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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

Counseling 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. Counseling 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 counselors do not have any personal biases towards the people who consult them or any judgments about the issues they bring to counseling. Counselors allow people to explore their thoughts and feelings freely, and support them during difficult times. Counselors guide people in times of stress and through the process of change. A counselors role is not to tell people what to do or give advice. A counselors 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 behavior. Counselor 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

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Dr. Bassem Badr
MBBch, Msc. MD, PhD Pyschiatry

Consultant Psychiatrist

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Dr. Sravani Behara
MBBS ; MD, MRCPsych (UK)

Specialist Psychiatrist

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Dr. Mohammed Bardi
MBBS, M.D (Psychiatry)

Consultant Psychiatrist

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Corina Saramet

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Lorena Santambrogio

Clinical Psychologist

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Dr. Marwa Abd El Hamid

Clinical Psychologist

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Ritasha Varsani

Psychologist

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Safia Ali Malik

Clinical Psychologist

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Zahra Afshari

Psychologist

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Annabel George

Psychologist

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Tamara Haddad

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Clinical Psychologist

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Dr. Akhtar Syed

Clinical Psychologist

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Naeema Al Ali

Psychologist

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Ms Jaqueline Naidoo

Clinical Psychologist

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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

  • 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 Compassion Focused Therapy, Advanced Skills, UK 

  • Certificate of Gottman Institute Couples Therapy
    ( Level 1 and Level 2 ) USA  

  • Certificate for Anxiety from Beck Institute USA

  • 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

 

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, 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)

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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

 

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 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 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 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.

 

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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,, 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 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)

 
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Chaanan Singh

Psychologist

Chaanan Kaur is a Psychologist with a mixed bag of experiences in the mental health field- from understanding the “behind the scenes” of treatments and interventions to then practicing as a psychologist and being a mentor to other young psychologists. She has helped several adolescents, adults, and couples experiencing unique emotional stressors and challenges in their environments. Chaanan has a Master’s degree in Health, Social and Organizational Psychology from The Utrecht University in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
She is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and has also been associated with the
Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen (NIP). In her experience as a psychologist she has offered
therapy to individuals of diverse backgrounds, namely expats and international students while being
associated with YourDOST, an online mental health platform and heyy, a mental health app based in
Singapore. Besides offering online therapy, Chaanan has also been active with volunteering with her
knowledge of mental health in non-profit organizations since 2013.
Her key focus areas are gender discrimination, identity and sexuality, life transitions, marital and
family difficulties, reclaiming cultural roots, relationship challenges, anxiety and stress, loss and
bereavement, and trauma.
In addition to traditional therapy, Chaanan is also familiar with using Positive Psychology
Interventions and Solution Focused Brief therapy when working with corporates and their
employees.

Areas of Specialisation:

● Depression
● Stress, Anxiety and Panic Attacks
● Trauma and abuse
● Gender Discrimination
● LGBTQIA+
● Smoking Cessation
● Social withdrawal, isolation
● Work-related difficulties
● Procrastination
● Adjustment to life-changing events
● Relationships, couples and family difficulties
● Grief and loss
● Self- Esteem, Self-Image, Self-Identity
● Body Image
● Emotional Eating

Qualifications and Memberships:


● Community Development Authority Licensed  

    Psychologist (CDA) - Dubai.
● British Psychological Society membership

Languages:


● English
● Hindi
● Punjabi
● Dutch (Good understanding but limited speaking   proficiency)

 

Maryam Ebrahimnezhad

Social Worker

Maryam member of the American Psychological Association, She has master’s degree in Relationship therapist and has been working in the Mental Health field since 2009. 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.

Throughout her career, Maryam has worked with adults, adolescents, and children, across various settings, including private practice and outpatient primary care clinics, in Netherlands and UAE. She has been working as a psychologist in UAE since 2013.

Maryam has extensive experience in applying various Social worker including Neurofeedback therapy, ABA (behavior) therapy, Counseling and relationship therapy.

In her clinical practice, Maryam helps the individuals to

  • Manage their moods and emotions

  • Process anxiety

  • Reduce levels of general distress and discomfort

  • Increase attention and the ability to focus

  • Improvement of memory

  • Treatment of headache and migraine

 

 

Maryam uses a warm, empathetic approach to create a safe and nonjudgmental space where clients can learn, grow, and achieve their goals. She makes sure to offer flexibility, meet the individuals where they are, and have patience to help each individual feel secure throughout the process. She always encourages open communication regarding the course of therapy and goal achievement.

 

Education:

  • Master of Relationship therapist/System therapy VU University, Amsterdam

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Hogeschool University of Holland, Enschede

  • Neurofeedback therapist

Board Certifications:

  • Community Development Authority License (CDA), Dubai, UAE

  • Certificate of completion the Biofeedback and Neurofeedback of New York.

 

Languages:

English, Dutch, Persian,German

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Lorena Santambrogio

Clinical Psychologist

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Raised and educated in Italy, Dr. Lorena is a highly experienced Cognitive Behavioural Clinical Psychologist-Psychotherapist.

She achieved her 5 years Bachelor/Master Degree in Clinical Psychology at Padua University (Italy) and further she completed her professional profile with a 4 Years Master Specialization in Como (Italy) at the Post Bachelor Specialization School in Cognitive Therapy.

She also has a Master in Counselling at Brescia University (Italy) and completed level 1 and 2 training in EMDR.

She has been working as a Psychologist /Psychotherapist for 20 years in both Public, Private Hospitals and outpatients clinics.

In addition to her clinical skills experience, Dr Lorena has had an extensive involvement in teaching, clinical research and publications in different fields such as Binge Eating Disorders and Psychological Rehabilitation after heart attack.

After moving to Dubai in 2012 Dr. Lorena got a DHA Licence as Clinical Psychologist and provides psychological treatments in a wide range of mental health and emotional issues.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology-University of Padua(Italy)

  • Postgraduate degree in Cognitive Therapy – Postgraduate School of Como (Italy)

  • Postgraduate degree in Counselling-University of Brescia (Italy)

  • EMDR- level 1 and 2

  • Couple Therapy Gottman Method -Level1

  • Member of Italian Society of Psychologists-Pychotherapists – Lombardy Region

  • Member of CBT–Italy

  • Dubai Health Authority Licence

Expertise

  • Anxiety Disorders ( Panic attack, Generalized Anxiety, Social Phobia, Specific Phobia , Obsessive Compulsive Disorders)

  • Mood Disorders ( Major Depression , Post partum Depression, Cyclothymia, Dysthymia) Adjustment Disorders

  • Personality Disorders (Narcissistic Personality Disorder. – Avoidant PD- Dependent PD.)

  • Eating Disorders -Anorexia-Bulimia- Binge Eating Disorder

  • Relational Difficulties

  • Worry and Rumination

  • Workplace stress and burnout

  • Self- esteem

  • Parent training

  • Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Coping with Emotional and psychological problems during Covid19

 

Therapies

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ( third wave approach)

  • Post-Rationalism Cognitive Therapy approach

  • Attachment theory approach

  • Mindfulness Approaches

  • EMDR

  • Marital/couple Therapy ( Gottman approach)

 

Asma Ismal

Psychologist

Ms. Asma Ismail is Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and an international trainer with over 15 years of experience in healthcare and community development.  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.

Her therapeutic approach

She understands that people seek therapy for a variety of reasons and knows this can feel daunting for many. Her approach is warm, compassionate, and collaborative. This provides the trust and safety to address difficulties and work towards change. She values the individuality of each person she works with. She uses this to explore how their life history and personal circumstances have influenced ways of thinking, feeling, and relating to others.

Areas of Specialization

She is experienced in several therapies and uses these flexibly to meet the diverse needs of people she works with. She can help with long standing difficulties, specific personal or/and professional dilemmas; or just to gain a sense of clarity and ease in everyday life. Some of her areas of interests are:

  • Social difficulties

  • Stress

  • General life dissatisfaction

  • Sexual abuse

  • Borderline personality disorder

  • Eating disorder

  • Holistic management for weight management

  • Rehabilitation support

  • Substance use disorder

  • Burnout

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Krishna Gokul

Speech Therpist

Ms. Krishna has over 5 years of experience as Audiologist and Speech Language Therapist.

Throughout her career, she has worked with individuals with complex communication needs across the lifespan. These clinical experiences includes conducting assessments and therapies for children and adults in schools,hospitals, rehabilitation centres,clinics and vocational settings.

She follows evidence-based practice, while placing utmost emphasis on patient care and clinical outcomes.

Her areas of interest:

  • Diagnostic evaluation of different speech, language, and swallowing disorders.

  • Speech therapy, voice therapy, swallowing therapy and AVT to all age groups

  • School screening program for primary and middle school

  • Speech therapy for children with special needs

  • Counselling parents of children with different speech, language, and swallowing disorders

    Certifications and Licensing:

  • Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE

  • Member of rehabilitation council of India

  • First class degree in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

Languages:

  • English, Malayalam (Fluent)

  • Tamil, Kannada (Intermediary)

Tamara Haddad

Clinical Psychologist

Tamara is an experienced Clinical and Child Psychologist specialized in neurodevelopmental disorders. With a demonstrated history of working in the mental health care industry, her experience includes working with Autism, ADHD, Epilepsy, Down Syndrome, Developmental Disorders and Cerebral Palsy. Tamara is skilled in Behavioral Intervention, Academic Intervention, Psychometric and educational assessments in English and Arabic, and provides assessments with follow up therapy plans and intervention. She also specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and counseling for adults, teenagers and adolescents as well as providing group and family therapy.

 

Areas of expertise include

  • Child Psychology.

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

  • Dyslexia.

  • Dyscalculia.

  • Down Syndrome.

  • Developmental delays.

  • Depression.

  • Anxiety.

  • Family counseling.

  • Couples therapy.

  • Autism.

 

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Masters in psychology from the university of Liverpool.

  • B.A psychology from the American university of Beirut.

  • Beck institute CBT certification depression and anxiety.

  • RBT certification from the Board of Behavior Analysis.

Languages:

  • English (Fluent)

  • Arabic ( Native )

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Zahra Afshari

Psychologist

 

Areas of expertise include

  • Depression.

  • Anxiety.

  • Family counseling.

  • Couples therapy.

  • Anxiety, trauma.

  • life transitions.

  • question of identity and purpose.

  • psychodynamic, social justice, body image.

  • somatic and present- moment therapy.

  • sexuality and intimacy.

 

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Doctorate in clinical Health Psychology from payame noor Tehran university of Iran.

  • Master's in Clinical psychology from Islamic Azad University of Iran - Tehran.

Languages:

  • English (Fluent)

  • Persian ( Native )

 

Dr. Saba Aslam

PhD Clinical Psychologist 

I'm Dr. Saba Aslam, LicensedClinical Psychologistat LifeWorks. I have more than seven years of experience working in this field with all age groups as children, adolescents, adults and older. I have worked with the patients having diverse mental health issues as stress, depression, anxiety, emotional behavioral problems, anger issues, intellectual disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, interpersonal relationship problems, self-esteem issues, decreased self-confidence, or trust issues, adjustment problems, stress and coping related to developmental changes andphysical or sexual abuse in children or adolescents.

I am proficient in using projective techniques, IQ tests, personality tests and other psychological and neurodevelopmental assessment protocols. As a therapist, I prefer to combine elements of various approaches, including humanistic, psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, gestalt, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, social skills trainings, dialectical behavior therapy and applied behavior analysis which not only helps in assessment but also proved to be therapeutic during sessions. The integrative approach focuses that not a single plan can be effective in every case based on individual differences. So the techniques must be tailored to the individual's need and requirement.

 

I have diverse experienceto deal with the challenges within the areas ofinterpersonal issues between families and couples with different settings.I prefer to focus on the strengths of the clients to empower them and to work on the personality growth and development. I know life can be overwhelming, confused and stressful at times and it takes courage to seek help for more fulfilling and happier life. The goal is to help clientsto live productive, fulfilling lives in a confidential, non-judgmental, and supportive environment.

 

Education and Training:

  • PhD Clinical Psychology
    University of Management and Technology.

 

  • MS/M. Phil Clinical Psychology
    University of Management and Technology.

  • CBT Certification: Cognitive Behavior Therapy Practitioner Course.

  • Two Research Rewards for Excellent Research Publications.

  • Presented papers in the National and International Conferences.

  • Published articles in various Journals.

Qualifications and Memberships:

  • Dubai Health Authority Licensed Psychologist (DHA)

  • CBT Certification: Cognitive Behavior Therapy Prectitioner Course

  • Member American Psychological Association # C2203825762

  • Member Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMH)

  • Member International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP)

  • Member Pakistan Association of Clinical Psychology (PACP)

 

Languages:

  • English

  • Urdu

  • Hindi

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