Mental Health Services

Sahaba Initiative’s Mental Health services focus and specialize in providing key services in underserved communities with an emphasis on serving Muslim communities with cultural competency.  The American Muslim community is the youngest faith community in the US. It struggles with internalized Islamophobia, racial discrimination, bullying, anxiety, and depression which make it susceptible to mental health challenges.

Nacera Bendelhoum, MS, LMFT

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Anxious? Depressed? Numb? Everything and nothing at the same time? Seeking support through difficult times takes courage. I would be honored to support you on your journey. I am Nacera, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with my clients to identify sources of distress, validate and process them, then, when they are ready, work to change factors within their control that contribute. My therapeutic approach is integrative. I am trained in many evidence-based therapy models. My work with clients usually involves: Processing emotions, learning healthy ways to regulate discomfort, understanding/growing how you relate to yourself/others, processing traumatic experiences causing distress & impacting functioning/growth, identifying areas where you feel stuck then changing thought patterns/unhelpful beliefs that contribute, learning & practicing new skill related to goals.

Samira Hazama, MS, LMFT

One of the most rewarding encounters I have experienced as a therapist is clients recognizing their own strengths and motivation for growth in the face of their pain. My first goal is to provide a safe, supportive, and empathetic environment for my clients to connect to their values & needs.As every client is unique, I collaborate with my clients on their personalized therapeutic journey & goals.My approach is highly interpersonal and honest. I concentrate on understanding clients and helping them process their thoughts & feelings to develop healthier coping skills necessary to work through stressful and difficult major life events.

I specialize in many areas and enjoy working with multicultural clients. Being a therapist with an Arab/Muslim background, I understand that culture plays a significant role in relationships and stressors. My goal is to educate and empower my clients to lead a healthy balance between culture and personal needs.

It is always a pleasure to get to know my clients and work together to create a new narrative. I provide psychotherapy services for individuals, family, couples, and children.

Amanee Bendelhoum, LCSW

The struggle is real! In a time when it feels there is nothing to do and so much to do at the same time; are you feeling drained? Having difficulty navigating responsibilities and relationships? Do you tend to take care of everyone else and shove all of your needs away?
It may seem easier to distract ourselves from what’s going on within— feelings of shame, sadness, worthlessness, and irritability. Are you ready to learn why you react to things the way you do? I am here to help guide you towards understanding the connections between your experiences and why you do the things that you do.
I create a safe space online when communicating with clients. If I have to describe myself in one word, it would be eclectic. I come from a diverse background and have worked with individuals from a wide range of personalities and lifestyles. This has allowed me to be understanding and empathetic to people from all walks of life.
Through my work, I have learned that no two individuals are the same; what works for one doesn’t always work for another. Together, we can explore your experiences, develop insight, and learn skills to live a healthier life. You are the expert in your story, and I am here to help you along the way.

Key Services:

  • Anger Management
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Codependency
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief/ Loss
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Peer Relationships
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma and PTSD

Please note: All information included in the form and in discussion with the therapist upon qualifications, as well as future session, is kept confidential in accordance with legal and ethical guidelines of the state of California.


Choose a therapist to request a free consultation.


-Clients that are unable to afford therapy services at the therapist’s fees can apply for a fee waiver from Sahaba Initiative. 

– Upon filling out the form, the therapist will contact you to schedule a free consultation.

Step three: Consultation

– You will have the opportunity to ask questions.

– Meet the therapist and learn about our services.

– Mutually decide if we are a good fit to potentially move forward. 

-If so, the therapist will go over the filled-out form and discuss payment options and an appointment will be made based on the therapist’s schedule. 

-If we are not, we will be happy to steer you in the right direction and provide you with other resources.


HELPline – 24 Hour Crisis/Suicide Intervention

The HELPline is a free, confidential 

Crisis/Suicide Intervention service

Phone: (951) 686-HELP (4357)

24/7 Mental Health Urgent Care

24/7 Mental Health Urgent Care provides urgent care mental health screening, assessment services and medications to address the needs of those in crisis.

Phone: (951) 509-2499

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

Phone: 1 (800) 273-8255