Hakim Asadi is the founder of Beyond Living. Hakim received his Master of Social Work degree from the University at Albany. His experience as an LMSW includes working with individuals living and coping with HIV/AIDS, mental health, and substance use. Hakim is licensed in New York State and is a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer, and Life Coach. He was also an integral part of The New York Model for Batterer’s Program in Albany NY, and Schenectady NY which addresses the issue of Intimate Partner Relationship Violence.
He is the recipient of 2018 In Our Own Voices’ LGBT POC Health and Human Service Award and serves as a board member on the Board of Directors with Hometown Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Schenectady, NY. Hakim is also a 2019 alumnus of the New Leaders Council Fellowship and served as an adjunct professor of Social Work at Siena College. He leverages his experience as a social worker, and man of color, to teach classes and facilitate workshops for folks to lead with an open mind and an open heart. Hakim enjoys hanging out with friends and family, engaging in intellectual conversation, and holding space for anyone in need.
Siena College- Bachelor's of Social Work | 2012
University at Albany- Master's of Social Work | 2015
Mental Health First Aid Certified Instructor | 2019
Mental Health First Aid is a national program teaching effective skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance abuse.
New Leaders Council | 2019
NLC provides local change-makers place-based training and a national network of support – propelling alumni to create the country we aspire to be.
Bridges Out of Poverty Certified Instructor | 2017
A comprehensive approach to understanding the dynamics that cause and maintain poverty from the individual to the systemic level. Bridges Out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to prevent, reduce, and alleviate poverty.
My approach is connected to a lens of healing that is expansive and utilizes the duality of both wanted and unwanted experiences to move closer to your highest, most authentic self. I challenge the narrative that something must be "wrong with me" to connect to my healing journey and enlist additional support.
My intention is to provide support as I join you on your journey in the discovery of your true self. Whether we're working together in a workshop, group or individually, my goal is to create a space of authenticity for you to be seen. In this space, we’ll work together to identify and process your emotions, release fear, shame and other limiting beliefs and reconnect to yourself. With this approach and intention you will come to remember your worth, strength, and learn to express yourself authentically.
My philosophy is centered around building a therapeutic alliance, a container of trust and vulnerability without judgment. It’s within this co-created container where healing, growth and expansion happens. Together, we'll explore your experiences and the connection between thoughts, emotions and behaviors and how the three have shaped how you show up in the world and your view of others and of the world.