The human mind is one of the most complex and fascinating structures in our brain. Often termed as the control-tower for all our thoughts, emotions and behaviour, the mind drives the rest of our body the way we feel, think and behave in situations. At LifeWorks, we provide a range of psychological assessments to understand the core issues governing your mental well-being.

Clinical Assessments for Children and Adults

Clinical Assessments for Children and Adults

Complete range of clinical assessments are conducted at LifeWorks for children and adults. The identification of Developmental Delay, Speech Difficulty, Behavioral Challenge, ADHD or Autism in Children.

Personality and Couples assessments for identification of any specific requirement as per below:

Clinical Evaluations for Children and Adults

LifeWorks offers a full range of clinical assessments for both children and adults. Identification of Developmental Delay, Speech Difficulties, Behavioral Difficulties, ADHD, or Autism in Children.

Personality and Couples assessments are used to identify any specific needs, as detailed below:

Children’s Intelligence Assessment (WISC-V)

Children’s Wechsler Intelligence Scale. This test is widely used to assess the overall ability of children aged 6 to 16 years. The assessment yields an overall Full IQ score that indicates a child’s overall intellectual ability. This is then divided into five categories: verbal comprehension, visual spatial reasoning, fluid reasoning, working memory, and processing.

Our intelligence assessment assists in identifying a child’s academic achievement levels’ strengths and weaknesses. It sets realistic goals for a child’s performance. It takes 90 minutes to finish.


Individual Achievement Tests by Wechsler. This exam is used to assess a child’s academic performance, which includes reading, language, and numerical achievement.

It can be used in a variety of educational, clinical, and research settings. WIAT®-III UK results can be used by clinicians to:

1) Determine a student’s academic strengths and weaknesses.

2) Inform decisions about educational services eligibility, educational placement, or the diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty.

3) Make an intervention plan.

4) Track progress

Our intelligence assessment assists in identifying a child’s academic achievement levels’ strengths and weaknesses. It sets realistic goals for a child’s performance. It takes 90 minutes to finish.

TEA-Ch 2

The Second Edition of the Test of Everyday Attention for Children measures separable aspects of attention. This test is only used as a supplement. It is only used when necessary.

The TEA-Ch2 is especially beneficial for children who have known or suspected attention problems. The clinician can determine different patterns of strengths and weaknesses in attentional aspects of cognition thanks to the wide range of tests and factor structure. Clinicians can use test profiles to improve interventions and track outcomes.

1) Determine a student’s academic strengths and weaknesses.

2) Inform decisions about educational services eligibility, educational placement, or the diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty.

3) Make an intervention plan.

4) Track progress

Our intelligence assessment assists in identifying a child’s academic achievement levels’ strengths and weaknesses. It sets realistic goals for a child’s performance. It takes 90 minutes to finish.

Additional Assessment Instruments


Test of Expressive Vocabulary (EVT). This metric assesses expressive vocabulary and word retrieval.

Picture Vocabulary Test by Peabody (PPVT). This metric assesses receptive vocabulary and word retrieval.

Conner’s Rating Scale for Behavior. This questionnaire is intended to provide an in-depth examination of child concerns and disorders. It is a multi-informant assessment of children across multiple settings, with parent and teacher rating forms.

CEFI. The Comprehensive Executive Function Inventory Parent Form quantifies a parent’s observations of a child’s executive functioning behaviors.

Depending on the child’s needs, the additional assessment tools may differ.

Autism Evaluation for Children and Adults (ADOS)

This assessment is performed on clients aged 0 to 90 years. It is a specialized tool for diagnosing autism and is the only one that provides an accurate diagnosis. It is used as an early intervention tool as well as to track progress during autism treatment. It takes 60 minutes to finish.

Adult Personality Assessment (MCMI-III)

Our personality assessment assists clients aged 18 and up in identifying harmful attitudes, beliefs, and values they hold about themselves and others. Identifying unhelpful aspects of their personality may also aid in the reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression.

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    Clinical Psychologist - Arabic

    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 organizations like Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and a clinical diploma.
    She is over 20 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) Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Energy and infrastructure in Dubai and 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 for children & special needs, young people and adults through sessions with individuals, couples, and families, or group therapy based on the needs of the client (CBT), (DBT), (REBT), (CFT), (ACT), (SFBT),(PPT), (GA), etc. Also, she still studies schema therapy for personality disorder.
    Some of her professional Experiences:
    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 and Addictive 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
    Ph.D. In Psychology Ain-Shams University
    Master’s In Educational Psychology Ain-Shams University Special Diploma in Mental Health Alexandria University. Professional Diploma in Special Education Alexandria University Educational Diploma in Education At Alexandria University
    Cda, Dubai
    American Psychological Association (APA)
    Egyptian Psychologists Association( RANM)
    Egyptian Association for Psychological Studies (EAPS)

    Ph.D. in Psychology Ain-Shams University - 17 Years
    Zuleikha Sayani
    Zuleikha Sayani
    Psychologist - English

    Zuleikha, a dedicated and licensed psychologist, is committed to providing an empathetic ear and a supportive environment for clients to express their emotions and thoughts, guiding them towards consistent and stable recovery.

    Zuleikha offers comprehensive care to individuals struggling with mood, personality, and anxiety disorders. She specializes in supporting clients in overcoming challenges such as low self-esteem, unstable self-image, and emotional difficulties. Her expertise lies in helping clients identify, understand, and overcome their feelings in relation to life events. Zuleikha brings a curious, compassionate, and caring approach, creating a comfortable and secure space for clients.

    Zuleikha has provided impactful, tailored assistance to clients in the UAE and the UK, including her role with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Beyond her clinical work, Zuleikha serves as an Advisory Board Member at Nexgen Wellbeing in London (United Kingdom), contributing valuable insights to mental health courses for adolescents. She promotes awareness of mental health as a Writer at Medium and in recognition of her written contributions, she was invited to present her research at the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorders.

    As a Member of the British Psychological Society, Zuleikha combines theoretical knowledge with practical skills, offering a holistic, evidence-driven approach to empower individuals in navigating challenges and achieving success.

    • Depression and mood disorders
    • Stress, anxiety, panic attacks and anxiety-based disorders
    • Personality disorders and personality-based difficulties
    • Emotionally unstable or borderline personality disorder
    • Anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorders
    • Coping with trauma and traumatic situations
    • Self-harm, self-destructive and impulsive behaviours
    • Self-esteem, self-image and self-identity concerns
    • Cultural related difficulties
    • Interpersonal and relationship difficulties
    • Pre-marital and marital issues
    • Body image difficulties
    • Overcoming grief and loss
    • Adjustments to life-changing events
    • Personal growth and work-related difficulties
    • Adolescence adjustment difficulties
    • Bullying and peer pressure
    • Psychoeducation

    Therapeutic Approach:
    • Counselling & Talking Therapy
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Brief Cognitive Behavioural Interventions
    • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
    • Integrative Approach
    • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

    Qualifications and Membership:

    • Master of Science in Mental Health Studies, King’s College London, Pass with Distinction
    • Bachelor of Science (with Honours) in Psychology, University of Warwick
    • Licensed Psychologist, Community Development Authority (CDA) Dubai
    • Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
    • Member of the Middle East Psychological Association (MEPA)

    4 Years
    Ms. Tasneem Radwan
    Ms. Tasneem Radwan
    Clinical Psychologist - Arabic, English, French

    Fatima Elameen is a licensed psychologist by the Community Development Authority, Dubai, with a dynamic portfolio that bridges hands-on clinical work with in-depth academic pursuits. A Libyan national, she is a passionate multilingual expert, furthering her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at UAEU (CMHS). Her professional landscape encompasses roles as an assistant psychologist at Cedra Center, a remote psychology practitioner, and a research assistant at UAEU and a psychotherapist at LifeWorks holistic center Dubai a Center that caters to various segments of the population’s emotional well-being . Deeply vested in understanding neurodevelopmental disorders, gender differences, and cultural psychology,
    “To understand and support the human mind is my calling, and every interaction deepens this bond.” – Fatima Elameen

    Professional Expertise of Ms. Fatima Elameen, MSc.

    Ms. Fatima Elameen brings a wealth of experience in addressing a broad spectrum of psychological disorders and challenges. Her areas of expertise include:


    1. Mood Disorders:

    – Depression: Helping clients navigate the complexities and challenges of depressive episodes.

    – Bipolar Disorder: Providing support for both manic and depressive phases.

    – Postpartum Depression: Offering guidance and support for new mothers facing emotional challenges after childbirth.

    – Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD): Assisting women in managing severe mood swings related to their menstrual cycle.


    1. Personality Disorders: Delving deep into ingrained patterns of behavior and thought, offering strategies to cope and adapt.


    1. Anxiety Disorders: Addressing various facets, from generalized anxiety disorders to specific phobias, ensuring clients can live a less fear-driven life.


    1. Adolescent Mental Health: Catering to the unique challenges faced by teenagers, from identity crises to academic pressures.


    1. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Offering strategies for better focus and impulse control.


    1. Grief and Loss: Providing a compassionate space for individuals navigating the complexities of loss, whether sudden or anticipated.


    1. Trauma: Helping clients process traumatic events, from acute incidents to chronic, long-term experiences.


    1. Chronic Pain: Addressing the emotional and psychological impacts of living with persistent pain.


    1. Other Disorders: Including but not limited to self-harm behaviors, stress-related disorders, grief, and adjustment disorders.


    Therapeutic Approaches:


    Ms. Elameen integrates the following therapeutic modalities to provide holistic care:


    1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Helping clients challenge negative thought patterns.


    1. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Emphasizing validation and acceptance.


    1. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Focusing on mindfulness and acceptance strategies.


    1. Social Therapy: Enhancing interpersonal skills and navigating social environments.


    1. Eclectic Approach: Tailoring various therapeutic techniques to the client’s specific needs.


    Cultural Sensitivity: Ms. Elameen places a strong emphasis on cultural sensitivity, recognizing the profound impact culture has on an individual’s mental well-being. She ensures that her therapeutic interventions respect and acknowledge the diverse backgrounds of her clients.


    Ms. Elameen ensures that each intervention is adapted to suit individual requirements, creating a collaborative environment for healing and growth.




    BSc. Psychology Ajman university

    MSc. clinical psychology UAEU (college of medicine and health sciences)



    Licenses & certifications


    Society for General Psychology

    American Psychological Association


    Trauma Psychology

    American Psychological Association

    Graduate memberGraduate member



    Pearson Online Academy UK


    Registered Psychological Assistant

    Community Development Authority

    Psychotherapy and Counselling Diploma – Lead Academy, Mar 2022

    CBT Diploma – renaissance therapies, 2021

    Diploma of Education – renaissance therapies, 2021

    Dialectal Behavioural Therapy Diploma (DBT) – study plex, 2021



    Msc. Clinical psychology CMHS UAEU , APA, CDA - 3 Years
    Ms. Fatima Elameen
    Ms. Fatima Elameen
    Psychologist - Arabic

    Ms. Tasneem Radwan diverse experience as a clinical psychologist at various centers, I specialize in assisting adults aged 16 and above in their journey toward improved mental health and well-being. I employ a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavioral Analysis (ABC), Relaxation techniques, and Meditation, to help clients achieve their mental and emotional goals.

    My therapeutic approach extends beyond counseling to encompass mental skills training for effective behavior management. This comprehensive strategy ensures that clients not only comprehend and address their challenges but also acquire the skills to proactively manage their behaviors and emotions.

    During our initial session, which lasts approximately 1.5 hours, we will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your condition to tailor our approach to your unique needs. Subsequent sessions, each lasting one hour, are designed to provide ongoing support and guidance on your journey to improved mental health.

    Post-traumatic stress disorder
    Therapeutic Approach:
    Narrative Therapy
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
    Psychodynamic Approaches
    Integrative Approaches

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology, Al Ain University, UAE Assistant Psychologist license, Dubai Community Development Authority
    Certified Psychiatrist Assistant, The British University in Dubai, Dubai, UAE
    Early intervention course, Swedish Specialized Center for Special Needs, Dubai, UAE
    ABA therapist course, ABLE UK
    Certificate in Cognitive Training Using Play Attention, obtained from Know How For Management Consulting and Training, specializing in dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
    Qualifications & Memberships:
    • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology, Al Ain University, UAE
    • Assistant Psychologist license, Dubai Community Development Authority
    • Certified Psychiatrist Assistant, The British University in Dubai, Dubai, UAE
    • Early intervention course, Swedish Specialized Center for Special Needs, Dubai, UAE
    • ABA therapist course, ABLE UK
    • Certificate in Cognitive Training Using Play Attention, obtained from Know How For Management Consulting
    and Training, specializing in dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

    Clinical & Health Psychologist - 3 Years
    Maryam Saadat
    Maryam Saadat
    CDA Licensed Psychologist - Persian

    Ms. Maryam Saadat is a Psychotherapist with 20 years of experience in working with individuals including different age ranges from teenagers to adults; having different Situational Problems, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Issues, Personality and Psychological Disorders, Mood Disorders, Depression, Anxiety and so on.

    She provides a safe zone with therapeutic good relationship and unconditional acceptance which can enable Confidence, Reassurance and Openness. She also helps to well investigate the relationship between individuals and their Important Objects, Life Experience, Childhood Memories. In addition to the relationship between their chief complain at the moment, she addresses their experiences more effectively until they reach self-actualization stage. She believes Psychotherapy is a process, beginning with your past to the moment and moves you towards a brighter future.

    She has Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Counselling, graduated from Shahid Beheshti University, Iran. She did courses on Psychotherapy with the approach of Psychoanalysis. She has taken two major steps in her profession by observing and seeing clients under the supervision of famous and expert Psychoanalysts. There is a positive stage in her career which relates to the time she worked at schools. She worked through addressing the problems with Individuals, Couples, and Families in a particular way to clarify their issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness and knowledge.

    Furthermore, she has published some articles, attended various conferences and published articles in different Psychology Journals. Moreover, she has participated in interviews on TV as a Psychologist.

    20 Years
    Ms. Shivanee Singhvi Bhatia
    Ms. Shivanee Singhvi Bhatia
    Social Counselor - English, Hindi & Urdu

    Ms. Shivanee Singhvi, a Counselling Psychologist, based in Dubai, United Arab
    Emirates. I have completed my Masters in Counselling from Monash University, Australia.
    She specializes in counselling for all kinds of issues ranging from depression, anxiety, low
    self-esteem, negative thinking, and identity crisis body image issues to personality disorders
    such as borderline personality disorder, dependent personality disorder and much more. And
    sincerely believe in taking the sessions to a level where a sense of self awareness and
    positivity thrives.

    She has a keen interest in psychology since her school days but could not pursue it and
    ended up in the field of aviation. Thanks to my mother, she has grown up to believe that
    every woman can achieve the world and make the impossible happen. Hence with this
    notion, after fifteen years of living through a hardcore corporate life, being a mother of two
    beautiful children, witnessed a call from her conscious. It was a strong indication that drove
    me to change the direction of my life in order to contribute something towards our society
    and add meaning to others lives. This is when she enrolled into the Masters programme,
    studied for three years and successfully graduated to become a Counsellor. Her aim is to
    listen to people and create a personal connection in order to help them explore themselves
    towards a better and healthier tomorrow by focusing more on the various coping
    mechanisms that can be adapted to one’s daily lifestyle.


    Area of Specialization:

    • Adolescence issues such as body image, low self-esteem, peer pressure etc.

    • Mood Disorders

    • Anxiety and Depression Disorders

    • Behavioural Issues

    • Behavioral Problems

    • Relationship challenges

    • Coping with loss Traumatic events

    • Corporate and workplace-related issues

    Qualification and Membership:

    • Masters of Counselling | Monash University, Australia

    • Certificate in Counselling | University of Southern Queensland, Australia

    • Member of Australian Counselling Association (ACA)

    • Adult to adult mental aid certification

    Master of Counselling, Monash University, Australia - 2 Years
    Sailaja Menon
    Sailaja Menon
    Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA - Director, Counseling and Wellbeing Services

    Sailaja is an American trained Licensed Counseling Psychologist, with 30 years of clinical experience in the field of Mental Health, Counseling, training, teaching and supervision.

    Prior to joining Lifeworks, Sailaja worked in various leading Public and private settings – non-profit mental health centres, prestigious Universities and clinical mental health settings in the USA, Singapore, India and Dubai.

    Sailaja graduated as the first Psychologist with a Post Masters Degree specializing in Multicultural Counseling from the world-renowned and prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA and has a Masters Degree in Psychology from Radford University, Virginia, USA and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Presidency College, Chennai, India. Sailaja is an American of Indian-origin, born in Malaysia and spent her childhood there before moving to India where she spent most of her formative years.

    In her clinical capacity, Sailaja strongly emphasizes the importance of incorporating a holistic model of services that takes into consideration the mental/emotional, physical/biological, social, community and the spiritual aspects of the client to ensure well-being and self-sufficiency.

    Her theoretical orientation is primarily client centered; however, she is eclectic in her approach and often integrates other models of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Compassion based therapy, Mindfulness based therapy, Emotion focused therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy.

    Sailaja works primarily with couples, individuals and families on a broad range of mental health issues.

    With Couples, Sailaja has worked extensively on issues related to- relationship issues, breakdown in communication, trust and confidence, loneliness and sadness, inability to adjust to a marital life conflicts with extended families, infidelity, addictions, anger management and abuse.

    With Individuals, Sailaja has worked extensively on depression, anxiety, personality issues, anger management, stress management, and issues related to adjustment and acculturation in new surroundings, relationship issues and management, workplace conflicts, loss of identity and grief and loss

    With Families, Sailaja has worked extensively on issues related to intergenerational issues, parenting, conflict management, grief and loss, stress management, abusive and dysfunctional family functioning

    Therapeutic Approaches:

    • Couple’s/ Marital therapy
    • Client Centered therapy
    • Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT)
    • Solution focused therapy
    • Cognitive Behavioral therapy(CBT)
    • Supportive therapy
    • Mindfulness and compassion based therapy
    • Critical incident Stress Debriefing
    • Family therapy
    • Psycho-Educational therapy


    • Mood disorder (e.g. Depression)
    • Adjustment Issues
    • Marital /relationship issues
    • Acculturation / Assimilation issues
    • Intergenerational conflicts
    • Psycho education
    • Family conflicts
    • Issues of transition in youth
    • Corporate/employee assistance
    • Academic challenges and behavioral issues in youth
    • Cross Cultural Training

    Educational Qualifications:

    • Post Masters (CAGS- Multicultural Counseling), Johns Hopkins University, USA

    • MS (Psychology), Radford University, USA

    • BA (Psychology), Presidency College, Chennai, India

    Professional Memberships:

    • American Counseling Association (ACA),

    • American Psychological Association (APA)

    • American Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)

    • International Association of Marriage and Family Counseling (IAMFC)

    Licensed Counseling Psychologist - 30 years
    Gopika Govindan
    Gopika Govindan
    Clinical Psychologist - English, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada & Hindi

    Ms. Gopika Govindan is a highly skilled Clinical Psychologist with extensive and diverse experience across clinical, educational and organizational sectors in UK, India and UAE. Prior to joining Lifeworks, Gopika was the Clinical Director for Ghobash group of clinics, spearheading rehabilitation teams and clinical operations for both clinics in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

    Gopika also served as Senior Clinical Psychologist for Novomed Hospitals, Dubai Marina.

    Gopika holds MSc in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology from Swansea University, UK and an MPhil in Clinical Psychology from one of the most reputed medical colleges in India, Kasturba Medical College. She is also a certified Neuro-Cognitive trainer by BrainRx, USA and was Asst. Programme Director for Brain Rx in Neuropedia, Dubai. In addition, Gopika is certified in Dance Movement Therapy (UK) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (USA). She began her career in 2009 with the NHS, UK as the youngest Psychologist to join the team at Cefn Coed Hospital, Wales helping individuals deal with psychological difficulties.

    She was an active volunteer for the COVID-19 mental health project launched by the Dubai Health Authority providing psychological support for those affected by the pandemic.

    Gopika provides a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to therapy, working closely with psychiatrists and neurologists. She uses an eclectic and integrative approach to her clinical practice that is tailored to suit each individual’s specific needs.

    Gopika believes that non-judgmental acceptance, trust and empathy are of utmost importance in establishing a therapeutic bond with her clients, thereby guiding her clients through their journey of self-discovery and healing.

    Gopika is currently based in Cleveland, USA and will be offering telehealth services.

    Therapy modalities:

    • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

    • Mindfulness

    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

    • Creative Arts Therapy (CAT)

    • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

    Areas of expertise:

    • Adjustment

    • Addiction

    • Anger

    • Attachment patterns

    • Anxiety

    • Behavioural Medicine

    • Chronic pain and illness

    • Depression

    • Emotional regulation

    • Grief

    • Life Crisis

    • Marital discord

    • Neuropsychology

    • OCD

    • Organizational & time management skills

    • Personality disorders

    • Phobia

    • PTSD

    • Relationship dynamics

    • Self-image & Self-confidence

    • Stress management

    • Trauma & Abuse

    • Work -Life Balance


    MPhil Clinical Psychology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, India

    MSc Clinical & Abnormal Psychology, Swansea University, UK

    Post Graduate Certificate in Psychological Counselling, Christian Medical College, India

    BSc Psychology, Bharathiar University, India

    Certified in Dance Movement Therapy, UK

    Certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, USA

    Certified in Cognitive Training, BrainRx, USA


    British Psychological Society (BPS)

    Dubai Health Authority (DHA)

    Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DOH)

    Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI)

    MPhil Clinical Psychology, Manipal University, India MSc Clinical & Abnormal Psychology, Swansea University, UK
    Annabel George
    Annabel George
    Psychologist - English & Hindi

    Ms. Annabel George is a Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Counsellor with a master’s in counselling psychology from University of Mumbai, India where she earned her degree with distinction.

    She has worked as a psychologist at various schools back in India and the UAE. She is also a consultant psychologist on several online platform.

    She works with clients from a wide variety of age-groups and backgrounds – students, parents, young adults, as well as people in the corporate sector. She has been successful in assisting them as they deal with several different issues such as stress, anxiety, phobias, academic concern or career related issues, mood disorders, family concerns, relationships, procrastination, behavioural issues, self-harm, abuse and has also worked with clients focused on self-improvement.

    Apart from individual sessions she also held group sessions and several workshops on confidence building, communication skills, non-judgmental listening, and career growth.

    She makes use of Cognitive behavioural therapy, art and play therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and solution-focused brief therapy in her sessions depending on what is relevant for the client.

    She wants to help people deal with the challenges and concerns they are faced with. To help them grow as individuals and live their lives to the fullest. Additionally, she wants people to understand the importance of mental health and wellbeing and freely seek help when it’s required.

    In my sessions, the aim is on identifying the client’s concerns and working through it together. I believe that people know the path that they are on… and when their car breaks down along the way… I’d like to be the one who provides them with the right tools so that they know how to fix it and deal with it should such a situation arise again” .

    Area of interest:

    • Social and Emotional concerns
    • Children and adolescent counselling
    • Trauma counselling
    • Improving life skills (social skills, self- esteem, decision making, coping with stress, problem solving, and time management)

    Qualification and Membership:

    • Community Development Authority (CDA) Licensed Psychologist

    Therapeutic Approach:

    • Eclectic Approach
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Solution Focused Behavioral Therapy
    • Art and play therapy and
    • Interpersonal Therapy
    Master’s in Counselling Psychology - 4 years
    Dr. Akhtar Syed
    Dr. Akhtar Syed
    Clinical Psychologist - Urdu, English, Hindi, Punjabi & Seraiki

    Dr Akhtar Ali Syed is a practitioner, teacher, trainer and researcher of psychotherapy with more than thirty-one years of experience. He did his PhD in Psychology from the University College Dublin, Ireland. Dr Syed got his training in Eidetic Psychotherapy from New York. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the UAE and a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland.

    Having worked for two decades as Head of the Psychology Department with Brothers of Charity Services in Ireland, Dr Sayed subsequently took up positions at various organizations across Ireland as Visiting Clinical Psychologist. After extensive research and training, he originated two models of psychotherapy for two different groups of people: the Eidetic Model of Growth for people with intellectual disability and Brief Trauma Therapy, with empirical evidence of efficacy.

    Dr Syed taught psychotherapy and related issues at different universities and is a co-supervisor for PhD projects.

    Dr Syed’s work has been published in reputed Journals and presented at conferences. He also writes on psychosocial issues for websites and newspapers regularly.

    Besides the models of psychotherapy he adopted, Dr Syed helps people with psychological, emotional, and experiential difficulties through his clinical work. He also supervises trainees from different backgrounds and cultures. Belonging to the school of post-modern psychotherapy, he uses up-to-date, evidence-based psychological treatments with his patients.


    • English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Seraiki

    PhD in Psychology from the University College Dublin, Ireland - 31 Years
    Naeema Ali
    Naeema Ali
    Psychologist - Arabic & English

    Dr. Naeema Ali trained psychology and social worker students of UAE University. She is actively providing counselling support to cancer patients and their families. She launched an occupational therapy for cancer patients and cognitive behavioural therapy in Tawam.

    Due to her continued support in oncology and ongoing support to cancer patients, Naeema received countless awards locally and international to recognize her achievements and skills. She has been invited to participate in various conferences and workshops around the world and invited as a guest speaker in various subjects that covers psychology.

    She also joined Al Sayegh Medical Center as a Social Worker, providing comprehensive assessment and treatment services to children and families, in inpatient and/or outpatient settings, and communicates with referral sources as indicated by applying psychometric test, such as IQ Test, MMPI, Wechsler Test for children. Exhibit superior communication skills to uncover complicated mental health issues; develop and recommend treatment plans based on patient needs and diagnosis.

    She continued working as a clinical psychologist providing counselling within the multi-cultural environment of the Emirates Airlines for the past 15 years. Her main task is providing mental health support to inflight and ground staff and addresses any problems, anxieties, or job-related stresses that they are dealing with. She uses her findings to help improve processes and behaviors of a patient to maintain a safe environment, to manage stress, overcome trauma, or avoid job-related conflicts. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the method Naeema is using to reduce the difficulties, anxieties, and stress that employee faces.

    Naeema is also part of “ Shawer ”, the “Seek Our Advice”, and “We Listen To You” program of the Family Development Foundation of Abu Dhabi. The aim of the program was to promote family awareness and support a stable family life. It involves a group of community members who deal with family problems in a positive manner and provide individual and group counseling in social, psychological, and educational areas. They do so in a systematic way according to the needs of community members.

    Besides “ Shawer ”, Naeema is also a volunteer of “ Friends of Cancer ” of Sharjah, supporting patients and their families to overcome the multitude psychological difficulties that they are experiencing due to cancer treatment as well as introducing some programs such as health education, self-care and some community programs wherein they can collaborate and share their experiences.

    Area of interest:

    • Psycho-oncology

    • CBT

    • Psychometric Assessments

    • Children, Adults and Family therapy

    Qualification and Membership:

    • Psychology graduation from the University of Wisconsin

    • Licensed by Community Development Authority

    Graduation in Psychology, (Phd) - 30 Years
    Jacqueline Naidoo
    Jacqueline Naidoo

    Ms. Jacqueline Naidoo was born in Durban, South Africa and relocated to Dubai in Oct 1998.

    She obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain.

    Her global travels combined with her time in Dubai provide Jaqueline with invaluable experience, insights and knowledge of diverse cultures and people, reaffirmed by continuous interaction within a multicultural and cosmopolitan environment on a social as well as professional level.

    Area of interest:

    Her spectrum of specialization includes diagnosis and treatment of:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Panic attacks
    • OCD
    • Bereavements and loss
    • Domestic violence
    • Bipolar and mood related disorders
    • Eating disorders
    • Gender related difficulties
    • Neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
    • ADHD and behavioural related difficulties
    • Stress and fatigue management.
    • Isolation and adjustments difficulties
    • LGBTQIA+
    • Family and couple therapy

    Qualification and Membership:

    • M.Sc. – Masters in Clinical Psychology
    • CDA – Social Professional License

    Therapeutic Approach:

    Jacqueline’s approach is unique to everyone. Clients are actively involved in their treatment process and can share their inner thoughts and feelings without any bias or judgement.

    She follows various integrated therapeutic techniques including Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Client centred therapy, all, in an approachable and warm manner, creating a welcoming and safe environment for her clients of all backgrounds.

    Administration scoring and report writing of behavioural, educational clinical, intellectual assessments and personality assessments.

    English & Afrikaans - 13 Years
    Zahra Afshari
    Zahra Afshari
    Pyschologist - English , Persian

    Dr. Zahra Afsahari is a psychodynamic therapist, helping people to gain insight into their lives and present-day problems. She also evaluates patterns people develop over time. Through this, she reviews certain life factors with a person in therapy:

    • Emotions

    • Thoughts

    • Early-life experiences

    • Beliefs

    She recognizes recurring patterns that can help people to see how they can avoid distress or develop defense mechanisms to cope. This insight may allow them to begin changing those patterns.

    The therapeutic relationship is central to psychodynamic therapy. It can demonstrate how a person interacts with their friends and loved ones. In addition, transference in therapy can show how early-life relationships affect a person today. Transference is the transferring one’s feelings for a parent, for example, onto the therapist. This intimate look at interpersonal relationships can help people understand their part in relationship patterns. It may empower them to transform that dynamic.

    She also encourages people to speak freely about their emotions, desires, and fears. Being open may help reveal vulnerable feelings that have been pushed out of our conscious awareness. According to psychodynamic theory, behavior is influenced by unconscious thought. Once vulnerable or painful feelings are processed, the defense mechanisms reduce or resolve.

    She also works with clients ages 10 years old and above.

    Area of interest:

    • 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

    Qualification and Membership:

    • Doctorate in clinical Health Psychology from Payame Noor Tehran University of Iran
    • Master’s in Clinical psychology from Islamic Azad University of Iran – Tehran

    Therapeutic Approach:

    • Psychodynamic therapy

    Doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology from Payame Noor Tehran University of Iran - 10 Years
    Dr. Mohammed Bardi
    Dr. Mohammed Bardi
    Consultant Psychiatrist - Arabic, English

    Dr. Mohammed Bardi M.B.B.S, M.D (Psychiatry) has worked under different capacities in clinical and hospital setups in Saudi, USA, and UAE. He comes with over 15 years of experience in mental health. He specifically worked with cases relating to schizophrenic, bipolar disorder, dual diagnosis, major depressive disorder with suicidal risks, anxiety disorders, Intellectual disabilities, Autistic spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD).

    Area of interest:

    • Mood disorders

    • Anxiety disorders

    • Improving life skills (social skills, self- esteem, decision making, coping with stress, problem solving, and time management)

    Qualification and Membership:










    • CDA) Licensed Psychologist

    Therapeutic Approach:

    • At LifeWorks Holistic Counselling Center Dubai, Dr. Bardi works collaboratively within our expert multidisciplinary team, in treating a wide array of psychiatric conditions including:

    • Anxiety disorders

    • Substance use disorders

    • Mood disorders including depression and Bipolar affective disorders

    • Psychotic disorders (Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders)

    • Personality disorders

    • Cognitive disorders including Dementia

    • Learning disabilities (intellectual disability disorders)

    • Child and adolescents’ disorders like Separation anxiety disorders, conduct

    • disorders and ADHD

    M.B.B.S, M.D (Psychiatry) - 15 years
    Maryam Ebrahimnezhad
    Maryam Ebrahimnezhad
    Social Worker - English, Dutch, Persian, German

    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.


    • 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.


    English, Dutch, Persian,German

    Master of Relationship therapist/System therapy VU University, Amsterdam - 13 Years

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