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Working in the healing professions involves engaging with suffering. There is an art to showing compassion without cheapening it into pity or being sucked into the pain we witness. Those of us in the healing professions face a tricky balancing act – trying to uphold high professional standards and expectations while dealing with bureaucracy and managing our personal lives. But regardless of how passionate we are about our jobs, we are all only human and...

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At the start of her education, long before she offered therapy in Dubai, Reem Shaheen dived straight into psychology. While studying at the American University in Cairo, she worked for an organization that helped refugees from across Africa.   “It was everything — from rape to witnessing your family being murdered to witnessing your children being murdered — it was quite traumatic,” she says. “It took me a while to recover from that.”  While treating...