Maha is a CBT therapist who has experience working with adults, adolescents and children. Maha has treated a range of patients from culturally diverse and socio-economic backgrounds struggling with mental health disorders including anxiety disorders such generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, specific phobias, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, adjustment and relationship counselling.
Maha received her Master’s degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology from Pakistan in 2014 and held multiple certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Beck Institute and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Her clinical areas of expertise are in depression, anxiety and relationships.
Maha’s career began in Pakistan by volunteering in government hospitals to service individuals in lower socioeconomic areas. Though she experienced resistance during her training as most of her patients seeking care were uneducated, she was able to psychoeducation the patients and their families on the importance of mental health wellbeing and continuance of therapeutic treatment through perseverance and dedication. After the completion of a year in the public sector, Maha began practising in the private sector with a reputable therapist with her focus on a range of adult therapies. Maha’s professional training in Pakistan provided her vast skills and training and made her more receptive in her awareness of differences of individuals from varying socioeconomic classes, background, education levels and personal experiences.
Maha initially joined Camali Clinic in 2015. She set up the clinic’s School Readiness Program alongside Dr Haneen Jarrar, where she led group therapy sessions for children of 3-6 years of age based on ABA therapy. She maintained multidisciplinary support from the Occupational Therapist (OT) and Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) to form a comprehensive and integrated plan to provide the most optimal and individualised therapy for the child’s development in a classroom setting, as well as with the child’s parents at home. She also did parent training and counselled parents to address their concerns and difficulties regarding the child’s diagnosis, execution of treatment plan at home, overcoming challenging behaviours and developing positive parenting skill.
Maha believes, and understanding of catering to each needs according to their values and cultures and moulds her therapeutic abilities as such. The foundation of her individual, couple and family therapies are based on the utilisation of several schools of thought with the objective of to help her patients develop insight and personal growth by increasing their mental, emotional and behavioural awareness.
Maha quickly and tactfully responds to crises when mental health and behavioural problems arise by teaching clients techniques to combat negative thoughts and behaviours for emotional coping mechanisms to develop functional living skills. She is highly empathetic which gives her the ability to recognise and understand other people’s emotions and thoughts. Her goal of therapy with clients is to foster resilience and emotional regulation in a holistic therapeutic setting for the clients to feel confident in their healing abilities for future difficulties. She aims to equip her patients with the knowledge of psychological techniques most suited for their individual needs in therapy and as lifelong