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Where to Access Mental Health Services in the UAE

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Mental health awareness is something to be spoken about. Affecting everyone; from the old to the young, the rich to the poor, it centers around factors including mental and physical disorders such as depression, autism, chronic fatigue, and anxiety. Progress has been made over the last few years to break down the stigma regarding mental health and to promote a positive conversation to be had about investing more time and thought into it.

On World Mental Health Day (October 10), we are reminded to reacquaint ourselves not only with the devastation that accompanies mental health challenges but the preventative measures that have and will always lie on the other side of an incomparably important conversation.

If you or someone you know, is in need of help, here are six mental health services you can access across the UAE.

Thrive Wellbeing Centre, Dubai

Located in Dubai, Thrive Wellbeing Centre has been supporting clients through a wide range of treatment options since its inauguration in 2018. With an approach centered around empathy and acceptance, treatments at Thrive are rooted in science and evidence and delivered to patients using a comprehensive lens that allows for deep and long-lasting change. With a team of licensed psychologists and counselors on deck, the center’s offering ranges from individual and group therapy, to workshops and events.

Thrive Wellbeing Centre,, +971 56 895 2347

Wise Mind Center, Dubai

Offering a broad range of services from individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, support groups, and psychoeducational assessments, treatments at Wise Mind Psychotherapy Center are provided both in Arabic and in English. Committed to building a sense of community and belonging, the center promises a non-judgemental and confidential space for patients to explore, understand, and foster change in their lives. Before committing to a treatment, interested individuals can schedule in a 15-minute phone consultation with a therapist for free.

Wise Mind Center,, +971 50 489 4360

American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN), Abu Dhabi

Founded in Abu Dhabi in 2008, and with branches in Dubai and Al Ain, ACPN houses a team of qualified specialists trained in the US and Europe. Services range from psychiatry to psychology and neuropsychology, including eating disorders, women’s mental health disorders, psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mood disorder. The center aims to provide a friendly and comfortable environment while building strong relationships with its patients to work together through treatment and recovery towards optimal wellbeing.

ACPN,, +971 2 697 9999

Maudsley Health, Abu Dhabi

An international leader in the field of research, education, and translational medicine, Maudsley Health is something of a household name when it comes to mental health. Headquartered in London, the group has over 700 years’ worth of internationally renowned experience in delivering the highest quality healthcare. Located in Abu Dhabi, the clinic offers a wide range of treatments for individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and more. With treatments including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Schema Focused CBT, Maudsley’s offering is carried out by a range of highly qualified mental health professionals.

Maudsley Health Abu Dhabi,, +971 2 666 2655

Al Soor Speciality Clinic, Sharjah

Providing mental healthcare in a kind, friendly, and professional environment, Al Soor Speciality Clinic is home to two highly-qualified psychiatrists; Dr. Kumar, and Dr. Kurian. In addition to treating a wide range of illnesses, including psychotic, mood, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, the clinic also offers a number of free seminars in a bid to educate and create awareness about psychological disorders and their treatment.

Al Soor Speciality Clinic,, +971 6 551 2913

Counseling and Psychology Unit RAK Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah

With its client-centered approach, RAK hospital’s psychology department provides a wide array of mental health services for both adults and children. Through a range of psychosocial, cognitive-behavioral, and bio-behavioral techniques, the unit offers treatments for disorders of a communicative, learning, and behavioral nature, amongst others.

RAK Hospital, mail@rakhospital, +971 7207 4444

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