BBTC Staff and Associates

Every single one of us is different, and difference should be embraced. I am different, and so are you. I have my strengths and difficulties, and so do you. Let’s make the best out of all our differences, strengths, and difficulties. At Building Blocks Therapy Centre, we believe that with the right support, children are able to achieve and excel to their full potential. Lets work together to find a way to understand each other. Love yourself and love those around you. Care for yourself and for those around you. We are all here to add something to the world, whatever the addition may be. We believe that our therapy success is due to the power of the passion this well selected team has towards the work we do.  We look forward to meeting each and every single one of you. We look forward to be learning from you like you will from us. 

Staff and Associates

“Together, we can create magic!” – BBTC

Building Blocks Therapy Centre believes in the importance of collaborating with a range of practitioners. We provide our clients with quality services using methods backed by strong empirical and theoretical research.  Our team and associates have been carefully selected to ensure these high standards are maintained.

 

Nada El Araby, BBTC Founder and CEO (BBTC U.K. and Egypt Team)
Nada El Araby, BBTC Founder and CEO (BBTC U.K. and Egypt Team)
Nada El Araby has dedicated the past 12 years towards working with children, adolescents, and adults with different needs. Nada’s journey began through a number of life experiences which led her to her profession. Nada has an MA in SEN, is currently working on her PhD, is qualified to conduct a wide range of standardised assessments, and holds a number of certificates that have been carefully selected to enhance her companys holistic, multidisciplinary, child-centred approach. Holding the qualifications to practice is absolutely vital, however Nada believes that to be a great therapist, personal life experiences are what begin your journey towards helping others.

Her approaches to learning and development for neurodiverse and neurotypical children are innovative, flexible and fun, playing to the strengths of the child and allowing them to develop in an open environment that they feel safe in.  Her work with families has also meant that they feel included in all aspects of their child’s individual programme and that they also receive the emotional respite needed, which can often be neglected. Her work across the globe is a testament to the company ethos, “Everyone deserves a chance.”  Her empathic and caring nature mean that despite separation in distance from the parents her strong team of therapists work with overseas, she still maintains strong bonds with the families engaged in programmes, adapting to each of their individual needs. Nada has been invited to present a number of training workshops both in the U.K. private venues and schools, along with prestigious hospitals in Egypt such as Kasr Al Ainy Hospital during the 9th Kasr Al-Ainy Annual International Psychiatry Congress “Positive Psychiatry: Beyond Traditional Perspective”, and the 7th Child and Adolescents Psychiatry Conference “Skills Training in Autism: From Diagnosis to Intervention”, at The Behman Hospital, and private venues.

 

Associate Team:

Consultant Clinical Psychologist Anne Justus (BBTC U.K. and Egypt Team)
Consultant Clinical Psychologist Anne Justus (BBTC U.K. and Egypt Team)
 Dr. Justus is a US trained Clinical Psychologist and has been working with children, adolescents, and adults with cognitive challenges since 1999.  She is passionate about working with individuals with different needs, and with the parents of children with different needs.  She recognises that support for caregivers is vital and is often an overlooked part of holistic care. Her caring and playful nature puts children at ease and allows them to have fun while progressing and learning new skills.  Dr. Justus often speaks internationally about individual, group, and relationship therapy.  She is a Clinical Psychology Professor at the American University in Cairo.

 

Consultant Paediatrician Monika Bajaj (BBTC U.K. Team)
Consultant Paediatrician Monika Bajaj (BBTC U.K. Team)
Dr. Bajaj has been practicing as a paediatrician for 20 years and has extensive experience in dealing with a wide variety of medical conditions. She currently works at Royal London Hospital as a Consultant in Community Paediatrics, and teaches medical students at Bart’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. She has been awarded “Clinical Excellence Award” for her commitment to delivering excellent care to her patients.  She was named as one of UK’s top 250 specialists in Tatler’s guide. Dr. Bajaj speaks fluent English as well as Hindi and Bengali. Dr.Bajaj has a strong interest in research and has published in National and International journals. She was commissioned by the Department of Health to develop a training package for “Management of Obesity in children”. She was invited as a speaker to the First World Paediatric Congress in Dalian, China and Community Child Health course organised by Imperial College London. She has given over 20 talks in Regional and National conferences in UK.

 

Child, Community and Educational Psychologist Verity Alexis (BBTC U.K. Team)
Child, Community and Educational Psychologist Verity Alexis (BBTC U.K. Team)
Dr. Alexis is a compassionate, reflective and dedicated Child, Community and Educational Psychologist, and an empathetic motivator with a vocation for helping children, young people, adults and families to improve their social, emotional and psychological well-being, to transcend adversity, and to gain empowerment, educational development and personal fulfillment. She works to reliably identify barriers to the successful learning of children and young people and to plan effective ways to help each individual to become contented in their selves and to maximize their learning potential. She has skills in using a Solution Focused consultation model of Educational Psychology service delivery. Dr. Alexis constantly develops the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively in both her speech and writing, and to present complex information in an as accessible way as possible.

 

Staff Team:

Jevetta Doyley (BBTC U.K. Team Main)
Jevetta Doyley (BBTC U.K. Team Main)

Jevetta began her first working experience with children with special education needs, whilst undertaking her degree at Goldsmith College, University of London. She was able to develop her experience and understanding of child and adolescent development and this further peaked her interest in supporting the social, emotional and behavioural needs of others.

Since graduating, she has worked in a range of schools at multiple levels, providing adapted curriculums, learning support, mentoring and contributing during multidisciplinary meetings regarding the children and young people she has supported, with professionals in and outside of school environment. This experience enhanced her interest in working with special educational needs and supporting and developing the work of parents and other education professionals, bridging the gap between home and school, allowing her to undertake the role of Senior Therapist at Building Blocks Therapy Centre.  

Her thirst for knowledge has gone far beyond her in-the-field experience, she has also been able to develop her theoretical knowledge, supporting Emeritus Professor Peter Smith in a number of his research and literature projects.  Under his tutelage she was able to develop a number of research skills as well as an understanding of issues affecting schools and families. 

Alaa Alkaadi (BBTC U.K. Team Main)
Alaa Alkaadi (BBTC U.K. Team Main)
Alaa has dedicated much of her time to working with children. Her ability to engage both neurotypical and neurodiverse groups has catapulted her to roles such as, teacher, therapist and learning support assistant, in the UK and abroad.

Alaa has been able to develop her theoretical knowledge at Westminster University, where she was able to gain her degree in Psychology.  Undertaking a Masters degree in Child Psychology at Kingston University has further enriched her knowledge. She has been able to develop and conduct new research in the field of child and education psychology, focussing her thesis on Autism and the development of numeracy skills. Her up-to-date theoretical knowledge means she has a good grasp on the techniques to support a range of learners, factors affecting learners and the learning environment.

Her commitment to working with children was further demonstrated when she took a break from studying to teach in countries outside the United Kingdom. Her knowledge coupled with her eye for detail meant she learned to quickly identify the academic, social, emotional and behavioural needs of each of the children in the classroom. Her current role as a therapist with Building Blocks Therapy Centre has helped to develop her understanding of the diversity in the Autism Spectrum and a range of other special educational needs, a key element we focus on when tailoring social, emotional and academic plans for the clients we work with.  

Thoraya Alkasab (BBTC U.K. Team Main)
Thoraya Alkasab (BBTC U.K. Team Main)
Thoraya is a member of the British Psychological Society and her work complies with the Standard and Codes of Ethics of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a qualified mental health counsellor working with a variety of mental health difficulties. She has obtained qualifications from perusing her Bachelors’ degree in Psychology at Middlesex University, Dubai and a Postgraduate degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regents’ University, London. Having a personalised approach for each client, Thoraya provides an integrative approach which entails different schools of thought and ways of working to produce the most effective therapy for each client.  The therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist is a significant aspect of the therpeutic process. Every therapeutic relationship will be unique in its own right but will be characterised by care, respect, congruence and confidentiality.

Salma Al-Khalidi (BBTC U.K. transfer to Egypt Team)
Salma Al-Khalidi (BBTC U.K. transfer to Egypt Team)
Salma’s creative eye and flexible approach has really enhanced her ability to work with children.  Going through the rigorous training process at Building Blocks Therapy Centre has helped her better understand the groups of children she has worked with.  Through reading the latest research and literature, Salma has been able to expand on her knowledge on the array of topics and therapies to support the neurotypical and the neurodiverse. Her knowledge of spatial design and interior design has meant that she is able to create spaces for children that are both engaging and not too busy.  

 

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BBTC has been founded by a passionate woman who has chosen her career path due to personal experience with learning difficulties. Having a brother with Dyslexia, and close family friends with Autism; Nada El Araby has dedicated her life towards working with children and adults with special educational needs. Our BBTC team has been well selected to consist of a number of professionals who are all lead by the same passion towards bettering the lives of children and their families.

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