• About Me

    Meet Zeshan

    Zeshan Mustafa, JD, ACCEP, RYT

    Somatic Transformation Coach and no stranger to living between two worlds

     

    My name is Zeshan (She/Her(s)) and I know what it is like to be called “too white” “too fobby” “too American” or be told that I “think I'm black.”

     

    I am a first-generation, South Asian American “spiritual but not religious” “brown” person who was raised Muslim within an intergenerational household on the East Coast of the United States.

    Photo Artist: Prasanth Dasari

    I understand what it is like to struggle with living in two worlds and to feel like I have to adjust to the environment I am in like a chameleon.

     

    In my home growing up, my Indian heritage was emphasized and instilled in me. However, as soon as I stepped out of my home into the world, I received messages from mainstream American society that my heritage was something to be ashamed of.

     

    Over the years, I compromised myself to fit-in. Even in my therapy sessions, I hid my "browness" from my European American and Jewish American therapists. And was afraid to open up to a South Asian therapist for fear that they would judge me for being "too American." But over the years I learned that claiming my multicultural identity was a vital piece missing from my therapeutic sessions.


    I accepted that the healer I was seeking did not seem to exist in one person at that time. So I charted my own course and designed my own healing path. I worked with different mentors, healers, therapists, and somatic practitioners to integrate all of me.

    AS I CHARTED THIS COURSE...

    • I learned new and more liberating ways of showing up
    • I discovered how to be my full self in lots of different environments

    • I shed limiting beliefs through body-oriented emotional process work that was culturally-informed

    I am a sovereign and powerful multi-cultural person living in America. I realized I had lost pieces of me. Through working with my body and asking myself who I really am, I was able to reclaim those lost pieces.

    Now...

    • I am not a chameleon constantly adjusting to what people want me to be

    • I no longer people-please to fit-in

    • And that has made it possible for me to stop the burn-out cycle

    • Not only that but I have left behind relationships that have zapped my energy and where I was expected to show up as a watered-down version of myself

    • I now have healthier and more fulfilling relationships with friends who accept me for who I am

    My clients today...

    • Also have struggled with navigating living between two (or more worlds)

    • I support my clients to get their energy back and integrate all of who they are

    • So they can reclaim their vibrancy and power and feel comfortable in their own skin

    My values...

     

    I value creating nurturing relationships that are anti-oppressive, accepting, culturally-integrative, and built on trust.

    Art By: Taelor Pawnell at www.StylishSista.com

    My Fun Facts...

    • On my bucket list I have: to camp the native land of Hopitutskwa (also known as the Grand Canyon), learn to surf, and go on a scuba dive in the coral reef 
    • I love to dance freestyle and take 5Rhythms, Zumba, and bellydance classes 
    • I have a babyface but I am grown and am an old soul

    Education and other Credentials

    UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

    JD, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

    BA, English Language and Literature, The University of Maryland, College Park

     

    HEALING ARTS TRAINING

    Advanced Somatic-Expressive Practitioner Certification, The Institute of Core Energetics, New York, New York

    Certified Yoga Teacher, Sky House Yoga, Silver Spring MD

    Reiki II Practitioner, Healing Spaces Wellness, Columbia, MD

     

    AUTHOR OF

    When Helping is Not Helping: A Somatic Approach to Working with Clients of Color

     

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