Nicholas Scull Ph.D., L.C.S.W., Psychologist in Kuwait City, Al Asimah, 13044

Nicholas Scull

Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Nicholas Scull

Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Professions: Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Psychologist - PS01188 (RI)
Secondary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - CW016512 (PA)
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Baghdad Street Block 9, Building 7
Kuwait City, Al Asimah 13044 - Kuwait

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My Approach to Helping

I believe that almost anyone can benefit from counseling/therapy so long as there is a strong, trusting, supportive, and private relationships between the therapist and client. I make every effort to meet clients where they are and tailor the therapy to peoples' individual needs. I like therapy to be collaborative and I try to empower my clients to make decisions that they think are best for their lives.

The first couple sessions are usually spent getting to know one another and developing a deeper understanding of concern. Together, we will then develop a plan to resolve the problem and/or learn individual skills to cope.

Counseling with me is very discreet and highly confidential. As one of the few licensed psychologists and clinical social workers in Kuwait, all of my work strictly adheres to the ethics codes of the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers.

More Info About My Practice

I am a licensed psychologist in Rhode Island and a licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania. I earned my doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a minor in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Bryn Mawr College. I currently work as the Director of the Psychological Services Department at Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute (FSRI). FSRI is a nonprofit medical clinic, and the Psychological Services Department is one of the largest private mental health providers in Kuwait.

I completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). There, I received specialized training in psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and psychoeducational assessment for ADHD and learning differences. I have also received specialized postgraduate training in couples/marital counseling from the renowned Gottman Relationship Institute, the foremost leaders in couples research and therapy. I also hold post-graduate certificates in Aging and Mental Health from Boston University, and Advanced Assessment and Diagnosis from New York University (NYU). I have more than 19 years of clinical experience working in range of settings including UCLA, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Swarthmore College, and public elementary, middle, high and charter schools, and community mental health centers.

In addition to my clinical work, I am also involved in teaching at the university level and research. Previously, I held an academic appointment at the American University of Kuwait as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and as the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. I currently hold an appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Education at Lehigh University, where I teach master's level courses in Counseling Psychology. I am also an editorial reviewer for various scholarly journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and I have several scholarly publications in academic journals.

I am an active member in several professional organizations. I am the previous President of the Middle East Psychological Association (MEPA) and a member of the American Psychological Association (APA). I am also a member of the APA's Division 17 (Counseling Psychology), Division 48 (Peace Psychology) and Division 52 (International Psychology).

The first step is to call (2572-0338) or email me and we can arrange an in-person meeting to assess the problem, answer any questions you have, and create a treatment plan together.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Research has proven that about 85% of people who enter therapy report improvement in their symptoms and daily functioning. After therapy, people often report greater life satisfaction, fewer health problems, and more satisfying relationships. Some people report improvement in just a few sessions while other concerns may need longer.

How does therapy work?
Most sessions are about 50 minutes long. Some people come in for brief treatment lasting just 6-10 sessions, while others prefer longer depending on the client and the nature of their concern. Therapy is very private, discrete, and confidential. Generally, most people find it helpful to have a supportive place to talk privately about common difficulties in life. People typically develop skills and tools to cope or overcome their concerns.

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Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Arabic
  • Hindi/Urdu

Groups I Work With

    I am the Clinical Director of the Psychological Services Department at Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute. Our clinic has a professional and expert team of clinicians and we are able to treat a broad range of concerns. All clinical services are offered in Arabic, English, Urdu, and Hindi.

    Our clinic specializes in individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults to address a range of concerns including behavioral problems, academic problems, problems with low mood, anxiety/worry, relationship problems, family problems, and eating concerns. We are also well-qualified for marriage/couples counseling and family counseling.

    Our clinic also specializes in educational psychology and psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. Using the latest testing instruments, we do not just identify areas of weakness but are instead focused on individuals' strengths. All assessments are also focused on interventions and determining concrete recommendations to improve the problem.

    We test for the following concerns:
    -Intelligence and cognitive assessments (WISC-IV)
    -Academic ability (WIAT-III)
    -Attention and concentration problems (ADHD)
    -Learning disabilities including reading, writing, and math disabilities
    -Developmental disabilities including Autism
    -Dementia and geriatric concerns
    -Specific diagnostic concerns including depression, anxiety, social anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, addictions, OCD, schizophrenia, childhood anxiety/depression, personality disorders, forgiveness, anger, and marital satisfaction and many others.

    Assessments will be tailored to the specific concerns of the client and will result in a very detailed report. The report will specifically address the reason for the referral and will provide detailed recommendations. Follow-up services are also available to help implement the treatment recommendations.

    All of our services, starting with the first email or phone call, are confidential and private.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Drama Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
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