The Empowerment Doctor™
With a passion to show people their inner strength and SUPERPOWERS, Dr. Nefertiti L. Nowell founded the Nowell and Associates Counseling Firm as well as the Nowell Institute on Empowerment, both of which assist people in mental health matters and empowerment all across the globe.
Driven to see others grow to their fullest potential, US-based Dr. Nowell pursued her Bachelors in Arts (Psychology, Health and Society), Masters in Science Counseling and Human Development, Doctorate of Philosophy (Disability Studies), and a double Doctorate in Psychology.
“I have a goal of helping as many people as possible, learn to THRIVE and develop tools and strategies to minimize the effects of trauma, allowing them to find peace and emotional stability so that they can have a positive impact on the world around them,” she shares.
Today, Dr. Nowell is a Licensed Clinical Psychoanalyst and Counsellor who specializes in Trauma, Relationship Stability, Confidence Building, Cultural Competency, Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, Marital Discords, and more. Working in the field of Mental Health, she learned that people often sacrifice their Mental and Emotional Health without understanding what a Profound Impact that will have on their overall wellbeing. With that in mind, she developed strategies through her Counseling and Coaching Agencies that teach people how to develop their power through the use of Empowerment Strategies. She has also developed several wellness brands that help people put Wellness in the palm of their hand.
“People need to be able to protect their Emotional Health and use that as a springboard to stabilize and thrive in their lives. And that is what my goal is – to have systems and services in place to help people find true Empowerment that moves them forward with tools to help them sustain.”
It is with this ideology that Dr. Nowell established the Nowell and Associates Counseling Firm in 2006 and the Nowell Institute on Empowerment in 2008, both of which continue to set global benchmarks. Passionate about Empowerment, she believes – If you have a seat at the table, you should use your voice and influence to help others be heard and seen as well, and if you don’t have a seat at the table, you should not be afraid to BUILD ONE.
Speaking from her own experience, she elaborates, “I have had so many positive and impactful experiences in my life, through so many avenues such as education, travel, work, friendship and service to others. I have learned that people just simply need and want to be respected and loved, and impacting others is hinged on those things.”
This inspiration motivated Dr. Nowell to keep pushing the boundaries. Following are some achievements and honours she garnered through the years:
- 2009 Awarded Hope Award from Sierra Tucson Gratitude for Giving
- 2010 Awarded Community Partnership Award
- 2010 Established the Pomegranate Foundation to support people that have been affected by Childhood Sexual Assault
- 2015 Produced Scars of the Soul Documentary Film
- 2017 Established Queen Nefertiti’s Royal Tea and Other Fine Treasures
- 2017 Established Lion Hearted Health and Wellness
- 2017 Established Queen Nefertiti’s Royal Beauty Bar
- 2018 Became 200 Level Yoga Certified and Established Lion Hearted Yoga
- 2018 Keynote Speaker at 100 Couples Strong Couples Conference
- 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 – Named Top 3 Marriage Counselors in Naperville, Illinois
- 2020, 2021, 2022 – City’s Best Award Winner
- 2020 Awarded Top Doc Award for Top Behavioral Health and Trauma Specialist
- 2022 Featured in BLACK MAGAZINE as a Therapist You should Note
- 2022 Brainz Magazine Honoree for Entrepreneurial Success and dedication to Others.
Dr. Nowell holds that to achieve and sustain success, one must be willing to see themselves the way they want to be and not as they are today. You must be able to look at yourself and find the part of you that is Loveable; this takes bravery, you must be a Lion and Find Your Roar!
Yet what about challenges? How can one overcome those? “There is a secret to success… WORK and GRATITUDE. Develop a strong work ethic and combine it with grit and an unshakeable foundation that allows you to stand if you get knocked down. Never be afraid to fail, failure is a lesson well worth gathering the data from. I have not seen any luck, only preparedness, work and opportunity. If there is a gap in your success, check your work ethic and your ability to be stable, and consistently believe in what you are doing. You have to see yourself in the future and do the work today to get there today.”
An inspiration to many, we ask Dr. Nowell to leave us with a message, and she obliges: “Deciding to run a business and build a wellness system took bravery and courage. To build anything, bravery, courage, integrity, consistency and grit are always needed. You have to be able to come full, leave empty, and re-energize. Also, learn to be a solutionist. There is always a decision to be made and a solution to be found.”