AALIYAH NURIDEEN, lCsw
"I am dedicated to normalizing mental health awareness in Black and allied communities."
Aaliyah Nurideen, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker, community mental health therapist, advocate, writer, speaker and creator of Connection Cards™. Aaliyah has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Spelman College and a Masters of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. Through her professional experience -- working directly with children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental illness -- she finds impactful purpose in providing: interventions, strategies and techniques that support healing individuals to become the best versions of themselves.
Aaliyah is dedicated to amplifying the voices of those who are marginalized and silenced by creating avenues for dialogue. A specific passion of hers collides at the intersection of race and gender. Understanding the unique set of circumstances that come with existing in the duality of being Black and woman, led Aaliyah to co-found Black Girls Blossom with her Spelman Sister. Together, they created a wellness-centered safe space curated for Black girls and women to collectively heal, connect and grow through exploring their shared lived experiences.
Aaliyah’s favorite pastimes include exploring the influence of mainstream media such as television, movies and music as a social and cultural analyst, writing, creating abstract canvas paintings and indulging in occasional retail therapy. She enjoys spending time with family and friends where laughter is their love language. She is thankful to her close-knit circle who always promote and encourage her growth, both, personally and professionally. Aaliyah hopes to continue aligning herself with opportunities which allow her to expand and share her vision alongside Black and allied communities.
I believe that the first step in destigmatizing therapy and mental health is understanding that people do not need to be “fixed” but rather supported and seen.
Therapy isn’t only for people suffering from severe and chronic mental illness. Therapy is beneficial to develop the following:
- effective communication skills
- self insight and self awareness
- identification of emotions and feelings
- emotional coping skills
- improved self esteem
- improved mood
- increased independency
- increased positivity
- increased gratitude
- conflict resolution skills
- skills needed to help you make changes in your life
- ways of coping in varying situations
- techniques to deal with stress, unhealthy/negative thoughts and dysfunctional behavior