Clinical Psychologist
Mia Atoui

About the job:

What you do

As a Clinical Psychologist, your job is to diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests, and formulate and administer programs of treatment.

The tough stuff

As a Clinical Psychologist, you will probably face:

  • Constant pressure to reduce rates or provide free services since oftentimes, those who need your services the most, have the least ability to pay
  • Emotional Exhaustion - Listening to trauma, hardship and interpersonal problems all day can leave one feeling drained with little emotional energy left for oneself, family and friends
The cool stuff

As a Clinical Psychologist, you will probably have:

  • A high level of personal satisfaction — you are helping people every day and often seeing improvement
Typical work hours
  • 35 to 40 hours a week
  • 9-5 basis

However, some Clinical Psychologists may be required to work in shifts from time to time, handling emergencies during late evenings, weekends and national holidays.

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Psychology
Best high school track(s)
  • Any Track
Personal qualities
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required

In order to become a Clinical Psychologist, you will need:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Psychology
  • A Master's degree in Clinical Psychology 
  • The majority of Psychologists also have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

There are two doctorates available:

  • A PhD in Psychology, or a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, which focuses on science and research
  • A PsyD, or Doctor of Psychology, which focuses on clinical work.

In order to practice Clinical Psychology, the Ministry of Health in Lebanon requires that you meet the following requirements:


  • MA in Clinical Psychology
  • A completed clinical training/practicum in a university centre consisting of at least 100 hours of training under supervision
    and 300 hours of applied training 
  • A Lebanese colloquium certificate for clinical psychologists
  • License to practice the clinical psychology profession from the Ministry of Public Health 
  • N.B: A letter of recommendation from a senior clinical psychologist supervisor (holder of a doctorate and/or a scholar) and membership in one of the registered psychological associations of Lebanon is preferable. 


  • 2-5 years 


  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to develop rapport with the patient 
  • Excellent communication, problem solving, interpersonal and
    conflict resolution skills
  • Interviewing skills
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to adhere to ethical considerations and principles with
    regard to work with vulnerable populations

Computer skills Basic Microsoft office and internet use 

Language Fluency in Arabic and in English, French is a plus 

Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

Think you might want to become a Clinical Psychologist when you're older?

Hear from Dr. Mia Atoui to learn what it's really like to work in this field!


Mia holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the American University of Beirut. She received her clinical training at the Department of Psychiatry at AUBMC where she also worked in research for 7 years and held the position of Inpatient Clinical Psychologist for one year. Currently, Mia works in private practice, and is an instructor at the Department of Psychology at AUB. She is among the founders of Embrace Fund, a Lebanese nonprofit organization aimed at raising awareness around mental health and launching the first suicide prevention helpline in Lebanon.