Rita is an Egyptian/Canadian clinical psychologist, currently doing her post-graduate research in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh under the Eating Disorders and Behaviors research Lab, a world-leading eating disorder research lab. She has earned 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 and specialty in Eating disorders, Borderline personality disorder, Emotional Dysregulation, Trauma and their comorbid complex presentations.
Rita specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for borderline personality disorder (DBT). She is intensively trained by The Linehan institute and is passionate about helping clients who struggle with emotional dysregulation through individual sessions and group therapy. She is selected as a DBT Trainer in training by DBT MENA – sole affiliate of the Linehan institute in the MENA region. Rita co-founded the DBT outpatient program and is the assistant director of the DBT the inpatient program. In addition, she has also been trained by Melanie Harned in DBT-Prolonged exposure protocol for PTSD and 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 expertise in assessing and treating Eating Disorders. She has been trained by the National Center for Eating disorders in the UK (NCFED) and holds the title of Master Practitioner in Eating disorders. She has completed the Excellence In Practitioner Skills For Eating Disorders Diploma - Psychological issues underlying Obesity Diploma - Nutritional Interventions for eating disorders Diploma. She has also trained in Fairburn’s CBT-E protocol by Oxford University for Eating Disorders.
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.