FAQs

What is a Psychologist?

In Kuwait, there are no rules or guidelines that determine who can be considered a psychologist. However, in many other countries, psychologists must have a doctoral degree in the field of psychology, a Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology), or an Ed.D. (Doctor of Education).

In addition to a doctorate, a psychologist must also complete a specific number of hours of supervised training. Generally, this will involve two to three years working in clinics or hospitals before finishing the Ph.D., and at least one year of intense, full-time training after the degree is completed. In many countries, psychologists also have to pass licensing examinations, however this is not the case in Kuwait.

After graduating from university, it takes a minimum of five to six years to become a psychologist, and it can often take six to eight years. Most psychologists have produced a doctoral dissertation, an original, lengthy research paper which focuses on a topic within their field of study.

Are all therapists psychologists?

No. In addition to psychologists, there are also other licensed professionals who can provide therapy and counseling services, including licensed social workers, licensed marital and family counselors, and licensed professional counselors.

As Kuwait does not have laws or regulations that restrict who can practice mental health services, patients are encouraged to ensure that their clinician has attended an accredited graduate school and is licensed within their home country.

Any therapist from whom you seek consultation will be pleased to discuss their education, training, and credentials.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy gives you the space to think about yourself and your life.

By thinking and talking with a trained psychotherapist, you may find it easier to understand how past experiences, current patterns of thought and behavior, or worries about the future are causing difficulties in your present life.

Through your relationship with your therapist, and the shared exploration of your life, you will find relief from recurring problems, live life more fully and realize your full potential.

What happens in psychotherapy?

As psychotherapy is an individualized process, each person’s process will differ.

However, generally, most people attend the therapy session at least once a week, with each session lasting 50 minutes. For more intensive psychotherapy, you may choose to see your therapist more often. Some patients may see our therapists for brief therapy sessions, usually about six sessions, while others may require more sessions, depending on the intensity of the issue being treated.

Although it is normal to feel nervous before the first session, this feeling usually goes away in time. After the first or second session, the therapist will then be able to work on a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan; the treatment plan and goals are periodically revised to reflect the patient’s needs.

Psychotherapy does not involve any medication, although there are some patients who are already prescribed medications by other doctors. At FSHN, we are also able to assist patients by determining when medication may be needed, and accordingly refer patients to other professionals.

Who should seek professional counselling or therapy?

Most of us have experienced anxiety, distress or feelings of emptiness at one point in our lives. These feelings can be a result of current circumstances, such as bereavement, relationship tensions or illness. Our unhappiness or discomfort may have a profound effect on our work, health and on those closest to us. Accordingly, when we reach a point where we can no longer resolve conflict or come to terms with pain or disappointment, and see little hope of change, we seek help.

FSHN believes that everyone should see a psychologist periodically, as mental health should be as important as dental health or physiological health and should also require periodic check-ups. We believe that an important aspect of overall health, oftentimes disregarded, is mental health - and therapy can help with that.

What kinds of problems bring people into therapy?

People seek counseling and therapy services for many different issues and concerns. Some may enter therapy to address major life changes, or seek help in managing mental health conditions, such as:

  • Specific diagnostic concerns, including depression, OCD, social anxiety, childhood anxiety and depression, personality disorders, and many others
  • Attention and concentration problems (e.g. ADHD)
  • Marital problems and premarital counseling
  • Family and relationship problems
  • Stress and anger management
  • Problems with diet, weight, and eating problems
  • Problems with sleep
  • Grief and loss
  • Post-natal depression or the “baby blues”
  • Academic or work problems
  • Academic ability
  • Self-understanding and identity concerns
  • Learning disabilities, including reading, writing, and math disabilities
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Dementia and geriatric concerns
  • Addictions
  • Physical health problems
Does therapy actually work?

Yes, it does. In fact, research suggests that about 80% of people who sought mental health services reported improvement. Countless studies have also shown that psychotherapeutic treatment works. The effects have been measured in terms of improved social functioning, relief from anxiety, reduction in depression, and in many other ways.

Similarly, in an extensive study conducted by Consumer Reports magazine, which relied largely on self-reports from patients, 9 out of 10 Americans reported positive benefits from therapy, concluding that treatment by qualified therapists - such as licensed psychologists - was more likely to produce benefits.

So yes, therapy really does help a lot of people.

What about confidentiality and privacy?

Confidentiality is an important aspect of mental health services, which FSHN takes very seriously. At FSHN, our team maintains strict confidentiality policies, whereby all interactions - beginning from the first phone call or visit - are treated as completely confidential and private.

FSHN is the only registered non-profit mental health care provider in Kuwait and adheres to the ethical codes of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); strict ethical codes that require privacy and confidentiality to be maintained during all encounters.

While we do not believe in the negative social stigma associated with mental health therapy, we recognize the associated cultural sensitives. Accordingly, as our clinic offers a range of other services, your visit to will be discrete, seeing as people will not necessarily know the reason for your visit.

What is psychoeducational testing?

Psychoeducational testing, also referred to as “psychological testing”, “psychological assessment”, “psychological evaluation”, “LD testing”, “psychological battery”, “IQ/achievement testing”), is an in-depth individualized assessment of a student's cognitive and academic strengths and weaknesses. Psychoeducational testing is helpful in developing a description of how a student learns, identifying areas that might need support, and diagnosing any possible learning disabilities or other conditions that may require special educational interventions. Psychoeducational testing is also helpful in identifying gifted and talented students.

With psychoeducational assessments, we can work with the child’s school or university to help implement the proper treatment and educational plan. All assessments are focused on interventions and offering concrete recommendations, seeking to improve the issue and build on the child’s existing strengths.

How do I know if my child needs psychoeducational testing?

If your child seems to be underachieving in school, chronically struggling in a certain academic area, showing very inconsistent progress across academic areas, or if you or teachers suspect that your child has a unique style of learning which presents challenges, then psychoeducational testing may be helpful.

The first step in a complete psychoeducational evaluation is an interview with the parents to develop a comprehensive and detailed description of the concerns. Often, school records, consultation with teachers, and classroom observations are used to help determine what tests, if any, can be used to help address any questions and concerns.

What do I need to do prior to the testing appointment?

The clinician will interview you regarding your child’s background, including: birth and development details, medical history, family history, and educational history. You will also be required to sign releases to obtain copies of past test results, medical reports and school records; a copy of the current report card and samples of your child’s academic work are also helpful to your clinician.

How should I prepare my child for the testing appointment?

For a young child, inform them that they will meet with a psychologist/educational psychologist, who will engage with them in a fun, friendly manner by taking part in activities, such as drawing, playing games and puzzles.

For a young and/or anxious child, bringing their favorite toy or a photograph of family, friend or family pet during the visit can ease the transition and facilitate a productive session.

For an older child, particularly one who enjoys computers, inform them that he/she may be asked to engage in various fun, computer-related activities and other small tasks.

Inform your child that most children enjoy the testing experience and often look forward to returning.

How are psychoeducational evaluation results used?

The psychoeducational evaluation provides our therapists with the necessary information about the child’s general intelligence, level of academic achievement, fine motor and visual motor integration, language, memory and daily skills. Results are compared to other children’s results to determine if treatment is required and in what form, in order to help your child succeed at school and at home.

How much does therapy or counseling cost?

Our fees are determined by the services required for treatment. As our services are based on individualized treatment plans, only after initial evaluation can we properly assess the problem or concern at hand, and accordingly provide more accurate costs of the services provided.

However, we at FSHN urge that fees not deter you from seeking our professional help. As a non-profit organization, with a clear mission of providing the highest quality services for the entire community, we are able to accommodate all income levels, and therefore never decline a client due to fees.

How do I make an appointment?

If you wish to schedule an appointment, please call (+965) 2572-0338, or fill the Online Appointment Form.

What if I have more questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Nicholas Scull on (965) 2572-0338, or at n.scull@fshnkuwait.org.

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Amaia Residence, Floor 2, Building 7, Baghdad Street, Block 9, Salmiya, Kuwait P.O. Box: 24472, Safat 13015 Kuwait

Phone: +965 2572-0338 / 2572-1757

Fax: +965 2572 1677

Email: info@fshnkuwait.org

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