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Therapy for everyone

It is not uncommon to experience times in our personal and professional lives when we are troubled by personal challenges, such as relationship conflict, feelings of depression and anxiety or even feeling trapped and discouraged with situations that we can’t seem to change. Sometimes these difficulties can affect our professional lives or the relationships we most value.  Therapy is not a fast process it takes time and commitment to overcome major problems in life but is effective long term.

At CBTDubai we offer the best and most authentic Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from the school Aaron T. Beck.  This is a short term therapy, extremely effective which teaches you skills and gives you the tools to use in the future, if and when needed.   We also offer the lowest of prices because we understand the necessity of therapy at times of difficulty and it might take several sessions to feel the relief.  

Johanna Richmond Psy.Dip. is a Psychological Therapist and Social Psychologist graduating with distinction from the University of London.  Johanna was also a BACP accredited psychotherapist whilst working in the UK and counselor with over 23 years of experience in multi cultural environments.  Johanna is trained in various therapies and will guide you with the most suitable form of therapy in a relaxed and private environment. 

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Psychological therapy is for both men and women seeking help to make a productive and healthy change for a better life experience.  


Here at CBTDubai we specialize in several types of therapy to best assist you in living a more contented and mentally healthy life, to have fulfilling relationships with yourself, partners, family, friends and colleagues.   

Below are just some of the conditions treated at CBTDubai:


Depressive Disorders including Major Depression incl. Bi-Polar, Dysthymic Disorder, Post-partum Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Major Depression is severe and may reoccur periodically, while Dysthymia is less severe but chronic. All depressive disorders include sadness or a depressed mood, reduced energy and motivation, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities such as socializing, negative thinking, sleep disturbance, appetite disturbance; and often increased irritability and self-destructive thoughts and behaviour. 


Anxiety Disorders include Panic Disorder, PTSD, Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and OCD. Each of these involve excessive or irrational fears/worries, avoidance and often times excessive reassurance-seeking. Some people worry about many different things (generalized anxiety) and have a hard time shutting off the “what ifs”. Others have more specific fears, as in social anxiety, separation anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobias.


Self-esteem and Confidence BuildingIt is of central importance that we each accept ourselves fully, building on our strengths, while recognizing our limitations. Despite significant achievements and outward appearances to the contrary, many individuals secretly harbor the irrational belief that they are not quite good enough. My goal is to help clients learn how to think positively and rationally about themselves and others. These are essential skills for those who want to be happy and successful in their career and relationships.  Along with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy a specific weekly course in building self esteem is included.


Responsible Assertion Training: transforms the meek, passive and fearful into confident, strong individuals who have the ability to handle most interpersonal conflicts, while preserving good relations and mutual respect in the process. Assertive communication can be elevated to an "art form" where an individual, with disciplined practice, can become progressively more skillful at getting good results while maintaining good relationships with others.  Assertive action is essential, and goes hand in hand with positive, rational thinking and effective communication.


Stress Management: is something virtually everyone needs today to maintain emotional and physical well-being. Depression, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, alcohol and psychosomatic problems (irritable bowel, headaches, back pain, acid reflux etc.) are often  symptoms of stress. 

Anger Management: Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. When it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships and in the overall quality of your life. It can make you feel as though you're at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.  Learn about your anger and how to manage it with cognitive behaviour therapy. 

Grief Counseling: is a form of psychotherapy that aims to help people cope with the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cognitive responses to loss. These experiences are commonly thought to be brought on by a loved person's death, but may more broadly be understood as shaped by divorce, job loss or any other life-altering loss.

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