Hi, I’m Sam Nabil, founder of Naya Clinics
When I was in Counseling school, I was deeply dissatisfied with the emphasis on what I believed to be a harsh and impersonal Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT approach, which was presented as the most applicable and efficient way of doing counseling.
I was convinced that those who sang the praises of CBT day and night, would steer far away from it if they needed counseling themselves or for someone they loved.
I would say to colleagues and professors ” With all due respect, CBT is dead”
Sam pioneered Positive Existential Therapy (PET) an innovative and avant garde counseling approach that he developed in his practice to effectively deal with client challenges that were no longer responding to outdated counseling techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy.
Less than 5% of the people who apply to work with us get selected. When selected, each new therapist goes through a rigorous training and curriculum designed by Sam himself, that – no joke – is equivalent to a post graduate diploma. Therapists learn from Sam himself about the theory and practice of positive existential therapy before they can ever meet clients. We basically hire only super stars, and then push them to become the very best possible version of themselves before they can start seeing clients.
A fun fact about me, I was born in Sendai, Japan. I spent the first three years of my life in Japan before I moved with my family to Cairo, Egypt. I grew up in a quaint and quiet Cairo suburb where I walked to my nearby school, and enjoyed my 30 minutes bicycle ride to my sports club. I spent the better part of my summers on various sports teams. I did well at school, but my favorite part of the school day was always the hour or so a day where we played soccer.
For college, I studied political science and economics, and represented my university in a number of international conferences. After graduation I took a number of sales and marketing Jobs, one of which afforded me an opportunity to move to Qatar for work, and from there I was assigned for a Job in Saudi Arabia, and then back to Qatar. Unsatisfied with my job at the time, I stumbled across an opportunity to lead the marketing department of a prominent Soccer club in Qatar, and that took me down a 9 years path of sports management.
During my 9 years spell in Sports management, I studied for a master’s degree in Sports management in Madrid, Spain. I was fortunate to have entertained soccer celebrities visiting Qatar like Maradonna and Zidane, and was involved in organizing major international sporting events. I enjoyed my job thoroughly.
Towards my last two years of my stay in Qatar, I experienced what I like to call “growth pains”. I felt my personal growth was stifled, and that I was not as happy and satisfied as I once was. After extensive self-exploration, I realized I was unsatisfied because I was not doing what I really want to be doing, which is helping people reach their full potential in life. I also realized that it’s not possible for me to help others reach their full potential if I’m not reaching my own potential.
As scary as this realization was, it sent me down a fantastic journey of self-discovery, travels, experience, education, and career change. I enrolled into a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling in the USA, and once again, it was time for me to pack my bags and move my entire life into a new country and a new adventure.
Now, I am doing my dream Job of helping people navigate their own challenges with their relationships, work, and life. I draw not only on my counseling education and experience, but also on more than 15 years of experience in organizational behavior, human behavior, sports performance, and a wide range of multicultural experiences, to bring you a unique counseling experience that helps you achieve your own goals out of life, work and relationships.
Knowing that no single approach is the right one for everyone, I have been trained in a variety of modalities including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, and Existential Therapy.
My educational background includes a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. I have a B.S. degree in Psychology and graduate study in Advanced Child Development and School Psychology from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL.
I welcome the opportunity to be a part of your journey.
Fun fact about me : I am a certified Reiki Healer, a NATURAL system of healing that utilizes energy to help facilitate balance and wellness in your life. I often employ Mindfulness and Eastern philosophical techniques in my work. Look at me as your co-pilot, assisting you in your navigation and return to a point where you feel balanced.
I structure my work to help you identify the BELIEFS and CHOICES that you are making which are creating your reality…that’s right, YOU are the creator of YOUR life! There is no room for excuses. Learn to INTENTIONALLY create your life to live the quality of existence that YOU deserve!
I look forward to working with you.
Fun fact about me: I am learning Mandarin and Spanish in the hope of broadening my world through travel, communication, and someday providing assistance for non-English speaking clients.
I view the counseling relationship as a team approach in which the client and clinician form a relationship based on trust. As the clinician, I will provide empathy and unconditional support while we navigate your journey together, focusing on obstacles or barriers that may be holding you back. When working with couples, I employ short-term Imago Therapy to facilitate open communication between the partners and assist both individuals in establishing a connection through dialogue. This is the basis from which damaged or strained relationships begin to heal. My approach is short-term and solution-focused. Many clients only need 6-12 sessions in order to achieve their goals in therapy.
In addition to couples and individual therapy, I am qualified to provide addiction counseling. I offer a holistic approach to recovery in which I assist clients in identifying what is driving the substance use or behavior. We then work as a team to make the changes needed to achieve freedom from addiction and overall wellness.
I look forward to meeting you and walking beside you on your journey.
Because each individual is unique, I use a variety of therapeutic interventions to develop a holistic understanding of human behaviors, emotions, patterns and thought processes. I have certifications and advanced training in Cultural Competency, Crisis Intervention, Neurocounseling, Chemical Dependency & Addictions, Human Development, CBT and Mental Rehabilitation.
As a strong interpersonal communicator with keen perceptivity and focused ability, I am committed to working collaboratively with you to explore personal challenges and struggles in depth. It is my passion to guide you to gain practical insights and take positive steps to ultimately lead the balanced, happier and more satisfying life you envisioned.
We all have a story to tell, I’d love to hear yours…
Fun fact about me: I appreciate the beauty in Mindfulness exercises and enjoy integrating them into my therapy when it fits well with others. The practice of Mindfulness incorporates many components, including kindness, awareness, communication, connection, and meditation. I have used mindfulness-related techniques to help individuals with anxiety, stress management, anger, and self-compassion.
I have experience working with individuals who struggle with grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, and anger-related issues. My professional experience also consisted of working with people who suffer from addiction and problems related to their substance use.
My approach to counseling is collaborative, as I first focus on creating a strong, trusting therapeutic relationship. As the clinician, I will work with you to identify goals and address the barriers that are preventing you from reaching them. I view your world from a holistic perspective- acknowledging that people are made up of many parts (i.e., emotional, physical, spiritual, social) and are affected by factors in each of them. We will look at the decisions and choices you’ve made and compare them to what you actually want for your life.
My treatment is intentional and focused, while also being supportive and encouraging. I await the opportunity to hear from you.
As a former registered nurse I was acutely aware, that when it comes to a sense of wellness, physical is simply not enough! To truly be living at our optimum the whole system needs to be functioning well, including our thoughts, feelings and emotions. Sadly, this fact still doesn’t get enough attention. My deep desire to bolster the emotional/psychological part of the wellbeing equation, and stand alongside others in their struggles, is why I studied counseling, psychology and coaching. I want individuals and families living with challenges, whether it be anxiety, depression, stress or a relationship breakdown, to know they are not alone and that there is hope.wellbeing
Although I was born and bred Australian (no I don’t have a pet kangaroo), I have had the wonderful good fortune of living in a number of different countries, both as a and within large expatriate communities. I believe this has afforded me the insight and sensitivity to be an effective cross-cultural counselor. I am passionate about helping expatriate woman, couples and families navigate all the unique challenges of expatriate life. My aim is to help you thrive, rather than merely survive, as a global citizen. Encrypted video conferencing means that even when we can’t be on opposite couches, we can connect, confidentially, wherever you are (though you might need to make your own coffee).
Everyone is unique, so counseling is always tailored to individual needs, but I like to draw from cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy and existential therapy. I am excited by psychology’s foray into positive psychology in the the last few decades. Now, rather than focusing solely on “what’s wrong” with human-beings, researchers are studying “what’s right”. As part of this, attention has been given to human strengths and understanding what makes life worth living. I enjoy drawing on principles of positive psychology to help my clients flourish.
I have 8+ years’ experience working with couples and families. I have been practicing in the professional support fields in Laguna California, Park City Utah and Cincinnati Ohio. I offer a warm supportive environment to facilitate a focused process to meet your relationship needs. My focuses include: the kind of life you want to build together, the kind of partner you aspire to be in the relationship, your individual blocks to becoming the partner you aspire to be, and the skills and knowledge necessary to create this relationship.
If you are looking for assistance with a relationship in crisis, to have communication restored, or love renewed, please schedule your appointment.
Special Training: Mental Health First Aid USA, Conflict Resolution, Risk Assessment and Safety Management, Cultural Competence, Critical Issues Facing Families, Survivor/Victim Advocate