Dr. Smyrna Khalaf is a Lebanese counselor, educator, and supervisor living in Beirut, Lebanon. She graduated in 2004 with an M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ft. Worth, TX) and then pursued a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA), graduating in 2019.
Since 2011, Dr. Khalaf has been an Assistant Professor at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, where she teaches numerous counseling courses, is involved in student mentorship, and has developed numerous online modules. Over the last three years she has also worked for DIGNITY where she has provided both training and supervision in Narrative Exposure Therapy for adults and a modified version of Narrative Exposure Therapy for Kids. Her supervision has consisted of working with both clinicians and Psychiatrists from the MENA Region in Narrative Exposure Therapy.
Dr. Khalaf has had her own counseling practice since 2005. She has worked alongside churches in Lebanon, been involved in trauma work in the Middle East (training and supervising professionals), and produced a parenting TV segment on Sat-7 (Christian satellite television network broadcasting in Arabic, Persian and Turkish across 25 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, along with about 50 countries in Europe).
Dr. Khalaf and her husband have two teenage children.