ABOUT ME

My name is Sarah Lawson. I’m blessed to be the mum of Isabelle, five years old going on 15. She’s an absolute burst of energy, funny and talks non-stop. I’m married to an equally active and sporty husband and we have a very lively rescue dog ‘Cooper’. When I’m not chasing around after them, I enjoy the quieter, more relaxing side of life. I’m an introvert at heart. I’m a psychologist and have always been interested in connecting with people. I’ve been told many times in my career that I’m not like other Psychologists – in a good way! Many clients and colleagues have told me I’m ‘down to earth’, not stuffy or too clinical. I’m naturally emphatic and compassionate and I think being from the ‘North’ gives me the ability to talk comfortably with anyone.

WHERE IS HOME?

I grew up in South Manchester (the posh bit) but after years of living elsewhere I don’t have much of the accent anymore, but occasionally it pops up, especially after talking with family on the phone. Home right now is Dubai; we’ve lived here for 18 months.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER? 

When I was little, I wanted to be an air hostess because I wanted to travel the world, help and meet new people. I guess you could say I’ve followed that dream but on a different route. As a psychologist living and working abroad, I get to help and meet lots of people from all different nationalities and cultures. I feel very grateful that I get to do the work I love and enjoy.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I’m a Doctor of Clinical Psychology. I’ve devoted half my life to psychology and well-being. I specialise in working with adults experiencing stress and anxiety. I’d say 80% of my clients are expat women. I work at Healthbay Holistic and we have a lovely team. I’ve previously worked in the NHS and private sector in the UK and Doha, Qatar. My focus of work is generally helping people to get to know themselves better so they can connect with themselves and others in a way which takes them forward to a life with calm, balance and purpose. We all face hard times, especially right now. I always tell my clients, it’s a courageous thing to ask for help.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN?

Sitting on the bed, having cuddles and reading stories together.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR WEEKENDS?

We all love the water, so you’d most likely find us either at the pool or at the beach swimming.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE?

I haven’t watched anything that isn’t a kid’s film for so long that I seem to have the Frozen 2 sound track on permanent repeat in my brain. My favourite go-to movies are always romcoms. My favourite is Eat Pray Love, in my opinion the book is always better though.

IF YOU COULD EAT ONE MEAL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Ohh, that’s tricky because I love to eat everything, but I’d probably say cheese. Cheese and biscuits or fondue or cheese on toast.

WHO’S YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH?

Brad Pitt has been consistent.

WHICH DESTINATION IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST TO VISIT?

So many places. I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to take her to Africa on Safari. My husband and I went years ago and its one of the most amazing experiences I have had. I’m a real nature and animal lover.

WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

Chocolate, always chocolate.

IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

The first thing people usually say when I meet them socially and they find out I’m a psychologist is “can you read my mind?” Unfortunately (or fortunately!) I definitely cannot read minds. Perhaps that would be a good super power (or perhaps not!). I always thought it would be really cool to be able to fly.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN DUBAI?

I love that its sunny almost every day of the year, even in the summer when its too hot to be outside there’s something really uplifting about waking up to bright skies every morning, perhaps that’s because I grew up in one of the wettest parts of the UK. I really love how friendly and family orientated it is. It’s a great place for children to grow up and to meet likeminded people.