Accessible and affordable therapy in the Middle East

Our women-led team of international psychologists and innovators are creating an accessible and safe space for anyone seeking high quality, affordable therapy in the Middle East.

A Note From The Founder

My grandfather chose the name Ayadi, which translates to “helping hands” in Arabic, following his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease. Coming to terms with his diagnosis was life-changing, but the true challenge was finding licensed professionals who could offer support. As a cognitive psychologist, I’ve worked in mental health, yet I could not recommend a local facility for someone I loved. In fact, opening up about mental health in the Middle East is practically unheard of.

As a community, we pride ourselves on helping our neighbors, but when the illness can’t be seen, we fall silent. Our silence has become a global epidemic, and as a community, we must do better. Ayadi offers a secure and confidential platform with a team of certified mental health professionals lending their expertise and understanding.

Our goal is to get people to ask for help and to receive quality healthcare in return. So, if you’ve been feeling stressed, experiencing negative thoughts, or received a diagnosis — let’s talk.

Latifah AlEssa

The people behind Ayadi

Nazli Kardes, MA

Director of Care Management

Shoag Al Adsani

Research & Communications


Lilian Shehayeb

Administration Coordinator

Dr. Blaise Aguirre

Clinical Advisor

Medical Director, 3East DBT Program at McLean Hospital & Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Justin Thomas

Clinical Advisor

Professor & Chair of the Psychology Department at Zayed University

Dr. Fadi Maalouf

Clinical Advisor

Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the AUB

Dr. John Nguyen

Technical Advisor

Founder of Vlingo, SpeechWorks

Dr. Linda Sakr

Consultant Psychologist

Counseling Psychologist & Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

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