Zahra Poonawala


English Hindi Urdu


5 years
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Zahra Poonawala

Psychology, Counseling

Human behavior is a product of multiple factors in the environment in addition to genetic makeup. Changes in environment bring changes in Human's Behavior.

I am a qualified Mental health professional working in UAE for the last 5 years helping individuals, families and schools (Kings school Al Barsha, Creakids Nursery) and other centers of special needs.  In my practice I involve family to help make a difference in a child’s life to work as a team and play an individual unique role to improve behavior.
I strongly believe that every individual is unique and thus incorporate various techniques, and modalities tailored to the client’s requirements.

TEDx Talks – Dubai, 2016

I was invited at TEDx Talks to share my knowledge, and experience on Animal Assisted Therapy.

Working with Children and Families
My areas of interest include working with children exhibiting behavior problems and having emotional instability, children’s having autism spectrum disorder and struggling with social relatedness and behavior problems.
While working with children I use various evidence-based behavior modifying techniques, incorporate various principles from Behavioral therapy through coaching and counseling the parents and educate them about behavioral expectations and find their solution.
I design and implement strategies and interventions to help children adjust to their school environment and other social situations.
At present, I am associated with UAE’s first Equine Assisted Support Group for parents of children with special needs at the Al Marmoom Initiative. The support group focuses on building self-care practices and empowering parents to cope with the daily stressors of life.
I am also counseling Adolescents and adults and helping them learn healthy coping skills to deal with life stresses. Positive thinking and self-help techniques to overcome daily life challenges. I incorporate client-centered approach and using mindfulness-based practices into their lives to increase the inner potential to its fullest and facilitate a deeper understanding of themselves.
  • Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Equine Assisted Mental Health Practitioner, University of Denver, Colorado, USA, 2018
  • Animal Assisted Therapy, Animal Angels Foundation, India 2013
  • Clinical Hypnotherapist, California Hypnosis Institute, India, 2013
  • Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology) Fergusson College, Pune. India 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts (Major: Psychology) Fergusson College, Pune, India 2008
  • Equine Assisted Mental Health Practitioner University of Denver, Colorado, USA, 2018