Meet our Team of Dubai Psychologists

Our team of Dubai psychologists are all highly-educated, well-trained practitioners, lecturers, and consultants. If you are looking for a therapist in Dubai, we can support you.

Dr. Sarah Rasmi - CDA-Licensed Psychologist & Managing Director

Dr. Sarah is a licensed Dubai psychologist. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Guelph in Canada, where she specialized in parenting and family relationships. She runs Thrive while teaching and conducting research at the American University of Sharjah. Prior to this, Dr. Sarah was a professor at United Arab Emirates University, Heriot-Watt University (Dubai), and the American University in Dubai.

Get in touch with Dr. Sarah if you need support with common mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, phobia, or panic. She can also help you navigate your personal relationships, whether it’s through couples counselling or parenting support. Dr. Sarah utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, a widely used type of talk therapy (psychotherapy), and other evidence-based therapy methods.

Malak Kamel - CDA-Licensed Psychologist

Malak is a licensed Dubai psychologist. She received her Masters in Counselling Psychology from McGill University in Canada. Malak has counseling and therapy experience in Canada, Egypt, the UAE (Dubai), and Trinidad and Tobago. She teaches psychology courses at the American University of Sharjah and Zayed University in Dubai.

Malak is passionate about supporting adolescents (10+) and adults. Get in touch with her if you need support with depression, anxiety, stress and anger management, loss and bereavement counselling, or dealing with past trauma.


Dr. Ola Pykhtina - Child Specialist (Art Therapist and Play Therapist)

Dr. Ola is a DHCC licensed psychologist, working as an art and play children’s therapist at Thrive. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Newcastle University in the UK. Dr. Ola has counseling and therapy experience in Canada, Dubai, and the UK. She has taught psychology courses at Heriot-Watt University in Dubai and the American University of the Emirates.

Dr. Ola uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), child-centered therapy, sandtray therapy, and Jungian therapy in her work with children, young people, and parents. She offers therapy for children aged 3 and up.

Sonia Singhal - CDA-Licensed Psychologist

Sonia is a licensed Dubai psychologist. She received her Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology from Columbia University in New York. Sonia has 15 years of counseling and psychoeducational assessment experience. She has worked in California and Dubai.

Sonia is passionate about helping teenagers and adults overcome emotional difficulties and relationship problems. Sonia also has expertise in providing psychoeducational assessments for individuals with learning difficulties.