Nora Sabahat Takieddine

Co-Founder, Holistic Psychologist, Somatic Therapist

Nora is bmy’s holistic psychotherapist and co-founder. She is passionate about the connection between mental and physical health. Her desire to help others was always an intuitive part of her nature. One day, in high school, she learned about the field of psychology and decided this was her path. However, the field was still misunderstood, at the time, and charged with stigma. Family and friends encouraged her to keep her options open and build on her leadership qualities. So, she pursued a minor in Business Administration and eventually achieved a master’s in it as well. She then spent her 20’s in the business realm and followed the “trusted path” of working in the banking sector for several years. But it wasn’t fulfilling and she often felt lost.


One day, Nora decided to quit this “secure” job and take a couple of months off. She needed time to reflect. After several months of her own intensive therapy, she was ready to take the steps to pursue a career in psychotherapy. She found the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto California and decided this was the place for her.


One of the epiphanies that Nora had was the realization that mental health challenges were not limited to people who had undergone intense hardships or were living in difficult communities. She reflected on the small traumas that children experience in everyday life that can be missed, the shock traumas that can be overlooked, and the signs of anxiety and insecurity that can be written off as a personality. When she was introduced to somatic therapy, she felt an immediate alignment with its perspective and approach. She spent the next several years in the US pursuing as many trainings as she could in the somatic therapy realm. Finally, with a license as a California Marriage and Family Therapist, a certification as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and training in various complementary modalities, she was ready to move back to the Middle East.


Nora had had many conversations with her sister over the years about one day creating a health and wellness space of their own Finally, in 2022, they felt ready and the concept of Body Mind You Holistic Wellness was formed, integrating the many different experiences and knowledge they accumulated on their journey. 

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Advanced Professional Development
  • Autoimmune Disease & Other Trauma-Related Syndromes, Somatic Experiencing Master Class with Founder Dr. Peter Levine, Switzerland
  • The Interplay of Shock and Developmental Trauma, Somatic Experiencing Master Class with Founder, Dr. Peter Levine, Switzerland
  • Somatic Resilience & Regulation: Early Trauma, Somatic Practice with Founders Dr. Kathy Kain & Dr. Stephen Terrell, UA
Certifications & Trainings
  • Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), Somatic Experiencing Institute (SEI), USA
  • EMDR Trained, EMDR Institute, Inc. USA
  • Certified EFT-2 Practitioner, Center for EFT Studies, Online Program
  • Neuro-Affective Touch Foundations Course, with Dr. Aline La Pierre (Founder), Norway
  • Hakomi Training Year 1, Hakomi Institute of California, USA
  • Essentials of Psychosynthesis, Psychosynthesis & Education Trust, UK
License & Education
  • Licensed Psychologist CDA-PL-0001487, Community Development Authority, Dubai, UAE, (Active)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT94051, California Board of Behavioral Sciences, CA, USA (Active)
  • Licensed Counselor, 05840170-001, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE (Past)
  • Licensed Counselor, AH1773-17, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, Dubai, UAE (Past)
  • MA Counseling Psychology, Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • MA Business Administration, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon
  • BA, Psychology, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
Member Affiliations
  • Member, Somatic Experiencing International (SEI), CO, USA
  • Member, Somatic Experiencing Professional Training Assisting Team, London, Hungary, Cairo
  • Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, (AAMFT), USA
  • Member, California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT), CA, USA
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This moment, here and now, I can breathe.

Nora Takieddine
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