Dr Ana Aguirregabiria - Clinical Director

 

Dr Ana is a consultant clinical psychologist and family therapist, with over two decades of experience working with families.

Multi-lingual and culturally adept, she brings to every engagement a dedicated professionalism that inspires confidence, trust and respect. Her deep expertise and experience gives her a personal perspective that is uniquely insightful and helpful, allowing families to feel the difference almost as soon as they begin.

 

Brief Academic History

2006 -  PhD Cum Laudem in Clinical Psychology, Deusto University, Spain

2003 -  Training and Consultancy, Management and Leadership in Mental Health Services, Cassel H. london

1996 -  Postgraduate Diploma in Family Therapy, Institute of Family Therapy, London 

1995 -  Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Role Play, Howell Centre UK

1993 -  Postgraduate Diploma in Sociodrama, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1992 -  Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health (MSc), Deusto University

1992 -  Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, Deusto University

1987 -  Clinical Psychology Degree, Deusto University

Supporting her are a team of highly trained and experienced specialists in their field, including clinical psychologists, family therapists, counsellors, psychiatrists as well as therapeutic practitioners such as speech and language therapists and neurofeedback specialists.

When we do not offer the specific intervention that may best meet your needs, then we will refer you to an appropriate professional. We do not ask you to fit around us: we fit around you.

Nicola Masefield- Learning and Behaviour Specialist 
 

Nicola has 18 years’ experience of working with children and young people with speech language and communication needs within a specialist school setting, and as a independent practitioner, supporting families, schools and other professionals. Nicola has taught across Primary and Secondary and is experienced at supporting co-occurring difficulties, for example ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Pervasive Demand Avoidance, motor and sensory problems, anxiety issues and emotional needs. 

A specialist in Specific Learning Difficulties with a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Autism, she has held many leadership roles including Deputy Head, Head of Behaviour, Head of House and Subject Leader. She designed and implemented policies and procedures to meet the needs of the latest Ofsted framework, especially evidencing the impact of intervention upon the individual pupil’s progress.

Nicola is very experienced in supporting parents through the Statutory Assessment process, Education Health Care Plans and identifying appropriate school placement. She can signpost the necessary services and professional input needed in order to ensure children with special educational needs meet their long-term academic, social and emotional potential.


Professional Qualifications 


•    MA Autism Spectrum
•    Functional Behaviour Assessment Certificate 
•    Irlen Syndrome Screener 
•    Specific Learning Difficulties Certificate (OCR Level 5)
•    Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
•    BSc (Hons) Psychology 

 

Gabriela Siovolgyi - Assistant Clinical Psychologist 

 

Gabriela is an Assistant Clinical Psychologist working with children and their families. She is a team player and works closely with Dr Ana. Working together towards a common goal, she creates tailored approaches to each family to wrap around the child’s needs. She delivers both Neurofeedback and the Balancing Hearts and Mind Programme.

 

Gabriela has experience both working with adults and children, with a BSc(Hons) in Clinical Psychology and MSc in Health Psychology. She is passionate about delivering a bio-psycho-social approach to understanding and modifying behaviour. She also has made a significant contribution in the field of research, more specifically, to better understand the social factors of obesity in both adults and children for the Department of Health at Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. Her experience in both research and practice allows for a flexible approach in formulating problems to find solutions.

 

She looks forward to welcoming and supporting you on your journey!

 

Professional Qualifications 

  • 2020 -HeartMath Certified Practitioner - HeartMath Clinical Certification for Stress, Anxiety, and Self Regulation

  • 2019- MSc Health Psychology (University College London)

  • 2019 -BPS Graduate Member

  • 2018- BSc (Hons) Clinical Psychology (University of Kent)

Ben Wind -  Assistant Clinical Psychologist

 

Ben is an Assistant Clinical Psychologist with experience working with children with a broad range of presenting difficulties. Ben has joined Dr Ana to deliver the Balancing Mind and Heart programme. The practice is delighted to have received an innovator’s grant from innovate UK to bring this programme to our clients.

 

Ben has previous experience in mental health. He has worked one-to-one with high-needs children and as a leader in classes teaching social and communication skills. Ben is particularly excited by the positive psychology movement that has been undervalued in clinical practice thus far. Proactive and positive learning are just as important as retroactive care. In any spare time, Ben is finishing his masters thesis on the topic of developing interoceptive awareness using an embodied and mindful intervention for promoting wellbeing and reducing anxiety during the Coronavirus lockdown.

 

Professional Qualifications

  • 2020 - MSc Clinical Psychology (Newcastle University)

  • 2019 - BSc (Hons) Psychology (Newcastle University)

  • 2019 - BPS Graduate Membership

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