• Lucy Balzan

    Center Manager


    Lucy serves as the center manager and is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and general management of the company. She is passionate about creating a warm, welcoming environment and providing clients with the optimal level of support and care, tailored to meet each individual child’s need.


    Lucy has spent over 9 years in the education sector in both practitioner and managerial roles. Prior to completing her Leadership and Management qualifications, she trained and qualified ​as an Early Year’s Educator in the UK. She has worked in various roles within the early year’s sector including senior practitioner and coordinator. Along with many other leadership responsibilities, Lucy designed and constructed the learning environment for the early year’s provision, understanding the crucial role it has in children’s learning and development and the effects it can have on their mood, ability to form relationships and their health. Lucy is a strong advocate of the learning opportunities young learners react best to. She has previously helped shape the way that learning is presented, making it an exciting and entertaining aspect of the day.


    Lucy has used her time in Qatar to develop her own skills and her approach to the education of children, drawing upon the rich experiences of other nationalities and the best practices of international organizations.  She has mentored and guided new colleagues and recruited a strong team who have the skills to succeed in a fast developing environment.


    Lucy sees young learners as the future generation who will continue to build an ever better society for us all. With the right support and the correct stimulation, they will unlock their potential in all future endeavors.
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  • Laura Fish

    Senior Speech & Language therapist

    • BSC Speech and Language Pathology; University of Cape Town.

    Laura is a fully licensed speech and language pathologist. She has been practicing since 2014 and has great interests in the special needs population and improving quality of life.
    Laura received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2013 and has completed courses which focus on caregiver training, dysphagia management, and Autism. Her experience includes that of early childhood intervention, Dysphagia management, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Phonological awareness, Articulation, Receptive and Expressive language, as well as Cognitive communication.
    Her joint publication on the language acquisition of young children in a native South African language not only adds value to the evidence needed to treat those with communication impairments but also developed her experience in culturally diverse populations.
    Laura strongly believes in the connective power of communication and strives to promote quality of life for those she treats.
    direct and environmental approaches to facilitate the individual and their teaching staff.
    Farhiya has excellent interpersonal skills that allow her to establish a good working relationship with her clients and their careers. She is supportive and committed to providing a person-centered approach to care.
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  • Tara McDermott

    Speech and Language Therapist


    • BSC HONS, Speech and Language Pathology; University of Strathclyde.

    Tara is a fully licensed speech and language therapist with over 4 years’ experience working in the U.K. She is a member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).
    Tara graduated from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland with a Bsc (Hons) in speech and language pathology. She has completed additional training in autism, selective mutism, VERVE, Makaton sign language and Bilingualism.
    Her experience is working with children from 0-19 with a range of speech, language and communication disorders and she truly believes that communication is the basic need of every child. She has worked in a variety of settings and has vast experience in supporting parents, schools and other adults to enhance the child’s communication skills.
    She is pleased to join Mind Institute and continue to support children with their communication.
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  • Mohamed Beji

    Occupational Therapist


    • BSC Occupational Therapy; Health School of Tunisia


    Mohamed Ali is a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist who received his Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the Health School of Tunisia in 2014.


    He worked with children of various abilities across a number of settings for four years prior to Mind Institute. His previous experience includes working in an Autism Center and rehabilitation center where he was responsible for the assessment and therapeutic plans of a number of clients on an individual and group basis.


    Mohamed enjoys working with children of all ages and helping them to achieve their goals and reach their fullest potential. He has experience with a variety of diagnoses such as ADD/ADHD, Autism, PDD, Down Syndrome, Neurological Impairment and Learning Disabilities.


    “Occupational Therapy helps you make it happen”
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  • Nenna Eleni Okeke

    Head of Psychology Department


     
    • D. Candidate Psychology; Goldsmiths University of London, UK
    • MS Social Clinical Psychology of Addiction and Psychosocial problems; Aristotle University, Greece
    • BA Psychology; Aristotle University, Greece


    Nenna is a licensed Psychologist. She completed her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology at Aristotle University, Greece. She has completed a year of training in Family Therapy and Systemic Thinking, and is currently working on her PhD thesis at Goldsmiths University of London, UK.


    Her professional experience in different cultures and diverse settings have deepened her interest in the ways psychology and psychotherapy can embrace cultural differences in treatment, which has influenced the subject of her doctoral thesis.


    Nenna has ten years of experience working in psychology-related posts in research, education, health and social care in Greece, Spain, Nicaragua, the UK, and now, Qatar. Nenna has supported children and young adults for the best part of her career. She designed and delivered an Educational Preventative substance misuse package for a London borough, targeting different age groups. Her confidence in the positive impact therapy and psychological support have on children, young people and their families motivated her to work for Mind Institute.


    Her areas of specialization are Substance Misuse, Special Educational Needs and Family Support in one to one and group settings. She enjoys working with children, young adults and their families and favors an integrated way of working following a holistic and systemic approach, often combining Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques.


    Fluent in English, Greek and Spanish, and elementary speaker of French and Portuguese.


    Nenna is a registered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).


    “Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.”
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  • Mohamed Amin

    Special Educator

    Mohamed is a qualified Special Educator with over eight years’ experience after graduating from the Higher Institute of Special Education of Tunisia in 2010. His passion for supporting children lead Mohamed to work for voluntary world organizations such as Red Cross, Dutch Association (Les Oiseaux Bleu) and Athers Association.
    Mohamed has worked across a variety of settings that support children with intellectual and learning disabilities. He considers himself to be a dedicated teacher who motivates each child to reach their full potential.
    “Trust your child and set them in the right environment, you will get a happy child”
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  • Jelisavka Milosevic

    Special Educator

    Jelisavka is a highly qualified Special Education Teacher. Graduating from The Faculty for Special Education and Rehabilitation University of Belgrade in 2010, Jelisavka has vast experience working with children and young people across a number of settings. She specializes in supporting children with behavioral problems, learning difficulties, neurological disorders and more.
    Jelisavka has also completed numerous projects supporting children in areas such as strategies to manage challenging behavior, developing social skills, creative art and craft to further develop emerging skills and settling into school settings. She also coordinated a program which offered training to educate parents in supporting their child’s needs. She is a well-rounded educator who is able to see the child as a whole focusing on each area of development. Jelisavka is excited to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience from her previous roles to Mind Institute.
    “I wouldn’t change you for the world but I would change the world for you”
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  • Ghadah Khaldoun

    Special Educator

    Ghadah is an understanding and enthusiastic Special Educator. She gained her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Jordan and has trained previously in Amman and Qatar before taking a role at Mind Institute.
    Ghadah is a firm believer in continued professional development and has attended many workshops, including an introduction to ABA, supporting children with speech disorders and special education teaching techniques. Whilst completing training in Rumailah Hospital and Oxygen Center for Children with Special Needs she found a passion for working in an early years setting.
    Ghadah feels her specialty lies in supporting children with ASD and intellectual disabilities and is eager to be part of a multidisciplinary team at Mind Institute.
    “Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way”
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  • Farhiya Abdi

    Speech and Language Therapist

    • BSC HONS Speech and Language; University of London, UK. Farhiya is an enthusiastic and compassionate speech and language therapist who is committed to helping her clients achieve their potential. Farhiya graduated from City, University of London with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Speech and Language Therapy. She is licensed by the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) in the United Kingdom and has registration with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). Farhiya is committed to supporting clients with communication difficulties. She values the importance of working alongside families, schools and other professionals to ensure a holistic approach is taken. Farhiya enjoys working with adolescents and children. She has experience working in nurseries/ pre-schools, primary and secondary schools in England. She can provide individual and/ or group therapy in all settings. Farhiya has supported children with social communication difficulties and speech and language delays and disorders. She is experienced working within a multi-disciplinary environment and a multi-ethnic community. Her specific interest is working with young people and children who are on the Autistic Spectrum, particularly high functioning individuals who require adapted methods to learning in order to achieve their full learning potential. Farhiya specializes in using both
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  • Mohamed Hedi

    Clinical Psychologist  


    • Master’s Degree from University of Arts and Human Sciences, Tunisia.
    • Bachelor Degree in Psychology, Clinical Psychology Major from the Higher Institute of Human Studies, Tunis Al-Manar University, Tunisia.
    • Certified in Pivotal Response Treatment in 2014.
      Mohamed completed his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Applied Pathology from University of Arts and Human Science, Tunisia. He is a tri-lingual therapist fluent in Arabic, English and French. Mohamed’s professional experience in different cultures and diverse settings have developed his interest in psychotherapy. He aims to support children, adolescents and adults through developing an individual treatment plan embracing their cultural background and helping them feel better about themselves as an individual and socially. Mohamed’s 12 years of experience working in Psychology-related posts in, educational, organizational, clinical, special needs and social care in Tunisia, Oman, Dubai, Kuwait, and now, Qatar, helped him sharpen his professional approaches to clients for better mental health outcomes.
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