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Maha Nasrallah-Babenko, PhD

Psychological Assistant PSB94025085

About me:

I am passionate about helping individuals and couples live, love, and sexually connect more authentically, freely, and courageously, through meaningful and challenging conversations.
Having practiced for almost a decade in different countries, I had the opportunity to learn about diverse cultures and backgrounds, which helps me offer a non-judgmental space for healing and growth. I believe that the process is the destination, and I am always humbled by clients sharing their journey with me.
Though I have always loved animals, I had never truly appreciated the impact they have on our lives until my husband and I adopted our puppy Lexi. She teaches us important life lessons every day, and I believe that we can learn a lot about ourselves through connecting with animals. I am excited to work with animals and be able to offer this path to clients, in addition to traditional psychotherapy.

Academic and Professional Background:

I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology at University College London, UK, and have a Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy accredited by the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT), UK. I work through an integrated approach that combines the fundamentals of Humanistic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral techniques, the Gestalt approach, Psychodynamic model, and IMAGO theory. I am currently a Certified Sexologist from the American College of Sexologists. I also obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. In addition, I have completed a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and Coach training, a Sports Psychology Coaching certification, and a Nature-Based Therapy course. I am currently in the process of completing an Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy Certification.

Following my degrees, I worked as a Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist in my Private Practice in Beirut from 2010 until 2013. I was also actively involved in teaching Psychology courses at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University, and really enjoyed interacting with students. I then moved to Dubai, where I practiced as a Licensed Psychologist and worked with hundreds of individuals and couples from all backgrounds who were experiencing relationship and/or sexual difficulties. I am also able to offer sessions in Arabic.

Supervisor: Dr. Tufia Steidle