Associate Psychologist working with children, adolescents, and young adults
MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from UCL (University College London), BSc in Psychology from the University of Nottingham. Previously worked as an ABA Therapist for children with special needs (ASD, ADHD, ADD, etc).
Dounia also offers low-cost basic psychological assessments (ie IQ, ADHD, etc), and can conduct therapy in English and French.
Background and Experience
Prior to working in private practice, Dounia worked as a Behavioural therapist for children and adolescents with Autism, special needs, ADHD, ADD and other learning difficulties. She has also previously done some shadow teaching which included one on one support to children at their school.
Dounia has volunteered on numerous different occasions. Locally, she volunteered at ‘Child @ st 11’ to work with children from low-income/dysfunctional families, and worked at a home for the elders. Additionally, she volunteered around South East Asia such as Cambodia and Thailand, to work with Elephants, build houses for families, build a school, work with children affected by AIDS, and teach English. Whilst at University, Dounia was president of a student-run charity society called ‘Karnival’. This included raising money in various ways for different causes such as local children’s hospitals, cancer research, Alzheimer’s, deforestation, etc. She also was a part of the on-campus UNICEF committee.
Dounia believes in bringing a positive and holistic approach to therapy. She likes to ensure that clients feel comfortable and heard. Having worked with Autism and special needs, she understands that each client is unique and likes to focus on each individual’s strengths. She also uses some of her social thinking and ABA skills for children where she feels is needed. In addition, she is passionate about fitness and health, and believes that this, along with positivity, mindfulness and affirmations, can be beneficial in therapy; ‘healthy body, healthy mind’. Dounia is trained in basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and social thinking. She also uses likes to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as she believes it can be important to embrace thoughts and feelings rather than fighting them and feeling guilt and/or shame around them.
Having lived in Switzerland, Hong Kong, the UK and Singapore, Dounia loves meeting new people from different cultural backgrounds. She loves to travel, try new things and create new experiences/memories. She finds reading, staying active and volunteering extremely enriching.