Preetha Madhavan , M. Psych (Australia)

Clinical Psychologist

Preetha Madhavan

My passion is to bring empathy, support and empowerment to my clients with a specialised focus on children, adolescents and their families. I endeavour to develop healthy perceptions of self and to equip both children and their parents with tools and techniques to handle the child’s emotions, thoughts and behaviours.

Raised in the Middle East, I relate to being an expat as well as identify with the local culture and norms. As a result, I am able to work in a culturally sensitive way whilst appreciating each client’s diversity.

I appreciate that no single approach is the right one for every individual, and I am trained in different evidence-based psychological interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based therapies which enable me to practice as a compassionate and empathetic psychologist.

Additionally, I have extensive training and experience in psychoeducational assessments and evaluations of children and adolescents. I am a trained and certified ADOS-2 provider, the gold standard assessment tool for diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I also provide assessments for ADHD, learning difficulties including impairments in reading, writing and mathematics as well as adaptive behaviour functioning. I have worked in both educational as well as clinical settings for 10 years with a primary focus on children and adolescent clients in Australia and Oman, prior to moving to the U.A.E.

Expertise

  • Anxiety disorders including generalised anxiety, separation anxiety, highly sensitive personalities (HSPs)
  • Low mood
  • Adjustment issues
  • Self-esteem and self-image
  • Social skills training and support
  • Difficulties related to ASD and ADHD
  • Family and relationship difficulties
  • Parental guidance
  • School consultations
  • Assessment and diagnosis of cognitive, educational and developmental needs including Autism diagnosis, Attention-
    Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning difficulties and Intellectual Disabilities

Tools

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness based therapy

Qualifications & Memberships

  • M.Psych Counselling (Monash University, Australia)
  • P.G. Dip Psychology (Monash University, Australia)
  • BA (Hons) in Psychology
  • Licensed psychologist of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Licensed as a Clinical Psychologist, at Dubai Health Authority (DHA)

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