Rita is an Egyptian/Canadian clinical psychologist, currently doing her Clinical doctorate degree (PsyD) at California Southern University after earning her Master's degree in Psychology from Harvard University and her bachelor’s degree from the American University in Cairo. She is a member of the British Psychological Society in the UK and the American Psychological Association in the US.
Rita has been trained at The Behman Psychiatric Hospital and is qualified to use multiple approaches such as cognitive, behavioral and exposure therapies. She works with a wide array of clinical disorders and has a special interest in Eating disorders, Personality Disorders (Borderline personality disorder), Trauma, Affective disorders, and their comorbid complex presentations.
She has expertise in assessing and treating Eating Disorders as she has been trained by the National Center for Eating disorders in the UK (NCFED) and holds the Excellence In Practitioner Skills For Eating Disorders Diploma - Psychological issues underlying Obesity - Nutritional Interventions for eating disorders). She has also trained in Fairburn’s CBT-E protocol by Oxford University for Eating Disorders. She is intensively trained by The Linehan institute in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for borderline personality disorder (DBT) and helps clients who struggle with emotional dysregulation through individual sessions and group therapy. She co-founded the DBT outpatient program and is an integral part in the inpatient program. In addition, she has also been trained by Melanie Harned for the DBT-Prolonged exposure protocol for PTSD and trained by Martin Bohus for the DBT- PTSD treatment as well as by Edna Foa for the Prolonged exposure treatment in post-traumatic stress disorder. Rita has also attended a REBT/CBT diploma from the college of cognitive therapies in London organized by CPD-psych and is currently training for EMDR.
Living in Egypt, Rita is raising awareness on mental health through social media with the aim of providing more accessible mental health awareness & education in the MENA Region.
As a fluent English, French and Arabic speaker, she can conduct psychotherapy sessions in the 3 languages.