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Willis Emmanuel James Atherley-Bourne


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Rita Dahdal

Clinical Psychologist who has been exposed to diverse mental health issues in varying contexts including hospital, non-governmental organization, addiction rehabilitation center, and school. I have worked with diverse populations of different age groups including but not limited to students, refugees, and mentally disable individuals who are troubled with mental health issues related to depression, anxiety, phobias, dependence, among others. I aim to help people better understand themselves and have a better handle on their issues and struggles in their day-to-day living. I am very passionate and eager to learn and continue training in order to become even more competent and provide the finest counseling and therapy for clients/patients.

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Abdelhamid Elsayed

professional Psychologist holding master’s degree in psychology, and approved licensed psychologist by ministry of Education-Kuwait. Helping people to understand themselves better mentally and Emotionally. Following my mission and developing my skills and training.

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Imman Issa

I am a licensed Therapist and Educational Assessment Supervisor at Soor Centre

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Nashwa Abdelhady Tantawy

Nashwa A. Tantawy is a Counseling Psychologist, specialized in helping adolescents and adults with a diversity of disorders in different settings. She earned her M.A. in the field of Counseling Psychology from The American University in Cairo. Nashwa is adopting an integrative therapeutic approach of Humanistic, Client Centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as she believes that therapeutic approaches can complement one another leading to better results. After her over a decade of experience in the marketing field with a passion for human understanding, Nashwa has decided to build on her gained skills and follow her passion in the helping profession. Following her mission of spreading mental health awareness, in 2019, Nashwa has started a new initiative - Nafsology by Nashwa Tantawy- to introduce mental health knowledge in a simple way to the Arab World in Arabic via social media videos, and workshop trying to increase awareness and fight stigma.

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Sami is a Clinical Psychologist. Sami earned his MS degree in Clinical Psychology with distinction. Sami has been teaching Psychology in different universities as a visiting faculty member. Apart from teaching Sami has a diverse experience of working as a Psychotherapist in different facilities, dealing with patients having different problems and disorders. Sami's main strengths include empathizing, active listening and connecting the dots to bring awareness in the clients to understand his/her condition well and realize where the problem is stemming from. Sami has got keen interest in personality and mostly goes with Eclectic approach in treating the patients.

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Guillermo Jose Ybarra

Guillermo Ybarra, CRC, LPC is a PhD student, International Psychology (Trauma Services concentration), The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TSCPP). Mr. Ybarra received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice (Forensic Psychology concentration) from Purdue Global University, Dual Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling (Vocational Evaluation concentration) and Professional Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University. He is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico but currently resides in Yokosuka, Japan where he works for the United States Department of Defense, Navy, as a Deployed Resiliency Counselor (DRC) providing mental health therapy to U.S. Service Members while deployed at sea and at port in Japan. Additionally, Mr. Ybarra is currently an online therapy provider for Talkspace. Previously having his own private therapy practice in Washington, D.C., he was also a contracted trauma therapist at the Washington, D.C. Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC), Mr. Ybarra’s areas of practice include work with adult trauma survivors, sexual assault, domestic violence, and individuals struggling with addiction. Mr. Ybarra offers a client centered eclectic approach consisting of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and goal oriented tasks and philosophies to help those he works with identify the changes he or she would like to make and then the action plan to achieve their goals. Mr. Ybarra is a member of the Middle East Psychological Association (MEPA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).

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Barbara D'Elia

Trained in psychology by faculty such as Viktor Frankl, Albert Ellis, and workshops with Carl Rogers and Virginia Satir, I have been teaching and practicing in the Middle East for over 20 years. Currently I supervise psychotherapy groups and focus on psychology in the healthcare workplace, with a focus on professional burnout and compassion fatigue, as well as psychosocial palliative care.

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Pashmi Khare

Pashmi is a CDA licensed Psychological Counsellor. She has received a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Christ University, India and a certification in CBT from Beck Institute New York. She is a member of Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences (ACBS). She worked in India for 6 years in the field of Psychological Counselling and then moved to UAE 6 years ago. She works with adults and adolescents in dealing with anxiety and depression, couples in dealing with relationship distress and families striving to preserve traditional values while accommodating the exposure to multicultural environment in a place like UAE. She has a culturally sensitive approach and specifically understands the intricacies of relationships in Asian culture. She is a native Hindi and Urdu speaker and a fluent English speaker.  Pashmi has a special interest in supporting people with fertility issues, PCOS and depression during pregnancy.

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Ayesha Kamal

I earned my BA in Psychology and English Literature from the University of Rochester in 1998. After graduating, I pursued a career in education and went on to receive my PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Kent in 2012. After over 20 years of teaching experience and research in education, I am looking to make a career change. I am currently enrolled in the International Counseling program at Lehigh University with the hope to earn my Masters in Counseling by 2021.

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