Dr Gloria Dura-Vila MD, MRCPsych, MSc, PhD
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!"
“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
Highly specialised consultations and assessments for Autism (ASD),
including complex and atypical presentations such as Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA),
as well as ADHD, for all ages, carried out face-to-face with the option of being done remotely via Zoom also available.
Autism diagnoses can be overlooked in GIRLS AND WOMEN, and many girls and women are not receiving the support they need. Dr Dura-Vila’s clinical work is a relentless battle to fight the gender diagnosis gap.
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 strategies, recommendations and resources 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 or adult.
In her assessments with adults and young people, 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 and resources 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, remote assessments. She is often asked privately to conduct assessments by the local authority, or by the courts. She is a highly-regarded professional, nationally and internationally, in the field of Autism.
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 is a member of the Expert Reference Group of the Autism Education Trust (AET), the co-chair of the Autism and Complex Needs Special Interest Group (ACNSIG) and a member of the Surrey Autism Partnership Board.
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 92 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 books are “Me and my PDA: A Guide to Pathological Demand Avoidance for Young People” (2018), “The Amazing Autistic Brain Cards: 150 Cards with Strengths and Challenges for Positive Autism Discussions” (2021) and “The Panda on PDA: A Children's Introduction to Pathological Demand Avoidance” (2022). She has a new book coming up soon on masking and helping children to find their true autistic self: “Camille the Chameleon on Masking: How to Stop Masking and Discover your Awesome Autistic Self”. Her books available at amazon.co.uk and uk.jkp.com. For more information and reviews of her books please see the “Books” and “Reviews’ sections.
Dr Dura-Vila 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 Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists for Spirituality and Psychiatry. Besides her NHS and private practice, she also offers consultation 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 her South-West London clinic, or via Zoom, of for further information, please complete the form below. In your message, please provide the following information so we send you the correct information:
The age of the person requiring the assessment
- The type of appointment needed
1. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment
2. ASD and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) assessment
3. PDA assessment (with existing diagnosis of ASD)
4. Additional Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when this is also suspected alongside ASD or/and PDA (we do not provide ADHD assessments on their own)