Lisa Naomi De Ruiter

Assistant Psychologist and Clinic Operations in Dubai



I am from the Netherlands, but I have been fortunate to spend the vast majority of my life and upbringing residing abroad in Monaco, UK, and for more than 16 years, growing up in Dubai now, which I consider to be my home. My international background has equipped me to naturally become culturally responsive and acknowledge each individual’s unique experiences with an open mind.

I have actively participated in co-facilitating the Daring to Live Cancer Survivor support group, supported external grief counselling at schools, participated in panel discussions, alongside all in-clinic events, psychological assessments, and patient matters.

Apart from traditional therapeutic approaches, my ongoing passion for complementary interventions, such as animal-assisted therapy, expressive therapies, virtual reality and nature therapy is something I hope to incorporate into my practice in the near future. This is also my area of interest in terms of conducting current research as part of my training.

Therapeutic Approach

“Asking for help isn’t giving up, it’s refusing to give up”


Fundamentally, the field’s importance is underlined by its ability to empower individuals in society. At some point in our lives, it is inevitable that we will be confronted with life’s adversities. During these turbulent times, we must not underestimate the value of opening up and sharing our worries with someone we trust.


My aim is to create an environment where you feel safe to be able to express yourself freely, without any judgement or feelings of uneasiness. I believe everyone deserves to feel comfortable with themselves and able to live a meaningful life in line with their personal values, beliefs and preferences.


I use an integrative approach, combining various tools, techniques, and approaches that are adapted to and honour the unique needs of each individual. Our sessions will be a collaborative process whereby we will actively work together to manage and alleviate any distress while helping you gain personal insight by guiding you to navigate and pursue your aspirations for the future.


At present, I work under the guidance and supervision of a highly experienced team of therapists and psychiatrists at the clinic. Typically, I see patients on a case-to-case basis, so I recommend a free 15-minute introductory phone call before scheduling an appointment to understand your needs.


Currently, I work with Adolescents (13+) and Young Adults:

• Stress-related Concerns
• Low Mood
• Bullying
• Self-image and Self-esteem Difficulties
• Confidence Building
• ADHD Management
• Interpersonal Challenges
• Lifestyle management (incl. physical ill health related)
• Work-Life Balance
• Life Transitions

Other services provided:

• Career mentoring for students who aspire to join the psychology field and related.

Education and Credentials: