Reem Shaheen, LMHC
I am a licensed Counseling Psychologist in Dubai. Trained in the United States, I have been working in the field of counseling and psychotherapy for the past 12 years and have practiced in New York City, Cairo, and Dubai (where I am currently based).
Having received my B.A in Psychology from the American University in Cairo (AUC), I went on to complete an M.A in Mental Health and Wellness from New York University (NYU). I worked as 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 and Addiction Disorders. Further, I have completed an extensive training by Paula Hall, PhD focused on treating Sexual Addiction Disorders.
As an eclectic psychotherapist, I draw largely on psychodynamic theories combined with existential and humanistic approaches. I understand people’s struggles using object relations, attachment and relational theories. Empowering an individual to rewrite their story and overcome their past struggles is essential in reaching a level of inner peace and emotional growth
I am an an active member of The American Counseling Association (ACA), Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), and am licensed by the Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai.
In Individual Therapy:
I see the experience of psychotherapy is an opportunity for emotional development and insight. I help my clients understand how their experiences throughout their lives have led them to where they currently are. This awareness is then used to bring about the desired change. The symptoms of psychological disorders are not the problem, but are just indications of there being an underlying problem. In therapy, clients are helped to identify factors in their lives that led them to develop these symptoms. Therapy should draw on the strength of individuals to help them overcome their difficulties. I believe in the resilience of clients and their strength to rewrite their stories, not only overcome their past struggles but also to thrive as individuals.
With Eating Disorders:
I use the opportunity of psychotherapy to help the client explore their relationships, helping them understand their dynamic 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:
In terms of addictions, I help clients understand the function of their “drug” in their lives. This is done by exploring the circumstances surrounding the person’s need for the “drug” and the gratification obtained from using it. The client then develops awareness that can be used in order to find healthier alternatives.
I have developed workshops and interactive trainings for corporate entities and individuals focused on maximizing thriving. Topics include recognizing and managing emotional eating, signs of burnout and how to manage it, stress reduction, and maximizing motivation.
Raising awareness about mental health related topics is something I am passionate about. I have organized seminars focused on discussing body image related topics, shame surrounding mental illness, abuse/ addiction of plastic surgeries, and more.
I provide beginning therapist with clinical supervision in which new clinicians are helped to conceptualize their client’s story and identify their strengths.
List of struggles that are dealt with in psychotherapy:
- Anxiety and Persistent Worry
- Alcohol and Substance Abuse/Addiction
- Body Image and Self Esteem Problems
- Depression, Sadness, or General Unhappiness
- Eating Disorders
- Grief, Loss, & Bereavement
- General Life Dissatisfaction
- Low Self Esteem
- Marital, Romantic, and Peer Relationship Problems
- Self-Harm Behaviors
- Sexual Addiction
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Social Difficulties
- Stress Related Problems
- Panic attacks