{ Shyma El Sayed, Psy.D. }


As a young child growing up in Queens, NY, I recall sitting in the very back row of my mother’s Dodge Caravan and looking at the plethora of diverse faces roaming the Big Apple. All these faces were so beautiful and so different. As a multi-ethnic child and a young artist, the cultures and aesthetics of faces attracted me, but there was more; I was constantly wondering, what is their story? My curiosity to know and truly understand others did not attach itself to a profession until high school when I read J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories, and in particular Banana Fish. The characters in these short stories excited me; they were so intricate and their subtle nuances spoke to the depths of their emotional experiences. I did not know what it was, but I knew that when I woke up to go to work in my adult years, I wanted it to be a part of my life. I then discovered that it was Psychology and since then I have be collaging my love for Art with my love for the human story.


Dr. Shyma A. El Sayed is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY #27890). She began to mold her career early on when she was a Fine Arts major at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. Dr. El Sayed’s love for art and psychology continued to flourish in college where she received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Fine Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. She then went on to receive both her M.A. and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Child and Adolescent focus from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Her dissertation was on the development of a program called Re:Author – An Empowering Narrative Art Therapy Program for Adolescent Survivors of Childhood Abuse. Dr. El Sayed completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency at the University of California, Davis, Student Health and Counseling Services, where her emphasis was the Multicultural Immersion Program. Throughout her career, Dr. El Sayed has worked with individuals across the developmental spectrum, couples, families, and groups. She has lead many intensive discussions centered on diversity with adolescents, adults, and mental health professionals. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. El Sayed has taught undergraduate courses such as: Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology and Multicultural Fundamentals of Leadership. Dr. El Sayed has also taught graduate courses such as: Child, Adult, and Elder Abuse Issues; Counseling Across Cultures; Supervision of Applied Counseling Practicum & Advanced Techniques; and Group Therapy. Teaching these courses immerses Dr. El Sayed in current psychological research and practices while also honing her clinical skills in order to mentor and support future therapists. Presently, Dr. El Sayed conducts psychological assessments for Social Security Disability Services, and she is realizing her dream of being in private practice. Dr. El Sayed is working towards her ultimate vision to own and operate a creative arts group practice and gallery studio. She envisions that individuals in therapy and local artists could use the space to promote self expression, healing, and community while also speaking up and against mental health stigma and other societal oppressions.