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Takalam [Arabic for ‘speak’] is an award-winning UAE based online counseling platform for mental well-being. Connecting individuals and organizations directly with professional counselors through a private and personalized digital experience using video, audio, and instant messaging on a highly secured platform.

Our mission is to promote a state of well-being and the pursuit of having a healthy mind by making online counseling available to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. We also aim to break the cultural stigma around mental health by creating awareness campaigns to create social impact for the benefit of the community.

Our story

We [the founders] launched Takalam after going through personal experiences during challenging times. We were dealing with depression and anxiety and had no convenient way to access professional support, mainly due to logistical limitations and reluctance due to cultural judgment. While this should not be the case for anyone in need of mental health support, we figured we were not the only ones. In fact, many individuals are on the same boat. Our aim became to find a convenient solution for this problem and create a social impact.

Our inspiration comes from our passion for helping others. We both had experiences working in philanthropic entities and had roles focused on community development.


We connect individuals and organizations directly with professional
counselors through a private and personalized digital experience.

The team

Khawla Hammad

Founder & CEO

Khawla is the founder and CEO of Takalam L.T.D, an online counseling platform that supports mental well-being. Takalam was founded in early 2020 to ease access to mental health services in a convenient, private, and affordable way, catering to individuals and organizations in a one-stop-sho

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Inas Shashieh

Co-Founder & COO

Inas is a project management and leadership professional with over 20 years of experience. Inas has held senior executive roles in private and government entities in the UAE , as well as various USAID funded projects in Jordan serving local communities.

As soon as Inas graduated

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Meet the Takalam Advisors

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