Clinical Psychologist (DHA)
Clinical Psychologist (Swiss Board)
Melissa Alves is a Swiss board-certified psychologist working in Dubai. With years of experience treating individuals, families, and young children, Melissa helps her clients identify the dynamics that trigger and maintain their symptoms or difficulties. She works collaboratively with her clients to analyze and find actionable tools or strategies tailored to each person/situation, which can lead to concrete change in their lives. She also offers cognitive assessments (IQ, ADHD, Autism…) and uses various psychometric scales according to her client’s needs and to provide the most relevant care to each person.
Melissa is fluent in both French and English, offering sessions in both languages.
Melissa is experienced in treating major psychological issues and has interest in the following areas:
- Anxiety disorders (Social anxiety, panic disorder, generalized anxiety…)
- Existential crisis / Existential anxiety
- Burn out
- Neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and Autism
- Cognitive assessments (IQ assessments, ADHD, Autism, Giftedness)
- Resolving relationship conflicts and difficulties
- Schema Therapy and addressing repetitive patterns in relationships
- Resolving behavioral problems in young children / Early child development and early parents-child interactions
- Post-partum depression / support to new parents
Melissa is passionate about providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to individuals of all ages. She provides support to parents navigating the challenges of parenting, families facing developmental disorders or delays with their child and mothers going through post-partum depression. She also utilizes Schema Therapy to help her clients who find themselves stuck repeating patterns in relationships and help them to gain insight and create more fulfilling connections. She uses an approach to therapy that is active, collaborative, and results driven, providing her clients with concrete skills to overcome their difficulties, and helping them achieve a more satisfying and enjoyable life. She often collaborates with the family when it is needed and tries to develop a caring, collaborative and supportive relationship with all her clients.
Melissa completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Paris University (France), and her Master’s of Science in Clinical and Social Psychology at Geneva University (Switzerland). She then pursued a post-graduate training program in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy from the faculty of Medicine at Geneva University (Switzerland).
Professional and Educational Background
Melissa completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Paris University (France), and her Master’s of Science in Clinical and Social Psychology at Geneva University (Switzerland). She then pursued a post-graduate training program in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy from the faculty of Medicine at Geneva University (Switzerland).
She gained valuable experience as a Cognitive and Behavioral Therapist at Geneva University Hospitals, working at the early child development unit and providing therapy in individual, family and group settings for young children and their parents. She was also providing cognitive assessments as well as developmental assessments for young children thus helping diagnose developmental disorders or delays.
She then worked for a Geneva State association working closely with families often dealing with migration-related matters and parent-child interaction challenges.
Melissa then joined a Psychotherapy Clinic in Geneva and offered Cognitive Behavioral therapy to adults as well as cognitive assessments. She particularly worked and specialized with people presenting with neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD and Autism) and with gifted people, providing both assessments and therapy for them.
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