Psychology at OCP

For over 23 years, Ms. Vappu Labbaci, Clinical Psychologist/ Psychotherapist at OCP, has helped people who consulted her for personal difficulties and counseling. Vappu was born in Finland and graduated as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Uppsala in Sweden in 1990. After her studies she developed an interest in Neuropsychology and holds certificates for Neuropsychology. Vappu has operated her own practice for several years back in Sweden and moved to the United Arab Emirates 15 years ago. Vappu has joined OCP Medical Center as a Clinical Psychologist in 2013 and is licensed by the Dubai Health Authority.

Areas of interest

As a Clinical Psychologist, Vappu practices in all psychological areas, including:

  • Depression, anxiety and other mood disorders
  • Phobias, fears
  • Family/marital/relationship problems
  • Behavioral problems/children/teenagers (ex. ADD, ADHD)
  • Stress related difficulties/problems
  • Problems related to low confidence, self-esteem or social insecurity
  • Personality disorders
  • Child Psychology
  • Pain management

Vappu provides Psychological evaluation, Psychotherapy and Health and behavior interventions.

Comfortable environment

Set at The Fairmont Hotel Dubai, OCP offers Psychology in a relaxing and stress-free environment.

Psychology and chronic pain

Some patients are referred to Vappu for For all patients with pain, what is understood about the meaning of pain, disease and/or disability will play a part in the presentation of the problem and the effectiveness of treatment. For patients with chronic pain, these beliefs form part of the psychosocial context, known to be the largest influence in predicting the extent of pain‐associated disability. For the clinician interested in improving assessment and treatment, an understanding of the role of psychological factors in the presentation of a pain problem is a fundamental requirement.

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Packages

Besides our regular services, which are fully tailored to your complaints, habits and goals; we offer a range of Psychology packages for specific situations at a reduced cost.

Packages

  • Psycho-educational assessment of child
    Assessment objectively measures your child’s cognitive abilities, revealing underlying strengths and weaknesses and providing a direction for targeted individual learning programs and strategies for school and home. Includes a full psychological report. The package includes: 

        • ADHD testing
        • Intelligence WISC testing
        • Sensory processing testing
        • Autism screening
        • Behavioral problems assessment
        • Learning difficulties assessment (ie. reading, dyslexia, pronunciation, etc.)

    3 sessions (60-90 min. per session) including report with recommendations

        • Phobia Focus
          Social phobias, fear of heights or any other phobia; with the right personal guidance symptoms can be reduced.
          Includes specific exercises and tips for at home or during stressful situations.
          4 sessions (45-60 min. per session)
          8 sessions (45-60 min. per session)

    To book a package or inquire about one of our offers, please contact OCP via 04-3519933 or send us an email on [email protected]

Latest Blog Updates about Psychology in Dubai at OCP

With the school year half over, many parents are thinking ahead to their child’s future. Admission to an international school, university, or other learning institution is often the next step in a child’s education. Psycho-Educational assessments pave the way for students to meet eligibility requirements or make necessary adjustments. At OCP Medical, we are pleased to introduce our renowned specialist from Finland, Mrs. Vappu Labacci. She is a Clinical Psychologist and licensed by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Pearson Clinical (USA), which is the institution in charge of the tests and reports. Through special psycho-educational assessments, you gain the knowledge needed to proceed forward. Let’s take a look at the testing in more depth.

Several intelligence tests are available for administration by the clinical psychologist. The one in which the participant will take depends on the person’s age. The tests are as follows:

WPPSI-IV: This test, referred to as the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, is for younger children between the ages of 2 years and 6 months and 7 years  old. It is a full-scale IQ test.

WISC-V: This is a full-scale IQ test called the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children designed for generally for children between the ages of 6 and 16 years of age.

WAIS-IV: The Weschsler Adult Intelligence Scale is also a full-scale IQ test designed for older youth and adults.

Aside from testing intelligence, the psycho-educational testing includes behavioral, neurological, and educational testing. Some of the other offered tests are:

KTEA-3 Test: The Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement assesses a student’s achievement in key academic areas such as reading, language, and math. In addition, it measures the student in the 8 learning disability areas.

NEPSY-2: This stands for A Developmental NEuroPSYchological Assessment. The test allows psychologists to test children ranging in age from 3 to 16 years old. The test is comprised of 6 domains which include areas such as executive function and memory which are not picked up on general intelligence tests.

CMS: The Children’s Memory Scale gives insight to how memory and learning are related to the child’s cognitive ability.

Special testing is administered for students exhibiting learning difficulties in areas such as reading, speech, dyslexia, and so on.

At OCP Medical, we provide an experienced clinical psychologist to administer the psycho-educational testing. These tests will give parents an objective measurement of their child’s overall functioning ability, as well as intelligence level. The assessments are constructed to highlight the participant’s strengths and weaknesses so intervention strategies can by employed. For more information about our testing service, please contact us today!

The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI) test is a way to assess kids, aged 2 to 7 years of age, who have been identified as potentially gifted. The test looks at your childs actual skills and abilities, rather than his grade-level knowledge, making it unlike any of the conventional tests of intelligence out there. The current version of the test, which was recently restructured, features shorter, game-like activities and a simpler scoring procedures than previous versions. Testing is done one-on-one with a experienced clinical psychologist.

Lots of people ask if there are materials they can use to help prepare their child for WPPSI, the best thing you can do is to expose your child to opportunities to work on many different types of problems. Since the test has no defined curriculum, it doesn’t really make sense to study for anything specific. Just as you should at any other time in their lives, teach him how to think about and try to solve problems. Learning how to make connections and understand his own thinking process is a lifelong benefit for your child.

The WPPSI Test is actually made up of 14 “sub tests”. Each sub test will last until your child gets 3 questions in a row wrong, at which point the tester will move on to the next sub test. The sub test subjects are as follows:

  1. Block design
  2. Information
  3. Matrix reasoning
  4. Vocabulary
  5. Picture Concepts
  6. Symbol Search
  7. Word Reasoning
  8. Coding
  9. Comprehension
  10. Picture Completion
  11. Similarities
  12. Receptive vocabular
  13. Object Assembly
  14. Picture Naming

Scoring is determined taking the child’s age into account, and excelling in one area can offset not doing as well in another.

We’re proud to announce that the WPPSI Test is now available in Dubai at OCP Medical Center. The test is administered by an experienced clinical psychologist, Mrs. Vappu Labbaci from Finland.

Contact us today via 04-3519933 to schedule an appointment.

Whether your child has a learning disability or intellectual giftedness, the WISC-V Test (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition) can reveal the answer. Now being offered at OCP Medical Center in Dubai, the WISC-V is the current standard in intelligence testing. Let’s look at the basics for the WISC-V in Dubai:

Who?

Covers all chidren age 5 – 17 years old.

What?

The WISC-V tests in 5 categories which include:

  • Visual Comprehension: this portion of the test involves the child’s ability to verbalize concepts (WISC-V Interpretive Sample).
  • Visual Spatial: this involves “visual spatial reasoning, integration and synthesis of part-whole relationships, attentiveness to visual detail, and visual-motor integration” (WISC-V Interpretitive Report Sample).
  • Fluid Reasoning: this tests the to ability to understand relationships among visuals and apply reasoning to them (WISC-V Interpretive Sample).
  • Working Memory: involves balancing memory with attention to present stimuli and tasks.
  • Processing Speed: this involves “visual scanning, visual discrimination, short-term visual memory, visual motor coordination, and concentration” (WISC-V Interpretive Sample).

The results of these individual tests help determine areas of abilities as well as deficiencies in students. It will give parents and caretakers a full overview of their child’s intellectual capabilities.

How?

The test is administered in a private setting by Clinical Psychologist with a background in Neuropsychology and Educational Psychology.

How long?

WISC-V tests generally take 3 hours long to complete.

Where?

OCP Medical Center is administering this specialized and highly regarded test, and OCP is one of the few clinics in the Middle East to offer this test.

When?

WISC-V for your child is NOW available. You can contact us via 04-3519933 to schedule an appointment.

As a parent, it’s essential to know where your child strengths and weaknesses are; the WISC-V  will provide you with detailed information on your child’s abilities and deficits so going forward you can make the best decisions for your child.

Educational Psychology Children

Psycho-educational assessments are a great way to measure a child’s cognitive abilities. In recent years, these assessments have gained popularity with parents who wish to have high achieving students or better understand the educational learning patterns of their children. These assessments are particularly important if you believe your child may have a learning disability.

The assessment is simply a measurement of a child’s cognitive abilities, communication skills, social skills, and adaptive behavior. The result of the assessment is to underly strengths and weaknesses in the child’s learning patterns to help parents and teachers create personalized learning programs. The assessment results in a psychological report with recommendations to help develop this personalize learning curriculum.

The best age group for a psycho-educational assessment is a child between the ages of five and sixteen and a child who may have difficulty with learning new concepts, social interaction, or demonstrate behavioral issues.

The assessment includes 2-3 assessment sessions with the child and a clinical psychologist. Each session typically lasts between sixty and ninety minutes, depending on the case and age of the child. The assessment includes testing of ADHD, intelligence WISC-V testing, autism, sensory processing, learning difficulties such as dyslexia, and behavioral problems. A full report will be provided outlining the findings and recommendations.

If there is a child in your life exhibiting any of these behaviors, consider a psycho-educational assessments by a clinical psychologist. We would be more than happy to help with any questions you have. Please contact us at OCP. We have an expert staff of clinical psychologists with years of experience.

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