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  • Noreen Akhter joined C3A NUST in August 2009 as  psychologist. She completed her M.Phil degree from National Institute of Psychology (NIP), Quaid-i-Azam, University, and Islamabad in family relations and childhood developmental psychopathology.  Her areas of interest include family relations, developmental psychopathology, industrial- organizational settings, statistics and psychometrics. 

    She has more than 7 years of experience in counseling, research and testing. Being a professional counselor she has attended much training to update professional skills. These trainings includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Neuro linguistic Programming (NLP), Mindfulness, She is also Ph.D scholar at National Institute of Psychology (NIP), Quaid-i-Azam, University, and Islamabad. She was promoted in 2015 as the Senior Psychologist.  Till now she has five research papers published in different 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 Behavior Therapy (CBT), Gestalt therapy, Family therapy Narrative Exposure therapy, Eidetic therapy and Applied Behavior 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. 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 against 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. Currently she is working as a psychologist/counsellor in the Center for Counseling and Career Advisory (C3A), NUST, Islamabad, Pakistan. 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 last attended her master’s degree in Counselling from University of Queensland, Australia. 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 counseling 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. She has also done her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from University of Peshawar.

    Ayesha is a certified master trainer and has conducted numerous trainings and trainings of trainers on various issues. Her specialized area of interest includes counseling 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, behavior change modification, facilitation skills and psycho- social intervention. She has also attended certified trainings on Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), art therapy, Play therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution focused therapy and mindfulness from Australia. Her research areas of interest are Post disaster trauma among children, Art therapy as an intervention for traumatic children, Domestic violence and its effects on children and Domestic violence and its effects on the spouse.
  • 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 Behavior 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 four years’ worth experience of providing counseling 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, counseling skills and different psychological issues. 

    She is 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 Counseling and Career Advisory (C3A), NUST as Career Counselor in 2015 after doing PGD in Career Counseling 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 counseling at individual as well as ​group level. She has attended numerous seminars and workshops in the related fields.