"Mental health difficulties don't have to be permanent, they can be temporary if you want them to be."
I am a psychologist specialising in the treatment of children and adolescents using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
I’ve always been interested in the psychological and biological basis of behaviour and decision making. This captured my early interest in psychology, and made me curious as to just why people behave and think in certain ways, and why everyone is different. This is how I apply myself to supporting and helping people; looking at the individual and creating a care pathway that’s not based on generic treatment, but specific and tailored to their individual needs.
I’ve worked across a broad range of settings since 2005, starting as an assistant psychologist with the Priory Group UK, working with 16-75 year olds with mental health concerns. This introduction into mental health inspired me to continue my training so that I could competently help people with life’s challenges. Over the next three years, I varied my experience, gradually identifying that I wanted to help children and young people, for which since 2009 I have specialised in, providing integrative therapy before qualifying as a child and adolescent Cognitive Behavioral Therapist in 2012, from UCL. I worked within Richmond CAMHS for six years from 2009-2014 with children aged from birth to 18 years old, providing evidence-based individual and group CBT, family-based CBT and parenting support.
In 2014, I decided to move to Dubai. I’d achieved a lot in my time with Richmond CAMHS and wanted my next challenge and I saw the UAE as an opportunity to advocate for mental health and reduce the stigma, as well as supporting a community where perhaps mental health issues are not as freely spoken about, and therefore less accessed. The world, no matter where you are, has mental health difficulties, and I wanted to be a part of helping to shape this region and provide quality healthcare to the community.
I apply evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and young people within a framework that’s based on humanity, empathy, warmth and trust. I work in a collaborative and holistic way, ensuring that the clients’ (individual, family) goals are at the forefront of the therapy, and that therapist and client work as a team to make them happen.
I work with children, young people and families experiencing the following: