ABOUT US

Everyone can benefit from using therapy. In fact, therapy is not only intended to treat people who suffer from extreme psychological ailments, but it can also be used to solve relationship challenges, career-related issues, confusion over various life matters and many more. In other words, you don’t even have to have a specific problem to use therapy, as therapy is just sometimes a means for self-discovery through giving you a better insight as to who you are. Therapists are non-judgmental listeners and are trained to help you live a better, fuller life. 

To make therapy accessible to more people, we have passionately provided a platform that offers confidential, convenient therapy services in multiple languages.

Bright Shift is UAE’s first online therapy platform and the first multilingual online therapy platform in the GCC region.

 

We, at Bright Shift, are here to listen to you.

MEET OUR TEAM

Leila Estifaie Quinn
Founder

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Leila has been enthusiastically learning about human psychology from different angles/ schools of thought for many years. She holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Marketing from the University of Wollongong in Dubai and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Counseling And Guidance, from Eastern Mediterranean University located in Northern Cyprus. She has been determined to create a platform which could help create change in people’s lives, hence Bright Shift was born. In a way, Bright Shift came about from our faith and belief in the ability of humans to shift, change and evolve towards a brighter direction in life. We have developed this platform because we believe it doesn’t really matter where you were, or where you are right now, there is always room for improvement in life regardless. Sometimes it is a slim possibility and sometimes it’s vast. What matters is, we as humans have the ability to evolve and flourish. We believe Bright Shift can be of great help to actualize the possibility of change and self-discovery. What we are the proudest of, is, of course, our highly qualified and most importantly “compassionate therapists”. We are extremely glad to have such a great team collaborating with us on this platform.

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Jenna Johns
Psychotherapist

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Jenna is a BACP( British Association for counseling and psychotherapy) registered, licensed MBACP psychotherapist. Jenna lives in London, UK and She holds a degree in Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology as well as a degree in Bachelor of Art in Counselling Psychology both from California Baptist University – Riverside, CA in the U.S. Jenna has worked with people with a wide range of difficulties such as : PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), depression and anxiety, bereavement and loss, individuals with alcohol addiction and their family members, family and relationships difficulties and more. She has also been using counseling techniques and providing mental health support for different individuals with various mental health disorders. Jenna specializes in addiction as well as marriage and family therapy. In her approach, Jenna utilizes integrative counseling and/or person-centered psychotherapy, solution-focused therapy, CBT, ACT, etc.
 Jenna uses an integrative therapeutic approach that allows for clients to analyze their thoughts and past experiences for a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships with others. She seeks to help individuals accept past experiences, identify their needs, wants and values, and commit to achieving who they want to be. She also feels that identifying cognitive distortions and addressing them is vital to creating a positive outlook on life.Jenna has a deep understanding of what it takes to help clients live a happier and healthier life. She knows what it means to be a strong support system for others who are in distress. She has a heart for serving others.
 
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Michele Lamonaca
Psychotherapist

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Michele is a registered, licensed psychotherapist at BACP( British Association for counseling and psychotherapy) and an accredited psychodynamic counselor at UKCP( United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) living in London, UK. Michele holds a Master’s degree in Psychodynamic Practice from Oxford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Social Policy and Criminology from the Open University in the UK. Michele has undergone extensive training in the principles and practices of an Integrative Psychotherapy Model, which has featured Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Psychodynamic approaches. Michele particularly specializes in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. His deep knowledge and expertise enable him to provide therapy for a wide group of people including adults, children, couples, older adults and young people. Michele works with the following cases: Anxiety, Bullying, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress, Relationship issues, Trauma, Work-related problems and more. Michele speaks English and Italian fluently.
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Shruti Tekwani
Counseling Psychologist

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Shruti is a licensed counseling psychologist who specializes in trauma, grief, and loss. She is licensed in Massachusetts by the “Division of Professional Licensure Board of Allied Mental Health.” She is also a certified coach and spends most of her time in online and in-person private practice as well as by presenting workshops & training. Shruti is based in Curacao and shuttles between Massachusetts, Curacao, and the rest of the world. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from “Northeastern University” and has 13 years of experience working with college students in crisis and in a counseling environment. She has also worked as a school psychologist at the “International School of Curacao.” Shruti is a Basic Instructor for the “William Glasses Institute.” She sits on the board of Directors for the “William Glasser International Organization,” “WGI-US”, and the “WGI-Northeast Region.” Shruti also serves on the conference committee for the “Sibling Leadership Network”, an organization that supports siblings of people with disabilities, and is on the “MSSN” (Massachusetts Sibling Support Network) Board of Directors. In Curacao, Shruti serves on the “Indian Merchants Association Board of Directors”. In 2013 she developed a program around Choice Theory that helps therapists after the loss of a client to suicide. This theory focuses on grief, loss, and dealing with feelings of guilt.

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Daniela Fanelli
Clinical Psychologist

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Daniela is a HCPC (Health & Care professions council) and BACP ( British Association for counseling and psychotherapy) registered, licensed clinical psychologist.  Daniela lives in London, UK. Daniela holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of “LA Sapienza” in Rome, Italy. She uses theory and techniques of the Transactional Analysis in her practice and works with children, the youth, young adults, older adults and families. Daniela provides therapy in various areas such as anxiety disorders, personality disorders,depression,eating disorders,traumatic relationships ( family conflicts, work issues),addiction,age-related disorders of adolescence and childhood (emotional  and relational difficulties),low self-esteem and more.Daniela is highly experienced and has worked in many public and private mental health Institutions.Daniela speaks English and Italian Fluently . Daniela’s clients come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. and she works affirmatively with people of various racial, sexual and gender identities. She has a  particular interest in how culture and individual family history shape our mind and influence our perception of our possibilities in life, and our subsequent life choices.

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NOUR AL Saeed “Al Aqrabawi”
Clinical Psychologist

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Nour is a registered, licensed clinical psychologist by the “Ministry of Health” of Jordan. She is also the co-founder and member of the “Jordanian Clinical Psychologists Association”.  In addition, she is also an associate member at APA the “American Psychological Association”. Nour lives in Amman, Jordan. She has studied Master of psychology -clinical track-in University of Jordan, Amman and she hold a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the same university. Nour follows the cognitive behavioral theory, expressive modality, and narrative exposure therapy approach. Nour has experience working with children, young adults and older adults through group and individual therapy.  Nour is highly experienced and she has worked in a variety and multi-cultural settings including hospitals, non- profit organizations and clinics. Nour works with cases of Anxiety, Depression, maladaptive problems, Post Traumatic Disorder, and other mental health concerns. Nour is also experienced in academia and has been working as a part-time lecturer and a research assistant at the department of psychology at the University of Jordan. Nour can speak English and Arabic fluently.
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Giovanni Felice Pace
Pschotherapist

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Giovanni is a chartered psychologist and an HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council), BPS (British Psychological Society), and UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) licensed psychotherapist and counseling psychologist based in London, UK. Giovanni is also a member of EATA (European Association for Transactional Analysis) as well as a certified member of EuroPsy. Giovanni holds two Master’s degrees from the University of S.U.N. Naples, located in the city of Naples in Italy. One of his degrees is in Clinical and forensic psycho diagnosis and the other one is in Clinical Psychology. Giovanni holds a Bachelor’s degree in Individual and community psychology from the University of S.U.N. Naples. Giovanni works with all age groups including children, adolescents, and adults. Giovanni has worked in a variety of settings such as colleges, clinics, mental health centers, and his own private practice. Giovanni is experienced and trained in working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, personality disorders, addictions, depression, eating disorders, anxiety, hopelessness and many more. Giovanni works with couples as well. In his approach, Giovanni uses an Integrative method of therapy which allows him to adjust his techniques to the clients’ needs. Giovanni speaks English and Italian fluently.
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Nawar Surij
Pschotherapist

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Nawar is a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) registered, licensed psychotherapist. She has been working with a diverse range of people of all backgrounds, vulnerable individuals, and ethnic minorities of all ages. Nawar lives in Birmingham, UK and she holds a Master’s degree in Integrative Psychotherapy from Birmingham City university as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Leeds university. She is also an NLP, Hypnosis and Time Line Therapy Practitioner. Nawar views therapy as a healing relationship between therapist and client. She supports her clients to figure how their early experiences has lead them to their current situation and she can help them change it.

She provides her clients with a safe, non judgmental space where clients can explore the root cause of their deepest fears and worries that are holding them back from becoming the best possible version of themselves.

Her extensive experience in psychotherapy allows her to help her clients to reach their full potential in life. Nawar speaks English and Arabic fluently.

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Derika de Villiers
Clinical Psychologist

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Derika is a HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa) registered, licensed psychologist. Derika currently resides in the city of Pretoria in South Africa. She holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology, from Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University located in South Africa as well as a Master’s degree in Research Psychology, from Nelson Mandela University. Derika also holds a Bachelors and Honours degree in psychology. She has extensive experience working with different age groups from children to adolescents, as well as adults and couples. Her knowledge and experience enable her to deal with a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties including mood and depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, parental guidance, couple and marital therapy, trauma, identity issues, dealing with loss or grief and more. Derika is influenced by the theories of Gestalt Therapy, Systems Therapy, and Multicultural Therapy. Derika speaks fluently in English and Afrikaans. Derika walks a journey with her clients, working holistically to include all aspects of their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual reality whereby confidentiality, unconditional positive regard, and trust is seen as pillars of the therapeutic relationship.

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Manar ghazi Mohammad Badarne
Counseling Psychologist

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Manar is a registered, licensed counseling psychologist by the ” Ministry of Health” in Jordan. Manar has studied Master of psychological counseling in Yarmouk University in Jordan and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Counseling from the same university. Manar is currently continuing her studies in the field of psychology and will soon graduate, with a Ph.D. degree in Psychological counseling from Yarmouk University. Manar lives in the city of Irbid in Jordan and she has been working in the field of mental health in a variety of settings such as hospitals, schools, and non- profit organizations. Manar uses Cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as behavior modification and interpersonal therapy techniques. Manar’s training and experience allows her to work with both children and adults as well as parents and couples. Manar can offer therapy services in different areas including depression, anxiety, social problems, relationship and family difficulties, stress management, marital problems, substance abuse, different emotional and behavioral problems, mental disorders, and more. Manar speaks fluently in Arabic.
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Dr. BERTHE KOBERSY
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

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Berthe is an LPA (Lebanese Psychological Association) registered, licensed clinical psychologist and a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDRIA, MOPH, EMDR Lebanon Association) and IPT (Interpersonal Therapy, Columbia University) therapist. Berthe lives in Beirut, Lebanon. She holds a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, from the University of Paris-Descartes 5 – Institute of Psychology in France and a Master’s degree in Clinical and Pathological Psychology, from St. Joseph University, in Lebanon. She was also a member of the THÉMA « Group, family, institution »: a group of the laboratory of Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology, Psychoanalysis (PCPP) at the university of Paris- Descartes 5. She also has a professional affiliation with Médecins Du Monde and Skoun (Lebanese Addiction Center). She is experienced in providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and children. Berthe utilizes a variety of techniques, including EMDR, IPT, and mindfulness techniques. She is specialized in treating trauma, substance use, internal conflicts (panic attacks, phobias, OCD, depression,…), interpersonal difficulties and family systems. Throughout the years, she has used her knowledge and expertise in different settings such as schools, universities, NGOs, clinics and her own private practice. Berthe speaks French, Arabic and English fluently.