Psychology & Wellness

Ayesha Kamal
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After completing my Ph.D. in 2012, which focused on the impact of language and culture on identity development, I joined the teaching field where I worked as an English instructor for over 20 years, including 14 years at Kuwait University. Although still actively involved in the academic field, I sought to play a greater role in women’s empowerment and overall wellness through teaching women physical self-defense, running empowerment-related seminars, and leading journaling workshops. This effort is part of my natural passion to help people (particularly students) discover their personal strengths, enjoy a more fulfilling life, and improve their overall wellbeing. As a psychologist, my main areas of interest include: managing stress and anxiety, improving focus and discipline, increasing motivation, resolving interpersonal issues, coping with grief and loss, and boosting self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-image. I am also a certified DBT trainer and I run group sessions for adolescents and adults. I also have a particular interest in women’s health with a specific focus on how abuse, narcissism, and neglect can have an impact on their mental wellbeing. Furthermore, I am very interested sports psychology and the exploration of how one’s mindset can impact athletic performance, speed up injury recovery, and boost training results. I see anyone aged 15+ and I conduct therapy in English.

Education and Training
Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, University of Kent, Canterbury, England
M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania (expected completion 2022)
B.A., Psychology and English Literature, University of Rochester, New York
Specialty Interests
Women’s empowerment
Therapeutic journal writing
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (women’s self-defense)
Impact of culture on identity development
Student success strategies
Certificate in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Instructor Certification for Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Certificate in Motivational Interviewing
Certificate in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
Certificate in DBT Skills (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
Certificate in the Foundations of Positive Psychology (University of Pennsylvania)
Certificate in Integrating Mindfulness into CBT (Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
Certificate in the Essentials of CBT: The Beck Approach (Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
Certificate in Psychological First Aid (Johns Hopkins University)
Certified Instructor of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (children + adults) & Women Empowered (Gracie University in Torrance, California)
Professional Memberships
American Psychological Association
Middle East Psychological Association
American Association for Applied Linguistics
International Association for Journal Writing
Association for Women in Psychology
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