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Salma Abugideiri, LPC

I enjoy working with couples, individuals and families of diverse cultural backgrounds. I believe that most people experience challenging circumstances at one time or another in their lives and can benefit from having a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate place in which to explore issues and solutions to problems. By using a collaborative approach that is respectful of clients' values, I help clients develop a more positive perspective of their lives which enables them to discover solutions and develop new strategies for dealing with their problems. I use a client-centered approach, tailoring the counseling to meet the clients' needs.

I have post-graduate training in marriage and family therapy. In addition, I have experience helping people cope with trauma, domestic violence, cultural adjustment, spiritual issues, depression, low self-esteem and anxiety. I am also trained to provide EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Re-processing) for treating trauma and other issues.

I believe that all people have the capacity to make positive change in their lives if they are willing to take the time and effort to do so, and if they have a supportive environment in which to grow. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals.

I have experience working with the following:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Relationship Issues

  • Life Transitions

  • Trauma

  • Domestic Violence

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Premarital & Marital Counseling

  • Cultural Adjustment Issues


50 Minute Session: $180

90 Minute Session: $235
Educational Background


  • Marriage & Family Therapy Certification, Virginia Tech

  • MEd, Counseling & Human Development, George Mason University

  • BA, Psychology & Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Indiana University 

Additional Training

Professional Associations

  • American Counseling Association 

  • EMDR International Association

  • Mid-Atlantic Imago Therapists

  • Northern Virgina Licensed Professional Counselors (NVLPC)

Additional Certifications

  • Imago Therapy

  • PREP Instructor (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program)



  • VA License #0701003117

  • DC License #PRC200001656



  • Abugideiri, S. & Hag Magid, M. (2014). Before You Tie the Knot: A Guide for Couples. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 

  • Abdelkader, E. & Abugideiri, S. (2014). “Female Genital Mutilation in the US.” Islamic Horizons (September/October), pp. 36-38.

  • Abugideiri, S. (2011). “Domestic Violence,” In Ahmed, S. & Amer, M (Eds.), Counseling Muslims: Handbook of Mental Health Issues & Interventions, London: Routledge.

  • Abugideiri, S. (2010). "The Peaceful Families Project: Addressing Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities." Journal of Partner Abuse, 1(3), pp. 363-372.

  • Abugideiri, S. (2010). Domestic Violence: United States. Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures.

  • Abugideiri, S. (2009). “Countering Domestic Violence.” In Islamic Horizons(May/June), pp. 38-44.

  • Abugideiri, S. (2008). “Seeking Tranquility.” In Islamic Horizons (July/August), pp. 33-43.

  • Abugideiri, S. (2007). Garments for One Another:  Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families (study guide to accompany DVD). FaithTrust Institute: Seattle, WA.

  • Abugideiri, S. (2007). “Domestic Violence Among Muslims Seeking Mental Health Counseling: A Preliminary Study.” In Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities. Peaceful Families Project: Great Falls, VA.

  • Abugideiri, S. (2005). “Working with Muslim women: Understanding Religious and Cultural Issues.” In Walking Together: Working with Women from Diverse Religious Traditions, ed. J. Anton, pp. 173-191. FaithTrust Institute: Seattle, WA.

  • Abugideiri, S. & Alwani, Z. (2003).  What Islam Says about Domestic Violence: A Guide for Helping Muslim Families.  FAITH: Herndon, VA.

  • Alkateeb, M. B. & Abugideiri, S. E. (Eds). (2007) Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities. Peaceful Families Project: Great Falls, VA.

  • Baggerly, J. & Abugideiri, S. E. (2010). Grief Counseling for Muslim Preschool & Elementary School Children. Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development, 38, pp. 112-124.

  • Fortune, M., Abugideiri, S. & Dratch, M. (2010). “A Commentary on Religion & Domestic Violence.” In Domestic Violence: Intersectionality and Culturally Competent Practice, eds. L. L. Lockhart & F. S. Danis, pp. 350-374. Columbia University Press.

  • Griffith, M.E.& Abugideiri, S. (2002). Conversations with Salma Abugideiri: To Live the Greater Jihad. Family Process, 41. pp. 4-9.


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During our call, we can address any questions you may have and help you get started.


We look forward to connecting with you soon!

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