Our Team of ADHD Specialists - The ADHD Centre

Meet Our Team of ADHD Specialists

Our clinical team of Specialist ADHD Consultant Psychiatrists, Coaches and Therapists are highly experienced and offer only the latest evidence-based treatments to ensure that their clients get the help that they need quickly, safely, and effectively. We offer a wide range of effective treatments which are always individually tailored to best suit your specific needs.

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Dr Mukesh Kripalani MD MRCPsych

Dr Kripalani is our lead Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in adult ADHD, general adult, rehabilitation and early intervention psychiatry. He has been appointed as Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission and is also a Regional Representative for the General and Community Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Kripalani is actively at the forefront of psychiatric research in the UK today. He has 34 publications in prestigious medical journals, such as the British Journal of Psychiatry. He has published research widely on topics such as Adult ADHD, PTSD and Bipolar Disorder, and he is considered by the medical establishment to be one of the UK’s leading experts in the field of Adult ADHD, PTSD and affective mood disorders such as Depression and Bipolar Disorder.


  • MD
  • CCT General Adult Psychiatry
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatry
  • Member of the General Medical Council
  • Section 12 Approved Clinician under the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission
  • Regional Representative for the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Expert witness in medico-legal cases
  • 34 Research Publications in Adult ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder
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Lorrine Marer’s – Specialist ADHD Behavioural Coach and Parenting Trainer

Lorrine Marer is an experienced ADHD Behaviour Specialist who has been working in the field for over 12 years with clients in this country, the United States and Europe.  The motivation behind her decision to follow this career was driven by her own experiences as a parent.


Lorrine trained in all aspects of behavioural and learning difficulties including completing a Cambridge University accredited ADHD Coaching Course.

Lorrine is currently involved in various projects which receive funding from Local Education Authorities, the NHS, Youth Offending Teams and Youth Inclusion Support Panels, as well as the Children’s Fund and the National Lottery.

She trains teachers and learning mentors in schools, runs parenting workshops for charities, a housing trust, foster carers, childcare workers and parenting support groups across the country and in prisons. Her latest project is a possible working group (in collaboration with the government) to improve anti-social behaviour on housing estates.

She has put together a programme of parenting, sibling groups and social skills groups which has won an award for Excellence and Innovation from Basildon (Essex) PCT, nominated for National Housing Federation Award (for innovative work for a Housing Trust) and has been a nominee for the Woman of the Year Awards.

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Dr Ashish Kumar

Dr Ashish Kumar is a leading Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist based in the North West of England.  He specialises in assessment, diagnosis and management of complex developmental disorders, such as ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders across the life span as they present in children, adolescents and adults.

Dr Kumar is the Chair of North Wales and Merseyside Committee of ACAMH (Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health) and in this role he has organised and chaired many Regional and National conferences. Dr Kumar is also the Academic Secretary of The Faculty of Eating Disorders of The Royal College of Psychiatrists.


  • MRCPsych (Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)
  • MBBS
  • MSc (Psychiatry and Mental health)
  • Diploma in Personality Disorders
  • Diploma in Medical Leadership and Management
  • CCT Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Member of the General Medical Council
  • Member of the British Medical Association
  • Section 12 Approved Clinician under the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Certified clinician to use ADOS-2
  • Trained in the use of Connor’s Rating Scales for diagnosis of ADHD.
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Antonio Martins-Mourao, PhD, Clin. Psych., CPsychol., AFBPsS, FHEA – Clinical Director

Dr Martins-Mourao is a Clinical Psychologist with additional training in Neurophysiology (QEEG and ERPs), Neuropsychology and a Doctorate in Psychology awarded by the Institute of Education, University of London. He is an international pioneer in the research, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD subtypes from QEEG imaging and is clinical director of the London Scientific Neurotherapy Community which is dedicated to ongoing research and study of Neurofeedback as an increasingly strong evidence-based treatment modality for psychiatric conditions such as ADHD.

He also sits at the board of the International Society for Neurofeedback Research – Research Foundation (ISNR-RF), in the US.


  • Member of the clinical division of the British Psychological Society BPS.
  • Former academic who lectured Psychophysiology and Mental Health at the Open University, where he also founded and coordinated the activities of the QEEG & Brain Research Lab, dedicated to the research of anxiety disorders and the identification of biomarkers for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Associate Fellow of the BPS, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)
  • Member of the Society for Applied Neuroscience (SAN).
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Dr Shaker-Naeeni MD MRCPsych

Dr Shaker-Naeeni completed his core psychiatry training at The Royal London London & Bart’s Training Scheme. He later specialised in child and adolescent psychiatry under the auspices of University of Cambridge Section of Developmental Psychiatry at The East of England Health Education.

Dr. Shaker-Naeeni has worked with pioneers in the field of psychiatry since 2001. Dr Shaker-Naeeni has expertise in detailed full diagnostic assessment of neuro-developmental disorders including
ADHD, ASD, Tics, OCD, and the co-occurring of additional diseases with them including anxiety,  mood disorder, psychosis, and substance use.


  • MD
  • CCT Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatry
  • Member of the General Medical Council
  • Member of the British Medical Association
  • Section 12 Approved Clinician under the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Certified clinician to use ADI-R, ADOS
  • Publications in neuro-developmental disorders, substance use, psychosis
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Lynn Arnold is an experienced, qualified psychotherapist/counsellor and supervisor. She has trained extensively in a variety of approaches including psychodynamic, integrative and transpersonal. She is accredited and a registered member of the UKCP. She offers individual, one to one therapy, couples counselling/psychotherapy and sex and relationship therapy. She works with issues of self esteem and confidence building, relationship problems and breakdown, and depression,bereavement, and loss. She has done extra trainings in family therapy,with Relate, art and drama therapy, and has a special interest in creativity and personal development/ growth. She has worked for many years with relationship difficulties or breakdown , infertility / miscarriage and abortion as well as with sexuality and AIDS and disability.


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy working in psychiatry.
  • Course in counselling for abortion, miscarriage/loss and infertility including artificial insemination.
  • Foundation in Drama therapy
  • Postgraduate diploma in fine art
  • Training for telephone counselling on the National Aids Help Line
  • Diploma in Counselling and psychotherapy
  • Foundation in Family Therapy at the Tavistock Centre
  • Teacher’s course in Co Counselling
  • Transpersonal Training
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Diploma in Supervision of psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic Couples Therapy Summer School
  • 2 year Sex and Relationship therapy course
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Dr Liz Keenan

Liz is a consultant clinical psychologist with 30 years experience of working with people with disabilities, including learning disabilities, ADHD and those with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. This has included 18 years in a professional leadership capacity. As well as her clinical work with individuals and their families and carers, Liz has provided clinical support and supervision, training and consultancy to professionals and staff within the NHS and to external organisations. She has regularly contributed to and advised on service development.

Throughout her career, Liz has supported Doctoral Training Programmes for clinical psychologists through supervision of trainee clinical psychologists and other teaching, training and assessment roles.

Liz has a special interest in autism and the impact of cognitive differences on everyday functioning and behaviour. She is particularly interested in working with individuals and organisations to facilitate knowledge and awareness of autism and to design specific approaches for those working with individuals. Working with staff teams, Liz is often able to help in resolving complex issues concerning the care of people with autism and also in reducing vocational stress.


  • Liz is licensed by the National Autistic Society to use the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO) and using this and other psychological assessments is able to carry out formal assessment and diagnosis. Through her assessment work, Liz aims to provide clear information to assist people with autism in important aspects of their daily lives.
  • Liz is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology and a registered member of the Health Professional Council.
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Tahira Hussain BA(Hons) PGCert (APIMH) MBPsS

Tahira Hussain has extensive experience working in the statutory and voluntary sector. She has a 16-year career in social work, mental health, community development, charity and the housing sector as now works on a freelance basis partnering with like-minded agencies.

Qualified as a mental health practitioner she regularly delivers training sessions to organisations across a range of developing awareness topics in this area including mental health awareness, managing mental health, autism and ADHD challenges & support, challenging behaviours, child protection & safeguarding.

Tahira offers individual, one to one therapy, group/psychotherapy and delivers a variety of training courses focused on mental health and wellbeing. She utilises an experiential learning and development approach to ensure client led intervention and client focused decision making.

Working with a range of ages and groups, Tahira works on a one to one basis and in groups to deliver support. She has experience working with families of children with a disability, ADHD, Autism and Dyspraxia.

She also delivers psychological therapies as a school counsellor at Chethams School of Music supporting young people with a range of disorders including depression, worry, anxiety covering issues including bereavement, loss, PTSD, family, relationships, eating disorders, confidence and self-esteem issues using CBT based interventions.


  • Degree in psychology
  • Postgraduate certificate in access to primary mental health pathways
  • Qualified NLP Practitioner
  • Qualified therapist and national trainer
  • Accredited and a registered graduate member of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the BABCP.
  • Approved therapist and associate for Anxiety UK to support wellbeing and awareness of mental health through training, briefings, regular events and seminars.
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Dr Stephanie Morrison Chartered Psychologist MA Oxon., DPsy., CPsychol

I am a Counselling Psychologist with many years of experience working both privately and within an NHS multidisciplinary CAMHS team.  I focus particularly on difficulties around learning and I incorporate an educational psychologist’s emphasis on cognitive testing within a broader psychological assessment process tailored to the needs of each individual child.

In cases of ADHD I find that the Wechsler tests can often help to  hone in on a child’s unique learning style, providing an in depth documentation of strengths and weaknesses across a broad spectrum of tasks. Cognitive testing can also give a sense of intellectual potential and facilitate the implementation of targeted support as required.


  • HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist
  • BPS Registered Practitioner Psychologist
  • Psychometric Level A and B qualified
  • Member of Association of Child Psychologists in Private Practice (AChiPPP)
  • Professional Doctorate Counselling Psychology, City University London
  • BSc (Hons) Equivalent. Psychology conversion, London Met University
  • BA (Hons) English & French, Oxford University
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Baruch Spiegel B.C.A.B.A – Consultant Behaviour Analyst

Baruch Spiegel has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis for over 15 years, specializing in the development of programmes of intervention and treatment for children with Autism, A.D.H.D, Learning Difficulties, Severe Problem Behaviour and Academic Deficits.

All programmes are designed by analyzing the child’s home, school and natural environments, in order to create the most effective programmes of skill development and on-going support for not only the child but the parents and teachers as well. Baruch has developed a unique range of services that focus on functional and easy-to-follow sequences of training, which include parent training, teacher training, self-management systems, problem behavior reduction, and academic support.

Baruch’s ethos, as discussed in his best-selling book “Hope & Change – Building a Better Future for our Children’ is one which uses evidence-based and inclusive practices to ensure both impacts for the family’s life, and longevity of success.


  • Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (Behaviour Analyst Certification Board)
  • Certified Integrative Nutritional Health Coach (New York State Education Department)
  • BA (Hons) Children within Society (University of Surrey)
  • Member of the Association of Behaviour Analysis International
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Kiersten Cornwell, MSc PgDip OT BSc MRCOT

Kiersten is an experienced Occupational Therapist, with over twenty years experience of working with people with disabilities, including learning difficulties, ADHD, and ASD. This has included 17 years in a professional leadership capacity, where she developed a particular interest in the holistic care, and completed a Master of Science Degree in Action Research in Healthcare.

As well as  case management and Occupational Therapy work with individuals, and families, Kiersten is an experienced ADHD Coach and has also provided mentoring, supervision, support and training to professionals and staff within, and outside of the NHS. She has had ongoing involvement in NHS service development over the years, and hastaken the lead on some of those developments, such as the introduction of the Accessibility Standards for Patients with Sensory Loss.

Kiersten initially developed a special interest in ADHD in Adults, as a result of her husband’s diagnosis, and over the years, has become particularly interested in the impact of cognitive differences on individuals’ abilities to participate in activities of daily living.


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • MSc in Action Research in Healthcare
  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council
  • Specialist Section Member of RCOT: Independent Practice
  • BSC in Social Biological Science

Dr. Rao  Senior Consultant Adult Psychiatrist

Dr Rao works as a Senior Consultant Adult Psychiatrist and has over 17 years of experience in psychiatry. Along with Adult psychiatry, he is also trained in Rehabilitation psychiatry. He has breadth of experience in the treatment of various mental disorders especially Affective disorders , Neurotic disorders, ADHD and Treatment Resistant cases. He has been assessing and treating ADHD for a number of years. He was part of the research team at Oxford whilst he was training which looked at optimum maintenance treatment for Bipolar affective disorder.

Rupert Pearson BA (Dunelm), PGCE

Private Tutor and Educational Therapist

Rupert Pearson is a professional tutor and mentor for primary, secondary and undergraduate students. Particular interests of his include facilitating learning with ADHD and with related and co-occurring needs, with giftedness, with general organisational and motivational challenges, and with relevant anxieties such as ‘maths anxiety’. Rupert supports all essential study skills, from phonics and scribing to writing essays and timing exams. He continually adds new subject levels and curricula, pedagogies and educational therapies to his practice.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary), Keele University
  • Courses in teaching and marking history at GCSE and at A-Level (Edexcel)
  • Courses in pastoral and special educational care (Association of Teachers and Lecturers, now EDU)
  • BA in Archaeology, Durham University

Dr. Debra Keay

A Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist based in London. She has been working as a Consultant in the NHS since 2011. She has worked in the field of child psychiatry for 11 years with over 14 years experience working in mental health.

Dr Keay’s is a clinical lead for a London based NHS Trust.

Dr Keay studied preclinical medicine at Oxford University and gained a degree in Physiological Sciences before moving to Guys and St Thomas’ Medical School, University of London to complete her medical training. She trained in psychiatry on the Charing Cross and St Mary’s London psychiatric training schemes before obtaining her Consultant position. She is an examiner for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

She has extensive experience in working with the range of child and adolescent mental health problems with a particular interest and expertise in assessment and management of Neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, Autistic spectrum disorders and Tic disorders. She also regularly assesses and treats anxiety, mood disorders, OCD, psychotic and eating disorders.

Dr Keay uses pragmatic talking treatments combining different approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), systemic and psychodynamic thinking with medication where appropriate.


  • MRCPsych (Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • CCT in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Section 12 Approved Clinician under the Mental Health Act 1983
  • BA hons (Oxon)
  • MBBS (University of London)
  • CASC Examiner for the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Trained in the use of ADOS-2 and ADI-R
  • Member of the General Medical Council
  • Member of the Medical Protection Society

Part Time Team Members

We also have a number of other professionally trained and licensed psychologists, psychotherapists and life coaches who offer a full range of therapeutic and coaching services. Between them our therapists have expertise in the complete range of holistic treatments for students and adults with ADHD.

The ADHD Centre

Head Office 13304
PO Box 6945

Who We Are

We are a team of experienced Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists and ADHD Behavioural Coaches.

We have been diagnosing and treating people with ADHD since 2009.


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