Meriem Garbay is a licensed Clinical Psychologist educated in both UK and French universities, holding a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the Open University and a MSc in Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology from Paris Ouest University (Paris X). She is also a certified practioner of medical hypnosis and hypnotherapy, trained by the AFEHM - Association Française pour l’étude de l’hypnose médicale - at the Pitié Salpêtrière faculty of medicine (Paris VI) and has received accredited training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) at the APT – Association for Psychological Therapies in the UK.
She has also gained experience at the IM2A (Institut de la mémoire et de la maladie d’Alzheimer, La Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital - Neurology Department) and at the hypnotherapy unit of Paul Sivadon Hospital.
Her background is multicultural and she has lived since childhood in several countries in Europe, the United States and Tunisia. She’s perfectly bilingual in English/French (the first part of her career was devoted to teaching English and translation), and has extensive knowledge of cultural differences, expatriation, adaptation and separation issues.
Today, Meriem Garbay offers brief therapies for adults and adolescents including evidence-based cognitive-behavioral and Mindfulness-based therapies and hypnotherapy which is a precious tool, either on its own or as a complement to other therapies - it works holistically and helps broaden patients’ perspectives and (re) activate existing or novel resources through a re-focusing on the body and the inner, subconscious mind.
Experienced in treating issues linked to :
- Anxiety and mood disorders (simple phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, panic attacks, trichotillomania, body dysmorphic disorder, depression, grief and bereavement),
- Addictive behaviors (excessive alcohol consumption, smoking cessation) and eating disorders,
- Chronic, serious or terminal illnesses and neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. support to patients and/or caregivers and pain management),
- Infertility and assisted reproductive technology (IVF, gamete donation, transition to adoption) and more generally family support,
- Life transitions
As each person is unique, the approach is both customized and integrative. The first session is dedicated to making contact, finding out more about your background and what is troubling you and defining together the best way to guide you on the path to successful change!
Feel free to call or email for more information if you or a loved one needs help.
Cell phone : 06 76 77 31 00
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The different types of therapists
People often wonder what the difference is between a psychiatrist, a psychoanalyst and a psychologist:
A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in psychiatry. A psychiatrist’s role is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. As he is a physician, he can prescribe medicine.
A psychoanalyst is sometimes a psychologist or a psychiatrist, but not always. He/she has undergone a personal analysis and/or was trained in a psychoanalytic school. A part from classic talking cures where the patient is lying down (Freudian), there now exist analytically-inspired psychotherapies.
A psychologist holds a Master’s degree in psychology obtained at a University. The title of psychologist is recognized by the State and protected by law since July 25th 1985. A psychologist is not a physician and does not prescribe medication.
Psychologists are mental health care professionals, a complex field which gathers a number of schools and practices.
The French Professional Code of Ethics stipulates all the demands and codes of conduct for our profession: Responsibility, Integrity, Expertise, Respect for the person and professional secrecy.
The preferred therapies at Cabinet Psy Paris 16 are integrative. Integrative practitioners take from each approach what seems appropriate for that particular person, situation and environment in order to optimize the impact of the therapy. Techniques thus take the lead over theory and method. The idea is to find the best possible combination and increase efficiency.
Psychologists’ fees are not reimbursed by French Social Security but please check with your private insurance, sometimes a number of sessions can be paid for.
You don’t need a medical prescription to consult a psychologist.
The sessions usually last about one hour. Neurofeedback sessions last 45 minutes.
Psychological testing and assessments are done over 2 or 3 sessions. Another session is devoted to the restitution of the results.
If you know in advance that you will miss a session, please contact your psychologist at least 48 hours in advance, so she can allocate that time slot to someone else. If not, this session will be charged.
If you wish to find out more about our fees or have any questions, please feel free to contact us by cell phone or by mail.