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Our professionals, with expertise in mental healthcare and wellbeing, support patients from many walks of life. Our aim is to offer hope and reassurance to all who seek help with us.

Our team understands that taking the first step in seeking help can be extremely daunting, but our depth of knowledge means you are in the safe hands.

The team at The Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai are able to provide:

  • Initial assessments
  • Consultations
  • Treatment
  • Follow-up care

They are dedicated to positively changing your life and will always put you first. Our team offers a vast knowledge of mental health as well as compassion, empathy and discretion, and is made up of:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counsellors

Dr Walid Abdul-Hamid

Dr Walid

Clinical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist

  • Consultant psychiatrist and Clinical Director
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London
  • Previously Associate Professor at the University of London
  • MBChb, MRCPsych, PhD and EMDR Europe Consultant and Supervisor
  • License Number: CS0134-17

Dr Walid is a bilingual (Arabic & English) Consultant Psychiatrist with 30 years of experience in psychiatry, he is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatry in London and holder of PhD from the University of London. Previously a Honorary Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Bart’s and London Medical school, University of London and has published around 50 articles of scientific research in scientific and medical journals. He has been the President elect of the British Arab Psychiatric Association (BAPA) since 2014.

Dr Walid previously worked at North Essex Partnership NHS FoundationTrust and Bart’s Hospital, London in the UK. Dr Walid has also held a visiting consultant post in Priory UK. He uses his long clinical experience and his wide and deep knowledge of most up to date psychiatric research to practice evidence-based mental health care.

Following University, Dr Walid trained at the Maudsley Hospital institute of Psychiatry in London where he attained membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He became a Consultant Psychiatrist in 2000 and he lead a multidisciplinary team to treat a vast variety of psychiatric conditions including anxiety, depressions, OCD, personality disorder, phobias, panic attacks, bipolar affective disorders and PTSD.

Dr Walid has a special interest in trauma psychiatry and he has been using EMDR therapy in the treatment of psychological trauma in veteran and non-veteran patients. He has been using EMDR and psychiatry medication in the treatment of the causes rather than the symptoms of psychiatry conditions. He has achieved the position of EMDR Europe Consultant and supervisor and trainer. He wrote the first (and only) book in Arabic on EMDR published by ARABPSYNET. He also uses combination of medication and psychotherapy to treat drug treatment resistant psychiatry conditions like depression and other psychiatric disorders.

Dr Walid has had a long interest in cultural and Ethnic Psychiatry related particularly but not inclusively to Arab and Muslim cultural backgrounds and he was previously the advisor to the cultural consultation service at the Centre for Psychiatry, Bart’s and London Medical school.

Tanya Dharamshi

Tanya Dharamshi

Centre/Therapy Services Manager and Counselling Psychologist

  • Counsellor, DHCC, UAE
  • OCCSWSSW, Canada
  • License Number: AH1736-17

Member of:

  • American Psychological Association
  • International Coach Federation

Tanya Dharamshi is a Canadian and USA trained Psychologist. She obtained her Social Work degree at McMaster University in Canada and her Master’s in Psychology at Capella University in the United States. Tanya is a certified CBT therapist, Marriage Therapist and Executive Co-Active Coach.

Tanya has an empathetic approach to her patients based on confidentiality and trust. She uses a holistic perspective to facilitate the empowerment of her patients. Tanya brings 18+ years of counselling experience in trauma, crisis intervention, child abuse, substance addiction, attachment disorder, depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, couples therapy, mood disorders, chronic illness and adjustment disorder.

At the Priory Wellbeing Centre, Tanya uses a blend of therapies to individually tailor a patient’s treatment. She uses psycho-therapy, evidence based cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, narrative therapy, strengths based therapy, the internationally renowned Gottman methodology for marriage therapy, and mindfulness. Tanya believes therapy is a collaborative process, one where the patient is empowered to achieve their goals in therapy.

Society has traditionally viewed mental illness as a sign of weakness. Tanya is passionate about breaking down the stigmas about mental illness and has committed her time to bringing awareness to the topic by educating schools, professionals and organizations on the ways to encourage and support mental wellbeing.

Dr Rasha Bassim

Dr Bassim

Specialist Psychiatrist

  • Specialist Psychiatrist from DHCC, UAE
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University, Egypt
  • MBBch, Msc, MD Psychiatry – Arab Board Psychiatry
  • Licence number: MS1653-17 

Dr Bassim is a bilingual (Arabic & English) psychiatrist with more than 18 years of psychiatric experience managing cases for patients of all ages. She trained at the Institute of Psychiatry in Egypt, a WHO collaborated centre, for mental health training and research. Rasha’s career started in Egypt, where she worked for 10 years, followed by 4 years in Kuwait and then in the UAE since 2013. As an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in Ain Shams University, Dr Bassim had more than 15 research papers published in national, regional and international journals and conferences.  During this time, she was awarded the “Okasha Award” bestowed upon the young researcher of the year.

Dr Bassim has a host of qualifications. She gained her degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1997 from the Faculty of Medicine at Ain Shams University in Egypt, before going on to gain her Masters of Neuropsychiatry from the same institution in 2001. Rasha gained an Arab Board in Psychiatry in 2003 from the Arab Board for Specialized Medicine in 2003, and an MD in Psychiatry in 2005, again from the Faculty of Medicine at Ain Shams University. As of 2014 Rasha is also a Qualified Trans Magnetic Stimulation Therapist.

At the Priory Wellbeing Centre, Dr Bassim will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team in treating: dementia and other cognitive problems; depression, anxiety and psychotic disorders in senior patients; schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; all forms of anxiety and panic disorders, phobias, OCD, PTSD as well as other stress related disorders; eating disorders; and personality disorders.

Maartje Suijskens

maartje suijskens

Counselling Psychologist

  • Counsellor, DHCC, UAE
  • Healthcare Psychologist, BIG, The Netherlands
  • Licence number: AH1714-17

Maartje Suijskens is a Dutch-trained registered Healthcare Psychologist and Clinical child, family and special education professional. She has 6 years of experience in psychological and educational assessment and therapy. Maartje qualifications include: Post Master of Science at Rino Zuid, Institute of Post Master Mental healthcare education, The Netherlands; Maartje also gained a Master of Educational Sciences (MSc) and a Bachelor of Pedagogical Science (BSc) from Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

In therapy, Maartje strives to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where people feel valued, understood and listened to, where they feel free to express themselves and explore possibilities. Therapy is seen as a collaborative process, one where the client takes an active role. She has a holistic, person-centered approach, acting with honesty and integrity at all times. This approach aims to support clients to (re)discover their strengths and help them to achieve their full potential for a happy and balanced life. 

At the Priory Wellbeing Centre, Maartje provides psychological counselling/therapy, in both English and Dutch, for children, adolescents, adults and the families of those with emotional and behavioral difficulties and mental health problems, including: anxiety and panic disorders, phobias and OCD; stress related disorders; depression; single trauma; emotional and social problems such as lack of self-esteem and self-worth; young people mental health support/therapy; family-related problems; parenting difficulties.

Imane Bougueffa

Imane Bougueffa

Counselling Psychologist

  • Counsellor DHCC UAE
  • Clinical Psychologist, MOH UAE
  • License #AH192617

Member of:

  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)

Imane is a trilingual (Arabic, French and English) Clinical Psychologist with 9 years experience in the field. She has extensive experience working with adults and children. She holds a Masters Degree from Farhat Abass University in Algeria and is currently completing her PhD in Science of Clinical Psychology with El Hadj Lakhder University in Algeria. Imane is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and has presented various lectures in Algeria as well as the UAE and has coached courses in examination techniques and ACT therapy.

Imane specializes in using acceptance-commitment therapy (ACT) in the treatment of mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, phobias and eating disorders. She has experience with child problems including bedwetting, jealousy, fears, education, ADHD and learning disabilities.

Imane has significant experience in clinical hospital environments in Algeria and mental health clinics in the UAE. She has an empathetic approach to her patients based on confidentiality and trust. Her use of ACT allows her to incorporate a clinical flexibility resulting in her patients being more aware about the present, focusing on their core values and being more successful in their treatment.

Mark Samways

mark samways

Counselling Psychologist

  • Counsellor DHCC, UAE
  • Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Licence AH1828-17

Mark is a British trained psychotherapist working with both adolescents and adults with seven years of experience. He received his degree in Psychology (BSc) from Loughborough University and Masters in Addiction Psychology and Counselling (MSc) from London South Bank University. Mark has completed Restorative Justice training which is designed to facilitate conflict resolution as well training on The Paula Hall recovery model.

Mark works within an integrative approach incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), attachment theory, and mindfulness based interventions. Mark's aim in therapy is to create an environment whereby the client can feel safe to explore issues in a non judgmental space. He feels that it is important to empower the client to develop self-awareness and skills to manage problematic thoughts, feelings and situations. Mark also incorporates Positive Psychology to further enhance a client’s well-being by helping them to consolidate value based behaviour.

At The Priory Wellbeing Centre, Mark works with individuals and groups on a multitude of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, addictive behaviours, relationship difficulties, personality and mood disorders. Mark also feels driven to support individuals who may be engaging in self harm. Mark is keen to provide a supportive space for individuals who have been bereaved or struggling through grief. Mark feels passionate about attempting to reduce the stigma around mental health difficulties by providing Psycho-educational talks on a number of different subjects to schools, organisations or corporations.


The Priory offer a Free Telephone Consultation, for further information call today on: (+971) 4 245 3800 or submit an enquiry form in confidence. We will provide you with details on all our treatments and offer help on how to manage your mental health at a time that suits you.

Quality of service

“Over the years we have had many patients who come to our facilities in the UK from GCC countries and it is now high time we bring our quality of service to the UAE”

Dr Saeed Islam, Priory's Middle East Medical Director