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Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai is home to a diverse team of professionals who possess extensive expertise in treating a wide range of mental health conditions. Our clinicians are dedicated to providing high quality treatment to every one of our patients and offering hope and reassurance to all those who seek help with us. We are committed to placing patients at the heart of the treatment journey, ensuring that you are allocated to the most appropriate specialist for your needs and benefit from a truly bespoke treatment programme. This tailored approach enables us to guarantee the most positive outcomes for you as an individual.

Our team understands that seeking help for your mental health concerns can be daunting. Our patients can be reassured that all of our Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai clinicians are highly qualified, possess extensive clinical experience and work with compassion, empathy and discretion.

Our specialist multidisciplinary team is comprised of highly skilled psychiatrists and psychologists, some of whom have published recognised papers in their field. In addition to their exceptional psychiatric and psychological qualifications, the majority of our team members are also bilingual, being able to speak both Arabic and English.

Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai’s team are able to provide:

  • Initial in-depth assessments
  • Consultations
  • Comprehensive, tailored treatment
  • Follow-up care

We also ensure that our dedicated psychiatrists and psychologists engage in continuous professional development, in order to guarantee that their practice adheres to robust guidelines and is guided by the latest thinking in mental health.

You can read more about our team below.

Psychiatrists at Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai

Dr Walid Abdul-Hamid

Dr Walid

Clinical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist

  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London
  • Previously Associate Professor at the University of London
  • MBChb, MRCPsych, PhD and EMDR Europe consultant, supervisor and trainer
  • Bilingual (Arabic and English)
  • License number: CS0134-17

As well as his role as Clinical Director of Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, Dr Abdul-Hamid is a distinguished consultant psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience in the field of psychiatry and mental health. Dr Abdul-Hamid is also a member of the Royal College of Psychiatry in London and holds a PhD from the University of London.

Previously an associate professor at Bart’s and The London School of Medicine, Dr Abdul-Hamid has published around 50 scientific research articles in a number of prestigious medical and psychiatric journals. In addition, Dr Abdul-Hamid has been the president-elect of the British Arab Psychiatric Association (BAPA) since 2014.

Dr Abdul-Hamid previously worked at North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, as well as holding a visiting consultant post within Priory UK.

Following University, Dr Abdul-Hamid 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 now leads a multidisciplinary team in treating a vast variety of psychiatric conditions including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Personality disorders
  • Phobias
  • Panic attacks
  • Bipolar affective disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dr Abdul-Hamid has a specialist interest in trauma psychiatry and has a wealth of experience in using eye movement desensitisation and re-processing (EMDR) therapy in the treatment of psychological trauma in both veteran and non-veteran patients. Instead of just treating the symptoms of psychiatric conditions, Dr Abdul-Hamid focuses on using EMDR and psychiatric medication in order to treat the underlying causes and triggers of such problems. He has achieved the position of EMDR Europe consultant, supervisor and trainer and wrote the first (and only) book in Arabic on EMDR, published by ARABPSYNET. Dr Abdul-Hamid also uses a combination of medication and psychotherapy to tackle treatment-resistant psychiatric conditions such as treatment-resistant depression and other mental health disorders.

Dr Abdul-Hamid has had a long interest in cultural and ethnic psychiatry related issues, particularly, but not exclusively, in relation to Arab and Muslim cultural backgrounds. Dr Abdul-Hamid was also the advisor to the cultural consultation service at the Centre for Psychiatry, Bart’s and The London School of Medicine.

Dr Abdul-Hamid prides himself on utilising his extensive clinical experience and in-depth knowledge of the latest psychiatric research, to deliver high quality, evidence-based mental health care.

Dr Rasha Bassim

Dr Bassim

Specialist Psychiatrist

  • Specialist Psychiatrist from Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), UAE
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University, Egypt
  • MBBch, MSc, MD Psychiatry – Arab Board Psychiatry
  • Bilingual (Arabic and English)
  • License number: MS1653-17

Dr Bassim is a specialist psychiatrist with more than 18 years’ psychiatric experience, during which she has treated patients of all ages. Dr Bassim’s extensive career started in Egypt, where she worked for 10 years, followed by four years in Kuwait; she has been practising in the UAE since 2013.

As an assistant professor of psychiatry at Ain Shams University, Dr Bassim is also a published researcher in her field, having had over 15 scientific publications 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 achieved a host of specialist academic and medical qualifications from a broad range of prestigious institutions in Egypt and the UAE. She also trained at the Institute of Psychiatry in Egypt, a World Health Organisation (WHO) collaborated centre, for mental health training and research. As of 2014, Dr Bassim is also a qualified transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapist.

At Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, Dr Bassim works collaboratively within our expert multidisciplinary team, in treating a wide array of psychiatric conditions including:

  • Dementia and other cognitive problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorders
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Phobias
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Stress
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders

Tanya Dharamshi

Tanya Dharamshi

Centre/Therapy Services Manager and Counsellor

  • BSc Social Work
  • MSc Psychology
  • Counsellor, DHCC, UAE
  • OCCSWSSW, Canada
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Bilingual (Arabic and English)
  • License number: AH1736-17

Tanya Dharamshi is a Canadian and USA-trained counselling psychologist. She obtained her Social Work degree at McMaster University in Canada and her Master’s degree in Psychology at Capella University, USA. Tanya is a certified cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) therapist, marriage therapist and executive co-active coach.

Tanya has an empathetic approach to her patients, which is based on confidentiality and trust. She is committed to using a holistic treatment perspective in order to address the underlying issues that are contributing to a patient’s mental health difficulties, and to facilitate the empowerment of her patients. Tanya has over 18 years’ counselling experience in:

Tanya uses a bespoke blend of psychological therapies to individually tailor a patient’s treatment journey. She uses psychotherapy, evidence-based CBT, solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, strengths-based therapy, mindfulness and the internationally-renowned Gottman Method for marriage and couples therapy. Tanya believes that therapy is a collaborative process, and one in which the patient is empowered to achieve their treatment and recovery goals.

Society has traditionally viewed psychiatric problems as being a sign of weakness. Tanya is passionate about breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health and works tirelessly to raise awareness of this topic by educating schools, professionals and organisations on the ways to encourage and support mental wellbeing.

Maartje Suijskens

maartje suijskens

Counsellor

  • BSc Pedagogical Science
  • MSc Educational Sciences
  • Post Master of Science
  • Counsellor, DHCC, UAE
  • Healthcare Psychologist, BIG, The Netherlands
  • Bilingual (Dutch and English)
  • License number: AH1714-17

Maartje Suijskens is a Dutch-trained registered healthcare psychologist, and a clinical child, family and specialist education professional. She has six years’ experience in psychological and educational assessment and therapy.

Maartje holds a Post Master of Science from Rino Zuid, Institute of Post Master Mental Healthcare Education, The Netherlands, a Master’s degree in Educational Sciences and a degree in Pedagogical Science from Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

In therapy, Maartje strives to create a safe and non-judgemental environment where patients are made to feel valued, understood, listened to, and free to express themselves and explore their psychological concerns. Maartje approaches therapy in a collaborative way, allowing patients to take an active role in their treatment and recovery. She is dedicated to providing holistic, person-centred therapy for a range of psychiatric conditions, and acts with honesty and integrity at all times. This approach enables patients to rediscover their strengths and help them to achieve their full potential for a happy and balanced life. 

At Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, Maartje provides comprehensive and evidence-based psychological treatment for children, adolescents, adults and the families of those with psychiatric problems. Maartje is able to provide bespoke, high quality treatment for:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorders
  • Phobias
  • OCD
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Emotional and social problems such as lack of self-esteem and self-worth
  • Young people’s mental health support/therapy
  • Family-related problems
  • Parenting difficulties

Imane Bougueffa

Imane Bougueffa

Counsellor

  • 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

Counsellor

  • BSc Psychology
  • MSc Addiction Psychology and Counselling
  • Counsellor DHCC, UAE
  • Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • License number: AH1828-17

Mark is a British-trained psychotherapist and has over seven years’ experience working with both adolescents and adults with mental health conditions. He received his degree in Psychology from Loughborough University and a Master’s degree in Addiction Psychology and Counselling from London South Bank University. In addition, Mark has completed Restorative Justice training which is designed to facilitate conflict resolution, and has also undertaken training on the Paula Hall addiction recovery model.

Mark employs an integrative approach for treating a range of mental health conditions, incorporating CBT, attachment theory, and mindfulness-based interventions. Mark's aim in therapy is to enable patients to feel safe to explore their psychiatric concerns in a compassionate and non-judgemental environment. He feels that it is important to empower the patient to develop self-awareness and skills to manage problematic thoughts, feelings and situations. Mark also incorporates the principles of positive psychology within his practice, to further enhance a patient’s wellbeing by helping them to consolidate values-based behaviour.

At Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, Mark works with individuals and groups to treat a multitude of psychiatric problems including:

In addition, Mark is passionate about reducing the stigma surrounding mental health difficulties, and is committed to delivering psycho-educational talks on a number of different topics in psychiatry, within schools, organisations and 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