Episode 38: Israa Nasir’s Journey to Mental Health Acceptance

We’re about to uncover the startling reality of mental health stigma within the South Asian community. Our guest today, Israa Nasir, will share her deeply personal journey and emphasize the critical role of psychoeducation in dismantling these barriers. We’re diving into a compelling twist in Israa’s story – the moment her very own family questions her chosen career path.

Here’s what we discuss in this week’s episode: 

Discover the power of addressing mental health stigma and taboo in South Asian communities to create a more accepting and supportive environment.

Unlock the benefits of therapy for personal growth and self-discovery, allowing you to navigate life’s challenges with more confidence and clarity.

Explore the unique challenges faced by the South Asian community when it comes to mental health and learn strategies for addressing and overcoming them.

Israa Nasir, MHC-LP, is a psychotherapist, speaker, and founder of the digital mental health brand WellGuide. Israa curates meaningful experiences through therapy, workshops, engaging creative content, and speaking engagements to further amplify the message of emotional wellness and personal growth.

Her work is focused on transforming the way we talk about mental health, taking it from a place of shame to a place of empowerment; with a specific focus on identity formation and healing for the AAPI immigrant (first and second generation) experience.

Her previous clients include, but are not limited to, Columbia University, Google, The NYPD, Mental Health America, Pepsi Co., Ernst &vYoung, Meta, and Yale University. Israa holds a M.A in Mental Health Counseling from The Derner Institute, NY. She currently lives in New York City and is working on her debut book, scheduled to be published in Fall 2024, on Toxic Productivity. 




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