Staff profiles

Psychologists
Gráinne Parish (née Boyle) – Head of Department

Head of Department

Gráinne (pronounced Grawn.ya) is an Irish qualified Psychologist with a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from University College Dublin. Having worked in the UAE since 2009, she founded Insights Psychology, a small specialist psychology practice in Dubai in 2017. She is motivated to provide high quality and high integrity support services to the community in the UAE and wider Gulf region.
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Kelly Pugin

Kelly Pugin holds a professional Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and is registered Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the Community Development Authority, Dubai.
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Jolene Palmer

Senior and Supervising Educational Psychologist

Jolene Palmer holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Teaching from the North West University in South Africa. She has gained experience by working as an Educational Psychologist in South Africa, United States of America, and for the past 8 years she has been working and practicing in the UAE. She is a registered Psychologist with the Community Development Authority Dubai.
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Dr Claire Lewis

Dr. Claire holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Exeter, UK. With over 17 years’ experience working with clients across the age range, she specialises in the area of Adult Mental Health and well-being. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Dubai Health Authority.
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Ben Viljoen

Ben is a South African trained Educational Psychologist who has 10 years of experience working with children and young adults (3-18 years) within the field of education.
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Leyli Afsari

Leyli is a UK qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist with a Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Strathclyde. She has worked as a counsellor in both Dubai and the UK.
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Lindi Nhlapo

Lindi holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from South Africa, and she has 10 years experience working as an Counselling Psychologist. Lindi is a mental health specialist with a keen interest in family mental health, and competencies across all age groups including children, adolescents and adults. As an experienced and flexible practitioner, Lindi uses a range of blended therapies to meet the needs of clients in her care including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Supportive Psychotherapy, Person Centered Approach and Systemic Approach.
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Leanne O'Brien

Educational Psychologist

Dr Leanne O’Brien holds a Doctorate in Applied Educational Psychology (DAppEdPsy) from Newcastle University, accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS). She is a registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK.
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Jacqui Lawson

Jacqueline Lawson (Jacqui) holds a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and an Honours Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of South Africa. She is also qualified as a NLP practitioner, clinical hypnotherapist and Time Line therapist with the American Board of NLP.
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Therapists
Sarah Wedel

Head of SLT

Sarah Wedel is a paediatric Speech and Language Therapist with a BSc. Honors Speech and Language Therapy qualification from Leeds Becket University, UK. Since graduating in 2013 Sarah has worked in various paediatric settings in London and Dubai. She is licensed with the Dubai Healthcare Authority.
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Natalie Reed

Head of OT

Natalie Reed is the Head of the Occupational Therapy Department at Insights. Natalie is an Occupational Therapist with an Honours degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and has worked in both clinical and educational settings in South Africa and the Middle East. Having lived in Dubai since January 2016, Natalie has extensive multi-cultural experience and a deep understanding of the education and health systems in the UAE. Natalie is Certified in Ayres’ Sensory Integration and is licensed with the Dubai Healthcare Authority.
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Ann Irving

Ann Irving is a Speech and Language Therapist with a BSc (Hons) Speech Pathology and Therapeutics from Glasgow University, UK in 1986. In 2009, she got her Masters Degree in Education of Children and Young People with Autism from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She is registered with the HCPC in UK and a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCLST) (UK) in addition with her Dubai Healthcare Authority license.
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Leah Karacinski

Leah Karacinski is a paediatric Speech and Language Therapist with a BSc. Honours degree from Birmingham City University in the UK. Since graduating in 2010, Leah has worked in both clinical and educational settings in Dubai. She is licensed with the Dubai Healthcare Authority.
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Coaches and Wellbeing Educators
Ashely Green

Originally from Scotland, Ashley moved to Dubai 10 years ago to teach full time within the Emirate, spending the last 6 years teaching in an outstanding primary school. More recently, Ashley achieved a master’s degree in positive psychology and coaching and she is passionate about the wellbeing and mental health of children and those who care for them.
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Administration Staff
Swimmu Zacharias

Swimmu is the administration assistant at Insights. She is from Kerala, India, and she has an MBA in Human Relations
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Jeniffer Posas

Jeniffer is an administration assistant at Insights. She is from Manila, Philippines and completed Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
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Claude Elemos

Claude is an Admin Assistant at Insights and the first point of contact for enquiries. She is originally from Philippines and finished her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts.
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Assistant Psychologist
Muna Al Khezam

Assistant Psychologist

Muna holds a BA in Psychology from New York University Abu Dhabi and a MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also a member of the British Psychology Society and is a registered Assistant Psychologist with the Community Development Authority.
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