Hayat Nadar, Psy.D.

Pronouns: she, her, hers Languages: Arabic, English

I have a special interest in working with immigrants and those exploring new cultures.  Many clients I have worked with have been impacted by relational trauma and/or systemic oppression in a world fraught with privilege and marginalization.  Psychological distress often arises related to our identities and how they intersect, at times creating unprocessed tension. Therapy is a place to explore the intersections of your identities (gender, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation etc.) and how they interact with the world you encounter.

I have found that our journeys generally boil down to coming to an understanding who we are and our everchanging place in this world.  I believe that exploring of your conscious and unconscious identities and values can help you to begin flourishing and moving toward a state of congruence.  My approach is an affirming, relational and psychodynamic in nature with a focus on an individual’s attachment style and relationships.  I recognize that relationships play a critical role in shaping the quality of your daily experience and try to help you uncover and understand patterns appearing in your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

I have worked with clients in various settings including private practice, community mental health, assisted living facilities, and inpatient facilities where I provided psychotherapy to clients experiencing anxiety, depression, process addictions (like substance, eating disorder, gambling, etc…), personality disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and neurodiversity (including ADHD and autism spectrum disorders).  

I am honored to embark on a consciousness-raising journey with you, exploring your self-states and helping you to free up and galvanized your energy, so you can live, love and work more fully.


Hayat Nadar, MA, PsyD., holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at National Lewis University.  Her research focus entailed trauma, immigration, racism, acculturative stress and attachment styles.  She also earned a master’s degree in the mass communications and media studies from San Diego State University, where she focused on how the unexamined language of the dominant culture can shape, and at times, restrict a person’s thoughts, beliefs, and actions as it relates to the trap of the virgin-whore dichotomy.  Dr. Nadar received her bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and natural science from The University of Michigan where her work on multiculturalism and personal development through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey.    

Hayat has trained at the following locations: 

The Mental Health Center of Florida (MHCFlorida)
A Safe Haven Foundation  
The Family Stress Clinic  

Hayat is a member of: 

The American Psychological Association (APA)
APA Division 39: Psychoanalysis
Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT) 


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