrilled to accompany clients on transformative journeys, offering a warm and inviting space. If this resonates with you, please feel free to reach out.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Years of Experience: 7 years
Center Focused Therapy, Staff Therapist , 2023 - Present
University of Chicago, School of Social Work, Masters in Clinical Social Work, 2016