Ayan Abdiwahab Muhumed, MSW, QMHP, is a Somali-American therapist deeply committed to advocating for mental health. Born and raised in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, Ayan's journey to the States 12 years ago has enriched her perspective, particularly given her background from a community where mental health is often stigmatized.
Ayan holds a Master's in Clinical Social Work from Portland State University. Her experience encompasses a variety of roles, including social and emotional support for immigrants and refugees at CAIRO, as well as serving as a Peer Outreach Mentor at PSU TRIO-SSS and a Direct Support Specialist supporting individuals with mental health conditions. Throughout her career, Ayan has gained substantial experience working with BIPOC, Muslim, immigrant, and refugee clients.
Ayan firmly believes in the wisdom each client brings, viewing them as the expert of their own life. She feels privileged to walk alongside her clients in their journey of self-discovery and healing. With a blend of therapeutic approaches, she tailors her methods to meet the unique needs of each client. Her specialties and approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths-Based Approach, Trauma-Informed Care, Solution-Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Narrative Therapy. Above all, Ayan is a dedicated person-centered therapist, always placing the individual at the heart of the therapeutic process.
Ayan finds joy in volunteering, embracing nature, delving into self-help books, and cherishing moments with loved ones.