During the current Covid-19 pandemic, the safety and welfare of our patients and staff is our priority. We have successfully continued to provide consultations and assessments online (via zoom) until we are able to safely resume face-to-face appointments.

Dr Gloria Dura-Vila MD, MRCPsych, MSc, PhD

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Autism and PDA Specialist


“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)

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

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and PDA assessments and consultations with Dr Gloria Dura-Vila

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.

Please click here to read her patients' testimonials

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’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, MD, MRCPsych, MSc, PhD

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.

Book an Appointment

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 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

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to Durà-Vilà Naidoo. (along with all subsidiaries, affiliates, successors and assigns thereof, referred to hereinafter collectively as “Durà-Vilà Naidoo”, "we", "our" and/or "us"), our websites and services. Durà-Vilà Naidoo knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your expectation that we will do so carefully and sensibly.

By visiting this or another Durà-Vilà Naidoo website displaying this Privacy Policy or a link thereto (a "Website", or collectively the “Websites”), or by otherwise interacting with Durà-Vilà Naidoo you agree to accept the practices described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is further subject to the Durà-Vilà Naidoo Services Agreement related to the Durà-Vilà Naidoo services you utilise and/or purchase. For questions on this Privacy Policy please contact our team via the contact information found on this Website.

Durà-Vilà Naidoo values your privacy and is dedicated to protecting your personal information and providing you with notice about what personally identifiable information we collect and how it is used, what choices you have regarding the collection, use and distribution of that information, the security procedures we implement to protect that information and what access you may have to correct any inaccuracies in the information we have collected from you.

What Information Is Collected
We receive and store any information you enter on our Websites or give us in any other way, such as via telephone, electronic mail, online or otherwise. For example, this information may be collected when you contact us for customer support.

Here are the types of information we gather:

Contact Information: We collect and retain personal contact information that you submit to us voluntarily and this includes, but is not limited to, your name, mailing address, web address, telephone number, and e-mail address. This information may include your full name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and, where provided, your fax number. Such contact information may be used, for example, to communicate with you when necessary with respect to transactions. Additionally, we may collect contact information provided to us during any correspondence relating to customer support, as well as in connection with products and services offered on our Websites.

Financial Information: We collect and retain certain financial information from when you purchase our products and services. For example, when you sign up for any other product or service through Durà-Vilà Naidoo, we require you to provide a credit card number and billing address before we will process that application. We will not sell, share or rent any financial information collected from you except as disclosed in this Privacy Policy or as necessary to fulfil any order for our products or services.

Demographic Information: We may collect and store anonymous demographic information (such as your postcode, gender and age), and use this data to tailor your experience on our Websites, provide content that we think you might be interested in, perform general improvements to the Websites, and display the content according to your preferences. Such demographic information may be shared with partners, market researchers and other third parties on an aggregate, non-personally identifiable basis. No personally identifiable information will be linked to such aggregated demographic information that is shared with third parties.

Other Information: We collect and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. For example, our servers track the type of web browser you are using and the page from which you link. Additionally, we log IP addresses (a unique number assigned to every computer on the Internet) in order to improve security, analyse trends and administer the Websites. We may track your movement within the Websites, the third-party website pages from which you were referred, access times and browser types. We use this information to gauge the effectiveness of our Websites, track information for statistical purposes and to improve the products and services we provide. We collect this information to better develop a sense of what services our customers need and identify areas of improvement to the Websites. We may use such information for marketing purposes, and to send information to you that we believe might be of interest. In addition, such information may be shared with partners, market researchers and other third parties on an aggregate, non-personally identifiable basis. No personally identifiable information will be linked to such aggregated information shared with third parties.

We may supplement the information you provide us by acquiring publicly or commercially available information as available in the public domain or from third parties, for instance, to verify your address or to update your information and to create a profile of your preferences. We tie your personally identifiable information to information in the profile, in order to improve the content of the Websites for you or to inform you about products or services that we think will be of interest to you. From time to time, we may also ask you to participate in surveys or other communications conducted by us or third parties designed to help us improve the Websites or the products or services we provide.

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Telephone Recording and Monitoring: To ensure Durà-Vilà Naidoo customers receive quality service, Durà-Vilà Naidoo selects phone calls for recording and/or monitoring. These calls, between Durà-Vilà Naidoo customers (or potential customers) and employees, are evaluated by Durà-Vilà Naidoo representatives. This is to guarantee that prompt, consistent assistance and accurate information is delivered in a professional manner. In contacting Durà-Vilà Naidoo creating an account with Durà-Vilà Naidoo, or by otherwise utilising any Durà-Vilà Naidoo products or services, you hereby consent to any such call recording and/or monitoring.

How Personal Information Is Used

Our Use: We receive and store any personal information you enter on our Websites or give to us voluntarily in any other way and may use it to contact you from time to time. We take steps designed to ensure that only the employees who need access to your personal information to fulfil their employment duties will have access to it. By registering on a Website and providing your telephone number, you agree that this action constitutes a purchase, enquiry and/or application for purposes of telemarketing laws. Regardless of the fact that your telephone and/or cell number may be listed with the TPS, you are providing your express written consent to receive future information (including telemarketing) about products and services from us and/or our affiliates, and you hereby agree and consent to our contacting you using the information you have provided and will provide to us. This means we may contact you by e-mail, phone and/or cell number (including use of automated dialling equipment and/or pre-recorded calls), text (SMS) message, social networks or any other means of communication that your wireless or other telecommunications device may be capable of receiving (i.e. video, etc.). We may also send you information or offers from time to time to the postal address or email address we have on file (as further outlined in this Privacy Policy). You further acknowledge that you are not required to agree directly or indirectly or enter into an agreement regarding our telemarketing efforts as a condition of purchasing any goods or services from us or our affiliates.

Electronic Mail: From time to time, Durà-Vilà Naidoo may use your personal information to contact you by electronic mail concerning our services. These communications are often intended to inform you of important information regarding your account, or about general services provided by Durà-Vilà Naidoo and/or its affiliates. If you do not want to receive email from us or our affiliates regarding new services, please click the "unsubscribe" link which is included at the bottom of any email you receive from us. However, in order to fulfil our service obligations to you, we will continue to send you emails regarding your account administration, as well as any necessary information, such as renewal notices and instructions. By providing us with your email address you consent to receiving communications from us electronically and all notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.

Service Related Uses: We may use your personal information to contact you about the goods or services you have purchased from us, or for other purposes in which you have expressed an interest, for example, if you have contacted customer service or made an enquiry. We will also provide you with service and account related announcements. For instance, if the delivery of a service or product is delayed we might send you an email, or other message, or if there is some service issue with something you might have ordered. Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to cancel your services with us.

Protection of Durà-Vilà Naidoo and Others: We may release account and other personal information when we are required to do so by law, court order, subpoena or other government or law enforcement authority or regulatory agency, including ICANN, in order to enforce or apply our Services Agreement or other agreements, or when we believe in good faith that disclosing this information is necessary or advisable, including for example, to protect the rights, property, or safety of Durà-Vilà Naidoo, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for fraud protection, credit risk reduction or other similar purposes. Sites Other Than Durà-Vilà Naidoo, Durà-Vilà Naidoo has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy policies or information gathering practices of other websites, including those to which we may link and those which may link to us. We strongly recommend that you review the privacy policies of every online service you use before submitting any personal information and direct any concerns to the site administrator of that website.

How Long We Keep Your Personal Data.
We keep information only for as long as we need it to provide you services, manage our business or as required by law or contract. Where you have a contract with us, we will retain your data for the length of the contract, and will further retain that information for a time period consistent with our legal or regulatory responsibilities, after you terminate all your services with us to resolve disputes, enforce our relevant Service Agreement, and to adhere to the technical and legal requirements and constraints related to the security, integrity and operation of the Sites. If you have any questions about how long we will keep your specific data, please contact us.

How We Keep Your Personal Data Safe.
We work to protect the security of your financial information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer ("SSL") software, which encrypts the information you input on the Site. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is completely secure and we cannot guarantee its absolute security. You can further help to ensure your security by taking a few simple precautions. For instance, it is important to protect against unauthorised access to your computer, and to be sure to sign off when you are finished using a shared computer.

Limitation Of Liability
Durà-Vilà Naidoo assumes no responsibility or liability with regard to any theft, loss, alteration or misuse of personal or other information lawfully provided by Durà-Vilà Naidoo to third parties, or with regard to the failure of any third party to abide by this privacy policy or such third party.

Contacting Us.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, you can contact us by writing to us at info@PsychiatryinLondon.co.uk.