Yousef Alajarma Yousef AlAjarma, PhD, REAT, LMHC

617-327-6777 x1493, Work Space 314E


  • Associate Professor
  • Area of Emphasis Director, Expressive Arts Therapy


  • PhD in Expressive Therapies, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
  • MA in Expressive Arts Therapy, The European Graduate School in Switzerland, Switzerland
  • BA in Social Work, Bethlehem University, Palestine


  • Mental Health Counseling Internship I and II
  • Lifespan Development
  • Practical Approaches in Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Introduction to Family Therapy

Research and Practice Interests

  • The application of Arts to teaching and to psychotherapy practice
  • Resilience and Trauma
  • Family and Couples therapy
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Clinical supervision
  • Diversity in clinical training

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Massachusetts)
  • Registered Expressive Arts Therapist - REAT


  • Excellence in Teaching Award - 2015, Commencement Exercises, William James College
  • Excellence in Teaching Award - 2012, Shared with the Counseling Psychology Department, Commencement Exercises, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Publications and Presentations

AlAjarma, Y. (2010). The Role of the Arts Toward Healing Trauma and Building Resilience in the Palestinian Community. Doctoral Dissertation. ProQuest.

AlAjarma, Y. Barzilay-Shechter, K. The Group Twice Promised - Reflections About Co-teaching in Israel. Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice. Issue 14, Fall 2009.

AlAjarma, Y. Barzilay-Shechter, K. (2007). Dialogue Between Political Trauma and Personal Defenses Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 47: 320-332

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Private practice – Psychotherapist

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the Expressive Therapies Program, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
  • Family Therapist, Star House Inc. Beverly, MA
  • Counselor, Slifka and Malkin Scholars, Brandeis university, Waltham, MA
  • Expressive Arts Therapist & Psychosocial Project Coordinator, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees UNRWA, Ramallah, Palestine
  • Expressive Arts Therapist & Youth Counseling Program Coordinator, Palestinian Youth Union & Doctors of the World, Ramallah, Palestine
  • School Counselor, Al-Aytam Secondary School, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Rehab & Addiction Counselor, Al-Sadeq Al-Tayb Association -Drug Treatment Center, Jerusalem, Israel

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association
  • The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association IEATA

Community Engagement

  • Executive Co-Chair, The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, IEATA
  • Ummah Health, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, Boston, MA. Providing pro bono counseling services.
  • Lajee Center/ Palestine