I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Dubai working primarily with children and teenagers. My theoretical frame of reference is insight- oriented psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment-based psychotherapy, and positive parenting parent training. When families come to me worried about certain behaviors in their children or teens, I not only focus on the symptoms being displayed, but I help uncover and resolve the reasons driving these symptoms. Only in this way true change and relief can be achieved.
When working with children between the ages of 2 and 11 years of age the therapy modality I use is play therapy. Through play, I am able to access the child’s inner world in order to understand them and help them resolve the conflicts contributing to their behavior.
I believe it is very important to incorporate parents into the therapy process so they can learn to meet their children's emotional needs and learn to communicate effectively with them. I am always available for parents to reach out for support, advice, and strategies to help their children.
In addition to working with children and teens struggling with anxiety, adjustment issues, sadness, behavior problems, & parent-child problems, I have a sub-specialty in working with sexualized behavior problems. I use a combination of attachment- based therapy and the Pathways program with older children and teens who have aggressed sexually against other children. With younger children who display sexualized behavior I use sexual-specific play therapy to teach healthy boundaries and resolve conflicts contributing to the inappropriate behavior.
- B.A. in Psychology from the American University of Beirut
- M.A. in Child Development from Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts
- Psy.D. (Doctorate of Psychology) from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
- Dubai Health Authority (DHA)
- Department of Health, Washington State, USA.