I am currently living in Orange County, California with my husband and puppy. It took me years of personal development, therapy, and experience (both personally and professionally) to finally marry a wonderful man – someone who values continuous growth, honesty, and authenticity just as much as I do. In fact, I think it took me all this time and internal work to be ready for a great relationship. Believe me, I have had my fair share of bad relationships and therapy, so I get it. And though it was very difficult at times, I feel very grateful for everything I have been through. See, I’ve realized that life is a beautiful symphony of pain and joy, and we can’t experience joy without pain. And I truly believe that the pain we go through is the greatest teacher – you just have to listen.
DR. MAHA’S EDUCATIONAL 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. My training was based on 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 also 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 wanted to expand my horizons, so I moved to Dubai and joined The Psychology Center as a Licensed Psychologist. Over the years of practice, I have 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.
WORKING WITH DR. MAHA
Some of the relationship challenges I have worked with over the past several years are frequent conflict, communication issues, lack of intimacy, and infidelity. I also have extensive experience working with common sexual difficulties and concerns such as, but not limited to, unconsummated marriages, vaginismus, erectile dysfunction, loss of desire, premature ejaculation, and anorgasmia.