We have a pool of psychotherapists and counsellors working at the Centre, as well as many consultants providing services from their own consulting rooms.We work with counsellors, psychotherapists, child and adolescent, couples and family psychotherapists.
Aida Alayarian, BSc, MSc, DocSc, PhD, is a consultant clinical psychologist, specialising as a paediatric psychoanalyst and child psychotherapist since 1986, and adult psychoanalytic psychotherapist since 1998. She is the co-founder and current Clinical Director and CEO of the Refugee Therapy Centre.
Over three decades, Aida has worked with children, young adults and families in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural settings in the statutory and voluntary sectors. Prior to becoming Clinical Director of the Centre, she worked for seven years at London's Intercultural Therapy Centre, NAFSIYAT, managing children and family referrals, and she was Head of Therapy Services and Chair of the Panel of Foster Carers at the Childcare Co-operative. She also worked at the Brixton Community Mental Health, South London & Maudsley NHS Trust and at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trusts.
She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and sat on the executive board of the UKCP-CPJA as Treasurer for two years and Chair for another two years. She is a member of the the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WACP) and has presented and chaired sessions at several international congresses of the WACP since 2006. Since 2012 she has sat as the Chair of the Special Interest Group (SIG) in Psychotherapy of the WACP.
Aida developed and is the Programme Leader of a four year professional training and MA course with the University of East London as well as a Professional Doctorate in Intercultural Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in partnership with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Aida has published extensively. Her publications have been informed by her work with asylum seekers, refugees, people who have endured torture and other forms of human rights violations.
Aida's work was awarded with the Women in Public Life award in 2009; the Centre of Social Justice Award in 2010 and the London Educational Partnership in 2011.