Administrative Board


 

 

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Lina Ibrahim

President

Founding President

Approved EMDR Consultant

Certified EMDR Therapist

 

Lina Ibrahim, MA, is an Educational Psychologist who received her degree from the American University of Beirut. She has a private practice and has more than 20 years of experience in psychoeducational testing and in the treatment of school-age children who have learning, intellectual, behavioral, social, and emotional problems. She is a certified EMDR therapist and has been using EMDR therapy with children, adolescents, and adults for the past several years. She is also an EMDRIA approved consultant in EMDR working with therapists trained in EMDR to improve their therapy skills. Ms. Ibrahim is also a former part-time psychology instructor at the Lebanese American University and the American University of Beirut.

 

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Dania Dbaibo Darwish

Vice President

Certified EMDR Therapist

Dania Dbaibo Darwish, MA, is a Clinical Psychologist, who received her degree from the American University of Beirut. She is certified in Life and Career Coaching, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, and is also a Master NLP practitioner. She works mainly with adults & teenagers who struggle with a variety of issues. For years, Mrs. Darwish has been a part-time instructor of psychology at AUB & LAU, but became focused recently on her own private practice (STRIDES).  Occasionally, she gives trainings in self-development and self-empowerment. Mrs. Darwish is, also, a regular TV guest speaker on LBC & other TV channels & is very active in other NGOs.

 

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Youssef Akoury

Secretary

Certified EMDR Therapist

 

Youssef Akoury, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with a focus on psychopathology, and he has received his degree from Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK). He is an associate professor in the psychology department at the Lebanese University. He also has his own private practice and has more than 15 years of experience in psychotherapy. He works with children, adolescents, & adults. Dr. Akoury has a diploma in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and is a certified EMDR Therapist. He participated as a lecturer in several conferences, and he has published a number of books in Arabic related to psychological diagnosis and analysis of drawing. He also has conducted and published a number of research studies.  

 

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Christine Nassar

Treasurer

EMDR trained Therapist

Christine Nassar, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who received her “Doctorat d’Etat” in 1984 from Paris 5 university-Rene Descartes, Sorbonne, Paris. She is a Professor in the Lebanese University, and after retirement, she is still supervising Master’s theses and Doctoral dissertations. Moreover, she does psychological testing and diagnosis and uses different psychotherapeutic approaches in her psychological treatment, among which, are Cognitive Behavior Therapy CBT, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy ACT and, more recently, EMDR therapy. Dr. Nassar has written and published more than 15 books and has written many articles in different journals. She has participated as a lecturer in many national and international conferences.

 

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Maureen Mahfouz

Board member

EMDR trained Therapist

 

Maureen Mahfouz, MA, is a clinical psychologist who received her degree from Saint Joseph University. She was trained in Psychoanalysis, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and EMDR Therapy. She has a private practice where she works with adults struggling with different types of psychological disorders, including depression, PTSD, and different anxiety disorders. Ms. Mahfouz also works with several organizations as Mental Health and Psycho-Social Technical Adviser. Furthermore, she trains people on issues of Trauma, Resilience, Psychological First Aid, WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), and Self-Care.

 

Rima Makki

Accountant

EMDR trained Therapist

 

Rima Makki, MA, is a clinical Psychologist who received her degree from the Lebanese University. She has a private practice where she works with adults and teenagers, treating depression, anxiety and other psychological issues. The therapy approaches that she uses are the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and EMDR. Ms. Makki also works with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as a Mental Health Activity Manager where she trains and manages psychologists, providing them with technical support to ensure the quality of care to patients. She also works as a staff care consultant with International Rescue Committee conducting group and individual sessions to help staff mitigate extreme levels of stress and prevent burn-out and vicarious traumatization.

 

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Nisrine Moussaoui

Board member

EMDR trained Therapist

 

Nisrine Moussaoui, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who received her degree from Saint-Joseph University. She is a mental health consultant at the International Medical Corps and a self-care trainer. She trains health staff on how to identify and refer patients with mental health diseases. She has more than 8 years of experience as a psychotherapist and a school counselor. The main approaches that she uses in therapy are Systemic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychoanalysis, IPT, and EMDR. Dr. Moussaoui conducts individual & group therapeutic sessions to help patients with common or severe mental health diseases, including PTSD. Currently, she is working on specializing in Dance Therapy with ADTA (Alternative Route Program).