At Vista Maria, our integrated mental health services, led by professionals like Dr. Tehmina Shakir, MD, D.A.A.E.T.S, CCCP, CCTP, CCTSS, CSOTP, CFRC, CCFP, exemplify our dedication to illuminating paths to recovery for youth in our care. Through a combination of evidence-based therapies, trauma-informed practices, and individualized support, we empower youth to heal, thrive, and reclaim their futures. Together, we stand as a beacon of hope, guiding youth toward brighter tomorrows filled with resilience, strength, and possibility.

Dr. Shakir is renowned for her compassion and expertise. Her leadership extends beyond our immediate community; she also serves as the Medical Director at Cruz Clinic, exemplifying her commitment to holistic healing practices. Her extensive background as a child and adolescent psychiatrist and assistant clinical professor at Wayne State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences enriches every aspect of our mental health care services.

As Vista Maria’s director of psychiatric services, Dr. Shakir leads with empathy and dedication, ensuring that each youth receives personalized care tailored to their individual needs. We believe in recognizing the unique strengths, needs, and goals of each resident. Therefore, our team works closely with the youth to create personalized treatment plans that address their specific circumstances. Whether they are recovering from trauma, managing mental health disorders, or developing coping skills, our programs aim to promote healing and personal growth. We offer a comprehensive range of therapeutic interventions, including individual and group therapy, psychiatric care, trauma-informed practices, and engaging recreational activities.

Our commitment to the well-being of our residents extends beyond their time in our residential programs. We provide thorough discharge planning and support to ensure a smooth transition to community-based resources and ongoing care. This includes connecting residents with outpatient therapy, educational support, or vocational training to promote continuity of care and long-term success.

Dr. Shakir provided insights into her pivotal role at Vista Maria, offering reflections on her experiences and the invaluable lessons she has learned along the way.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working with the youth at Vista Maria?
A: The collaboration of care among different providers.

Q: How important is mental healthcare for youth who have experienced trauma?
A: It’s very important. Studies have shown that timely trauma-informed care improves the long-term outcome of children and adolescents with a history of trauma and childhood adversities.

Q: What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in your career?
A: Despite facing multiple adversities and trauma, most children have resilience and strengths that help them survive and achieve post-traumatic growth.

Q: Can you share a professional success story that you’re proud of?
A: I’m so proud of the girls at Vista Maria who, despite missing school due to their circumstances, excelled in school and moved on to college. Some of them even maintained honor roll status throughout their time at Vista Maria.

Q: If you could pick any superpower, what would it be and why?
A: The ability to multitask like the mom from the movie Incredibles. It’s every mother’s dream to handle various tasks efficiently with their kids.

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