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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    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
    Maisoon Shah
    Maisoon Shah
    Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA - Director, Counseling and Wellbeing Services

    The opportunity to feel understood and empathize with, to be offered a concerned ear, and to create a human connection are all hallmarks of the holistic care that we desire as human beings. For her, this became a passion, a duty and a calling.


    Born and raised in Dubai, she understood the cultural and societal dynamics of the city, instilling a receptive attitude towards varying individuals. She received her education and clinical training from England and worked in private and government facilities, mainly with adolescents and adults struggling with stress, bereavement, trauma, adjustment disorders, gender identity, existential concerns and life transitions, phobias, interpersonal conflicts between families and couples.


    Having trained in health psychology, she also work with individuals struggling to cope with chronic disease, evaluation and management of bariatric surgery, stress, the initial shock of a new diagnosis/disability and women’s sexual health.


    Aside from her clinical work, she hold a keen interest in horse riding and the therapeutic benefits it offers. She have been around horses since the age of 9 and trained for almost 6 years. She facilitate support groups for parents with children with special needs that include equine activities in an equine environment to promote increased self awareness, communication and emotional growth.



    • Depression and mood disorders
    • Postpartum depression
    • Anxiety disorders – including phobias.
    • Adjustment disorders
    • Grief and Loss
    • Body image issues
    • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse
    • Interpersonal and relationship difficulties
    • Health related distress
    • Sexuality and sexual concerns
    • Gender discrimination
    • Anger management
    • Personal growth


    Therapeutic Approach:

    • Narrative Therapy
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
    • Psychodynamic approaches
    • Integrative approaches
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


    Qualifications & Memberships:

    • in Health Psychology, University of Bath – UK
    • in Clinical Psychology, University of Kent – UK
    • Member of Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) – UK
    • Member of British Psychological Society (BPS) – UK
    • Licensed by Community Development Authority (CDA) – UAE
    Licensed Counseling Psychologist - 30 years
    Mr. Mohammad Fraij
    Mr. Mohammad Fraij
    Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA - Director, Counseling and Wellbeing Services

    Mr. Mohammad Fraijis a Jordanian / Palestinian Psychologist, He joined Lifeworks Counselling and Mental Health in April 2023. He was coming from GMC Clinics where he started practising in 2020 as a Clinical Psychologist till March 2023.



    Mr. Fraij is a Psychotherapist with a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Jordan.


    Experience in Jordan:

    Mr. Fraij has worked with a number of International Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs) including:

    Care International: where he has to work as a Community Counselor for Refugees communities in Jordan.

    International Medical Corps: worked as a Psychosocial Program Officer to build the capacity for vulnerable communities.

    The Center for Victims of Torture: Mr. Fraij worked as a psychosocial consultant for survivors of turture who moved to Jordan coming from hot conflict areas like Syria and Iraq.

    in addition Mr. Fraij used to work as a freelancer psychotherapist and trainer for other Organizations: (Save The Children, Relief International, UNHCR, Red Crescent and more)


    Experience in UAE:

    Mr. Fraij working in Saudi German Hospital since 2019. and used to practice Psychotherapy at Northwest Clinic in Dubai from July 2017 till 2020. before that he worked with American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN) where he has practising psychotherapy as a clinical psychologist for a 4 years. In 2011 he joined Rashid Hospital in Dubai Health Authority as Senior Psychology Practitioner, where he worked in the Mental Health Department as a Psychotherapist.


    Area of Interest:

    Mr. Fraij has experience working with children and adults who suffering from:


    Anxiety Disorders:

    • Phobias
    • Social Phobias
    • Panic Disorder
    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
    • Obsessive – Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Post – Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Adjustment Disorders


    Mood Disorders:

    • Depression
    • Manic Episode
    • Bipolar Disorder


    Somatoform Disorders:

    • Hypochondriacal Disorder
    • Pain Disorder


    Sleeping Disorders.


    Personality Disorders.


    Behavioral and Emotional Disorders:

    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Conduct Disorders
    • Separation Anxiety Disorder
    • Elective Mutism
    • Tic Disorders


    Activities and membership:

    Mr. Fraij is active in the Social Media and T.V Shows, he participating in most hit T.V programs like:

    • Good Morning Arab on mbc1
    • Good morning Dubai on DUBAI T.V
    • Week in Hour on CNBC Arabia
    • Bala Routine with Merna on Al-Arabiya 99 FM
    • Gentle Steps on mbc3
    • Today Al-Hurra T.V
    • And many more
    • Member of American Psychological Association (APA) as International Affiliate.


    Licensed Counseling Psychologist - 30 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
    Safwat Galal Eldin ElShafey
    Safwat Galal Eldin ElShafey
    Consultant Psychiatrist - Arabic and English
    MBBCh, MSc. (Neuropsychiatry), ABMS Psych., PhD. (Psychiatry) - 35 years
    Jenevie Mongcal
    Jenevie Mongcal
    Psychologist - English, Filipino/Tagalog, Hiligaynon, & Visayan

    Jenevie is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with the Dubai Health Authority and a member of the American Psychological Association. She is a graduate of Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. At present, she is finishing her training certification for Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Beck Institute, USA.

    She has extensive experience working in various settings such as in the aviation industry, hospital, school, social service, and private practice. Over the years, she has helped various clinical cases including PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger management, and conduct disorder for juvenile delinquents. She has also handled cases of domestic violence for women, sexual abuse, adoption, marital/relationship issues, and employment/work-related stress including those who work in Aviation.

    Jenevie is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) with EMDR Philippines which is known as a gold standard approach in addressing psychological trauma, depression, and anxiety. She has been treating trauma cases both for children and adults for over 5 years which includes cases of bereavement, abandonment, abuse in the relationship, and childhood trauma.

    She is also passionate about working with children with special needs, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other cases of learning disabilities. She has provided behavioral intervention such as temper tantrums/aggressive behaviors as well as improving their socio-communication and academic facets using the Applied Behavioral Analysis principle. She is skilled in American Sign Language and has been a sign language interpreter for over 10 years. She has received her training certification for Registered Behavior Technician (ABA Principle) with Pulse Therapy Center in Dubai, UAE, and has been practicing as a Behavior Therapist to children with autism.

    Moreover, she also enjoys working in school settings with students or adolescents who struggle in managing their emotions, improving their coping skills, bullying in school, sibling rivalry, peer relationship issues, exploring romantic love, or dealing with academic problems and other teenage concerns. Nowadays, teenage depression and anxiety are very rampant, and seeking professional help to understand themselves better will go a long way as they explore the world and their identity.

    As a Clinical Psychologist, her intervention program is eclectic where she utilizes CBT, EMDR, Behavioral Intervention (ABA Principle), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Reality Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Play Therapy for children, Bibliotherapy, and Assertiveness Training.

    Further, she received international certification from Veterans Evaluation Services (VES), Houston, Texas, USA as an accredited service provider for US Veterans. In this capacity, she conducted medical disability examinations and evaluations to determine the psychological disorders of the veterans during service connection for their compensation and pension. She is adept at conducting psychological assessments for both children and adults.

    She has also been invited as a resource speaker on mental health-related topics to students and employees both in the government and private sectors.

    Master of Arts In Clinical Psychology - 5 years
    Omera Niyaz Zeenath
    Omera Niyaz Zeenath
    Speech And Language Pathologist - English, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Kannada limited to speaking proficiency & Arabic limited to speaking proficiency

    Ms. Omera Niyaz Zeenath is a speech language pathologist with over 10 years of experience and is a level 1certified oral placement therapist. She is also a certified Makaton signs which is useful in establishing communication with young children.

    Her interest is on childhood communication disorders, fluency disorders, voice disorders, articulation, adult language disorders and post stroke management. She is also a certified LSVT clinical which helps in voice issues faced by individuals affected with Parkinson’s disease. Ms.

    Omera is also a member of Emirates Speech Language Pathology Society & Indian Speech & Hearing Association.

    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:

    • Masters in Audiology & Speech & Language Pathology, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India
    • Dubai Health Authority
    • Emirates Speech & Language Pathology Society
    • Indian Speech & Hearing Association
    • Rehabilitation Council of India
    • Basic Life Support
    • Oral Placement Therapy
    • LSVT
    • Makaton
    • Oral Placement Therapy


    10 Years
    Eugene Traboulsi
    Eugene Traboulsi
    Social Worker - English

    For almost 20 years, Mr. Eugene Traboulsi has had a passion for supporting people through times of difficulty. Known for his intuitive and soulful spirit, both online and in-person, he brings authenticity, genuineness, and good humour into everything he does. Motivating people to reach their maximum potential is at the forefront of his approach.

    He has worked in a wide range of professional settings. He has held positions in both government and non-government organizations with extensive experience in the field of mental health and dual diagnosis, in both clinical and non-clinical based roles.

    He earned his Bachelor of Social Work from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT) in 2009. Since graduating, Eugene gained licensing as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW) and established and operated a full-time private practice in Australia. In addition, he has years of experience utilizing variety of evidence-based strategies to support both youth and adults across a range of personal concerns. Eugene is a CDA Licensed Social Worker (LSW).

    Area of interest:

    • Stress

    • Anxiety

    • Addictions

    • Gambling

    • Depression

    • Grief and Loss

    • School Issues

    • Family Separation & Divorce

    • Suicidal Thoughts

    • Gender issues

    • Cultural issues

    • Bullying

    • Gaming

    • Life-stage changes

    • Life Transitions

    • Occupational Burnout

    • Pre-Marital and Marital Assessments.

    • Clinical Supervision

    Qualification and Membership:

    • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

    • Master of International and Community Development – Deakin University

    • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASSIST) – Suicide First Aid

    • Mental State Examination

    • Mental Health Clinical Supervision Training “Supervisor Training”

    • Psychological First Aid Training

    • Community Justice Services Commissioner for Declarations and Justice of the Peace – QLD Justices Association

    • PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator

    • Community Development Authority Licensed Social Worker (CDA)

      • Dubai.

    • Australian Association of Social Workers Membership (AASW)

    Therapeutic Approach:

    Eugene incorporates a collaborative therapeutic approach that is person- centered, strengths-based and honours the individual. This eclectic approach marries person-centered, solution- focused, and cognitive behavioural methods to help everyone get what they need in a supportive and understanding environment.

    Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) - 20 Years
    Ailien Sy
    Ailien Sy
    Psychologist - Filipino/Tagalog & English

    Ms. Ailien Sy is a Clinical Psychologist that is experienced in treating clients of different ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations, and psychological and psychiatric conditions. She got her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology for United Arab Emirates University, UAE.  She is a member of the Middle East Psychological Association (pending approval).

    She’s offered her services to individuals of diverse backgrounds, ages, and socioeconomic statuses. She strongly supports versatility in psychotherapy treatments because she acknowledges that there is no single approach that would work for every individual.

    To continue being an effective psychologist, she familiarizes herself with different types of psychotherapies.  She recently got certified as an Advanced Grief Counselling Specialist and is currently working on her Trauma professional certification.  She administers different types of psychological assessments as well.  She has a keen interest in Research, and has co-written an article that was published in the Journal of Anxiety and Depression Research | Vol 3 Iss 2 ISSN: 2582-3264, and worked as a Research Assistant at United Arab Emirates University to standardize Behavioral Assessment System for Children (BASC-3) among the Arab population.

    Therapy is not a “one size fits all” kind of treatment.  That being said, Ailien employs an integrative approach to her treatment planning and execution.  She combines therapeutic elements from different theories to cater to the treatment and experience specific to the clients.  She is particularly fond of using Schema therapy, Solution-focused therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and other effective brief therapies.

    Areas of Specialization

    • Anxiety disorders
    • Mood disorders
    • Psychotic disorders
    • Personality disorders
    • Eating disorders
    • Trauma & Abuse
    • Complicated Grief
    • Addiction
    • Stress Management
    • Relationships

    With everything that is going on and the fast-changing development of the world right now, it is so easy to feel lost and overwhelmed; oftentimes, our mental health takes a huge beating.  Ironically, it is also the most neglected.  A lot of us also carry trauma in our bodies that many of us may not even be aware of, which makes us respond to certain situations in very unhealthy ways and affects how we deal with and connect with other people.  I encourage everyone to pay attention to their mental health and start listening to what our bodies and our minds are trying to tell us. There is no shame in seeking help when needed.  You’ve taken the first step by being here.  It will be my privilege to work through things with you, bring you comfort, and help you in any way I can as your therapist

    MSc. Clinical Psychology - 3 years
    Dr. Deepa Sankar
    Dr. Deepa Sankar
    Clinical Psychologist - English, Malayalam, Tamil & Kannada

    Dr. Deepa Sankar is a level 4 -DBT trained Clinical Psychologist (DHA and HAAD Licensed) withmore than 20 Years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples,and families. She completed intensive training in DBT and specialized training in adaptations of DBT
    for adolescents and children, Trauma and Eating Disorders.
    She believe in providing evidence-based psychotherapy. She is passionate about helping adolescents, teenagers, and adults who struggle to manage their mood, extreme emotion dysregulation, suicidal/parasuicidalbehaviours, Non-Suicidal Self- Injury, and problem behaviours. She provide a non-judgmental and genuine space for my clients to feel heard.

    She can also provide hands-on strategies for parents who struggle to manage behavioural difficulties in children. She utilize various evidence-based treatment approaches to work with her clients.

    Comprehensive Dialectical Therapy (DBT adult and Adolescent), which includes

    • Individual therapy, DBT Group Skills Training, Phone Coaching and Team Consultation)
    • Dialectical behaviour Therapy for children (DBT- C)
    • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
    • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
    • Prolonged Exposure protocols (PE)
    MPhil in Clinical Psychology (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences) - 20 Years
    Chaanan Kaur
    Chaanan Kaur
    Psychologist - English, Hindi, Punjabi & Dutch

    Ms. Chaanan Kaur is a psychologist with a mixed bag of experiences in the mental health field- from understanding the “behind the scenes” of treatments and interventions to practicing as a psychologist and mentoring other young psychologists. She has helped several adolescents, adults, and couples experiencing unique emotional stressors and challenges in their environments. She has a master’s degree in Health, Social, and Organizational Psychology from Utrecht University in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

    Ms. Chanaan is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and has also been associated with the Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen (NIP). In her experience as a psychologist, she has offered therapy to individuals of diverse backgrounds, namely ex-pats and international students while being associated with YourDOST, an online mental health platform, and Heyy, a mental health app based in Singapore. Besides offering online therapy, Chaanan has also been volunteering with her knowledge of mental health in non-profit organizations since 2013.

    Her key focus areas are gender discrimination, ADHD, identity and sexuality, life transitions, marital and family difficulties, reclaiming cultural roots, relationship challenges, anxiety, stress, loss, bereavement, and trauma.

    In addition to traditional therapy, Ms. Chaanan is familiar with using Positive Psychology Interventions; and Solution Focused Brief therapy when working with corporates and their Employees.

    Area of interest:

    • Depression

    • Stress, Anxiety and Panic

    • Attacks

    • Trauma and abuse

    • Gender Discrimination

    • LGBTQIA+

    • Smoking Cessation

    • Social Withdrawal, isolation

    • Work-related difficulties

    • Procrastination

    • Adjustment to life-changing events

    • Relationships, couples and

    • family difficulties

    • Grief and loss

    • Self-Esteem, Self-image, Self- identity

    • Body Image

    Qualification and Membership:

    • Social Health and Organizational Psychology from Utrecht University, Utrecht

    • Psychology with Management from Heriot Watt University, Dubai

    • Human Sexuality Continuing Education Course Aspira

    • Community Development Authority Licensed Psychologist (CDA) – Dubai.

    • British Psychological Society membership

    Therapeutic Approach:

    • Eclectic Therapy (usually through a trauma informed and narrative therapy lens).

    Master's degree in Health, Social and Organizational Psychology - 5 years
    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
    Tumi Sefolo
    Tumi Sefolo
    Clinical Psychologist - English and South African languages

    Ms Boitumelo Sefolo, affectionately known as Tumi Sefolo is a DHA licenced Clinical Psychologist with 13 years’ expertise, and a committee chair for the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 52 of International Psychologists. She is devoted to helping individuals, couples, and families build healthier relationships. As a family systems-oriented therapist and an expert in relationships, she provides empathy and unconditional acceptance for essential transformations to unfold, leading to more fulfilled life experiences and relationships. She believes relationships determine the quality of the person’s life from childhood to adulthood and in other spheres of life such as workplace.

    She is deeply involved in the LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program and serves multiple big corporates through psycho-educational talks and workshops, as well as program development. She cares about giving support to Dubai employees and their families, who struggle with a myriad of migration, relationships, and cultural issues.

    She has certification from the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) in Canada, a rehabilitative evidence-based intervention that minimizes disability and psychosocial stress following illness or injury and assists them to successfully returning to work.

    Her expertise extends to neurological assessments which identify and manage neuropsychological illnesses due to injuries and work incapacity. She has extensive experience as a forensic expert determining the impact of personal injury into future functioning and reporting as well as testifying to the High Court of South Africa.

    Her assessments and interventions encompass a culturally sensitive approach that is cognizant of the cultures and cultural milieu of respective individuals.

    In addition to her experience in medical and mental health hospitals, Tumi Sefolo often engages in media and public speaking events. She has worked as an adjunct lecturer/professor in a South African university. She has also contributed to some articles in South Africa and mental health products in Kuwait.

    Area of interest:

    • Relationship difficulties

    • Family problems

    • Bereavement/loss

    • Trauma and abuse

    • Anxiety disorders

    • Adjustment difficulties (dealing with life changes)

    • Mood disorders (depression and bipolar)

    • Parental guidance (single, blended & divorced families, dealing with acculturation)

    • Cultural related difficulties

    • Acculturation stress (related to migration)

    • Coping with medical condition

    • Work-related stressors

    • Organizational and change management

    Qualification and Membership:

    • Pursuing PhD in International Psychology (USA)

    • MSc in Clinical Psychology (South Africa)

    • Dubai Health Authority

    • Health Professions Council South Africa

    • Singapore Psychological Society

    • Member of Singapore Register of Psychologists

    • Member of American Psychological Association International Affiliate

    • Co-chair of American Psychological Society Division 52 of International Psychologists

    Therapeutic Approach:

    • Family systems therapy

    • Humanistic Therapy

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    • Gestalt Therapy

    • Solution Focused Therapy

    MSc in Clinical Psychology - 13 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

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