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Dr. Lavina Ahuja

Dr. Lavina Ahuja

Personal Development Consultant

Dr. Lavina Ahuja

Dr. Lavina Ahuja, is a Personal Development Trainer here at LifeWorks Foundation. She is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), having done her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from the UK.

Lavina is an Indian national and a Dubai-ite, being born and brought up in Dubai. She has lived and worked in different cities in the world, having studied and worked in Canada and in the UK. She offers consulting in English, Hindi, Urdu and Sindhi.

Lavina has worked in Canada, UK and in Dubai for nearly a decade. She has worked with individuals, couples and families with a wide range of mental health or relationship issues. In the UK, Lavina worked for several years in a primary health-care set-up, which means short-term cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for issues like anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem and self-worth issues. She also worked with couples, at Relate UK, using Systemic Therapy and Transactional Analysis models. She has trained in using and teaching mindfulness techniques, especially mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy (MBCT).

In her work with individual clients, Lavina has specialized in dealing with anxiety issues and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). With couple clients, Lavina has worked extensively with relationship issues like communication, conflict, cross-cultural issues and infidelity.

Additionally, Lavina has worked with individuals and couples with the following issues:
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Depression and low mood
  • Negative thinking
  • Self-esteem and self-worth issues
  • Anger Management
  • Relationship issues
  • Communication issues
  • Cross-cultural issues
  • Healing from infidelity
  • Grief and loss
  • Commitment issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
Lavina says:

“Personally, I think everyone could benefit with some personal development and sessions at some point in time! We could all do with some support, someone we could talk to, someone who will truly listen, especially when we are stressed or having a difficult time. Sessions can help an individual gain self-awareness and feel supported, so we can overcome most ongoing issues. I believe in a supportive, open and non-judgemental therapeutic environment in which we can learn, uncover and explore issues and move towards resolution and personal growth.

My practice comprises of an integrative therapeutic model, with a core philosophy of Client-Centred Therapy, which means, I believe that provided the right environment and a good therapeutic relationship, we can overcome most issues and grow. My core philosophy is integrated with psychodynamic models and other models, like Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused therapy, Transactional Analysis, Systemic Therapy, Mindfulness and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This approach has allowed me the flexibility to tailor therapeutic interventions to aid the client to learn and grow, while keeping in mind the individual needs of the client.”