Naadiya Shaik Omar is an Expressive Arts Therapist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). She holds a Master’s 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 also undergone several training programmes in the fields of parenting, infant mental health, early childhood development and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT).
In her therapeutic work, Naadiya has worked in clinical, community and psycho-educational settings where she ran play and support groups, conducted training sessions on effective parenting, and held individual and group Expressive Arts Therapy sessions. Expressive Arts Therapy is the application of psychology using play, drama, visual imagery, writing, speech and music for psychological growth and behaviour change. Naadiya recognises the value of this therapy as it has alleviated her clients of symptoms related to various health conditions.
In addition to her work as an Expressive Arts Therapist, Naadiya runs an 8-week attachment parenting programme (Circle of Security – Parenting) equipping parents with the skills to understand what their infant or child’s behaviour is communicating to them.
Naadiya is also a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy practitioner, using individual psychotherapy and group skills training classes to assist clients in managing overwhelming emotions and replacing harmful behaviour with life-enhancing ones. This therapy is particularly effective for borderline personality disorder, depression, bulimia, binge-eating, bipolar disorder and substance abuse.
Naadiya is a registered member of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) and as such a portion of therapy fees can be reimbursed from medical aid.
Areas of Interest:
- Anxiety & Depression
- Trauma & Bereavement
- Behaviour difficulties in children
- Cognitive & developmental delay
- Adolescent Identity challenges
- Impulsive, risky & self-destructive behaviours
- Difficulty adjusting to life changes
- Low self-image
- Social challenges or difficulty interacting with others
- Infant-parent relationship
- Adolescents & young adults
Mondays – Fridays: 8am – 6pm
Saturdays and after hours available at request