Dr. Adriana Coelho - Founder Director

Meet Dr. Adriana Coelho, a seasoned Clinical and Educational psychologist who holds registrations in England, Italy, and Portugal. With a diverse range of professional training backgrounds, I have been immersed in various educational and health-related settings. A trailblazer in the field, I pioneered the introduction of dance as a learning tool in Brazilian schools back in 1992. Recognizing dance as not just a method, but a powerful avenue for self-awareness, bodily expression, and emotional connection, I view it as a medium for socialization and communication.

Notably, my contributions earned me the distinction of winning a state award in 2016, recognizing me as the best startup in the early childhood sector. This honor was bestowed upon me for creating a psychopedagogical project designed to foster the inclusion, integration, and empowerment of children facing disorders and disabilities. The remarkable recognition came from none other than Governor Nicola Zingaretti, representing the Lazio region of Italy, in the spheres of education and psychology.

Spanning an impressive three decades, my career is underscored by a wealth of experience in Autism Spectrum Disorder, positioning me as an expert in this realm. My specialization extends to the intricate field of Neurodevelopmental disorders, reflecting my deep commitment to understanding and aiding individuals in this domain.

Professional Skills In Eductional And Clinical Settings

  1. EHCP/ EHCNA Educational Health Care Need Assessment trained
  2. ASD Highly Specialist diagnosis and intervention for Adults and children
  3. ADHD clinical service provider certificate Adult and children
  4. EMDR trained
  5. STEPPS group management
  6. CBT for Psychosis, Trauma, Eating Disorders, ASD,
  8. Psychometric assessments
  9. Consultation
  10. Education And Training
  11. Ongoing PhD in Psychotherapy

Education And Training

  1. EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing trained and licensed.
  2. CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate and Diploma
  3. DBT Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  4. Mindfulness
  5. ACT Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  6. Inclusive didactics, special educational needs Sapere di Piu, Roma Italy
  7. Emotional education Master Divulgazione Dinamica Formazione
  8. Master in ADHD e Challenge behaviour Forepsy, Roma Italy
  9. Music and art therapy in Rehabilitation Laboform, Roma
  10. Learn disabilities Master ICOTEA, Messina Italy
  11. ABA therapist applied behaviour analysis Istituto Walden, Roma Italy
  12. Psycho music intervention Montessori method Istituto Ragonesi, Viterbo Italy
  13. Autism, Psychoeducational and clinical intervention Centro studi Erickson, Roma Italia

Aleksandra Truszkowska - Psychologist ( Autism practitioner)

I am an assistant psychologist at the clinic, with a BSc in Psychology from Brunel University, and an MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from University College London (UCL). I have also completed accredited training in Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

I have worked as a healthcare assistant (HCA) within a forensic mental health setting, with female service users, most aged between 18 and 25, with varying mental health diagnoses including, Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), Eating Disorders, ADHD, ASD, and Drug and Substance Misuse Disorder. My main duty as an HCA was to promote service user safety towards self/others through providing one-on-one therapeutic support and encouraging their involvement in therapeutic activities (e.g., psychodynamics group therapy, art, and music therapy), as these greatly contribute to their recovery.

Additionally, I have experience working as an assistant psychologist within an acute mental health service, whereby most of the clients (i.e., aged 18+), required psychological interventions and treatment for schizophrenia or a psychotic episode. This role enabled me to observe how to conduct psychology sessions and clinical formulations. I also part-took in collecting data for an audit by debriefing service users following incidents (e.g., self-harm, rapid tranquilisation) for the emergence of clinical implications to improve the service and minimise the prevalence of incidents.

Lastly, I have spent some time working as an occupational therapy assistant (OTA) with children, during early stages of their development (i.e., 6 months to pre-school), by supporting their physical, sensory, and mental health aspects of daily activities through therapeutic play. As an OTA, I helped to plan and assisted OT sessions whereby therapeutic play was used to develop a child’s ability to self-regulate, create ideas and plans for action, problem-solve, and form relationships.

My exhaustive experiences, across various mental health settings, have contributed to the adoption of essential skills which enable me to form therapeutic and trusting relationships with clients and their families, provide a sense of security and safety, alongside motivating clients to thrive, despite the challenges they may face, due to their mental health difficulties and/or neurodiversities.

Linda Hassan - Psychologist ( Autism practitioner)

I am an assistant psychologist with an MSc in Forensic Psychology from the University of Roehampton. I am trained and hold qualifications in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy essential skills (DBT skills), Motivational Interviewing (MI), ADOS and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  My academic pursuits have led me to conduct and explore my thesis around the profound and often overlooked impacts of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) in adulthood.

I have a comprehensive approach to supporting individuals from different backgrounds, specifically members of the Muslim and BAME communities, engaging in conversations around culture and mental health. With a wealth of practical experiences, I have worked with children between the ages of 5 and 8 and young girls between the ages of 14 and 16, facing adverse experiences, behavioural challenges and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in school and charity-based settings. Additionally, I also have spent time as an occupational therapy assistant in a PD ward for emotionally unstable Personality Disorders (EUPD), working with women between the ages of 18 and 35. I focused on delivering group and 1:1 interventions concentrated on activities of daily living (ADL) and helping them achieve confidence in integrating back into the community.

I have volunteered in non-profit charities, such as the ‘Iranian Kurdish Women’s Organisation (IKWRO)’, working alongside women between the ages of 25 and 50 who have experienced honour-based violence, sexual abuse, domestic violence, anxiety and depression. In addition, I have volunteered closely with ‘Brent Young People Thrive (BYPT)’, where I was elected to sit and represent the young people of Brent on a panel, giving insight into new mental health interventions to be placed in schools across the borough. As a team, we were nominated and won the ‘Pride of Brent’ award in 2019 for our dedication to breaking the stigma around mental health in BAME communities. This has provided me with invaluable insight into helping and working with individuals with complex mental health needs.

Delila Kiss - Psychologist ( Autism practitioner)

With a first-class degree in psychology from the University of Kent and specialized training in ADOS-2 and ADIR methodologies, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive assessments and tailored interventions for individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum. Additionally, I have completed courses in counselling techniques and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), equipping me with the skills to provide holistic and evidence-based interventions. Each patient’s journey towards wellness is important to me, and I am dedicated to offering compassionate care tailored to individuals’ unique needs.

Mahin Rajput - IT Manager

I am an IT Manager/Supervisor with experience in IT management and cloud computing. I have a master’s degree in Software Engineering with Cloud Computing from City, University of London, and hold certifications in Cloud Management and Database Management. My academic journey has given me in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in key areas such as advanced databases, software systems design, semantic web technology, advanced programming concurrency, and big data. This experience has provided me with insights into maintaining and improving our company’s technology infrastructure.