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Psychological Services

Psychologist will provide different treatment models and services that are based on scientific evidence of the study of mind and behaviour.

Counselling

Counselling is a type of ‘talking therapy’ where people come to talk about their problems and life concerns in a safe confidential setting with a caring professional. Counselling can help people deal with a range of personal issues which they might be finding difficult to talk about or to deal with. Unlike friends or family members, professional counsellors do not have any personal biases towards the people who consult them or any judgments about the issues they bring to counselling. Counsellors allow people to explore their thoughts and feelings freely, and support them during difficult times. Counsellors guide people in times of stress and through the process of change. A counsellors role is not to tell people what to do or give advice. A counsellors role is to help people facilitate change in their lives, work out the causes of their problems and understand how their thinking can effect their feelings and behaviour. Counsellor or psychologist can help people to create action plans and develop coping strategies so they can deal with their issues or problems in a better way.

Meet The Team

Dr. Bassem Badr

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Sravani Behara

Specialist Psychiatrist

Dr. Marwa Abd El Hamid

Clinical Psychologist

Ritasha Varsani

Psychologist

Ritasha Varsani is a CDA licensed Psychologist practicing in Dubai. She has an experience of over ten years in providing psychotherapy to a diverse population in a mental health settings in India and United States. She has been professionally trained from USA and her expertise lies in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy. She offers problem solving insights with evidence based therapies to clients giving them the strength to express themselves and promotes equal privilege is what she believes in.

"Empathy and sensitivity is key to connecting with people on a human level". I support my clients by cultivating the ability and demonstrating with authenticity, vulnerability and honesty and increase their sense of their own well being. As a result of her approachable, non-judgmental and compassionate attitude her clients feel safe in addressing and overcoming developmental challenges, psychological obstacles and traumatic life experiences.

Her Therapeutic Approach

Ritasha uses an integrative approach by incorporating interpersonal and psychodynamic principles and evidence based therapies such as Cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, compassion focused therapy, solution focused therapy, family therapy. She takes a client centered and culturally competent approach to facilitate progress and change by quality of care and moving through the journey of recovery.

Her age range of clients varies from preschool kids to adolescents, individuals and couples/ families providing therapeutic interventions in individual and group settings.

Areas of Specialization

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Marital and family Disputes

  • Personality Disorders

  • Addiction

  • Anger Management

  • Bereavement

  • Premarital guidance

  • Self identity and life transition issues

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ( OCD )

  • Trauma and stressor-related disorders

  • Mindfulness

  • Psycho education

    Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - St Xavier's College, Ahmedabad

  • Masters in Psychology with a concentration in Marriage & Family Therapy - San Francisco, USA

  • Certificate of Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy - NHS, London

  • Certificate of Applying Hope to Couple Therapy - American Psychological Association

  • Member of American Psychological Association, International Affiliate ( APA )

  • Member of Middle Eastern Psychology Association ( MEPA )

 

Languages

English, Hindi & Gujarati

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Safia Ali Malik

Clinical Psychologist

Safia Ali Malik is DHA licensed Clinical Psychologist with comprehensive knowledge and understanding on different therapeutic techniques. Compassionate, dedicated and empathetic with clients. Experience of working with clients with different needs and nationalities with utmost cultural sensitivity. Excel at providing adolescents and adults with individual psychotherapy to help them facilitate their social and personal growth and allow them to lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

 

She specializes in psychological and educational assessments and provides individual, family and group therapies.

 

Her Therapeutic Approach

Psychometric and Psychological assessment, Cognitive therapy, Group therapy, individual therapy, Addiction Management, Dialectic Behaviour therapy, Solution Focused and Problem solving Approaches depending on the need of the client.

 

Specialization:

  • Behavioural Disorders

  • Anxiety Management

  • Psychometric Assessment

  • Cognitive problems

  • Coping skills

  • Grief therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • OCD and PTSD.

 

Education:

  • Masters in Psychology from Government College University Lhr, Pakistan.

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Child and adult Psychotherapy from Government College University Lhr, Pakistan.

  • Graduation in Psychology from Punjab university Lhr, Pakistan.

 

License : Dubai Health Authority.

Language: English , Urdu (Hindi)

 

Corina Saramet

Psychologist

Corina has her master’s degree in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has been working in the Mental Health field since 2007. She believes that therapy is a collaborative process and she kindly guides clients to increase self-awareness, gain new perspectives, decrease symptoms, and increase personal strengths to have a more meaningful life experience.

In her clinical practice, Corina delivers evidence-based treatments to individuals facing a wide range of emotional, behavioral and adjustment problems, such as:

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Anger and Stress Management

  • Behavioral Challenges

  • Depression

  • PTSD

  • Self-Harm Behavior

  • Grief and Loss

  • Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder

  • Trauma

  • Family and Relationship Challenges

  • Low Self Esteem

Languages: English, Romanian, Spanish

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Dr. Bassem Badr

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Bassem Hamed Mohamed Badr is an Assistant Professor, Board Certified Consultant Psychiatrist, Member and Fellow of American Psychiatric Association, with more than 25 years of experience. He graduated from Alexandria University in 1993 with MBBch in Medicine, he then went to complete further education with a Diploma of Psychiatry and Addiction Practice(WHO), Master of Science in Neuropsychiatry, Diploma in Mental Health, Diploma in Hospital Administration and then ultimately received his Medical Doctorate and PhD in Psychiatry in 2008 at University of Suez Canal in Egypt.

He was honored by the attainment of American Psychiatric Association Membership in 2014 followed by the International Fellowship in 2017.

He is an excellent and spectacular expert in the field of adult and adolescence psychiatry especially in treating personality, depression, anxiety, sleeping, eating and bipolar disorders. Additionally, diagnosis and management of early psychosis.

 

Moreover, he is licensed as an Aviation Consultant Psychiatrist and he has long experience in management  of different kinds of addiction disorders . He adopts an approach that is based on a combination of the psyche, the soma, and the spirit through both scientific and philosophical overviews.

Not only has Dr. Bassem worked in Senior Roles in Hospitals in Dubai, Kuwait, and Egypt, but he has also been a Lecturer and Professor at several Educational Institutes, a peer speaker and coordinator for various addiction treatment programs. He has contributed to scientific research in a number of medical journals. He is a talented writer in the field of social and psychological problems and has had many publications in reputable newspapers and magazines.

 

 

Dr. Sravani Behara

Specialist Psychiatrist

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Dr. Sravani M.B.B.S, M.D (Psychiatry), MRCPsych (U.K.) served as an Asst professor in a 650 Bedded tertiary care teaching hospital(Nimra Institute of Medical Sciences) for more than three years and one year in a government medical college(Siddhartha  medical college).

Experienced in managing mental health conditions across all age groups in both OP, IP settings using various pharmacological and psychological approaches.

Experienced in handling child guidance, geriatric, deaddiction, general adult clinics.

Taken part in research studies and provided teaching to MBBS students. 

Areas of expertise : 

 

•  Anxiety disorders
•  Phobias
•  Obsessive and compulsive disorders
•  Puerperal disorders
•  Affective disorders
•  Psychosis
•  Stress related disorders
•  Substance abuse disorders
•  Eating disorders
•  Personality disorders
•  Child Psychiatry
•  Conversion disorders
•  Neuropsychiatry
•  Geriatric psychiatry

 

Dr. Marwa Abd EL Hamid

Clinical Psychologist

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Dr.Marwa Abd El Hamid is a licensed clinical and educational psychologist who completed her dual doctoral (Ph.D.) from AIN SHAMS University, she has many diplomas and Certifications from many international organization like Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). She is over 16 years of clinical experience in the field of Mental Health, Counseling, supervision and training- teaching In academia as a delegated lecturer in the American University in Emirates (AUE), Middlesex University Dubai (MDX), and Alexandria University in Egypt and several Companies like Vox Media & (RTA) In Dubai, she is working with most of the nationalities, As a professional psychologist always consider the importance of the client's religious, national, cultural, and personal circumstances backgrounds. Her therapeutic approach is to use several methods of modern psychotherapy for short - long therapy to children & special needs, young people, adult through sessions with individuals, couples, and families, or group therapy based on the needs of the client like (CBT), (DBT),(REBT),(CFT), (ACT) (SFBT),(PPT),(GA) etc..

Some of her professional Experience

• Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-

   compulsive disorder, and phobias

• Mood disorders (Depression, bipolar disorder)

• Eating disorders

• Personality disorders

• Post-traumatic stress disorder PSTD

• Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia 

• Somatic symptoms and related disorder 

• Substance- Related and Addictive Disorder

• Paraphilic disorders

• Sexual Dysfunctions 

• Gender Dysphoria & Conversion disorders

• Sleep- wake disorder

• Adjustment disorders 

• Stress-related disorders

• Grief and loss

• Self-harm behaviors                                                             • Pre-marital & Marital issues 

•Low self-esteem & Body image issues

•Psychoeducation -Child / special need psychology Including •Cognitive disorders, Memory disturbance, Attention-deficit, hyperactivity disorder, behavior modification and any related disorders

Membership

American Psychological Association (APA)

Egyptian Psychologists Association( RANM) 

Egyptian Association for Psychological Studies (EAPS)

 

Iva Vukusic

Clinical Psychologist

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Iva Vukusic, is a psychologist and psychotherapist with a rich experience working with clients of various age, cultural origins and psychological conditions. To Iva, a psychotherapist serves as a facilitator of desired change, helping clients living up to their potential. She highly believes in the potential of strength-focused holistic approach and multidisciplinary care when dealing with mental health issues. She sees psychotherapy as a platform for learning and discovering one’s abilities, and an opportunity to extract solutions from one's own experience and finding creative unique ways of coping with difficulties. She prefers brief solution-focused psychotherapy at all levels of human complexity by proven procedures through a step-by-step dialogue or indirect hypnotherapeutic approach. Utilization of peoples’ resources, using any given channel of communication, hypnotic processes and creative techniques, is one of Iva's key approaches. Iva is fascinated with the complexity of the human psyche; passionate about constant discovery, learning, challenging herself and fighting the prejudice about mental health issues.

Specializations

  • Individual, family and group psychotherapy.

  • Mood disorders.

  • Anxiety disorders.

  • Psychotic disorders.

  • Stress-related and somatoform disorders.

  • Conduct disorder.

  • Substance and behavioral addictions.

Education

  • Psychotherapy Diploma -University of Rijeka

  • Master of Psychology - University of Rijeka 

  • Bachelor of Psychology -University of Rijeka

  • Training of Trainers (ToT) Community-based mental healthcare, Croatian Institute of Public Health (Zagreb, Croatia), in partnership with The Trimbos Institute (Amsterdam, Netherlands).

  • Externship in Emotionally focused couples’ therapy, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) - Rijeka, Croatia.

 
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Salma Mahmoud

Counselling Psychologist

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Salma Mahmoud is a clinical and positive Psychologist (CBT & PPT Therapist), with over 10 years of clinical experience in the field of Mental Health, Counseling, personal and social skills training programs. She worked with clients of all ages on a variety of different mental and psychological problems, helping people to understand their emotions, learn how to cope with difficult times, develop a positive mindset and maintain their emotional wellbeing.

 

In her clinical practice, she delivers Positive Psychotherapy (PPT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and other evidence-based treatments to adult and adolescent clients with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and adjustment problems, such as:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Personality Disorders

  • Eating Disorders

  • Adjustment disorder

  • Panic attacks

  • Trauma

  • Anger management

  • Low self-esteem

  • Relationship problems

  • Self-harm behaviors

  • Social difficulties

  • Stress

  • General life dissatisfaction

  • Sexual abuse

  • Body image issues

  • Personal and family relationship problems

THERAPIES

  • Positive Psychotherapy (PPT)

  • Cognitive behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • short-term psychodynamic therapy

  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Couples therapy and pre-marital counselling

 

Jyotika Aggarwal

Clinical Psychologist

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Ms. Jyotika Aggarwal is a clinical psychologist with extensive training from premier mental health institutions across India and the USA. In her seven years’ experience as an emotional health practitioner, she has helped clients of varied age groups to address a broad spectrum of concerns.

Ms. Aggarwal is empathetic and sensitive to her clients’ inner turmoils, and strongly believes that everyone deserves to lead the best life they can. She specializes in assessing clients, and providing integrated therapies to suit their individual healing requirements.

  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mumbai - India

  • Specialisation in RE-CBT from Albert Ellis Institute, New York (Indian Affiliation)

  • Certification in REBT (Anxiety and Depression with Children) - Albert Ellis Institute, New York (Indian Affiliation)

  • Diploma in Human Recourses from Welingkar Institute of Management (India)

  • Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( CBT ), Beck Institute, Philadelphia, USA

 

Sailaja Menon

Counseling Psychologist

Sailaja is a Counseling Psychologist, with over 25 years of clinical experience in the field of Mental Health, Counseling, training, teaching and supervision. She graduated as the first Psychologist Specializing in Multicultural Counseling from the World Renowned and Prestigious Johns Hopkins University in the United States and following on served as a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Counseling for 7 years. Sailaja is an American of Indian-origin, born in Malaysia and spent her childhood there before moving to India where she spent most of her formative years. Sailaja has lived and worked in Public and Private settings as a Psychologist in the US, India, UAE, Singapore and Malaysia

 

 

  • Mood disorder (e.g. Depression)

  • Adjustment Issues

  • Personality issues

  • Marital /relationship issues

  • Acculturation / Assimilation issues

  • Intergenerational conflicts

  • Psycho education

  • Family conflicts

  • Issues of transition in youth

  • Corporate/employee assistance

  • Academic challenges and behavioral issues in youth

  • Cross Cultural Training

  • Emergenetics testing and assessment

 

Nashwa Tantawy

Psychologist

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Nashwa Tantawy is a Psychologist with a wide experience and passion for helping adolescents, adults, and couples with a diversity of life challenges and disorders.

Nashwa gained her experience as a psychologist working with over 150 diverse nationalities and different age brackets in several settings in Egypt and UAE, including the American University in Dubai (AUD), the Carbone Clinic Dubai, the American University in Cairo (AUC), along with several settings in Egypt including private clinics, schools, and orphanages; besides offering online therapy. Nashwa’s key focus and competence are on life transitions, relationship challenges, parental difficulties, experiences of depression, anxiety and stress, loss and bereavement, and trauma.

Areas of Specialisation:

Individual Therapy to adults

Individual Therapy to Teenagers (15+)

Couples therapy

Parenting support

Difficulties and disorders:

  • Stress, anxiety, panic attacks and phobias

  • Depression, bipolar

  • Eating disorders

  • Social withdrawal, isolation

  • Work-related difficulties

Adjustment and Transitional difficulties:

  • Adjustment to life-changing events 

  • Relationships, couples and family difficulties

  • Grief and loss

  • Trauma, violence, and abuse

  • Parental difficulties

  • Adolescent crisis

  • Separation and divorce

  • Transition into motherhood and fatherhood, attachment difficulties

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Divia Ahuja

Psychologist

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Divia Ahuja is licensed Counselling Psychologist with 10 years of experience in the field of Mental Health, Counseling, Personal and Social skills training programs. She has been trained in the UK in Glasgow and at the UAE University. She is an Indian born and raised in Dubai, UAE.

Divia has worked in private, education and clinical settings in the UAE and UK. She has worked with clients of all ages in on a variety of different mental and psychological problems, helping people to understand their emotions, learn how to cope with difficult times, develop a positive mindset, maintain their emotional wellbeing by moving towards self-actualization.

Her therapeutic approach

Divia uses an eclectic approach, focusing on the client centered and cognitive behavior therapy perspectives and techniques. She has also incorporated solution focused compassion-based therapy.

Her approach also stresses the importance of a holistic model; the mental/emotional, physical/biological, social, community and the spiritual aspects of the client are also considered when ensuring well-being and self-sufficiency.

Divia has worked with clients of all ages, providing therapeutic interventions in group and individual settings.

 

Areas of Specialization

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Bereavement

  • Anger issues

  • Post-traumatic stress

  • Family & Relationship Counselling

  • Intelligence and personality assessments

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Mindfulness

  • Career counselling

  • Psychoeducation

 

QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • BSc Psychology - University College London, London

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Counselling, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow

  • Masters in Clinical Psychology - United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE

  • Licensed by Community Development Authority, Dubai

 

LANGUAGES

  • English

  • Hindi

  • Sindhi

 
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