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Meet Dr Walid Abdul-Hamid

Medical 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

Dr Walid

As well as his role as Medical 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.