Saudi Arabia: Mental Health Care You Can Trust is Only a Skype Away

Saudi Arabia is not for everyone.  Yes, the salaries are enticing, the benefits are competitive, the lifestyle is more relaxed and it may be considered an “exotic” location by many.  Major cities will have luxurious compounds similar to Country Club living and international schools are available for children.  However for anyone coming from the Western world, there is going to be a degree of culture shock.  Culture shock can manifest itself in many ways.  For some it could be anger or frustration.  For others it might be depression and feeling homesick.  Children may not be able to understand or easily comprehend how the cultures of a new country can impact on what has been familiar or normal to them.  They may rebel, become overly aggressive or perhaps retreat into themselves.

If one wishes to seek counseling or mental health assistance in Saudi Arabia, it can result in even more stress.  There are few professionals in the Kingdom who are accustomed to interacting and counsel Western expatriates.  Even though many Saudi psychiatrists may have been educated and trained in the West, they will likely practice in accordance with the Saudi culture and Islam.  As a result, an expatriate may be hesitate to approach a Saudi psychiatrist for counseling.

American Bedu is very pleased to advise of a counseling service that is available now for expatriates – The Truman Group.  I have personally spoken with Dr. Sean Truman and endorse his intent to expand his services to Saudi Arabia.  I believe he is offering a unique and valuable service.  Following is data from Dr. Truman about himself and the Truman Group:

Making mental health accessible the world over

The Truman Group provides mental health care to North American and Western European expatriates living overseas.  We provide psychological services to clients through live video connection, linking mental health professionals in the United States with expatriates across the world.  All of our mental health providers are licensed, experienced practitioners who understand the demands that accompany living in a foreign country and culture.

Mental Health Made Accessible

There are significant challenges to finding and accessing mental health care overseas.  Mental health is culturally specific, and it is language dependent.  Many countries have limited or no mental health system; if you or your family require care, there are few places to turn.  The Truman Group can help.

Benefits To You

Untreated psychological and emotional problems can be disruptive, and frequently interfere with a person’s ability to manage at home, with friends and at work.  Unaddressed, these problems can get worse.  Let us help.

The Truman Group provides accessible, confidential and responsive care for people living far from home.  Our clinicians provide live, face-to-face care via Skype that you can access conveniently from your home or office.

The Truman Group is staffed by American clinicians who are licensed to provide psychological evaluation, consultation and a variety of psychotherapy services. We have the resources to help people address a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and marriage and family issues.  In addition, our clinicians are sophisticated about problems that frequently accompany the expatriate experience – issues such as cultural displacement, dislocation from family, isolation and stress. We work with individuals, couples and adolescents over the age of 14.

A Commitment to Care

All of the clinicians on staff at the Truman Group are experienced, highly trained, compassionate professionals.  If you or someone you love is having problems coping and you would like to talk to a knowledgeable and experienced clinician, call or email us today.  There is no charge for an initial consultation.  For more information, visit our website at www.truman-group.com, or call us today.

Payment and Reimbursement

The Truman Group bills individuals directly for the services.  Many health plans reimburse for the services that the Truman Group provides.

If you have questions or would like to talk with us directly, please contact us either via telephone or email.

Sean D. Truman, Ph.D., LP

Director of Clinical Services

+1  651-964-0224

struman@truman-group.com

www.truman-group.com

About the Founders

Sean D. Truman, Ph.D., LP

Dr. Truman grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, where his father worked for the United Nations. He attended the International School of Kenya in Nairobi where his mother was a teacher. Dr. Truman graduated from Reed College where he majored in Psychology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he worked both at the Child Study Center and in the Department of Psychiatry.  He is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he cares for adults, adolescents and couples.  In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Truman has worked as both a researcher and a professor of undergraduates and graduate students in Psychology.

Susan Bernstein 

Susan Bernstein holds an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. As a consultant with McKinsey & Company and senior strategist with a boutique brand strategy firm she has advised global Fortune 500 companies, major nonprofit organizations and start-ups across a range of industries on growth strategy and improved performance. She has lived, studied and worked abroad in Japan, Italy, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia and Western and Eastern Europe.

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5 Responses

  1. That’s good to know, Carol, as I’ve heard that most doctors in KSA do not honor a patient’s privacy and/or information like they do in the USA.

  2. @RCG: Please share this service among the expats in your community!

  3. How personal could one feel over an internet connection…video aside…that would be hard to establish an intimate relationship with your psychiatrist etc in that fashion.

    Also…Saudis that train in the west for their degrees are required to do many hours of one on one just like any other psych…which means they are well aware the potential differences culturally that may arise between other Saudis and expats…and can adjust accordingly….one would think.

    Anyone that has actually had to work for their degree (and not had it handed to them as many in the wasta based society do) worked hard for it…and will continue to work hard to maintain it and advance in that field….accomodating expats would seem like a logical choice for any Saudi intent on being successful and garnering more clients.

    Just my opinion.

  4. @Coolred,

    I have held numerous skype video conferences in the realm of international business. These video conferences do work well in being able to build rapport, trust and confidence. Additionally, I did not post information about the Truman Group without first talking and having a video conference with Dr. Sean.

    Perhaps psychiatrists and psychologists in Bahrain were more westernized, especially given the vast difference in freedoms and liberties there. However I can attest that it is a different scenario in Saudi Arabia and that there are few practicing mental health specialists. Most Saudi practitioners blend islamic teachings into the way they practice. That may not appeal to an average expat. Secondly, if an expat or family member is having some kind of a challenge, if given the choice, I imagine they’d want to speak with someone from their own culture first.

  5. As a Saudi medical graduate, who is currently spending 5 years in Canada, in a Psychiatry training program. I was intrigued to read you blog entry, which I got to by searching “mental health Saudi Arabia”.

    I understand that it might be frustrating to seek mental health advice/consultation in Saudi. I tend to disagree with the broad brush generalization of Saudi Psychiatrists. I think those with north american training, are in a good position to provide culturally sensitive service to those who are in Saudi from different cultures. Beside, their training years spent with patients from similar backgrounds ( North-American) to those in question here, they, themselves, have experienced being in a different culture.

    I think the Royal College Of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada website, provides infos about specialists in your area who are Royal College – certified.

    Also, although I don’t have first hand experience with consultation over Skype, I can think of many theoretical, practical limitations.

    I hope this will help.

    Best regards,

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