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  • Dr. Noreen Akhter joined C3A NUST in August 2009 as  psychologist. She completed her PhD degree from National Institute of Psychology (NIP), Quaid-i-Azam, University, Islamabad. Her area of specialization is family relations, childhood developmental psychopathology and emotional management at workplace. 

    She has more than 12 years of experience in counselling, testing & research. Being a professional counsellor she has attended many training to update professional skills. These trainings includes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Neuro linguistic Programming (NLP), Mindfulness. She was promoted in 2015 as the Senior Psychologist.  Till now she has six research papers published in different indexed journals.
  • Annum Khan is a professional psychologist and well trained therapist working since 2012 at C3A NUST. She is a qualified Clinical Psychologist and a PhD scholar at International Islamic University, Islamabad, specializing in developing an intervention for children with Autism. She has been working as a mental health professional since 2009 and served at different hospitals of the twin cities and am active member of Pakistan Psychological association. She has received multiple international certifications including, NLP from National Federation for Neuro Linguistic Programming (NFNLP), Hypnotherapy from National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), USA.   She has also attained proficiency in relaxation techniques and has successfully completed specialized trainings including Focusing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Psychological First Aid, Mindfulness and Reikhi.  Being a Clinical Psychologist she has also attended several trainings to master the art of therapy which includes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Gestalt therapy, Family therapy Narrative Exposure therapy, Eidetic therapy and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). 

    Current trends in therapies are the areas of her research interest. She has presented research papers in international conferences and has published in academic journals. Recently she has published her paper on impacts of video gaming on aggression and cognitive ability of Pakistanis video gamers in ISI indexed journal. In general, her research work focuses more on the psychological stressors and their detrimental effects on mankind. Her quest to discover more about the complex nature of human beings will give rise to new explorations in this field.​

  • Ayesha Mujeeb joined C3A in September, 2014. She brought with her fifteen years of extensive experience of working on social issues in the development sector. She earned seven years of working experience as a Senior Programme Officer/Trainer/ Clinical Psychologist with Rozan, an organization in Islamabad working on violence against women and children specifically domestic violence and child sexual abuse. She worked as a project coordinator for one and a half year with Plan International Pakistan on the project ‘Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health”. Ayesha also worked as a free-lance development consultant/trainer/psychologist for six years with different international and national organizations.

    Her fifteen years of experience includes designing, planning, implementation, monitoring and management of different projects and trainings. Most of the projects included capacity building of partners NGO’s on the issues related to children and women rights and protection and training of trainers.

    Ayesha has done her Master’s in Counselling from University of Queensland, Australia and Master’s in Clinical Psychologist from University of Peshawar. She is a certified therapist and has attended certification in Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), art therapy, Play therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution focused therapy and mindfulness from Australia.

    She is also a certified master trainer and has conducted numerous trainings and trainings of trainers on various issues. Her specialized area of interest includes counselling skills, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, child protection, adolescent reproductive health, women and child rights, gender, communication skills, stress and anger management, life skills, self-awareness, behaviour change modification, facilitation skills and psycho- social intervention.

    Her research areas of interest are Post disaster trauma among children, domestic violence and its effects on children and on the spouse. She is a life time member of Pakistan Psychological Association (PPA).

    While her stay in Australia she got the opportunity to work for three months in an organization working on the issue of domestic violence. She provided counselling to women, men, children adolescent and youth and also facilitated women and children’s group going through violence. She also worked as a volunteer in one of the organization in Australia working with children going through grief and loss and facilitated children’s group using play therapy.​ 

  • Shaista Zafar Joined C3A, NUST in August 2014 as a Psychologist. She has completed MS in Clinical Psychology from International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI). Her thesis for MS was on “Parental Acceptance-Rejection and Delinquent Behaviour among Adolescents: A Case Study of Slum Areas”. She was also awarded with distinction and 2nd position in overall BS (Hons) Psychology, from IIUI. Having five years’ worth experience of providing counselling at NUST, previously she also has remained as a visiting lecturer in IIUI for one year.

    She also served as an intern in the Dept of Psychiatry, CDA Hospital, Islamabad and Dept of Psychiatry, General Hospital, Rawalpindi and successfully dealt with various psycho- diagnostic and psychotherapeutic cases. She is also proficient in the administration and interpretation of different psychological instruments like projective tests (TAT, HFD, HTP, Rorschach) for personality assessments, screening test (WISC, WAIS, DRS, BDI, BAI, Y-BOCS, SPM, CPM,) to identify IQ, and various learning, memory and cognitive deteriorations among children, adolescents and adults. Her training areas of interest include psychological assessment, character building, counselling skills and different psychological issues. 

    She is also the member of International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection (ISIPAR) and Life Member of Pakistan Psychological Association (PPA). Her research areas focused on Forensic Psychology but also interested doing research in areas of Social, Cognitive and Educational Psychology. She also presented research paper on “Effect of Economic Instability on the Psychological health of Early Adults”, that got published in the conference proceedings. Till now she has two research papers published in different journals. ​​

       ·    Sidra Azhar joined Centre for Counselling and Career Advisory (C3A), NUST as Career Counsellor in 2015
           after doing PGD in Career Counselling and Education from NUST. Holds Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology 
           from Virtual University, Pakistan.
           She has more than 4 years’ experience in Career & Education counselling at individual as well as group level. She
           has attended numerous seminars and workshops in the related fields.