The Rainbow Therapy Practice - London

Dr Maria Hadji-Michael

Dr Maria Hadji-Michael is an Anglo-Greek Cypriot brought up in London and a Senior Clinical Psychologist working at Great Ormond Street Hospital with children for the last 6 years. Dr Hadji-Michal undertook her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology at University College London, her master’s degree at Kings College London in Mental Health and carried out her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway University. She has been working with children psychologically in the NHS for the last 10 years.

Dr Hadji-Michael is trained in a number of psychological therapies but predominantly uses CBT, ACT and Narrative Therapy. She is also experienced in delivering Behavioural Therapies for Tics and has completed additional training in Narrative Therapy, Systemic Therapy and parenting approaches including the Solihull Approach.

One of her main areas of expertise is supporting those with learning difficulties. She conducts neuropsychological assessments to determine an individual’s specific learning profile. Psychometric assessments investigate intellect, academic abilities, memory and attention and allow tailored support and strategies to be put in place at home and school. These assessments can help diagnose specific learning difficulties (e.g., dyslexia, dycalculia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia) that require educational support and potentially special adjustments in examinations.

She is fully registered with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) as a Registered Clinical Psychologist: PYL32517 and regulated by the British Psychological Society

Oral Presentations & Articles

1)     Alexithymia in Children with Tourette syndrome. European Society of the Study of Tourette syndrome (ESSTS) Hannover 2019.

2)     To Score of Not to Score; dilemmas posed when using questionnaires in complex, comorbid conditions. https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/score-or-not-score

Posters

1) Hanon, B., Maayan, H., Humphreys, S., Hadji-Michael, M (2019). “Tic Attacks” in Tourette syndrome, Hannon. Presented at European Society of the Study of Tourette syndrome (ESSTS) Hannover.

2) Taylor, C., Hadji-Michael, M., Heyman, I., & Gilmour, J. (2019). A case study of a child with TS and functional tics treated with intensive HRT and close school liaison. Presented at European Society of the Study of Tourette syndrome (ESSTS) Hannover.

3) Treatment of Four 14-year old girls with Non-Epileptic Seizures (NES) in the same school where successful treatment of the index case had a positive impact on the others. Presented at the 3rd International Conference on Functional (Psychogenic) Neurological Disorders (2017).

Publications

1) McWilliams, A,.Reilly, C., Gupta, J., Hadji-Michael, M., Srinivasan, R., & Heyman, I. (2019). Autism spectrum disorder in children and young people with non-epileptic seizures. Seizure.

2) Hadji-Michael, M., McAllister, E., Reilly, C., Heyman, I., & Bennett, S. (2019). Alexithymia in children with medically unexplained symptoms: a systematic review. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 123: 109736

3) McFarlane, F., Allcott-Watson, H., Hadji-Michael, M., McAllister, E., Stark, D., Reilly, C., Bennett, S., McWilliams, A., & Heyman, I. (2019). Cognitive-behavioural treatment of functional neurological symptoms (conversion disorder) in children and adolescents: A case series. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, 23, 317-328.

4) A case of history repeating: Assessment and Treatment of a mass hysteria phenomenon in a UK secondary School (In preparation).

5) Gorgoraptis, N., Mah, Y.H., Machner, B., Singh-Curry, V., Malhotra, P., Hadji-Michael, M., Cohen, D., Simister, R., Nair, A., Kulinskaya, E., Ward, N., Greenwood, R., Husain, M. (2012). Brain, 135(8):2478-91

6) Hadji-Michael, M., & Furnham, A. (2010). The effects of Leg to Body ratio on perceptions of attractiveness and health in a school population of adolescents with eating attitudes. Journal of Individual differences. Body Image, 15:1.51-55.

7) Swami, V., Hadji-Michael, M., Furnham, A., & Frederick, D.A. (2008). The influence of leg- to body ratio on judgements of women’s and men’s physical attractiveness and health. Body Image, 7:1.51-55.

8) Swami, V., Hadji-Michael, M., & Furnham, A. (2008). Personality and individual difference correlated of positive body image. Body Image, 5, 322-325.

Dr Maria Hadji-Michael
Chartered Senior Clinical Psychologist
Founder of The Rainbow Therapy Practice

Dr Maria Hadji-Michael

Dr Maria Hadji-Michael is an Anglo-Greek Cypriot brought up in London and a Senior Clinical Psychologist working at Great Ormond Street Hospital with children for the last 6 years. Dr Hadji-Michal undertook her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology at University College London, her master’s degree at Kings College London in Mental Health and carried out her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway University. She has been working with children psychologically in the NHS for the last 10 years.

Dr Hadji-Michael is trained in a number of psychological therapies but predominantly uses CBT, ACT and Narrative Therapy. She is also experienced in delivering Behavioural Therapies for Tics and has completed additional training in Narrative Therapy, Systemic Therapy and parenting approaches including the Solihull Approach.

One of her main areas of expertise is supporting those with learning difficulties. She conducts neuropsychological assessments to determine an individual’s specific learning profile. Psychometric assessments investigate intellect, academic abilities, memory and attention and allow tailored support and strategies to be put in place at home and school. These assessments can help diagnose specific learning difficulties (e.g., dyslexia, dycalculia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia) that require educational support and potentially special adjustments in examinations.

She is fully registered with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) as a Registered Clinical Psychologist: PYL32517 and regulated by the British Psychological Society

Oral Presentations & Articles

1)     Alexithymia in Children with Tourette syndrome. European Society of the Study of Tourette syndrome (ESSTS) Hannover 2019.

2)     To Score of Not to Score; dilemmas posed when using questionnaires in complex, comorbid conditions. https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/score-or-not-score

Posters

1) Hanon, B., Maayan, H., Humphreys, S., Hadji-Michael, M (2019). “Tic Attacks” in Tourette syndrome, Hannon. Presented at European Society of the Study of Tourette syndrome (ESSTS) Hannover.

2) Taylor, C., Hadji-Michael, M., Heyman, I., & Gilmour, J. (2019). A case study of a child with TS and functional tics treated with intensive HRT and close school liaison. Presented at European Society of the Study of Tourette syndrome (ESSTS) Hannover.

3) Treatment of Four 14-year old girls with Non-Epileptic Seizures (NES) in the same school where successful treatment of the index case had a positive impact on the others. Presented at the 3rd International Conference on Functional (Psychogenic) Neurological Disorders (2017).

Publications

1) McWilliams, A,.Reilly, C., Gupta, J., Hadji-Michael, M., Srinivasan, R., & Heyman, I. (2019). Autism spectrum disorder in children and young people with non-epileptic seizures. Seizure.

2) Hadji-Michael, M., McAllister, E., Reilly, C., Heyman, I., & Bennett, S. (2019). Alexithymia in children with medically unexplained symptoms: a systematic review. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 123: 109736

3) McFarlane, F., Allcott-Watson, H., Hadji-Michael, M., McAllister, E., Stark, D., Reilly, C., Bennett, S., McWilliams, A., & Heyman, I. (2019). Cognitive-behavioural treatment of functional neurological symptoms (conversion disorder) in children and adolescents: A case series. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, 23, 317-328.

4) A case of history repeating: Assessment and Treatment of a mass hysteria phenomenon in a UK secondary School (In preparation).

5) Gorgoraptis, N., Mah, Y.H., Machner, B., Singh-Curry, V., Malhotra, P., Hadji-Michael, M., Cohen, D., Simister, R., Nair, A., Kulinskaya, E., Ward, N., Greenwood, R., Husain, M. (2012). Brain, 135(8):2478-91

6) Hadji-Michael, M., & Furnham, A. (2010). The effects of Leg to Body ratio on perceptions of attractiveness and health in a school population of adolescents with eating attitudes. Journal of Individual differences. Body Image, 15:1.51-55.

7) Swami, V., Hadji-Michael, M., Furnham, A., & Frederick, D.A. (2008). The influence of leg- to body ratio on judgements of women’s and men’s physical attractiveness and health. Body Image, 7:1.51-55.

8) Swami, V., Hadji-Michael, M., & Furnham, A. (2008). Personality and individual difference correlated of positive body image. Body Image, 5, 322-325.

Media Work

Paul Ogrady Little Heroes Episode 2

Superhope

Clinical Psychologist Dr Maria Hadji-Michael, who appeared in our #GOSHxSuperhope video, discusses how Superhope has helped children at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children's Charity this #worldmentalhealthday.“Superhope is a unique programme that aims to help children through stressful or worrying times while in hospital. It encourages children to use their imagination and instils in children the perception of inner strength and resilience. This perception of strength and resilience can not only help children through the process of being in hospital, but also to increase their confidence and self-worth more broadly.”Find out more about #GOSHxSuperhope by visiting www.gosh.com.kw/superhope

Posted by Great Ormond Street Hospital International & Private Patients Service on Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Awards

1) Second Best Oral Presentation for work presented at European Society of the Study of Tourette Syndrome (ESSTS) Hannover 2019. (attach photo of me with the award).

2) Best Posters at ESSTS Hannover 2019 (listed above).

3) Post Graduate Medical Education Award at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Short Educational Video (2018).

 

Dr Benjamin Hannon

Dr Benjamin Hannon is a Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist. He completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Leicester, and a master’s degree at Oxford University before carrying out his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London. He has spent much of his time in healthcare working with children in hospital, community, and residential settings.

Dr Hannon’s area of expertise is within diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders. He has a particular interest in masking or camouflaging autistic traits in public and supporting such individuals through the assessment process. Dr Hannon is currently working in collaboration with The University of Calgary to develop a way of measuring camouflaging in young children. Dr Hannon also maintains an interest in neuropsychological assessments and how these can be used to support children through educational environments.

He is registered with the Health Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist (PYL38953).

Posters

Hannon, B., Halevi, M., Humphreys, S., & Hadji-Michael, M. (2019). “Tic Attacks” in Tourette Syndrome. Presented at European Society of the Study of Tourette Syndrome (ESSTS), Hannover.

Awards

2019 European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome best poster presentation by an early-stage researcher

Publications

Horvath, K., Hannon, B., Ujma, P. P., Gombos, F., & Plunkett, K. (2017). Memory in 3-month-old infants benefits from a short nap. Developmental Science, 21.

Petrella, A., Hughes, L., Fern, L., Monaghan, L., Hannon, B., Waters, A., & Taylor, T. (2021). Healthcare staff wellbeing and use of support services during COVID-19: a UK perspective. General Psychiatry, 34.

Dr Benjamin Hannon
Clinical Psychologist

Dr Morvwen Duncan

Dr Morvwen Duncan is a Senior Clinical Psychologist currently working in private practice and in the NHS at Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. Morvwen is experienced in working with children and young people of all ages, including children with complex needs due to neurodevelopmental co-morbidities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She has experience working therapeutically with young people and their parents adjusting and coping with long-term health conditions. She has also worked with young people with adverse early life experiences, often relating to abuse and neglect. Morvwen provides comprehensive neuropsychological assessment to identify learning strengths and areas of difficulties, and to screen for general and/or specific learning difficulties.

Publications

• Duncan, M., Woolgar, M., Ransley, R., & Fearon, P. (2021). Mental health and behavioural difficulties in adopted children: A systematic review of post-adoption risk and protective factors. Adoption & Fostering.
• Buts, S., Duncan, M., Owen, T., Martino, D., McWilliams, A., Murphy, T., Malik, O., Liang, H., Heyman, I., Hedderly, T. (2021). Paediatric tic-like presentations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Archives of Diseases in Childhood.
• Duncan, M., Carroll, S., Cockburn, R., Johnston, C., Bullock, H., Mitchell, S., & Hemingway, C. (2020). Psychosocial impact of paediatric demyelinating disorders: a scoping review. Developmental Medicine & Child. Neurology, 62(11), 1250-1258.
• Leff, A. P., Nightingale, S., Gooding, B., Rutter, J., Craven, N., Peart, M., … & Crinion, J. T. (2021). Clinical effectiveness of the queens square intensive comprehensive aphasia service for patients with chronic post-stroke aphasia. Stroke.
• Moschopoulou, E., Deane, J., Duncan, M., Ismail, S. A., Moriarty, S., Sarker, S. J., … & Korszun, A. (2021). Measuring quality of life in people living with and beyond cancer in the UK. Supportive Care in Cancer.
• Duncan, M., Moschopoulou, E., Herrington, E., Deane, J., Roylance, R., Jones, L., … & Taylor, S. C. (2017). Review of systematic reviews of non-pharmacological interventions to improve quality of life in cancer survivors. BMJ open.
• Duncan, M., Deane, J., White, P. D., Ridge, D., Roylance, R., Korszun, A., … & Bourke, L. (2017). A survey to determine usual care after cancer treatment within the United Kingdom national health service. BMC cancer.
• Duncan, M., Korszun, A., White, P., & Eva, G. (2018). Qualitative analysis of feasibility of recruitment and retention in a planned randomised controlled trial of a psychosocial cancer intervention within the NHS. Trials.

Dr Morvwen Duncan
Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dr Danielle Lambert

Dr Danielle Lambert is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), accredited by the BABCP. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Royal Holloway University. She has 14 years of experience working within the NHS across mental health and physical health services with adults, children, young people and their families.  

In her NHS practice, she works at Great Ormond Street Hospital as a Senior Clinical Psychologist providing psychological therapy for children, young people and their families who are adapting to a health condition. She also provides support and consultation to their medical teams.  She is experienced in carrying out cognitive assessments and enjoys working with young people with a range of neurodevelopmental conditions. She also works as a Clinical Tutor and lecturer.

Publications

  • Mindfulness in Irritable Bowel Disease in Adolescents: A Randomised Control Trial (submitted to the Archives of Disease in Childhood)
  • Flannery H, Portnoy S, Daniildi X, Lambert D., et al (2021). Keeping young people connected during COVID-19: the role of online groups. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2021;106:739-744.
  • Payne, L., Flannery, H., Kambakara Gedara, C., Daniilidi, X., Hitchcock, M., Lambert, D., … Christie, D. (2020). Business as usual? Psychological support at a distance. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1177/135910452093737
  • Algranati, S. & Lambert, D. (2019). An ACT and physiotherapy group for adolescents experiencing chronic pain. Clinical Psychology Forum, 319, 15–19.
  • Pulham, R. A., Alia, D., Marshall, L., & Lambert, D. (2019). Using therapeutic documents: A story of creativity tricks and living after childhood cancer. Clinical Psychology Forum (Vol. 320, pp. 22-27).

Danielle Lambert Bio
Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dr Chloe Taylor

Dr Chloe Taylor is a White British Clinical Psychologist, originally from North-West England. She currently works at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital in Neuropsychology, providing comprehensive neuropsychological assessments, to support young people and those around them in understanding how they learn best.

Dr Chloe Taylor undertook her undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology at Durham University and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. She holds research interests in understanding the experience of shame, and the experience of Tourette syndrome for young people.

Dr Taylor’s experiences with young people and their families has included working across the age range, from as young as 3 months old. She is trained across a number of therapies and offers a culturally sensitive and integrative approach to understanding young people’s experiences. In addition, Dr Taylor has worked with many neurodivergent young people, gaining a better understanding of how to make therapeutic interventions more accessible.
 

Oral Presentations & Articles

1) Hadji-Michael, M., Taylor, C., Humphreys, S., Halevi, M., Brewer, R., Murphy, J., Heyman, I.,
& Bird, G. (2018). Alexithymia and interoception in children with Tourette syndrome: A
clinical audit. Platform presentation at the Annual Meeting of the European Society for the
Study of Tourette Syndrome, Seville, ES.

2) Taylor, C., Mitchell-Blake, T., Kharod, A., McFarlane, F., Heyman, I., Stark, D., & Murphy, T.
(2018). Predictors of adaptive behaviour in children with Tourette syndrome and Chronic Tic
Disorder: A UK Clinical Sample. Platform presentation at the Annual Meeting of the
European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome, Seville, ES.

3) Taylor, C., Greenhalgh, J., Stark, D., Murphy, T., Heyman, I., & McFarlane, F. (2017). Delivery
of behavioural interventions for tics in an intensive outpatient format followed by remote
delivery: A UK paediatric case series. Platform presentation at the Annual Meeting of the
European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome, Seville, ES.

4) To Score of Not to Score; dilemmas posed when using questionnaires in complex, comorbid
conditions. https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/score-or-not-score

Posters

1) Taylor, C., Hadji-Michael, M., Heyman, I., & Gilmour, J. (2019). A case study of a child with TS
and functional tics treated with intensive HRT and close school liaison. Poster presented at
European Society of the Study of Tourette syndrome (ESSTS) Hannover.

2) Gosling, C., Taylor, C., Heyman, I., & Stark, D. (2018). Rates of cognitive difficulties in children
with medically unexplained symptoms attending specialist services. Poster presented at the
Great Ormond Street Hospital Conference, London, GB.

3) Mateu, A., McFarlane, F., Taylor, C., & Heyman, I. (2018). Exposure with response prevention
for Tourette syndrome: A case study of a 6 year-old. Poster presented at the Great Ormond
Street Hospital Conference, London. GB.

4) Taylor, C., Mitchell-Blake, T., Kharod, A., McFarlane, F., Heyman, I., Stark, D., & Murphy, T.
(2018). Predictors of adaptive functioning in children with Tourette syndrome attending a
specialist clinic. Poster presented at the Great Ormond Street Hospital Conference, London.
GB.

5) Jassall, K., Taylor, C., Hadji-Michael, M., Heyman, I., & Stark, D. (2018). Flying blind:
Investigating the validity of the Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale in the medically
unexplained symptoms population. Poster presented at the Great Ormond Street Hospital
Conference, London. GB.

6) Greenhalgh, J., Taylor, C., et al. (2017). Exposure and Response Prevention for Tics & OCD: A
UK paediatric case series. Poster presented at the Great Ormond Street Hospital Conference,
London. GB.

7) Taylor, C., Greenhalgh, J., Stark, D., Murphy, T., Heyman, I., & McFarlane, F. (2017). Delivery
of behavioural interventions for tics in an intensive outpatient format followed by remote
delivery: A UK paediatric case series. Poster presented at the Great Ormond Street Hospital
Conference, London. GB.

Publications

1) Taylor, C. (2022). How do young people describe, understand, and manage experiences of
shame. [Doctoral dissertation, University of East London]. UEL Research Repository.

Dr Chloe Taylor
Clinical Psychologist

Dr Nimmi Parikh

Dr Nimmi Parikh is a Senior Clinical Psychologist who has worked across specialist teams at Great Ormond Street Hospital for the past 6 years and previously across a range of physical and mental health settings, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services focusing on providing targeted mental health interventions in schools.

She has experience in providing psychological assessments and interventions for children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Tourette Disorder. Nimmi also has experience in providing therapeutic interventions for children and parents around adjustment and coping with long term health conditions.

Nimmi offers comprehensive cognitive assessments for children and young people to help identify strengths and weaknesses in learning.

 

Publications

Parikh, N., Saruchera, Y., & Liao, L.-M. (2018). It is a problem and it is not a problem: Dilemmatic talk of the psychological effects of female genital cutting. Journal of Health Psychology.

Channon, S., Crawford, S., Orlowska, D., Parikh, N., Thoma, P. (2013) Mentalising and Social Problem-Solving in Asperger’s Syndrome. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 19(2), 149-63

Drury, H., Stern, J. S., Wilkinson, V., Parikh, N., & Channon, S. (2012) Effortful and automatic cognitive inhibition in adults with Tourette’s syndrome. Neuropsychology, 27(1), 132-40

Parikh, N. (2012) Exposing the Global Stigma of Epilepsy. Epilepsy Review

Parikh, N. (2011) The Psychosocial Impact of Epilepsy Stigma: Cross-Cultural Views. Epilepsy Professional, 23,19-21

Acknowledged in:

Burnett, S., Bault, N., Coricelli, G., & Blakemore, S.J. (2010). Adolescents’ heightened risk-seeking in a probabilistic gambling task, Cognitive Development, 25(2), 183-96

 

Dr Nimmi Parikh
Clinical Psychologist

Dr Liz Anthony

I am a chartered Senior Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Practitioner. I completed both my undergraduate and doctoral studies at University College London. I have worked in a variety of settings from acute inpatient settings to community services. I have worked with adults, adolescents and children with a range of needs and abilities. I currently work in an NHS service for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and/or learning disabilities. I have experience in autism, ADHD and learning disability assessments for both adults and children. I specialise in working therapeutically with individuals with autism and/or learning disabilities, and associated mental health problems and behaviours that challenge, as well as their families and staff teams.

My preferred way of working is to support families and young people to connect to their own expertise and strengths regarding the problem they are seeking help for. I work together with my clients to find different and more helpful ways of looking at the problem, and aim to achieve change by engaging in therapeutic conversations in a validating and containing space.

I also provide training and consultation to staff teams in health, care and education settings to support their own work with individuals with autism, learning disabilities, mental health problems and challenging behaviour. I focus on topics such as Positive Behaviour Support, attachment, and risk management in order to support staff teams to work more helpfully with young people and their families.

Publications and Disseminations

Furnham, A. & Anthony, E. (2010) Lay theories of Bipolar Disorder: The Causes, Manifestations and Cures for Perceived Bipolar Disorder. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 56, 3, 255-269

DClinPsy research project – Pathways, Barriers and Facilitators to Psychological Therapy for Members of Black African Communities in the UK

Positive Behaviour Support: Our PBS Journey – Conference presentation

Care and Treatment Reviews: A reflection from within an assessment and treatment unit – publication for BPS Clinical Psychology Forum Newsletter

Dr Liz Anthony
Clinical Psychologist