Fatuma Dzilala, M.A.

Doctoral Intern

I am doctoral student at William James College completing my final training year at Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center. I completed my undergraduate studies at Temple University and earned my master’s in clinical psychology from William James College.

I was born in Mombasa, Kenya and raised in suburbs of Philadelphia. In my work, I enjoy exploring aspects of intersectional identity including but not limited to issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, and culture, intergenerational issues, immigration experiences, bicultural experiences and experiences with Muslim identity. I have a passion for working with and advocating for individuals and communities who are often underserved and marginalized. It is important for me to create a transparent and honest environment where my clients feel they can bring their full and authentic selves to a space where they are supported and seen.

In my past training practicums, I have worked in college counseling centers and integrated health care centers with individuals who struggle with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and other trauma related concerns (including those related to racism and immigration struggles), Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance Use, and body image concerns. I have worked primarily with young adults and adults from diverse racial, ethnic, and gender identities.

My research interests focus on experiences of colorism (discrimination based on skin tone) as well as experiences of privilege and marginalization/oppression and how these impact how we interact with the others and ourselves.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, a good Netflix binge, and reading alongside all thing’s aromatherapy (candles, incense, you name it!).