Clarice Mendonca

Clinical Psychologist, Neuropsychologist

About Me/Bio
I’m a US-trained, Dubai-based Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist. I conduct my clinical practice at the MapleTree Center and serve as the Co-Chair of the Neuropsychological Society UAE. As one of only six licensed neuropsychology doctors in the country and the only doctoral neuropsychologist offering outpatient care for adults in Dubai, I provide a range of specialized services.

My assessments, conducted within 7-10 days as opposed to the industry standard of 4+ weeks, offer a thorough understanding of cognitive and psychological functioning, aiding in diagnosis and intervention planning. Patients receive detailed reports with personalized recommendations.

In psychotherapy, I integrate psychodynamic, DBT, mindfulness, attachment, and trauma-informed approaches, to foster a safe space for reflection and problem-solving. I prioritize patient-specific and culturally sensitive care to repair and prevent difficulties.

Beyond clinical work, I offer developmental services including psychological consultations for media projects, workshops, academic and clinical supervision, and research. Through the Neuropsychology Society UAE, I work to uphold the highest standards of practice in the region, supporting the growth and cohesion of the neuropsychological community. My aim is to provide responsive and effective care while contributing to the advancement of psychological practice in the UAE.


Clinic Name
The MapleTree Psychotherapy Center
Clinic Address
Office 401, Tameem House, Barsha Heights
United Arab Emirates
Email Address
Personal Phone Number
Work Phone Number
Pay and claim basis
Both In-Person & Online

ABOUT Clarice Mendonca

Clinical PsychologistNeuropsychologist
Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Licensing Authority
Dubai Health Authority, Washington State Department of Health
Types of Services
Additional Services
Supervision/ConsultationTeachingTrainingEducational WorkshopsCorporate TalksMedia Interview/Writing
Years of Experience
10 years
AgingADHDAdoptionAlzheimer'sAngerAnxietyAutismBody ImageChronic IllnessChronic PainDepressionDissociationsDual DiagnosisDifficulties with Eating and FoodEmotion RegulationFamily ConflictGamblingGiftednessGriefHoardingImpulse controlInfertilityInfidelityIntellectual DisabilityInternet Use ProblemsLearning DisabilitiesLife crisisMen's IssuesMood SwingsNarcissistic traitsNeurological conditionObesityObsessions and CompulsionsOppositional DefianceOncologyPanicParentingPersonality DisordersPhobiasPregnancy, Prenatal, PostpartumPresurgical EvaluationRacial IdentityRelationship IssuesScoliosis SupportSelf EsteemSelf-HarmingSexual IssuesSexual AbuseSex AddictionSleep or InsomniaSpiritualitySports PerformanceStressSubstance UseSuicidal IdeationTicTourettesTrauma and PTSDTraumatic Brain InjuryVideo GamingWeightWomen's Issues
Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)BiofeedbackCognitive Behavioral (CBT)Dialectical (DBT)EclecticExposure Response PreventionIntegrativeMindfulness-Based (MBCT)Play TherapyPsychoanalyticPsychodynamic
Age Group
13 to 1516 to 1819 to 2122 to 6465+
Sliding scale or pro-bono
I provide reduced-fee services based on availability. Please contact the reception at MapleTree to enquire about reduced fees at this time.
Work Hours
Mondays: 11:00am to 07:00pm, Tuesdays through Fridays: 08:00am to 4:00pm
Appointment Wait Time
Less than a week from time of contact
Preferred Contact Method
Hoopfull Contact FormEmailOffice
Preferred Booking Method

How I can help you
Through assessments, I can help you objectively identify accurate diagnoses (i.e., where your problems come from and what is sustaining them). The assessments I conduct pinpoint strengths and weaknesses that can then be used to decide what intervention(s) would be best suited for you. For this, I first establish your “cognitive baseline” (what your brain is capable of doing) and then run tests to understand how you function (how you are able to use your resources) and what may be affecting your functioning.

In psychotherapy, I offer an evidence-based approach that is best suited to what you present with (your problems, limitations, strengths, support systems, etc.). I draw from trauma-informed, psychodynamic, and dialectical behavioral approaches. Psychotherapy with me is usually a long term commitment, though I also offer briefer courses that are more practical and skills-focused. When needed, I work with parents, caregivers, and other involved in your care, both to support them as caregivers, and to facilitate continued support beyond your therapy hours.
Why I am specialized in this field
I completed advanced and specialized training in neuropsychology and psychodynamic psychotherapy during my doctoral program.

My training in the US helped me think and work beyond the textbook; I am able to think critically and creatively, within a scientific and cultural framework, that helps every patient/client in the most effective way. My services are characterized by genuine personal encounters; my patients/clients often remark that they feel deeply seen, heard, and understood. It is this mutual connection that forms the bedrock of true, lasting healing.

My life experiences as a Dubai-born Indian expat give me the ability to work in a way that is adapted to the reality of everyone’s experience. I frequently find myself building bridges across untouched gaps. This draws me to offer support in the form of supervision, research, and development to those who are wading through relatively uncharted waters similar to my own.
What I say to people who feel nervous or have concerns about therapy/assessment
Of course! If you check that box that says “I am not a robot” then you will most likely feel some sort of not-so-comfortable feeling(s) every time you decide to give therapy /assessments a shot. I encourage my new patients to acknowledge those feelings. Especially because therapy is a collaborative therapist-patient process, being open and honest about them helps me adjust my approach to make you feel safe. I encourage my patients (and remind myself) to use that therapy/assessment-related anxiety as the guiding light so that we can discern what is needed and genuinely change.
What measures I use in assessments
Premorbid estimate/cognitive screeners, neuropsychological screeners, attention, memory, visual spatial functions, language, psychomotor functions, executive functions, personality/emotional and behavioral functioning (self-report and projective tests). Some of the specific measures frequently used as part of my test battery include the most updated versions of the WAIS, WISC, WIAT, WASI, RBANS, MOCA, MMSE, NAB, DKEFS, WMS, CVLT, MINI, MMPI, PAI, Rorschach, WHOQOL-BREF, SDQ, etc.
Sliding scale or pro-bono
I provide reduced-fee services based on availability. Please contact the reception at MapleTree to enquire about reduced fees at this time.

I would love to connect with you!


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