Clinical Child Psychologist
Zahwa is a Clinical Child Psychologist, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator (CPDPE), and a member of The British Psychological Society (MBPsS) as well as The American Psychological Association. Her Master of Science in Clinical Child Psychology (MSc) was obtained from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and she received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology (Hons) from UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur.
Zahwa’s professional training and clinical work experience were gained from The Behman Hospital, The Psychiatric Medical Hospital, and Child Care Clinic in Egypt. In addition, she was involved in the educational sector by working with children from different backgrounds and facilitating their day-to-day activities in a kindergarten, Cambridge. Zahwa has also volunteered in an orphanage, where they conducted mental health awareness and psychosocial activities in Malaysia.
Zahwa works with children, adolescents, and young adults on a wide range of developmental challenges and mental health disorders including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at all stages of development. Providing support for families and parent-related concerns as well as helping children cope with stresses such as divorce, family or school transition, abuse, anger management, and bullying are part of her experience.
Zahwa’s modality incorporates an empathetic, practical, playful, and relational approach to psychotherapy with children and their families. She uses evidence-based techniques in her therapeutic work including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Zahwa believes in the importance of liaising and collaborating with schools and working closely with parents and family members to provide the best support for young people.
Zahwa strives to provide a warm, affirming, and confidential space in which young people and their families can feel welcomed and safe. Her aim is to reinforce positive feelings and behaviors in children, thus helping them to lead healthier and happier lives.