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Jannah Umar, LCSW


Jannah Umar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides services for children and youth, ranging in age from birth to 18 years old, and their families.


Jannah is an LCSW and a New York State Certified School Social Worker. She has a BA in Creative Arts Therapy, with a concentration in Dance/Movement from Russell Sage College (Troy, NY). She received her MSW, with a concentration in Community, Administration and Policy, from the Howard University School of Social Work, in 2014 (Washington, DC).


She has several years of experience working in schools and with families in the mental health field, and in public, private, inner-city, and suburban school systems. Jannah advocates strongly for the involvement of parents in their child’s academic life, as well as parents as partners on their child’s journey towards holistic well-being. She strives to support the “whole child”, and aims to explore their school experiences, familial connections, peer relationships, and image of self, as a problem-solving technique. Jannah is experienced in therapeutic de-escalation techniques as well as effective group and individual counseling methods. She is trained in Restorative Justice Practices, TCIS de-escalation techniques, and Trauma Informed Care. Jannah was trained as a Culturally Responsive Education facilitator, through the NYU Steinhardt Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (NYU TAC-D). She is attuned to the unique needs that pre-teen/teen girls, Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, and minorities/individuals of color, may have when considering their mental health.


Jannah utilizes music, movement, and art in her groups, and believes strongly that children can learn and grow a great deal, through reciprocal play. She uses Play Based Therapy, Behavioral Analysis techniques, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as tools in her sessions. The use of movement, visual arts, expressive therapies, and strengthening one’s body-mind awareness, have all assisted Jannah’s clients in achieving a greater sense of fulfillment.