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Pharaon Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a consulting company that provides a range of psychological, coaching, and counseling services to individuals, couples, and groups. Founded in 1997 by counseling psychologist Dr. Nora Alarifi Pharaon, PCG is a US-based company with global outreach and focuses on these core offerings:

  • * Consulting
  • * Psychotherapy
  • * Testing and Evaluation
  • * Coaching
How to find us:

17 Ames Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070

Curriculum Vitae

Executive Director & Co-founder, Tamkeen: The Center for Arab American Empowerment, Brooklyn, NY, September 2003 – Present

Not-for-profit community development organization dedicated to the empowerment of the Arab American community. TAMKEEN provides mental health, legal services, education, and job development programs to members of the community.

Program Director, Project Liberty, Arab American Family Support Center, Inc. Brooklyn, NY, January – August 2003

Developed and supervised an outreach program to deliver crisis counseling to the members of the Arab American community living in Brooklyn and Queens. Delivered public educational presentations to groups as well as facilitated group therapy sessions to members living within the community in NYC.

Mental Health Expert, Sesame Workshop, Manhattan, NY, December 2002 – Present

Presented the Arab American perspective on an advisory panel that discussed the development of multimedia project and resources to help children ages 3 to 8 years and the adults who care for them address and deal effectively with issues and challenges post 9/11.

Licensed Psychologist, Gramercy Park Counseling Center, Manhattan, NY, January 2002 – Present

Provide individual, couple, and group therapy primarily to the Arab American community living in NYC. Perform psychological evaluations for bilingual adults, youth and children.

Consulting Psychologist, Arab American Family Support Center, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, December 2001-Mar 2003

Act as the senior consulting psychologist to the Center providing psychological services to individuals, adolescents, and children both onsite and off site. Deliver workshops, training, and seminars to the members of the Arab American community living in Brooklyn as well as promote cultural awareness and understanding within the community at large.

Program Facilitator, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Northern New Jersey, November 2001-Present

Participate in the facilitator-training program for the Healing and Recovery after Trauma (HART) Project. Conduct Take Heart experiential groups that targeted families who live in Northern New Jersey to help youth and their caregivers cope with the aftermath of traumatic events in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Consulting Psychologist and Senior Trainer, Pharaon Consulting Group, Inc., Fort Lee, NJ, February 1997-Present

Provide consultation services to various organizations in the Middle East. Assisted in the establishment of a women’s training center in Saudi Arabia and conducted a needs assessment evaluation services to the Social Work unit at ARAMCO Medical Services. Conduct workshops, training programs and seminars on various psycho-education topics in the field of psychology, human development, business and education.

Licensed Psychologist, Quality Evaluation Center, Queens, NY, January 1997-Present

Perform psychological evaluations for Arab-American students in the NYC School System, including infants, toddlers and children of all ages. Develop comprehensive psychological reports with findings and recommendations.

Senior Facilitator, Franklin Covey, Sundance, UT, January 2000-Present

Obtained Franklin Covey Facilitator Certification and delivered training programs, mainly 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and First Things First, to individuals in the public and private sectors.

NGO Representative, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, United Nations New York, NY, April 1997-Present

Participate in several Non Governmental Organization Committees to affect UN policy development and implementation. Member of NGO Committee on Mental Health and an active member of a working group on Refugees and Other Survivors of Disaster.

Program Director and Senior Clinical Manager, Mid-Bergen Mental Health Center: Partial Hospital, Paramus, NJ, March 1994-January 1997

Directed day-to-day operations and supervised more than 20 mental health professionals. Provided clinical treatment to psychiatric patients and coordinated the delivery of services to psychiatric patients of various age groups.

Conference Organizer, National Organization of Arab American Women, New York, NY, January 1995

Planned & presented at a weeklong conference held by NGO’s at the United Nations.

Educational Specialist, Institute for Life Coping Skills (I.L.C.S.), Teachers College, Columbia University, 1991-1993

Conducted training workshops for teachers & counselors at various U.S. institutions in the Northeast. Served as liaison between the I.L.C.S. and similar institutions in the Middle East.

Life Skills Educator, Veritas Drug Rehab Center, New York, NY, 1992-1993

Trained vocational counselors on the use of Adkins Career Development Program. Co-led groups for recovering addicts in a therapeutic community.

Psychology Extern, New York University Hospital Center, White Plains, NY, Spring 1991

Performed psychological evaluation for inpatients. Developed comprehensive reports.

Psychology Intern, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, New York, NY, 1991-1992

Conducted group sessions with inpatients at the Day Hospital. Provided diagnostic assessment & individual therapy to patients at the Outpatient Department. Participated in a workshop held at the American Psychiatric Association in Washington D.C. on the role of religion & spirituality in helping the bereaved and the dying.

Psychotherapist, New Jersey Center for Psychotherapy, Ridgefield Park, NJ, 1988-1990

Provided psychological counseling to adults, adolescents, children, couples & families with infants, toddlers and children with developmental disabilities.

Counselor in Training , Volunteer Counseling Services, New York, NY, Spring 1989

Provided counseling to divorced couples and people on probation referred by family courts.

Career Counselor, Career Guidance Center American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1984-1987

Designed & implemented career exploration programs for college students.

Coordinator of Career Counseling Services, Career Guidance Center American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1984-1985

Assisted the Director in day-to-day operations. Formulated & executed the Center’s policy decisions. Implemented a career development program & supervised the work of six counselors.

Instructor, Department of Education, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1984-1986

Taught English & method courses in elementary education.

Administrative Assistant, Department of Education, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1984-1986

Assisted the Chairman in day-to-day operations. Aided in the registration procedures.

Project Assistant, Department of Education, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1984-1987

Participated in conducting a Preliminary Study on Drug Awareness in the Schools of Beirut. Coordinated interfaculty research projects sponsored by the Kuwait Society for the Advancement of Arab Children: “The Psychological Status of Children in Lebanon: The Effect of the Events on the Schools of West Beirut: 1980-84.” Assisted in the translation of science books from English to Arabic for UNESCO in Paris.

Instructor, International College, Beirut, Lebanon, 1982-1983

Taught Math & Science to fifth graders.


Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY

May 1993 Doctor of Education

May 1989 Master of Education

Major: Counseling Psychology

Department of Education American University of Beirut, Lebanon

June 1984 Master of Arts

Major: Elementary Education

June 1982 Teaching Diploma in Elementary Education

June 1980 Bachelor of Business Administration

Beirut University College, Lebanon

1973-1975 Candidate for Bachelor of Business Administration


Pharaon, N.A. (1984). The Development of an Instrument that Measures Lebanese Fifth Elementary Students’ Attitudes towards Science and the Comparison of those Attitudes by Sex and Language of Instruction. Unpublished master’s thesis. American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Pharaon, N.A. (1992, April). Islam and Coping with Death and Dying. Unpublished paper presented in a workshop entitled “Eastern and Western Religious Beliefs as Coping Mechanisms for Bereaved and Dying Patients” at the meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Washington, D.C.

Pharaon, N.A. (1993). A comparative study of the career maturity, achievement Motivation and self-esteem of college women in two cultures: Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. (Doctoral Dissertation, Teachers College, Columbia University). Dissertation Abstracts International.

Pharaon, N.A. (1994, July). The Occupational Role of Women in Saudi Society. The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. (Newsletter Available from SPSSI Central Office, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248.

Pharaon, N. A. (1995). The Impact of Achievement Motivation of Women on the Economic Development of the Arab World. Arab Women and the World, 1, 36-41.

Pharaon, N.A. (1997, November). Saudi Women: In Search of a New Self-Concept. Unpublished paper presented in a panel entitled “Gulf Women as Agents of Change” at the meeting of the Middle East Society Association in San Francisco.

Pharaon, N. A. (2000, November). A Partnership between Business and Education: A Case Study. Unpublished paper presented at the Conference held at the American University of Beirut on School-Based Reform in Arab Countries.

Pharaon, N.A. (2001, August). Personal Transformation: A Group Therapy Program for Saudi Women. Unpublished paper presented in a panel entitled “Therapy with Women in Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Cambodia” at the conference of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco.

Pharaon, N. A. (2002, June). The Effects of Intercultural Disparities on Refugee Identity. Unpublished paper presented at the SPSSI convention in Toronto, Canada.

Pharaon, N.A. (2002, June). Cultural Aspects of Trauma Response: The Arab American Community. Unpublished paper presented at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center, NYC.

Pharaon, N.A. (2003, January). Homeland Security and Immigration Issues After 9/11. Unpublished paper presented at the Urban Hazards Forum II, sponsored by John Jay College of Criminal Justice and FEMA, NYC.

Pharaon, N.A. (2003, February). Group Therapy for the Arab American Community Post 9/11. Unpublished paper presented at the American Group Psychotherapy Association, New Orleans.

Pharaon, N.A. (2003, February). A View from the Middle: Life Through the Eyes of Children in Middle Childhood. A presentation of findings of a Sesame Workshop research study that focuses on supporting children in a time of stress during a press conference at the National Press Club, D.C.

Pharaon, N.A. (2003, March). Psychologists at the United Nations. An unpublished paper presented at the conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore.

Pharaon, N.A. (2003, September). Human Security and Dignity for Humanitarian Workers. A presentation given at the 56th Annual DPI/NGO Conference on Human Security and Dignity: Fulfilling the Promise of the United Nations.

Pharaon, N.A. (2003, December). Insight: A Cognitive Behavioral Empowerment Program for Saudi Women. A presentation given at the first Middle East North African Conference in Psychology (MENARCP) held in Dubai, UAE.

Pharaon, N.A. (2004, July). New Reporting of Terrorism and Violence: The Arabic Perspective. Unpublished paper presented in a panel entitled Media/ICT, Psychology and World Events at the conference of the American Psychological Association in Honolulu, HI.

Pharaon, N.A. (2004, July). An Integrated Health and Wellness Program for Muslim Religious Leaders. Unpublished paper presented in a panel entitled Caring for Humanitarian Workers and Peacekeepers: How Can Psychologists Help at the conference of the American Psychological Association in Honolulu, HI.