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“Mental Healthcare: UAE Residents Turn to Counseling Services Abroad as Costs Soar”-1

Mental Healthcare American expat Jack (name changed for privacy reasons) shares his experience of exhausting his mental health insurance limit in the UAE, leading him to explore online therapy options from the US.

Cost-Effective Cultural Understanding

Several residents cite cost as a significant factor in turning to online therapists from other countries. Jack emphasizes the affordability of therapy at $50-$70 per hour, compared to potential costs of Dh1,000 per hour in the UAE. Cultural understanding is another motivation, with online platforms offering the ability to select counselors based on various criteria.

Changing Dynamics and Accessibility: Mental Healthcare

Dubai resident U.D. discusses her journey, highlighting the importance of periodic changes in therapists and the convenience of not having to commute. She underlines the duration required for mental health treatment to make a substantial impact.

Cultural Relevance and Positive Outcomes: Mental Healthcare

Indian expat S.Y. seeks therapy for his wife’s mental health struggles and opts for a therapist from their home country. S.Y. emphasizes the cultural understanding provided by a therapist familiar with the challenges of adjusting to a new environment.

Personalized Approach to Mental Health

Residents stress the need for adapting therapy to evolving needs and cultural nuances, recognizing the importance of obtaining the most suitable help at different stages in life.

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