Masuma Rasheed — Therapist
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Dr. Rasheed earned her PhD from the University of North Texas where she later taught as an adjunct professor. Dr. Rasheed's training and practice focuses on both the mind and the body as she places a special emphasis on appreciating and exploring how our bodies carry stress and tension. To better understand, and maintain an emotional and physical balance, Dr. Rasheed is known to integrate yoga, meditation, deep breathing, & overall body awareness in session.
Get to know Dr. Masuma Rasheed
Dr. Rasheed comes to Chicago by way of Dallas. As a native Texan, she obtained a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and a master of science in counseling with honors at University of North Texas (UNT) before continuing on and earning her doctorate. Along the way she earned the prestige of membership in the Chi Sigma Iota honor society. Prior to joining the Resilience team, Dr. Rasheed worked in her own solo practice for 5 years and also worked under well-known psychiatrist, Dr. Townsend-Parchman. Peers and clients alike describe Dr. Rasheed as insightful, empathetic, and accepting.
Dr. Rasheed's approach to therapy largely aims to assist individuals with creating a clearer sense of direction in their lives. She values how this clarity informs our decision-making process when we feel stuck in life and affirms that having greater inner-wisdom assists us with making healthy choices which align with our values. While she believes that our internal guide provides direction to our values and goals, sometimes we experience self-defeating thoughts which take us off course. By learning to understand your internal guide, Dr. Rasheed believes that you can build a stronger relationship with yourself; thus, leading to a stronger relationship with pieces outside yourself (relationships, work, food, intimacy, etc.)
Additionally, Dr. Rasheed completed training in yoga for treating depression & anxiety, is skilled in the Psychology of the Body System, and holds a certification as a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner (LFYP®). Dr. Rasheed is also trained in Yoga for 12-Step Recovery and utilizes the 12-step recovery model in combination with yoga for a mindful approach to addiction recovery. In general, she uses the connection between mind, body, and breath in the counseling session to access the body’s healing power and harnesses the power of mindfulness to elevate the mood. She recognizes that when we experience a stressful event, it often leads to shallow or rapid breathing which perpetuate the experience of depression and anxiety within us. She recognizes that when this happens, our bodies respond by tensing up in our shoulders, jaw, or neck. This can also lead to sleeplessness, headaches, dizziness, or fainting. Because our bodies encompass this stress response, Dr. Rasheed observes that while talk therapy is necessary and sufficient for some, others can benefit from incorporating the body in the healing process.
Regarding her clinical experience and training, Dr. Rasheed completed her clinical internship with Dallas Whole Life Counseling where she offered counseling services to individual adult clients struggling with a wide range of life challenges. She also completed her clinical internship with the Sante Center for Healing, a residential addiction rehabilitation center. While at Sante Center for Healing, Dr. Rasheed assisted individuals and groups with addictions related to alcohol, drug, gambling, sex, and food. In addition, Dr. Rasheed served as a graduate professor teaching Addiction Counseling at the master's level at UNT.
Dr. Rasheed also specializes in EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It’s an effective treatment for trauma and other distressful experiences such as: anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, complicated bereavement, disturbing memories and chronic pain. EMDR affects how the brain processes troubling, painful, and traumatic memories. When a person experiences a distressful and traumatic experience, the sympathetic nervous system can override the brain’s natural ability to heal leading individuals to feel ‘stuck’, anxious, and/or depressed. During the EMDR process, the brain re-processes the distressful experience in a way that leads the individual to remember the memory or event but with less disturbance; ultimately desensitizing individuals to what was once a troubling memory and leading to symptom relief.
In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Rasheed presents to and consults with professional organizations regarding addiction, domestic violence, sexual violence, pain management, and trauma. She is known for her appearances on local Dallas radio stations as a discussant on topics important to the community. Furthermore, her work is published in both the Journal for the International Counselor and the University of North Texas Libraries for her work related to counseling education, counseling supervision, and multicultural issues.
Dr. Rasheed is a trained and active member of American Red Cross to provide assistance during a crisis or natural disaster. In addition, Dr. Rasheed values service to the community and has provided over seven years of pro bono counseling services for local domestic violence non-profit organizations in the North Texas area. She also currently serves on the board of HEART Women & Girls, an agency focused on sex education and sexual violence prevention for marginalized communities.
Outside of her professional work, Dr. Rasheed finds balance through practicing yoga and tai chi; in addition to playing with her dog, Winnie.
“Don’t fight the darkness, bring the light and the darkness will disappear”. – M. Mahesh.