Aliya Saulson MSW, LCSWA
Aliya was born and raised a Georgia peach who spent her summers in North Carolina as a child. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Family and Consumer Sciences at The University of Georgia in 2016, majoring in Human Development and Family Science, and later earned her Master’s of Social Work in 2019 from Smith College, with a concentration in psychodynamic therapy. But throughout this time, Aliya’s heart was still in North Carolina, so after graduation it was a natural choice to pursue her social work career in this state.
Aliya is a welcoming therapist with a warm energy committed to providing a client-centered approach that takes into account every aspect of an individual’s identity. Aliya particularly enjoys working with young women in emerging adulthood (ages 18-25), but has experience working with adults of all genders and all ages. Aliya aims to provide LGBTQIA+, sex-positive, affirming services while incorporating a social justice anti-racist framework. In her clinical work, she draws from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy modalities and mindfulness approaches to meet clients “where they are.”
Part of choosing to engage in therapy is choosing to understand yourself more and to seek other perspectives to do so. Aliya engages clients in collaborative processes to assist them not only in improving their relationships with others, but also enriching their relationship with themselves. She takes great intention in creating a space where clients feel supported and accepted, because we must feel a certain level of safety and trust in order to have the courage to change, grow, and be vulnerable. Treatment focus areas include: anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, grief, emerging adulthood, women’s libido, body image, and self-love. Rupi Kaur writes “What is stronger than the human heart which shatters over and over and still lives?” Aliya considers psychotherapy to be one way that clients strengthen their hearts and she continues to be inspired by the resilience she sees in therapy sessions every day. Aliya is honored to be a part of her clients’ journeys towards living more meaningful lives.
Master of Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work
Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, The University of Georgia
Extensive experience counseling adults and young women at Duke Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Involvement in multidisciplinary consultation/didactic teams focused on trauma treatment, multicultural concerns, and clinical triage processes
Clinical Internship Placements at Duke Hospice Bereavement Services and Duke University Medical Center Inpatient Psychiatry
Areas of Expertise:
- Emerging Adulthood/College Students
- Grief & Loss
- Identity & Growth
- Life Transitions
- Self-Esteem & Self-Love