Rewiring the Brain for Peace: Therapy and individual wellbeing as peacebuilding

Inspiring Positive Social Change 2017 > Family & Inter-Personal Peacebuilding > Science & Technology
Broadcast on August 15, 2017
With Sabrina N'Diaye, Ph.D.

Communities around the world have been intuitively mobilizing their own rituals and values to support themselves, heal from trauma, resist violence and improve overall wellbeing. Sabrina N'Diaye, founder of The Heart Nest Center for Peace and Healing, has been working in different contexts — in the US and abroad. Join her as she offers various aspects of mind-spirit-body practices, rituals and values that can help support inner transformation... and mobilize you for the greater good.

During this transformative session, you'll discover:

  • Concrete illustrations of how different components of spiritual rituals can help self-regulate emotions
  • How rituals play a crucial role in creating predictability & safety 
  • The role of rituals in making meaning
  • The role of spiritual rituals & values in supporting interconnectedness... beyond the boundaries of specific religious practices

Sabrina N'Diaye, Ph.D.

Founder, The Heart Nest Center for Peace and Healing, Psychotherapist,

Over the past 25 years, Sabrina N’Diaye, Ph.D. has been blessed with the opportunity to assist hundreds of clients transform their lives and live their dreams. In 2007, she founded the Heart Nest Wellness Center, in Catonsville, where she specializes in her “calling” – healing work for women, couples, and trauma survivors. She has since changed the name of her center to the Heart Nest Center for Peace and Healing, a space that welcomes community engagement and spiritual growth. In addition to traditional psycotherapy, she practices mind-body medicine and Sufi healing into her work. She is a student of the late Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal, a Palestinian peacebuilder and healer, who taught his students to seek light in all human hearts.

Sabrina received her doctorate in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University, where she studied the use of complementary and alternative interventions for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Her dissertation explored the use of healing rituals for African-American women with sexual and health-related trauma.

She is an adjunct faculty member of the Maryland University of Integrative Health and Saybrook University. She is a frequent lecturer for the Ferentz Institute, where she teaches courses in private practice success, oppression, and the art of healing. She is also a proud faculty member of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, where she teaches the art of self-care to healthcare professionals around the globe. Her work has led her in guiding healing rituals with the Baltimore City Police, at Pine Ridge Reservation, and multiple spiritual communities.  She is now a part of a healing team that is serving Jordanian healthcare professionals that work with refugees.

Sabrina is passionate about her work as a retreat facilitator, mentor, and guide for other healers. She is a highly-respected member of the treatment community, and frequently lectures on cultural diversity, spirituality, stress management, self-care for healers, addictions, and the “magic” of connection.

She is a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and life-long learner, who remains humbled by the healing power of compassion, love and forgiveness.