NGO Psychologist
Mayda Salem

About the job:

What you do

As an NGO Psychologist, you are basically a Psychologist working in the Non-Profit sector. For example, you might choose to work for an NGO that focuses on ending Child Abuse. Your job would then be to protect children, identify their emotional and physical needs, and provide the necessary help.

The tough stuff

As an NGO Psychologist, you might have to deal with:

  • Suicidal attempts
  • Identity Conflicts
  • Different cultures and beliefs
  • The integration of your feelings and psychological status with the individuals'
The cool stuff

As an NGO Psychologist, you get to:

  • Bond with the individuals 
  • Support the resources they have
  • Provide them with the adequate tools to live life independently
  • Understand human behavior and emotions
Typical work hours
  • 35-40 hours per week

Working as NGO Psychologist usually takes up all of your time. 

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Biology
  • Psychology
Best high school track(s)
  • Life Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Communicating your ideas in writing
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Originality
  • Fluency of ideas
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • You need a Master’s degree in Psychology to start a career as a Psychologist. You also need to work on your personal therapy and practical experience if you want to improve your set skills.
Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

Want to pursue Psychology and also work in the NGO sector? Get inspired and informed about this career by watching our latest interview with Mayda Salem, who works with the NGO Himaya to help end child abuse.


Mayda has wanted to become a psychologist since she was 12. She mainly studied and trained in psychoanalytical psychopathology as well as being experienced in psychiatry.

Her practice combined the therapeutic treatment with therapeutic listening and clinical research. She is interested in research on neosexuality, attachment theory and couples dynamics from a social, philosophical, anthropological and psychoanalytical point of view. 

She works at Himaya to help and support children who suffer from abuse.