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 5 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


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).



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

Media Work

Paul Ogrady Little Heroes Episode 2


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


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).