EDIFY | EDUCATE | EMPOWER

Over the course of Nasir’s academic and professional career, he has obtained an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Masters of Social Work from the prestigious Columbia University, training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the distinguished Albert Ellis Institute, and enriched by professional experiences at the United Nations, a Domestic Violence Shelter, a Mentorship program for inner-city youth, a Transitional Living Center and Drop-In Shelter for the homeless, as well as working internationally as a Counselor within academia.

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My Focus

I specialize in treating mild depression and anxiety, unhealthy anger and issues of self-doubt and self-acceptance. I also work with those who are feeling stuck in their professional, personal and marital lives. As well as those facing the tyranny of cultural, communal and religious demands.

I have experience with couples intending to marry that are looking to assess their emotional readiness for marriage and to establish a healthy emotional foundation. Additionally, I have helped distressed couples seeking to stop the “marital madness,” and create a satisfying marriage by acting in self and relationship-helping ways.

I also have experience in the area of addiction and recovery, as I have worked with individuals struggling with various addictions(alcohol, drugs, self-harm, over eating and pornography) and helped them build motivation, to cope with urges, improve their problem solving skills and establish a healthy lifestyle.

 

My Approach

Foundational to my approach is the belief that everyone is born with inherent value and gifted with a unique purpose. My passion lies in my role, which is to help people obtain mental clarity and emotional sobriety, so they can access their full potential in order to actualize their purpose.

My consultancy work with clients is psychoeducation “training,” rather than “therapy.” However, the training I provide is influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). What is CBT?

In brief, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) contends that it is not what others think, feel, say or do that cause our emotional pain, rather it is our extreme thinking that greatly determines how we feel and subsequently how we respond! Thus, our work together will involve identifying, challenging and restructuring those extreme beliefs, thoughts, assumptions and choices that are immobilizing, that keep us “stuck” in relationships, careers and emotional pain.

My understanding of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and approach to emotional problems is greatly influenced by the work of Dr. Albert Ellis and his colleagues at the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in New York City.

My “why”

Beginning at an early age, I can remember being extremely curious about the “why” behind what others think, feel, say and do. I recall joking saying, ‘I’m going to write a book one day and I’m going to call it, “What were they thinking?” Growing up in an excessively challenged environment, I learned very early in life that the “why” behind our choices was important, as often times they had life or death consequences.Beginning at an early age, I can remember being extremely curious about the “why” underpinning what others think, feel, say and do. That curiosity is largely due to growing up in an excessively challenged environment, in which I learned very quickly that the “why” behind our choices is important, as often times they had life or death consequences.My adolescent and teenage years were marked by the loss of close friends to homicide, suicide and nihilism, as well as witnessing the consequences of self-destructive choices made by family members suffering from vacant self-acceptance and debilitating emotional issues.Despite these challenges, I earned a graduate degree from an Ivy League institution, the prestigious Columbia University. I attribute my survival and success to a number of factors, however fundamental to all of them was understanding the mediating role of our thoughts in determining how we feel and how we respond to challenges. That elusive “why” was answered when I focused on the thoughts!

What I mean is this: I understood that no matter the challenge or loss, I still had the power to control my thinking and in doing so, I had the power of choice: It was my choice how I was going to perceive what happened to me, my choice in terms of the meaning I was going to give to difficulties, it was my choice how I was going to view past events and my choice how I was going to think about myself, others and life!

In short, I realized that if I gained control of my thinking, I could control my emotions and subsequently control how I would responded to the test of life.

Although, I had to learn the essential role of our thoughts through trial and error, and the loss of loved ones and close friends, it wasn’t until I pursued higher education that I learned of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a scientific method of understanding and controlling our thoughts, emotions and behavior.

And thus, my “why” was crystallized: to teach people how to observe and control what they think, feel, say and do so that they can get emotionally unstuck in order to enjoy life more!

My Background

I received my undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Psychology, and obtained my graduate degree, a Masters of Social Work (MSW), from Columbia University. Over the course of my academic and professional career, spanning over 15 years, I have gained a rich experience working at the United Nations, a Domestic Violence Shelter, a Mentorship program for inner-city youth, a Transitional Living Center and Drop-In Shelter for the homeless, as well as counseling within the education system.

Training in Evidenced Based Practices: Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) & Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) (partial list)

  • 2016 SMART Recovery
  • 2014 ASIST 11 Certificate- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
    Center for Suicide Prevention
  • 2014 Domestic Violence Specialist-I Certification
    National Anger Management Association (NAMA)
  • 2014 Anger Management Specialist-I Certification
    National Anger Management Association (NAMA)
  • 2013 Advanced Certificate Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) – Albert Ellis Institute (AEI)
  • 2013 Primary Certificate Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) – Albert Ellis Institute (AEI)
  • 2011 Depression and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    Adler (TAPE) Continuing Educational Services
  • 2011 Anxiety and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    Adler (TAPE) Continuing Educational Services
  • 2011 Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    Adler (TAPE) Continuing Educational Services

Workshops

As a practitioner I often facilitate psychoeducational workshops that teach the science behind the “thinking-feeling connection.” During these workshops, participants gain insight into the thinking-feeling connection, learn how to improve their thoughts in order to improve their mental, emotional and physical health.
Previous Presentations (partial list)

  • 2017 “Enhancing Teacher Performance Through Emotional Self-Care”
    Learning Opportunities for Teachers (LOFT) – Kuwait
  • 2016 “Enhancing Teacher Performance Through Emotional Self-Care”
    Learning Opportunities for Teachers (LOFT) – Kuwait
  • 2014 “Essentials: The Essentials for Emotional Self-Care”
    Professional Educators Around Kuwait (PEAK) – Kuwait-(Ajial)
  • 2014 “Essentials: The Essentials for Emotional Self-Care”
    Learning Opportunities for Teachers (LOFT) – Kuwait
  • 2014 “Mind Over Mood: The Essentials for Emotional Self-Care”
    Tarjuma – Canada
  • 2014 “Mind Over Mood: The Essential for Emotional Self-Care”
    Convert Connect – Canada
  • 2014 “Mind Over Mood: The Essential for Emotional Self-Care”
    The Madina Institute – United States
  • 2014 “The Intersection of REBT and Pastoral Care”
    Tarjuma – Canada
  • 2014 “An Introduction to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)”
    Tarjuma- Canada
  • 2013 “An Introduction to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)”
    Learning Opportunities for Teachers (LOFT) – Kuwait
  • 2011 “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the Thinking-Feeling Connection”
    Learning Opportunities for Teachers (LOFT) – Kuwait

Note:-*If you or your group or organization would like to arrange a workshop then do not hesitate to contact me.

Note:-**These workshops are notgroup therapy sessions. I do not recommend my workshops, presentations or psycho-education sessions as a replacement for professional mental and emotional health treatment and/or individual therapy. If you are experiencing serious mental and emotional difficulties I advise you to contact a professional mental health practitioner.

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