Our team consists of a number of professional and highly qualified specialists and consultants in psychiatry/psychology and neurology. With over 10-25 years of experience along with the use of the latest treatment methods, our doctors are delightedly willing to offer a very attentive service to our valued patients.
Our team is trained and experienced in dealing with a wide range of cases, based on the diagnosis of each one of which, a specific treatment is given to the patient.
Our team also believes that confidentiality is an integral component of the doctor-patient relationship and is an essential part of the treatment.
The Neurologists Team: Pediatric (child) :
Our licensed and certified neurologists use their wide knowledge and expertise to stay in close communication with our valued patients. Our team of neurologists is experienced in applying the most advanced therapies to treat various types of neurological disorders.
The Psychiatrists Team: (Pediatric (child) and adult):
Our team of the finest, qualified and most experienced psychiatrists are dedicated to use the best empathic approaches to ensure that our patients have a one-of-a-kind life experience. As mental disorders are complicated by nature, our licensed psychiatrists provide clinical care to our patients using multidisciplinary treatment methods. Our psychiatrists are also prepared to deal with various ages including children and/or adults either individually or within a group-based setting where the involvement of parents become a part of the treatment.
Dr. Aura Macias
Dr. Aura Macias, MD is a Psychiatry Specialist. She earned her MD and Psychiatry Specialization diplomas from the Central University of Venezuela. She received training on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety and depression from Beck Institute, USA.
She has over 8 years of experience in the management of psychiatric and sleep disorders such as:
- Anxiety (phobias, social anxiety, panic attacks, etc.)
- Depression and bereavement
- Obsessive-Compulsive disorder
- Bipolar and eating disorders
- Sleep disorders (insomnia, nightmare disorders, sleepwalking, sleep-related eating)
- Sexual dysfunctions
- Trauma and stressor-related disorders
- Neurocognitive disorders (due to Alzheimer’s disease, brain vascular disease, etc.)
Prior to her arrival in the UAE, Dr. Macias worked in SonaRes Sleep Center in Caracas, Venezuela, as head Psychiatrist in the Sleep Medicine Clinic. She has taken part in several investigation projects, conferences and workshops involving psychiatric disorders and their impact on general health. She is a founding member of the Venezuelan Academy of Sleep Medicine, under the Latin-American Federation of Sleep Medicine Societies (FLASS).
Dr. Macias has a keen interest in promoting psychiatric and psychological care as a regular part of health, wellness and quality of life.
She is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Dr. Atif Mohammad Ayish
Dr. Atif Mohammad Ayish is a Psychiatrist at British Neurology Psychiatry Center.
Prior to joining British Neurology Psychiatry Center, Dr. Atif practiced as a Specialist Psychiatrist at the Mind Maps Medical Center, American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology and Sheikh Khalifa Medical Center. He has extensive experience helping patients manage psychiatric conditions and has provided consultations and treatment plans for the following depression, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, and substance abuse.
Dr. Atif earned his doctorate degree from Cerrah Pasha Medical School, Istanbul, Turkey.
Hanaa Fathy Shenooda
Hanaa Fathy Shenooda, Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Abu Dhabi, has 22 years of experience in the United Arab Emirates, and during her tenure has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the Behavioural Science Pavilion at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. Hanaa Fathy Shenooda attained her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Ain Shams University in Egypt. In addition, Hanaa Fathy received a Diploma in Clinical Psychology from the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain. She also received another Diploma in Family Counseling and Therapy from the University of Sharjah. Hanaa Fathy is a member of Ranem Psychological Association in Egypt.
Hanaa Fathy Shenooda has an extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of many Child, Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric mental health disorders including:
- Anxiety (phobia, social anxiety, panic attacks, etc…)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Individual and Family Therapy
Dr. Maria Simona Basescu
Maria Simona Basescu is HAAD licensed Clinical Psychologist in Abu Dhabi. She graduated the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology with Excellence from United Arab Emirates University and completed her post-graduation internship at SKMC, BSP, Abu Dhabi.
Maria has also a Bachelor degree in Nursing and Bachelor Degree in Psychology.
During her post-graduation internship at SKMC she got extensive experience lecturing for Psychiatric Residents and working with patients (In-patient and Out-patient)of varying ages and cultural backgrounds presenting with a variety of mental health disorders.
Since June 2020, Maria is activating as volunteer Clinical psychologist to SEHA Psychological Support Line where she provides psychological support to SEHA employees and their families along with presentations about Stress Management and Coping Strategies in the aftermath of disasters.
Maria conducts a variety of psychological assessments (E.g. For Bariatric Surgery, Kidney donors, pre-employment..etc) and applies different psychometric tests (Intelligence, Personality, Psycho-diagnostic tests).
Maria has experience in treating individuals such as Children, Adolescents and Adults mental health disorders including:
- Anxiety (Separation anxiety, Social anxiety, Specific phobia, Panic Disorder..etc)
- Bipolar Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Addiction (individual and Group therapy)
- Individual and Family therapy
- Couples therapy
Maria attends to different conferences, Webinars, online courses, workshops involving psychiatric disorders.
Her preferred quotes are ‘’Never stop learning because the life never stops giving us lessons’’ and ‘’ We become what we think’’
Dr. Nada Elbashir
Dr. Nada Elbashir
Area of Expertise:
- Women Mental Disorders .e.g Perinatal Affective &psychotic Disorders.
- Pre Menstrual Syndrome.
- Bipolar Disorders Including Depression and Different Types of Mood Disorders
- Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses.
- Anxiety Disorders including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety & Panic Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Old Age and Geriatric Problems.
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children like Autistic Spectrum Disorder & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & Learning Difficulties
- Eating Disorders and Sleep Disorders
Education: MD, Psychiatry, Sudan Medical Specialization Board
Professional Experience (period): More than 8 years
Languages: Arabic, English
Dr. Mashael Abdelhafeez
Dr. Ms. Majd
She completed her second MS degree in Clinical Psychology at The United Arab Emirates University, in 2020 with highest honors, prior to her completion of BSc in Psychology from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon in 2017.
Ms. Majd is a DOH licensed practitioner psychologist, she works with adolescents and adults with conditions such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, panic disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and other various interpersonal problems.
Ms. Majd’s practice adopts an integrative approach, she is trained in evidence-based psychotherapies and is specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
She is skilled at conducting psychological assessments, planning and implementing treatment plans, as well as performing psychometric assessments to a wide array of patient population.
Ms. Majd’s compassionate and holistic approach helps address patients’ individual needs, manage their symptoms, improve their psychological well-being, quality of life, and attain a sense of fulfillment.
Finally, Ms. Majd is also on the advisory board of TalkTime, a digital platform for the MENA region aimed at making mental health accessible and convenient for everyone.
Dr. Bushra Al-Zubaidi
Bushra Al-Zubaidi is an Emirati Clinical Psychologist. She has experience in conducting assessments, individual and group therapy sessions that focus on facilitating behavioral change.
As a post-graduate student, Bushra provided psychological support for university students. In 2020, Bushra was part of a child behavioral department in Al Ain, the department had vast experience of working with children, adolescents, and adults.
Before joining British Neurology Psychiatry Center, she worked as a Clinical Psychology Intern in Abu Dhabi where she managed client needs, performed initial assessments, analysis, and treatment sessions for patients.
Her areas of interest include Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Behaviour Problems, Depression, Substance Abuse/Addiction, Anger Management, Stress Management, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, and ADHD.
Dr. Mohamed Al Garhy
Dr. Mohamed Al Garhy joined British Neurology Psychiatry Center as a Consultant Psychiatrist moving from one of the most reputable hospitals in UAE, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) as the Medical Director and Chairman of Behavioral Science Pavilion (BSP), one of the largest mental health facilities in UAE.
Dr. Al Garhy has more than 30 years experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. He served as a Consultant Psychiatrist in National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, prior to this he was the Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist in Al Amal Hospital in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
He holds certificate of completion of Specialist Training (CCST) awarded by Specialist Training Authority of Medical Royal Colleges in UK and Master Degree in Health Administration from University of Atlanta, USA. He is fully registered with Specialist Registration in General Medical Council, UK.
He is a former Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in UAE University and an expert witness for Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.
Dr. Al Garhy is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) in Maryland, USA, member of Early Intervention in Mental Health Association (IEPA), Victoria Australia and a member of Devon and Exeter Medical Society in the UK.
In the field of addiction psychiatry he conducted many researches and has multiple publications in European Psychiatric Journals. He has been contributing in many international psychiatric conferences as conference president, speaker and member of scientific and organizing committees.
He was a Member of the Editorial Board of the Psychiatric Bulletin, Royal College of Psychiatrist in UK.
Dr. Al Garhy was a Lecturer in psychiatry and addiction medicine in UAE University, Gulf Medical University, Educational Institute SKMC and Southwest Peninsula post graduate medical education in Devon, UK.
He appears in UAE Media, newspapers & Abu Dhabi TV programs, discussing topics related to drug and alcohol misuse.
Besides being an expert in the field of drug and alcohol misuse treatment, he has wide areas of interest but not limited to, schizophrenia, mood disorder, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobia, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, autism, eating disorders, psycho sexual disorders, sleep disorders and forensic psychiatry.