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 25 pages) will be produced detailing the assessment findings including personalised recommendations (educational, clinical, etc) for managing the young person's difficulties and fostering their skills.
Dr Dura-Vila is deeply committed to making the 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.
Their warm and child-friendly clinical rooms are located in Harley Street and Earls Court. Consultations with parents are also provided by skype.
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.
She was runner up for the National Autistic Society’s prestigious Autism Professionals Awards 2019 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.
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 9,000 copies worldwide, with 29 five-star reviews 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 new 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 her clinical rooms in Harley Street, Earls Court, Bank or Canary Wharf, or via Skype, please contact us by completing the form below.