Specialized Support for Development and Aid Professionals

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Specialized Support for Development and Aid Professionals

Supporting Resilience and Well-being in Challenging Environments

At Sage Clinics, we recognize the distinctive challenges inherent in international development and humanitarian aid, which can significantly impact the mental and emotional well-being of the professionals who have dedicated themselves to this field.  Research indicates that individuals in these roles are often high achievers with exacting standards and a profound sense of mission, but who also experience mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, burnout, and PTSD at a far higher rate than the general population. Often, however, the most substantial hurdle these individuals face is their ability to seek professional support. Many have trouble accessing highly specialized services that understand the contexts they work in, and are so deeply engrossed in caring for others that they neglect their own well-being.

Our specialized program is dedicated to providing essential support to these individuals, helping them navigate the demands of their vital roles while fostering resilience and well-being through psychological and medical support.

Our Approach

At Sage Clinics, our program is led by experienced professionals who understand the unique challenges faced by international development professionals and humanitarian aid workers. Our approach can be carried out in person or via secure teleconferencing and typically includes:

  • Comprehensive Assessment: We begin with a thorough assessment to understand the specific needs and challenges faced by each professional or team.
  • Tailored Support Plans: Based on the assessment, we create personalized support plans that address the unique requirements of each individual or team, including providing documentation for insurance coverage where available/appropriate.
  • Counseling and Therapy: We offer individual and group counseling sessions to address mental health concerns and promote well-being. Key therapeutic modalities used include:
      • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
      • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
      • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
      • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).
      • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
      • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).
      • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
  • Medical management: Sage’s psychiatrists work closely with other mental health professionals to provide medical input as needed, including the ability to prescribe medications or deliver office-based treatments such as Ketamine.
  • Stress Management Workshops: We conduct workshops and provide tools to help professionals manage the stress associated with their missions effectively.
  • Crisis Response Team: Our crisis response team is available to provide immediate support and guidance during critical missions and events.

Who Can Benefit

Our program is designed to cater to the mental and emotional well-being needs of international development professionals and humanitarian aid workers, including:

  • Development Professionals: Those working in international development, NGOs, and related fields, who face the unique demands of development projects. This includes headquarters professionals who are supporting field teams in high-stress environments.
  • Humanitarian Aid Workers: Individuals engaged in providing emergency relief and aid in crisis-affected regions, often in challenging and high-stress environments.

Illustrative conditions treated by Sage professionals include:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma (PTSD, Complex CPTSD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self-harm and impulsivity
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship and interpersonal difficulties
  • Stress in the workplace and burnout

About Our Program

International development professionals and humanitarian aid workers often work under demanding conditions with frequent relocations and a range of complex organizational, environmental and emotional stressors.

At Sage, programs and packages are developed based on the needs of each individual or organization. These may include a combination of individual therapy, group sessions, team-based resilience training, or others.

Individuals who need support can reach out to us confidentially at appointments@sage-clinics.com to obtain information about costs, schedules and team members before scheduling their first session. For sensitive matters, a callback can be arranged at a suitable time through phone or teleconferencing.

Other Services

In addition to the above service, Sage Clinics offers a range of other programs to support mental health and well-being across various life stages, including:

  • Individual Counseling: Addressing a wide range of mental health concerns and personal challenges.
  • Stress and Trauma Management: Equipping individuals and teams with effective strategies to manage stress and trauma in challenging environments.
  • Team Building and Resilience Training: Enhancing team cohesion and resilience in high-pressure settings.

Our structured and specialized approach ensures that international development professionals and humanitarian aid workers receive the support they need to thrive in their crucial roles, making a positive impact on communities around the world.


Dr Romena Toki Clinical Psychologist, Child, Adolescent & Adult Specialist

Dr Romen Toki had the privilege of working with children and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds in the UK and now in the UAE.

Dr Bisi Laniyan Clinical Psychologist, Adult Specialist

Dr Bisi Laniyan is a UK trained Clinical Psychologist with over a decade of experience in the mental health and wellbeing sector.

Ana Gomez Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Adolescent & Adults Specialist

Ana Gomez is a Spanish trained Clinical and Forensic Psychologist specialized in working with adolescent and adults with different mental health issues.

Hiba Salem Psychologist, Adult, Families, Psycho-Oncology & Palliative Psychology Specialist

Hiba Salem specializes in providing comprehensive mental health services to individuals, couples, and families.

Private: Dr Zeeshan Ahmad Consultant Psychiatrist, Adults Specialist

I am a General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist with over 10 years of experience...

Dr Gurveen Ranger Clinical Psychologist, Lead of Adult & Corporate Services

Dr Gurveen Ranger is a Clinical Psychologist from the UK and have over 10 years’ experience working in mental health across a variety of settings.

How it works

We know it’s likely to have been a struggle to get this far, but we are with you every step of the way. Our process is simple – we work with you to develop a unique plan and provide the a level of support according to your needs, whilst ensuring measurable and sustainable outcomes.


Book an appointment by calling us on +971 4 575 5684 (or you can book online) and tell us what you are having difficulty with.


We offer availability with highly experienced therapists suited to your needs and book the appointment for you.


Meet the practitioner and begin the road to self-improvement. Have any concerns? Let us know so we can assist.


We always care about
your mental health

Our goal is to support individuals, couples, families and groups experiencing challenges with mental, behavioral or emotional wellbeing to overcome these challenges, learn new skills, and thrive at life.