Our Clinician

Dr. Lavina Ahuja

Psychology, Counseling

Language: English, Hindi, Urdu, Sindhi Experience: 10 years

Personally, I think anyone can benefit from professional support and guidance at some point in life! We can benefit from talking to someone, who will truly listen, especially when there is a stress and difficult time, we need someone who we can talk to an

I am originally an Indian national and being born and brought up in Dubai, well aware of the culture and values of the country. For almost a decade or more I had lived and worked in different countries in the world, including studied and had worked in Canada, United Kingdom and Dubai. I am fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu and Sindhi and offer consultancy in the same.
I have been working with individuals, couples and families with a wide range of mental health and/or relationship issues. In the UK, I have worked for several years in a primary health-care set-up, where I was conducting short-term cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem and self-worthlessness issues.  I have also worked with couples at Relate UK and practiced Systemic Therapy and Transactional Analysis models. I have been trained and been using and teaching mindfulness techniques, especially mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy (MBCT).
In my work with individuals I have worked extensively with individuals with anxiety and relationship issues; while in my work with couples, I have worked extensively with couples from a middle eastern-eastern cultural background as well as western cultural clients. I have also been working for communication and conflict resolution issues, helping couples learn, how to effectively connect and communicate with each other, especially when in relationship crisis, like infidelity issues, mistrust, ill health stresses and stress of raising children with different sets of believes and values from the partner.
I believe in a supportive, empathic and non-judgmental therapeutic environment in which we can learn, uncover and explore issues and move towards resolution and personal growth.
I practice an integrative therapeutic model, with a core philosophy of Client-Centered psychotherapy, which means, I believe that provided the right environment and a good therapeutic relationship, we can overcome most difficult issues and grow. My core philosophy is integrated with psychodynamic models and other models, like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused therapy, Transactional Analysis, Systemic Therapy, Mindfulness and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). My knowledge and experience in a number of different approaches has allowed me the flexibility and skills to tailor therapeutic interventions to help clients to learn and grow, while keeping in mind their individual needs.”



I have worked with individuals and couples with the following issues:

  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Depression and low mood
  • Negative thinking
  • Self-esteem and self-worthlessness issues
  • Anger Management
  • Relationship issues
  • Communication problems
  • Cross-cultural issues
  • Dealing/Healing from infidelity
  • Grief and loss stress
  • Commitment and feeling happy
  • Bipolar Disorder


  • PhD. in Counseling Psychology ( Psy.D), University of Teesside, United Kingdom  (2008 - 2010)
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Counseling Psychology, University of Teesside, United Kingdom (2007 - 2008)
  • Summer Intesive Foundation Course, Regent's College, United Kingdom  (2007)
  • Honors Bachelor of Science (in Psychology and Anthropology), University of Toronto, Canada (2001 - 2006)
  • Bachelor of Science, Center of American Education, Dubai, UAE (2000 - 2001)



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