Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Autism and PDA Specialist
“My son’s smile as Dr Dura-Vila gave him his diagnosis is a look I hope to remember forever. A mix of pride, relief and even some excitement. It was beautiful.”
"Our son has been admitted to the specialist school he needs. Your assessment report played a huge part in this success!"
“I am different, not less…If I could snap my fingers and be non-autistic, I would not. Autism is part of who I am.”
(Mary Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science)
“Having the formal diagnosis and personalised report has made all the difference to our lives.”
Private Autism (ASD) and PDA assessments and consultations
for all ages: early years, children, adolescents and adults
*Private Autism (ASD) assessments for early years *Private Autism assessments for children
*Private Autism assessments for adolescents *Private Autism assessments for adults
*Private PDA assessments for children *Private PDA assessments for adolescents *Private PDA assessments for adults
Dr Gloria Dura-Vila offers initial consultation appointments and, if appropriate, assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She also carries out ASD assessments in complex presentations (e.g. such as in selective mutism), including Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), or Extreme Demand Avoidance.
A comprehensive multidisciplinary report co-signed by a senior clinical psychologist (approximately 35 pages) will be produced detailing the assessment findings including personalised recommendations (educational, clinical, etc) for managing the patient's difficulties and fostering their skills.
Dr Dura-Vila is deeply committed to making the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment process as patient-centred as possible and she spares no efforts to ensure that her assessments provide long-term benefits for children with ASD through providing families with tailor-made recommendations to be shared with everyone involved in their child’s care. She is also very passionate about communicating the ASD diagnosis in the best possible way to the young person, and will endeavour to do this face-to-face when appropriate, and when it is not, she will provide guidance and advice to parents on how to explain the diagnosis in an accurate, age-appropriate and positive manner to the child.
In her assessments with adults, Dr Dura-Vila’s diagnostic process will go above and beyond diagnostic labels, providing a detailed account of the client’s strengths and difficulties, with practical advice regarding mental health, employment, further education, etc.
Dr Dura-Vila is a Senior NHS Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and the Medical Lead for the ASD Pathway in Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. In her private practice, she has a national and international clientele, offering the option of online consultations and, when appropriate, assessments using skype or zoom. She is often asked privately to conduct assessments by the local authority, or by the courts. She is a well recognised professional, nationally and internationally, in the field of Autism.
Dr Dura-Vila’s relaxed and welcoming clinical rooms in London are located in Harley Street and Earl’s Court. Consultations with parents and clients are also provided by skype and zoom.
Dr Gloria Dura-Vila is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and the Medical Lead for the ASD Pathway in Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
She was born in Spain but has lived her entire professional life in the UK where she combines her work in the NHS with teaching and research in the fields of Cultural Psychiatry and Medical Anthropology, for which she was awarded a PhD in 2015 which come out as a book "Sadness, Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul. Transcending the Medicalisation of Sadness" in 2017. She was trained in Psychiatry at the Royal Free Hospital and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at St Mary’s Hospital in London. She completed an MSc and her PhD in Mental Health at University College London.
Dr Dura-Vila was runner-up for the National Autistic Society’s prestigious Autism Professionals Awards for two consecutive years, 2019 and 2020, in the category of Outstanding Mental Health Professional. She was awarded a PDA Star by the PDA Society for her commitment to supporting children and families living with PDA in May 2019. She was awarded a Clinical Excellence Award in 2018 and a triple Clinical Excellence Award in 2020 for her NHS work as Medical Lead for the ASD Pathway in Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust
The impact of her clinical work goes well beyond Surrey, reaching a national and international level, through teaching, interviews and publications. She is a visiting lecturer at University College London and Queen Mary University of London (she was previously Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London). Her passion for communicating the Autism diagnosis in the best possible manner compelled her to write "My Autism Book: A Child's Guide to their Autism Spectrum Diagnosis" which has sold well over 10,000 copies worldwide, with 33 five-star reviews (and counting) on Amazon (becoming a best-seller for publisher Jessica Kingsley); this book is established as a valuable resource for parents and professionals to explain ASD to a child with the diagnosis and was recently translated into Indonesian (2018). Her latest book "Me and my PDA: A Guide to Pathological Demand Avoidance for Young People" came out in November 2018 to great acclaim from professionals, young people with PDA, and their families. For more information and reviews of Gloria’s books please see the “Books” section.
Gloria has an active role at the Royal College of Psychiatrists where she often presents and organises conferences, she is a member of the executive committee of the Special Interest Groups of the Royal College of Psychiatrists for Spirituality and Psychiatry, and Transcultural Psychiatry. Besides her NHS and private practice, she also offers consultation and training to schools, and is in demand to present her research in national and international conferences.
If you wish to book an appointment with Dr Dura-Vila in Harley Street or Earl’s Court, or via skype/zoom, or for further information, please complete the form below.
Please specify the age of the person requiring the assessment and the type of assessment required so we send you the correct information:
1. Autism Spectrum Disorder
2. ASD and Pathological Demand avoidance
3. PDA (with existing diagnosis of ASD)
4. Additional ADHD when this is also suspected