Negah (Nina) Yazdi, MS, LMFT, #103671
My name is Negah but like many of us with a difficult name to pronounce I’ve adopted a nickname, Nina.
I was born in Iran and grew up in Denmark.
I started my professional career as a Software Engineer for Motorola, initially in Denmark and then in Chicago. I gradually ventured off to the marketing side of the company and finally worked as a Bid Manager for IBM subsidiary in Doha, Qatar.
Not finding genuine fulfillment in my career for 13 years, I decided to leave the corporate world. I became a certified Pilates instructor and began to work at a physical therapy/Pilates studio. Through the work of helping people with physical injuries and listening to their life stories my interest for studying psychology resurfaced. When I told my late and beloved therapist Dr. David Gorton that I wanted to become a therapist he asked me why. I told him that I was told I’d be good at it. He said just because you are good at something doesn’t mean you should do it! Do you want to do it?
Taking the time and finding my true answer to his question helped me prepare for a career transition that at times have been challenging, frustrating, humbling, yet unbelievably rewarding. I finally reached home with my career path. I learned that my mind is not interested in developing things; it is interested in putting together the puzzles of a human life. I’m dedicated to utilize my life experiences in helping you find your path home.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
– Neale Donald Walsch
- Master of Science, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy; California State University, Northridge
- Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering; Denmark Technical University, Copenhagen-Denmark
- Emotionally Focused Therapy: Attachment-based interventions for couples in crisis