Affiliated member of the WPA – World Psychiatric Association

Transcultural Aspects in Psychotherapy. The Experience of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy

Nadia Kadri

The United Nations agency UNESCO has defined culture as the “set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual, and emotional features of society or a social group, and that it encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs.” However, as a therapist, in our daily clinical practice we notice that:

  • patients from different cultures are sometimes closer by their personal specificities than patients from the same culture.
  • the therapeutic relationship between patient and therapist transcends cultural specificities.
  • the biological and psychological fundamentals transcend cultural particularities.

This presentation will address the following topics:

  1. Culture, it’s components and specificities on Moroccan culture with their implication on mental health, its trouble and care. This will be based on studies conducted in the field.
  2. CBT as an empirical, experimental model that has been developed in Western culture and is spreading throughout the world. This fact raises the following questions, especially in the non-Western world:

What cultural factors require management of CBT?

What are the transcultural fundamentals of CBT?

How to integrate cultural factors in CBT?

Nadia Kadri

  • Private practice as a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and sexologist.
  • Founder, teacher and head of the Moroccan Institute of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy,
  • Part-time teacher at the Faculty of Medicine, Mohamed VI University of Health Sciences.
  • Responsible for the University Diploma in Clinical Sexology, Faculty of Medicine.
    Mohammad VI University. Casablanca


1979: Baccalaureate (Casablanca)

1988: Doctorate in medicine (Hassan II University, Faculty of Medicine of Casablanca)

1990: Specialty in psychiatry. Hassan II University. Casablanca.

1993: University Diploma in “Criminology Applied to Mental Expertise”. René Descartes

University, University Institute of Forensic Medicine and Medical Law, Paris, France.

1993: University degree in child psychiatry. René Descartes University. Cochin Port-Royal
Faculty of Medicine, Paris, France.

1993: University degree in clinical neurophysiology. Pierre Marie Curie University, Faculty of
Medicine Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris, France.

2011: University Diploma in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. Medical School. Hassan II
University. Casablanca. Honors

2011: University Diploma in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. Medical School.
Hassan II University. Casablanca Mention Very good

2011: Training certificate in Cognitive Therapy based on mindfulness, Crêt-Bérard retreat,
PUIDOUX / VD (Switzerland)

2012: Hypnosis training certificate, level 1. Moroccan Association of Clinical Hypnosis.

2010: University Diploma in Clinical Sexology. Medical School. Hassan II University.
Casablanca. Honors

2014: Level 1 EMDR course. French Institute of EMDR

2014: Aerospace Medicine Capability. Paris Descartes University. Paris, France

Professor of Psychiatry. Founder and former organizer and teacher at the Faculty of
Medicine, Hassan II Casablanca University of:

  • University Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy- University Diploma in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
  • University Diploma in Clinical Sexology

Former Head of the Mental Health, Cognition and Psychopathology Research
Laboratory, Hassan II University. Casablanca. Morocco.

Current President of the Moroccan Association of Psychiatrists in Private Practice.
Former President of the Moroccan Society of Psychiatry. President of the Moroccan
University Association of Sexual Health. Former President, and Secretary General of
the Moroccan Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies which is an affiliate
member of the European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Her researches, published nationally and internationally, focuses on epidemiological
studies in Mental Health (1st National study on the prevalence of Mental disorders in
Morocco), perinatality and Mental Health of women, Sexuality and its disorders,
Ramadan and Mental Health, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Addictions,
Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and Stigma.

She has published more than a hundred scientific articles or book chapters in Arabic,
French and English as well as several national and international books. Among the books
published in Morocco by Editions Le Fennec: Manuel d’éducation sexuelle (2009), ‫التربية‬ ‫دليل‬
‫الجنسية‬ , guide de l’anxieux (2011), Affirmation de soi et Santé Mentale (2013), Estime de soi
(2016), Couple, comment le construire, comment le préserver( 2018), Des peurs et des
Hommes (2020) , Panique, Phobies. Comment s’en débarrasser (2022).