The expat behind the psychologist
Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to get into a career path that would help people live more fulfilling lives. This interest led me to study psychological science and eventually open my private practice. I am especially fit to work with expats not only through my training, but through my personal experience as an expat as well.
I truly care for all of my clients, because I understand what they are going through. Throughout my life, I have moved a total of 15 times (so far!), over several continents, and across oceans. I have had to deal with learning different cultures and languages, and have felt the trauma of loss and the anxiety and burnout that comes with starting all over again. Being fluent in English, French and Arabic, my international clients find comfort speaking their native language in my practice. The deep understanding of their feelings and troubles it gives me helps us work well together to find the answers they seek. I have worked with a variety of clients dealing with circumstances that are unique to their lives and I would love to use this experience in providing a caring, safe and helpful experience for you.
If you'd like to get to know me better, you can check out my YouTube videos, my Facebook page and my blog. I'll be happy to interact with you on social media, and when you're ready for an appointment, I'll be here for you.
How I work
Personalized Care for All Your Needs
Having studied integrative clinical psychology, I implement effective science-based methods to help patients cope with the many problems they face when moving. examples of problems I encounter are:
- Depression and anxiety
- Trauma, grief and loss
- Loneliness and feeling misunderstood
- Relationship changes and distress
I practice a variety of techniques tailored to each specific person that deal with the problem as a whole. I take into account the psychological, biological and social impact of the problem on you for a more holistic approach to therapy. I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, and I think you should be getting the tailored care you deserve.
It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the client and therapist alike. But in the end, making small changes to thoughts and behaviors can have a big impact in how you cope with your troubles, taking you to the new life you wish to have.
Using coaching for its practical tools
Being a psychologist first and foremost, I help my clients deal with the deeper problems they face when relocating to a new place. However, not every person needs the same kind of help. If your problems are more general and not specific to therapy, my coaching services are made for you. Coaching complements therapy in how it directs your behavior and gives you the opportunity to learn more about yourself. Examples of things you can do through coaching are:
- Achieving work-life balance
- Learning about your needs and how to fulfill them
- Finding your inner strength and learning to harness it for change
- Relationship coaching
Using Strategic Intervention (SI) techniques taught by Tony Robbins, Cloe Madanes and Mark and Magali Peysha of the Robbins-Madanes Training, I help you find your spark to get you motivated for some practical, encouraging change. With these techniques, we can work together on building strengths and overcoming weaknesses to enable a mindset that's ready to tackle any obstacles you may face as an expat.
Member of the Dutch Institute of Psychologists (Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen)
Membership number: 229893
https://www.psynip.nl/ (site available in English)
Master of Science in Integrative clinical psychology - University of Geneva
Special interest in psychology of emotion and sexuality
Bachelor of psychology- American University in Cairo