Khadijat Quadri, LPC, NCC, Cht of Kuadra Consulting Service, LLC.
Being a therapist is my divine calling. As a child, my primary desire was to become a truly effective healer. In today’s English language, a therapist is synonymous with healers of my ancient Yoruba tradition. They had the ability to divine emotional and mental health traumas and work from its energetic roots to bring true healing to people.
I came from a long ancestral line of healers. From my grandmother, to my forefathers who migrated from ancient Egypt, the native land of Ijebu-Ode was the bedrock of all ancient healing practices. With the advent of colonization, came the demonizing of ancient practice and adoption of Christian beliefs. Anyone who followed the ancient principles of babalawos (the Yoruba translation of shaman) was considered evil or possessed by Christian colonizers. I grew up seeing and experiencing Islamic, Christian, modern medicine and shamanic practices, later on, studied the healing practices of Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Native American and Peruvian Shamanism and concluded that these principles and practices are not separate. They can be understood and unified to bring holistic healing to people. As child, I was a sensitive, empathic and psychic. I thought surely, these skills had no place in modern western medicine, but as I entered into the world of mental health and psychotherapy, my skills found a place. To develop my intuitive skills, meant a study of the mind, not just the basic theories taught in mental health graduate school but also requires taking an inward journey to understanding the complex nature of mind, emotions and energy. To do this involved taking a path to my own healing and in so doing, I developed tools and techniques for mapping the path for healing others.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
When my clients experience their true nature in therapy through intuitive exploration, phenomenon, hypnosis, energy work and are empowered to self-heal.
How do you believe people change?
Within everyone is the buddha nature, Christ nature or shaman. One of the most important aspects of the healing journey is that within every one of us is this very nature, light, the divinity, or as my ancestors would say, the nagual. Each one of us has our own truth inside ourselves. The quest of a true therapist healer is to find, live, and express it and support others in uncovering their truth. Unlike some other traditions, true psychotherapy is not based on hierarchy and deference to past teachers or following a sacred text with blind belief, but on uncovering the truths within yourself and bringing them out into the world to become a messenger of truth, a messenger of love. No two therapeutic sessions are alike, as we each ultimately make our own unique path, create our own art, and express ourselves in our own beautiful way. That’s why I often say that you are both the student and the teacher in the psychotherapy setting.
Why do you think so many people are hesitant to see a therapist?
The reason therapy has a poor reputation is the way its being taught in colleges and the inability of the student and teacher of psychotherapy to seek the path of self-healing. You cannot know what healing looks like if you have not explored your own traumas, delusions and taken the courage to delve outside cultural norms and belief systems.
What’s your therapeutic approach?
My approach to psychotherapy is based in experiential, transpersonal and spiritual psychology. I have studied and understand the complexities of the ego mind and incorporate the best-proven healing approaches from western and eastern traditions. I received training in the ancient healing arts of the first doctors and psychologists that ever walked the earth—-“Shamans”.
My role in psychotherapy is simple. I work as a guide to help lead clients from 3rd dimensional consciousness to new levels of awareness. With the support of my guiding system and those of my clients’, I act as a conduit to bring the information and energies that are needed at that point in time for the client’s highest good.
The source of all illness is hidden in the subconscious mind which stores all manner of distortions about the self. As a professional counselor, intuitive, and hypnotherapist, I have a variety of tools and resources at my disposal to move clients into self-realization.
What’s the biggest myth you’ve heard regarding therapy and what’s your response to it?
Many believe that talking to someone doesn’t help. Finding the right therapeutic relationship is synonymous with finding the right doctor for an ailment. Psychotherapy is the only form of therapy there is. Since only the mind can be sick, only the mind can be healed. Only the mind is in need of healing.
Psychotherapy is necessary so that an individual can begin to question their reality. Sometimes he is able to start to open his mind without formal help, but even then it is always some change in his perception of interpersonal relationships that enables him to do so. Sometimes he needs a more structured, extended relationship with an “official” therapist. Either way, the task is the same; the patient must be helped to change his mind about the “reality” of delusion.
What insurance(s) do you accept and do you have a sliding scale?
The attached link provides a list of insurances accepted and my rates. https://www.kuadracs.com/rates-insurance/
What’s one fun fact about you that has nothing to do with mental health?
I love my job and devoted my life to developing my intuitive skills. I spend majority of my time in meditation and spiritual practice.
Where can my readers contact you?
Where can my readers contact you? They can visit my website at www.kuadracs.com or www.holisticgroupsanctuary.com They can call (210) 314-7687 to schedule an appointment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Khadijat is currently writing a book on Shamanic Psychotherapy and has presented on the topic at conferences around the world. Find out more about Khadijat, her education and therapeutic orientation at www.kuadracs.com/aboutus