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The MMHI Care Program aims to serve the Stanford Muslim community’s mental health needs by connecting current students to local Muslim-identifying therapists. Through our partnership with Maristan, we plan to offer drop-in consultation hours, support groups, and workshops, as needed. Our hope is that through these services, the Care Program will respond to mental health stigma and bridge resources to the Muslim community on campus.

MMHI Therapy Sessions

Muslim-identifying clinicians from Maristan are providing therapy sessions for students. These sessions are free resources for currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, available to book in 50-minute video appointments.  Find an MMHI FAQ here.

Privacy Notice

  • Maristan is a third party contractor providing this service for Stanford. 
  • Use of Maristan is voluntary.
  • All personal data related to the service will be stored with Maristan at SimplePractice, a third party vendor of Maristan. 
  • Stanford University does not collect or have access to any identifiable student data related to these services. 
  • Students who want to exercise their privacy rights should contact Maristan. 
  • For details, email Jenan Awaida, Program Coordinator, at

MMHI Support Groups

Maristan therapists will provide two group sessions per quarter on themes that are important to and are affecting students based on requested topics. Through these sessions, students will be able to find comfort confronting difficult issues with the support of their community members.

Meet the Therapist

Zahra Murtaza

Dr. Zahra Murtaza received her BA from University of California, Berkeley and PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology at Georgia State University. She currently works at Children’s Health Council (CHC) in Palo Alto as a Licensed Staff Psychologist (License No. PSY 32913) and primarily serves children, teens, and young adults. She has specialized training in trauma psychology and comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She is currently working with Maristan for MMHI

Questions? Contact the MMHI Leadership Team