About Naya Clinics
Naya Clinics Story
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approach that he developed in his practice to effectively deal with client challenges that were no longer responding to outdated counseling techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy.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.
I have a unique background for a mental health professional. For the past 7 years I’ve been running a financial and accounting firm, (no, I don’t have any hot stock picks for you and yes, I do use one of “those” calculators). My favorite part about being a financial professional and entrepreneur has been sitting down with individuals, couples, organizations, and families and empowering them to improve themselves, their businesses, and relationships. As a clinical mental health professional, I find absolute fulfillment supporting and challenging clients on an even deeper level without leaving behind my talent for analysis and problem solving.
I believe therapy is effective not because you get to talk to an unusually kind person in a comfortable room, but because it allows you to challenge yourself in a safe environment with a person you trust. I look forward to learning your goals and helping you live your best life through unwavering support, humor, directness, and honesty.
As an author, I give others a powerful voice to reflect and tell their life story. As a mental health counselor, I view counseling as an opportunity to empower others to find the strength to overcome challenges. I aspire to help others find a stronger voice to narrate their story, navigate through challenges, live with honesty, and without fear of judgment.
I specialize and have experience in treating depression, anxiety, stress, relationships, family dynamics, self-esteem, grief and loss, personal growth, adjustment issues, sexual identity, as well as other areas.
I have received education and training in several modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, and Existential Therapy.
I look forward to building an authentic and therapeutic relationship to help you along your journey.
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…
I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults, and have years of experience working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the psychiatric residential units as well as Beckett Springs Hospital as a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapist. I have helped individuals with a variety of issues including challenges with life transitions, work and relationship issues, anxiety, depression, PTSD, self-injurious behaviors, grief, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and low self-esteem. I utilize dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy and trauma informed care.
I believe it is important to create a safe and understanding environment in order for my clients to feel comfortable processing thoughts and emotions. One of my goals as a therapist is to help you feel back in control of your emotional health and current life circumstances. We do this through learning and practicing skills to manage stress, improve emotion regulation and effective communication, and increase compassion in ourselves. I will work with you as a teammate to help you feel like your true self.
My approach to counseling is very experiential in nature. This means that in our time together we will work to create a shift in your experience that will provide you with a new possibility and a tangible change to occur in your life. Clients have reflected that the most rewarding part of this work is the shift they experience in the way they feel, think and interact both with themselves and others.
I have found that merely giving clients more information is not helpful. Rather, the insight, intuitive knowing and resources needed to experience change are located within each client. I believe clients are the experts on their own lives and my work focuses on helping clients to reconnect with and access this within themselves. I draw on my experience with solution-focused therapy, gestalt therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and existential therapy to guide my practice. Additionally, I train in the martial art of Aikido and utilize my experience in Aikido to help clients build awareness, presence and a greater sense of inner peace and stability.
I enjoy a counseling/coaching relationship where we maintain a high degree of integrity, communication and openness. I believe empathy and understanding are essential for transformation and healing. I also find that my ability to build trust with clients and challenge them is vital for growth and learning.
My education includes an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University and a BA in Psychology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.