Medina Clinic providers are the heart of the organization. Without their time and efforts, Medina Clinic could not serve the patient population we had over the past years. In this series, we would like to highlight our providers individually and tap into their expertise to educate our readers, especially current and prospective students who may consider and be inspired by these providers’ career and charity goals. Our program coordinator, Sameen Butt, interviews our providers in this series:
CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER | Shamila Malik, LCSW
SB: What is your area of specialization?
SM: I am a Lisenced Clinical Social Worker, a masters level clinician trained to provide psychotherapy and mental health counseling services. My education includes a masters degree in social work followed by 3 years of clinical supervised experience. My background has included working in an inpatient psychiatric facility, intensive outpatient program and long term care facilities.
SB: Can you briefly describe psychotherapy/mental health counseling services?
SM: As a trained psychotherapist, I help clients understand their feelings and assist them in recognizing and changing behaviors. I offer an eclectic approach to psychotherapy with the belief that each individual, couple or family requires a custom plan based on their unique situation.
SB: When can psychotherapy be helpful?
SM: A person can consider psychotherapy for a variety of circumstances. People may be feeling overwhelmed and anxious or experiencing hopelessness, depression or sadness over a loss. Some of my clients have a diagnosis of depression or anxiety which makes it difficult for them to function well. Others may be seeking help after a loss or life transition and use psychotherapy to help process grief and adjust to their new situation. Many of my clients are adjusting to a new medical diagnosis for which they need additional support. Psychotherapy can be combined with medications as part of a patient’s mental health treatment plan. In such cases, psychotherapists remain in communication with the patient’s psychiatrist or prescribing physician.