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We are fully committed to providing our clients with the highest quality mental health and wellness programs. FSHN is proud to be the only non-profit mental health provider in Kuwait and it adheres to the ethical codes of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Our team maintains strict privacy and confidentiality policies. All interactions - beginning from the first phone call or visit - are treated as completely confidential and private. Our services are available in several languages including English and Arabic and we provide services in-person and via telehealth.

Our team of qualified psychologists and mental health clinicians has an extensive experience in the areas of individual counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy, behavioral therapy, and play therapy. They are able to offer comprehensive counseling services to address a wide spectrum of concerns for clients of all ages, including:

  • Specific diagnostic concerns, including depression, OCD, social anxiety, childhood anxiety, personality disorders and many others         
  • Grief and loss management
  • Stress and anger management
  • Academic or work problems
  • Family and relationship problems
  • Problems with diet, weight, and eating disorders
  • Sleep problems
  • Attention or concentration problems (e.g. ADHD)
  • Learning disabilities, including reading, writing, and math disabilities
  • Academic skills
  • Addictions
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Dementia and geriatric concerns
  • Physical health problems
  • Developmental disabilities

We also conduct a wide range of psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults, to diagnose ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and other mental health concerns. Assessments are tailored to each client’s specific concerns, and a detailed report is provided upon completion. Through our psychoeducational assessments, we can work with the client’s school or university to make sure the treatment and educational plan is implemented properly and effectively. Our intervention-oriented assessments offer concrete and well-informed recommendations to improve the underlying condition and build on the individual’s existing strengths.

Our specialized services include:

  • Individual and group counseling and psychotherapy
  • Mental health consultations
  • Brief and long-term counseling and psychotherapy
  • Intelligence and cognitive assessments
  • Psychoeducational, cognitive, and diagnostic assessments
  • Neuropsychological assessments
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder assessments
  • Educational presentations and workshops
  • Employee assistance programs for businesses and organizations
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction groups
  • Telehealth sessions with people living outside of Kuwait
  • Behavioral health
  • Mindfulness
  • Academic (or student) well-being
  • Employee health

Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a form of psychological treatment that involves therapeutic conversations and interactions between a therapist and a child and/or family. It provides a safe environment for individuals to process and explore what they are feeling, decrease feelings of distress and learn new ways of coping with challenging situations. Psychotherapy also helps in understanding and resolving problems, both on an individual level and family level, and change problematic behaviors.

At CERC, we provide psychotherapy for children and adolescents whose psychological or emotional difficulties are interfering with daily functioning. This process helps our clients build insight into their problems and teaches various skills to address those problems. Moreover, we work with parents to help them understand their child’s behavior and needs and address it in ways that are more effective. Psychotherapy sessions for parenting provide support, practical skills, strategies and implementing new routines.

Psychotherapy can help with several difficulties among children and adolescents including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Behavior difficulties
  • Bullying
  • Hyperactivity
  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social Communication Disorder
  • Family Dynamics
  • Grief/bereavement
  • Parent’s separation/divorce
  • Parent guidance and support sessions


Social Skills Group:

Sometimes anxiety, anger, or struggling with social skills can limit the child’s ability to reach their full potential in various situations.  The group aims to help children and adolescents with social difficulties to learn skills that will allow them to get along with others and address difficult social interactions. Skills Include: Play skills, Problem solving Skills, Emotional and Conversational Skills.



What is a psychologist?

In Kuwait, there are no specific requirements or guidelines that determine who can be a psychologist. In many other countries, however, psychologists must have a doctoral degree in the field of psychology, a Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology), or an Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) to work as licensed psychologists.

In addition to a doctorate, a psychologist must also complete a specific number of hours of supervised training. This will generally 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.

Overall, it takes about five to eight years after graduation to complete the master’s and Ph.D. in psychology and become a licensed psychologist.

Are all therapists psychologists?

No. In addition to psychologists, there are other types of licensed professionals who can also 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 define who can provide mental health services, patients are strongly recommended to make sure that their clinicians have attended accredited graduate schools and are licensed within their home countries. At FSHN, therapists are always ready to discuss their education, training, and credentials whenever required.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy gives you the space to think about yourself and your life. By thinking and talking with a trained psychotherapist, you can find it easier to understand how past experiences, current patterns of thought and behavior, and 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 based on each individual’s needs and requirements, each individual’s process will be different. Most people, however, generally attend a 50-minute therapy session at least once a week.

Depending on the intensity of their condition, some patients may only need brief therapy sessions (about six sessions), while others may need more intensive psychotherapy requiring them to see their therapists more often.

It is normal to feel nervous before the first therapy session. However, this feeling fades away quicky as the therapist works with the patient to develop the treatment goals and plan. The treatment plan is regularly revised and updated based on the patient’s needs.

In many cases, psychotherapy does not involve any medication. In other cases, however, medications can be useful to support therapy goals. At FSHN, we can determine when medication is required and accordingly refer patients to the appropriate specialist.

Who should seek professional counselling or therapy?

Most of us have experienced anxiety, distress or feelings of emptiness at some point in our lives due to different reasons, such as bereavement, loss, relationship tensions, or illness. This discomfort can have a profound effect on our work, health and on those closest to us. That’s why we seek help when we reach a point where we can no longer resolve conflict, come to terms with pain or disappointment, or see little hope of change.

FSHN believes that mental health is just as important as oral or physical health. It, too, requires periodic check-ups and maintenance plans to achieve optimum overall health.

What types of problems can therapy help with?

People seek counseling and therapy services for many different issues and concerns - from management of major life changes to treatment of mental health conditions, including:

• Diagnosis and treatment of specific concerns, such as depression, OCD, social anxiety, childhood anxiety and depression, personality disorders, and many others
• Attention and concentration problems (e.g. ADHD)
• Couples counseling
• Family and relationship problems
• Stress and anger management
• Problems with weight and eating concerns
• Sleep problems
• Grief and loss management
• Post-natal depression or the “baby blues”
• Academic or work problems
• 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, therapy really does help a lot of people. Research shows that about 80% of people who sought mental health services reported improvement. Countless studies have also associated psychotherapeutic treatment with improvement in social functioning, relief from anxiety, reduction in depression, along with many other benefits.

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 results from therapy, concluding that treatment by qualified therapists - such as licensed psychologists - was more likely to produce benefits.

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 privacy and confidentiality policies. All interactions - beginning from the first phone call or visit - are treated as completely confidential and private.

FSHN is the only non-profit mental health care provider in Kuwait and it adheres to the ethical codes of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

While we do not believe in the negative social stigma associated with mental health therapy, we recognize the associated cultural sensitives. Your visit will be completely confidential. Our therapists will never disclose or discuss your case with anyone without your consent.

What is psychoeducational testing?

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

Through our psychoeducational assessments, we can work with the child’s school or university to make sure the treatment and educational plan is implemented properly and effectively. Our intervention-oriented assessments offer concrete and well-informed recommendations to improve the underlying condition 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.

Psychoeducational evaluations usually start with an interview with the parents to get a detailed description of the concerns. School records, consultation with teachers, and classroom observations can also help in determining what tests, if any, can be used to address the underlying concerns.

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

The therapist will meet with you to talk about your child’s background, including: birth and development details, family history, as well as medical 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 can also be helpful to your therapist.

How should I prepare my child for the testing appointment?

For young children, tell them that they will meet with a psychologist/educational psychologist who will engage with them in a fun and friendly manner, by taking part in activities, such as drawing, playing games and puzzles. Bringing the child’s favorite toy or a photograph of family, friend or family pet during the visit can also ease the tension and facilitate a productive session.

For older children, particularly those who enjoy computers, tell them that they may be asked to engage in various fun computer-related activities and other small tasks.

In all cases, assure 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 major information about the child’s general intelligence, level of academic achievement, fine and visual motor integration, as well as language, memory and everyday life skills. Results are then compared to other children’s results to determine if treatment is required and in what form, to help improve the child’s academic skills.

How much does therapy or counseling cost?

Our services are based on particularly-tailored treatment plans, and fees are estimated according to the requirements of each plan. So, we can only provide a more accurate estimation of cost after assessing the child’s needs and identifying the related treatment program.

However, as a non-profit organization, FSHN is committed to providing the highest quality services to all those who need them, regardless of their financial situation.

How do I make an appointment?

If you need to schedule an appointment, please call (+965) 22257238, or fill out the Online Appointment Form.

What if I have more questions?

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Nicholas Scull on (965) 2572-0338, or at [email protected].

About our Intensive Outpatient Program

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) providesa higher level of care for adult clients with complex or severe anxiety, OCD, depression, and/or personality disorders, who need more than just single weekly therapy sessions. Our personalized, holistic treatment program involves meeting for 3 hours daily for 4 weeks. Clients will learn DBT skills and participate in sessions related to nutritional, physical, and overall wellness as part of an integrated treatment plan. About the IOP Our multidisciplinary intensive approach to treatment enables clients to experience significant symptom reduction in a short period of time so that they are able to return to their daily life armed with new strategies for successful living. This is a comprehensive, integrative, intensive program that includes psychological assessments, group-based interventions, guided movement sessions, and nutrition counseling. Group-based interventions are a core part of this program. Our groups are small (4-6 people) and allow members to learn essential skills while not having to share too much personal information. A unique treatment benefit of groups is the development of a sense of belonging and community. Sharing parts of ourselves with others in a safe, supportive space, builds trust and promotes healing. Our empowering program is: - 3 hours per day - from Saturday to Thursday - For 4 weeks Guided movement sessions, including yoga, mindfulness, and physiotherapist led workshops, will be conducted each week. These will all beggared towards teaching clients skills and routines that they can incorporate into their daily lives for best outcomes.. Nutritional counseling, by an internationally licensed nutritionist, will include an individualized assessment, development of a nutrition plan, and a general understanding of the impact of diet on their overall wellbeing.

Who can benefit from the IOP?

Our program is designed for adults (age21 and older) who are experiencing some or all of the following: - Anxiety and panic - Depression - Mood swings - Difficulties in relationships - Struggles with stress management - Inability to carry out daily activities - Eating issues or disorders - Dependency issues - Physical or health problems (e.g., chronic pain, IBS, Low energy) - Sleep problems - Low self-esteem and self- confidence - Self-criticsm - Trouble concentrating

what we offer in our IOP?

- A safe, supportive, non-judgmental healing space - Confidential assessment of treatment needs - A professional team-based approach - Comprehensive skills training (focused on managing intense emotions and improving interpersonal relationships) - A focus on physical health and wellbeing - Nutrition consultations
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