My Approach to Helping
Throughout my years of work, I am continuously fascinated with the resilience of individuals to overcome a traumatic event. I believe that therapy should focus on drawing your strength to help you over come their difficulties. I believe in empowering my clients to rewrite their stories and overcome their past struggles. It is my believe that the symptoms of Psychological Disorders are not the problem, they are just indications of a problem. Hence helping you identify the factors in your lives that led to the development these symptoms.
More Info About My Practice
I am a licensed U.S trained Counseling Psychologist based in Dubai, practicing in the field of Counseling and Psychotherapy in a private practice setting for the past 12 years. I am a member of The American Counseling Association (ACA), Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), and Licensed by the Community Development Authority (CDA).
I completed my B.A in Psychology from the American University in Cairo (AUC), then went on to complete a Masters Degrees in Mental Health and Wellness from New York University (NYU) where I also an intern at the Center of the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB) where I received extensive training, lectures and supervision focused on working with Eating Disorders and Addiction Disorders. Further, I completed an extensive training by Paula Hall, PhD focused on working with Sexual Addiction Disorders.
I view myself as an eclectic Psychotherapist, drawing heavily on Psychodynamic theories combined with Existential and Humanistic approaches. I conceptualize using object relations, attachment and relational theories. In Psychotherapy, I empower individuals to rewrite their story and overcome their past struggles essential to reach higher levels of inner peace and emotional growth.
For me, the experience of psychotherapy as an opportunity for emotional development and to increase insight. I help my clients understand how their experiences have led them to be where they are in their lives. This awareness is then used to bring about the desired change.
With Eating Disorders:
I use the opportunity of psychotherapy to help the client explore their relationships. I help them understand the dynamic of their relationship with family members, loved ones and food. This insight is then used to establish new healthier relationships with all of their surroundings including food.
With Drug Alcohol and Sex Abuse Addiction:
I help clients understand the function of “drug” in their lives. I explore with clients the circumstances surrounding the need for the “drug” and the gratification obtained from using it. The client then develops awareness he then able to use it in order to find healthier alternatives.