ABOUT OUR CONSULTANTS, THEIR EXPERIENCE AND BACKGROUND
Zakiyyah Muhammad, Principal Consultant
Zakiyyah is the Founder and Director of SA Pregnancy and Parenting Counselling Services which began in July 2014. For the previous 10 years. She has been employed within both SA Health and DECD in a variety of capacities ranging from community work to managerial roles.
Zakiyyah has walked alongside some of the most vulnerable members of the global community over the last 20 years. Women and their families who had been victims and survivors of domestic and family violence, prostitution, alcohol and drug related problems, rape, abuse, refugees and asylum seekers, those who had experienced FGM, those afflicted with PTSD and also those who had been pregnant, birthed and parented in some of the most difficult situations imaginable.
Zakiyyah's passions are studying and living within a social justice framework. This has led to her obtaining a wide range of qualifications to enhance her holistic practice when working with families and clients. They range from her naturopathic and teaching qualifications gained while in the UK to her Masters of Social Work from Flinders University, Perinatal Non- Clinical Mental Health Counselling through the Australian Psychological Society, and her Doula qualifications from The Australian Doula College, also Diploma in Massage and Aromatherapy from Birmingham College.
The vision Zakiyyah embodies is to continue to walk alongside, advocate for and support women across the spectrums of their birth, pregnancy and parenting options by developing an open, empathetic, safe, informed global community which acknowledges that we are all holistically connected.
Zakiyyah is married and has 4 children, three girls and her youngest a boy. She always says that when she birthed her boy she knew she had to get a dog so their 21 kilo British Bulldog is a part of the family too.
Zakiyyah was born in the UK but her heritage is Jamaican– home of great cricket from the 80s, Bob Marley for his music, and Usain Bolt for his sprinting.
Nuru-deen Suraju, Fatherhood Worker
Nuru-deen has been teaching in both Australia and abroad for the past 17 years across the range of primary school children through to adult learners. His subjects include history, geography, Arabic language and religious studies.
Nuru-deen arrived in Australia in 2007 and is an Australian Citizen and a valued member of the wider community, working for 7 years as a community volunteer. He is a Member of the Intercultural and Dialogue Society of SA and also a Member of the Australian Universal Federation of Education and Culture.
Nuru-deen also has a background within the fields of Health and Social Care. In Ghana he was employed as a Youth Counsellor with Action For Integrated Development a global NGO and also as an Interpreter and Translator for The British High Commission. Nuru-deen further developed his skills within the social care field as a cultural and language advocate. He is able to speak 11 languages encompassing west Africa and international languages.
Nuru-deen is often called upon to deliver workshops and lectures within the CALD community on a wide range of topics including but not limited to religion, values and cultural integration. He is currently employed full time as a Secondary Teacher, Behaviour Coordinator, Cultural Consultant and Chaplin.
Nuru-deen enjoys travelling and has recently visited Egypt, Turkey and the UK. He enjoys reading, learning new things and meeting new people. He is a dedicated family man andhas a very positive outlook on life.
Ozan Bahcivan, Consultant Supervisor
Ozan completed his Master of Science in Health Psychology in the United Kingdom at the University of West of England, Bristol. Previously, he graduated from Bachelor of Psychology with Post Graduation of Diploma at the University of Western Sydney. Ozan won a scholarship and completed part of his university education in 2009 at the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom and in Turkey at the University of Izmir Economics in 2010. He obtained status as an Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner in 2010 from Dr. Inci Erkin, who is one of the 29 founded Masters in the world.
Ozan has experience working within schools, clinical and community health settings with children and families, youth and adults who are from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. He has given seminars about aggression, mental health awareness, anger and stress management strategies to students, teachers, parents and police force teams in various cities in Australia and Turkey.
Ozan is involved in research about psycho-social care and mental health, and has been a guest speaker at SBS Turkish radio in Sydney regarding addiction disorder. Currently he works full time as a Medical Psycho-Oncologist at Baskent University Hospital in Ankara, Turkey.