Bakir Abushhiwa, LMFT-IT


My approach to therapy is based around decreasing suffering and improving quality of life for an individual, family and/or couple. I take this opportunity to work as a therapist as an honor, as it is a privilege to walk alongside my clients on their journey toward healing. It is through creating a collaborative and supportive relationship with each of my clients that I am able to support change. I believe that it is the relationship between client and clinician that is one of the most crucial aspects to therapy, but it can only be offered through providing a safe, nonjudgmental place for my clients to be open and vulnerable. I support this through offering each of my client’s acceptance, empathy, and unconditional positive regard. At times however, the process of change may also involve being challenged emotionally and behaviorally.

I am licensed in the state of Wisconsin to treat individuals, couples, and families using various treatment modalities. I utilize the following approaches in my practice; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Systemic Therapies, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. My services are geared toward individuals over the age of 18, and on occasion I will work with children and adolescents. I have extensive experience treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, panic, eating disorders, depression and relational and family conflict. I also support clients through grief work and complicated life transitions.

When I am not practicing therapy, I tend to spend a good amount of my time with my wife and daughter.

It is through play that I learn to be in life again and can reset from daily stress, a lesson that my daughter continues to teach me. When time allows, I find myself playing outdoors or in the kitchen. Through curiosity, creativity and compassion I find my self.