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Meet Kevin Nahai

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Nahai.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kevin. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I was 19 years old, I was diagnosed with a chronic, incurable disease of the stomach called Chrons Disease. At the same time, I happened to be going through an incredibly difficult transition in my life (my first semester of college) and I was dealing with the onset of serious anxiety and depression — with symptoms, I hadn’t really dealt with before and couldn’t recognize for what they were. As my physical condition deteriorated due to the Chrons, so did my emotional & psychological condition. My stomach and digestive tract were so impotent that I could not keep any food down and none of the medications were working. My weight was dropping like crazy, my hair was falling out, and I was in excruciating pain all the time. I looked in the mirror and hated what I saw. I was depressed and anxious enough due to factors unrelated to the disease, but the realization that my body had betrayed me and I now had control over virtually nothing in my life took me down a very deep, dark rabbit hole. I developed anorexia, which I struggled with for three years. At one point, I was 112 pounds (at 5’8″ in height) and for many months, I contemplated taking my own life.

It took many years to rebuild myself after the trauma I endured during that first year of college. I started to learn about how I ended up with Chrons disease, where Western medicine has failed us, and how autoimmune diseases are induced by unmet psychological and emotional needs — which means, I believe, they can be avoided. I began to uncover the traumas I experienced well before the age of 19, from childhood bullying to body dysmorphia to abandonment issues. I committed myself to the pursuit of health, fulfillment, and contributing to others’ lives. I became a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. I got myself into seven years of therapy. I read every book I could get my hands on (and counting!) on emotional & psychological wellness, and I started to develop my own approach and methodology. And boy, let me tell you, there is A LOT of pure, unadulterated crap out there that has been packaged as self-help and sold wholesale for people desperate to create order out of the chaos in their lives.

My heart goes out to all of those people, and my mission in this life is to help them. Not by telling them what to DO, but by helping them discover what they believe in their own heart is right and true and then helping them develop the confidence to act on it. I run a one-on-one mentorship program in which I help men and women ages (roughly) 18-35 with a range of issues, from dating & relationships to intensive anxiety management to insecurity & self-esteem issues. My greatest joy is public speaking, teaching my principles to audiences, where I feel I have the best opportunity to help the largest number of people in the shortest period of time.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been an extremely bumpy road — and while I can now visualize the road in front of me, it is still unpaved. The biggest obstacles have been 1) my health challenges, which have put me out of commission for months at a time, 2) fear of committing myself to this work and taking the necessary risks, and 3) trying out many many many other career paths that had nothing to do with what I knew I really wanted to do in my heart.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I don’t have a “company” as right now it is just me, and I am still a baby in this process. What I do is speak, write, and mentor young men and women on a select number of emotional & psychological issues they are dealing with. I am neither a therapist nor a life coach, but I include elements of coaching and elements of several types of therapy in my practice.

What I am most proud of is that I am able to help people realize clarity, peace of mind, and fulfillment in a significantly shorter period of time than if they were in traditional talk therapy or tackling the issues by themselves. I’ve developed a system that helps people alleviate the pain and confusion they have been experiencing for so long — by asking the right questions, putting them through the right exercises, and guiding them toward the answers that are already inside of them.

What “sets me apart,” I believe, is that although my compassion runs miles deep, I am not a feel-good, warm-and-fuzzy, everything-is-perfect kind of teacher. I am tough! I am brutally honest. And I demand taking full ownership of whatever is going on regardless of the origin. Ultimately, these compassionate demands are one of the underpinnings of how I help people transform the landscape of their lives — and they work.

What were you like growing up?
Personality-wise, I was always a giant goof and the class clown (I still am). I was bullied a lot in elementary school and middle school, but I never let my childhood issues dim my light. (Instead, I pushed it down and didn’t address it and pushed it down, which caused a host of issues later in life, but that is a different story). I have always been a people-person; since I was a baby I have spent my time talking to strangers, learning their stories, believing in the good in people, and communicating with as many people as possible through as many channels as possible.

Interest-wise, I was always into sports and music. I started playing the drums at age seven and turned professional at age 18. I was always on various sports teams and I loved weightlifting. I am still an avid gym-goer and I still play the drums and guitar all the time. I also have two rambunctious little dogs named Gus and Vinny who are my best buddies!

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