Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I see a psychologist, therapist or a psychiatrist?
There are many reasons for us to see the aforementioned professionals. We may be going through a very difficult time in our lives and may need some support. We may have had childhood experiences or issues which affect our current relationships and also how we feel. We may be suffering from anxiety or depression without being aware of it. We may have anger issues or problems with self-esteem and confidence that hinder our progress in our personal and work lives. In summary, there are many reasons to seek help from psychologists, psychiatrists or therapists to either to get back on the road to recovery or to improve upon your current psychological or mental state.
Why should I choose the Psychiatry & Therapy Centre?
We believe that we have the best clinicians in Dubai. All of our clinicians are highly experienced (each has over 10 years of clinical experience) and trained to the highest standards in the UK and France. The Psychiatry & Therapy Centre is the only centre in Dubai that mandates all its clinicians, including Psychiatrists, to receive regular supervision.
Should I see a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist?
Psychiatrists are medically qualified doctors who have specialised in Psychiatry, which is a medical specialty. The training required to become a Specialist Psychiatrist is a minimum of 13 years. Psychiatrists offer a range of treatments, which includes prescription of medication.
Psychologists typically offer talking therapies and have usually completed a Masters level qualification or equivalent. There are many different types of talking therapy.
In terms of choice, you can either book to see a Psychiatrist if you feel your symptoms are severe and affect your day to day functioning or, if you’re unsure, you can book a free 15 minute telephone assessment with a Psychologist or a Therapist and they help you decide on the best course of action.
Is everything I talk about confidential?
The answer to this is yes, unless you tell us that you or somebody else is in imminent danger. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us. All our staff members are trained in the principles of confidentiality. There are very rare exceptions where we may have to break confidentiality. This includes when you may be at risk to yourself or to other people. Any external disclosure of this kind will always be discussed with you first.
Can I contact the clinic, or my clinician, out of hours?
The clinic will have an answering machine where you can leave a message. This will be actioned in the morning and you can expect a reply. Generally it will not be possible to contact the clinician out of hours, unless you have a prior arrangement with the clinician. In emergencies, you are encouraged to seek help from emergency services like Rashid Hospital. We strive to help you as best we can and to reply promptly to any contact requests.