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Qualifications & Training
Naadiya Shaik Omar is an Expressive Arts Therapist having completed a Masters Degree in Drama Therapy and a BA Degree in Performance and Visual Arts with a double major in Psychology (Hons), both from the University of Witwatersrand.
She has undergone several training programmes in the field of parent and infant mental health, early childhood development, adolescent behaviour and parenting. Stemming from this, she runs a parenting course and is a DBT practitioner.
Naadiya is a registered member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF), and as such a portion of therapy fees can be reimbursed from medical aid.
PRAC: 06700740470 | HPCSA: AT0001180
Naadiya completed her internship at Ububele: Educational and Psychotherapy Trust where she held psycho-educational, psychotherapeutic and community interventions. Here, she also ran individual and group therapy sessions, play and support groups, and conducted training sessions on effective parenting.
Naadiya then served as a co-therapist in weekly Open Studio group therapy sessions for at-risk youth and children at Lefika La Phodiso– an Arts Therapy Centre. In her previous therapeutic work, Naadiya has treated patients with traumatic brain injury, cognitive delay, developmental delay, and worked with near drowning cases in the paediatric ward during her time at Netcare Auckland Park Rehabilitation Centre.
She further has provided emotional support groups to offenders in various correctional centres, trained childcare advocates, and facilitated dialogues and workshops for at-risk youths- through Themba Interactive. Naadiya has also worked at the Queen Alexander Home for the Elderly where she treated patients who had incurred mental health illnesses such as traumatic brain injury, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and depression.
“Art is a wound turned into light.”