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Halimo Abdulkarim, LSW

  • A.M. in Clinical Social Work emphasis on trauma, University of Chicago School of Social Work, Policy and Practice, 2016
  • B.S. in Social Work and B.A. Cross-Cultural Studies, Augsburg University, 2013
Relevant Experience:

Halimo's clinical experience stems from working with clients of all ages who experience a variety of racial traumas, especially with Black and immigrant/colonized communities, in both an individual and collective sense. Halimo's clinical experience has allowed her the opportunity to work with adults and youth in academic settings and a wider array of adults within communities, level one trauma center, IOP/PHP and private practice settings. Areas of specialty include generational trauma, anxiety, depression, bereavement, spirituality, matters concerning self-identity, bi-cultural experience, Post-Traumatic Stress and complex trauma. In practice, Halimo takes a holistic, integrative approach that centers the mind, body, and spirit not as singular entities of human existence, but as unifying forces that connect us to one another in the world in which we experience. She believes that one of the key components to transformative therapy is the clinician's willingness to approach therapy holistically and non-judgmentally. Halimo's belief lies in the fact that oftentimes our surroundings are not the most conducive spaces for us to be the best versions of ourselves, and that we must be aware of the need to reconstruct our society to better serve our needs as humans. Situated in the tradition of mental wellness and social justice, Halimo believes that our own healing is instrumental for not only a better life, but a more just society.

Therapeutic Modalities:

Halimo's therapeutic modalities include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Somatic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-informed Therapy and Practice

In practice, Halimo believes that energy is transferred and never truly disappears, regardless of whether it is helpful or unhelpful energy. Halimo's preventative practices center on the necessity of allowing the body to transfer these energies in healthy and conducive manners in order to prevent further pain, stresses, and anxieties. These practices inform and develop positive self-awareness and growth for individuals of all backgrounds and experiences.

Fun Facts:

Halimo came to the United States as a refugee from Somalia in 1996. She enjoys reading collections of poetry, watching comedies, yoga, and exploring new recipes in the kitchen.

"If one's goal is self-recovery, to be well in one's soul, honestly and realistically confronting lovelessness is part of the healing process." - bell hooks