About

ADADSU

ADADSU was founded by Lara Just in 2014 in London, United Kingdom. It evolved out of her previous nutrition and coaching consultancy business. Its unique approach was initially developed from the scientific, physiological and biochemical model. It later expanded to include the psychological and socio-cultural dimensions to offer a more integrative and sustainable approach to mind-body-spirit health. Read more…

Adadsu bulletOur philosophy is to honour and respect the uniqueness and individual needs of each human being. We value the interconnectedness on all levels, which include physical, emotional, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual aspects of life.

Adadsu bulletOur mission is to make our service as accessible as possible in a unique and personalised way using the outdoors in nature as well as providing online services with the latest technology.

Adadsu bulletOur values are to commit to and encourage change, compassion, creativity, community and self-care.

The ADADSU approach is not narrowly focused on one single therapeutic model, but draws on a variety of psychotherapeutic and complementary health approaches in an integrative and personalised way. We recognise that each of us is unique and can benefit from different things at different times in our lives. By honouring each person’s uniqueness, our integrative approach encourages individuals to safely, and at their own pace, find more balance within the mind-body-spirit system. The ADADSU approach has been specifically designed to help our clients to ADapt, ADvance and SUcceed on their unique journeys to health, healing and wellbeing.

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THE TEAM

Our team of experts are highly qualified in different mind-body therapies and are passionate about sharing their knowledge while conducting themselves with humility, respect, flexibility and integrity in a safe and confidential environment. We strive to provide the best possible personalised solutions to help improve all levels of your mind-body-spirit health and wellbeing.


Lara Just (Director)

LGBT+ Therapist | Online Therapy | Walk & Talk Therapy | Equine Assisted Therapy

Professional Bio

Lara is the founder and director of ADADSU Ltd. (www.adadsu.com), a London-based company that provides LGBT+ or Gender and Sexual Diversity therapy for adolescents and adults, Online Therapy, Walk & Talk Therapy (Hampstead Heath, London), Equine Assisted Therapy and other healing modalities in a more holistic and integrative way to more sustainably improve mind-body-spirit health and wellbeing. I am also the founder of The Walking Therapist specifically geared towards walk and talk therapy: www.thewalkingtherapist.co.uk.

Lara is a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and have been in private practice in different clinical capacities since 2008. She likes to focus her work on adolescents and adults (individuals, couples and groups) for a range of difficulties, particularly: LGBT+ (lesbian gay bisexual trans + anything else on the spectrum) or Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity therapy work, trauma, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, addictions, low self-esteem and body issues, PTSD, bereavement and loss.

Since she absolutely loves nature and animals, Lara has found that these aspects are uniquely powerful to incorporate into the therapy work for more enhanced and faster outcomes. This is uniquely offered through ‘walk & talk’ therapy on the beautiful old Hampstead Heath in North London, and through equine assisted therapy at different locations in the UK. She has a passion to make therapeutic support more accessible to a wide range of people particularly young adolescents. This includes embracing new ways of working and new technologies with our online services. Read more…

She offers long-term and short-term contracts and uses an integrative relational approach drawing on different therapeutic modalities from her extensive training experience. This includes outcome-oriented and solution-focused approaches, mindfulness, psychodynamic work, body psychotherapy and somatic experiencing, Gestalt, hypnotherapy, HeartMath®, healing and other approaches. She has a special interest in mind-body-spirit interactions for mental and physical health, healing and wellbeing.

In 2015/2016, ADADSU added Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning training with LEAP and EAGALA which is a unique and fascinating way to provide a very different working environment and approach. This is particularly effective when working with deep trauma, addictions, depression, anxiety, PTSD, self-esteem, gender, sexuality and identity issues.

Lara has been working in private practice in different clinical capacities since 2008. She held positions at various psychotherapy placements including the West London Centre for Counselling with adults and seniors, Roehampton University Counselling Suite with adolescents and young adults, for Place2Be with primary school children and for the Wandsworth Early Intervention in Psychosis service at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust with young adults.

Lara has published and appeared in various articles, including Together Magazine (Mental Health Charity) – Together-Article, the Nutrition Practitioner Journal, and the International Holistic Therapist – Food Mood Connection.

Personal Motivations

“I may be an ‘unusual’ therapist because I do things differently. I work with people online and outdoors. My office is literally a walk in the park – in the big beautiful ancient Hampstead Heath, the only service of its kind in London. Most people probably think of therapy as sitting in a small office opposite and head on with a therapist, which could be quite disconcerting at times. I found that walking with someone in nature side by side looking ahead can often be more productive and bring about change faster than traditional ways of working. It is moving our bodies forward – literally and symbolically. It is useful for people in transition, grief, life crisis, and feeling stuck. Research has shown improvements in depression, anxiety, mood and self-esteem, among other things. If you like to know more contact me and find out more on my website: www.thewalkingtherapist.co.uk and here: www.adadsu.com/walk-and-talk/

A bit of my own journey so far

“In my previous careers I worked my way up in the corporate world for nearly two decades, in both private IT Consulting and the public sector in the NHS, while also studying and working in education, lecturing and clinical supervision on the side. I experienced first-hand how imbalanced the work-life ratio can become. This was also partly to mask by own identity and gender questioning which was a long journey of discovery for me. This imbalance lead to increased stress levels, lack of motivation and overall questioning of my life goals and purpose that affected me emotionally, physically and mentally at work and in my relationships.

My journey through the high-powered corporate world,taking on many big seven-figure projects, making changes and improvements for different service providers and patients, led me to realise that I needed to make changes and improvements for myself. On a different level, on an emotional, physical and even spiritual level. While still working in the corporate world though now with reduced hours, I spent the next decade studying many areas from the health sciences to the psychological and creative sciences. On that journey I gained a 1st class (Hons) degree in Nutritional Therapy to gain an understanding of nutrition and lifestyle management as well as additional training in functional medicine, leading me to NLP coaching, HeartMath® and resilience training, hypnotherapy and trance work, Reiki healing and many other areas, and finally my psychotherapy training.

A road I would have never expected to take! And a road that is still ongoing, always finding new things to learn and discover. I see my psychotherapy training as a true blessing for me personally. Before that I never had any kind of support or therapy, but my training finally gently forced me to look at many issues in my life, myself, my identity, my purpose, my family – and the body-mind-spirit connection at large. It was a road of many years of therapy, self-work, self-discovery, self-exploration and self-growth – which is still ongoing! I love the fact that we can never stop learning, there are ALWAYS new things to discover and learn and new perspectives to gain. As part of the best practice of working as a psychotherapist, good therapists will continue with their own personal therapy, as well as their general and specialist supervision support as part of their day-to-day jobs. Though this may have not been easy at the start, I do actually ‘enjoy’ my own therapy. And I love working therapeutically with my clients, we are all so unique and every therapy engagement and relationship is unique. There is nothing more rewarding than getting through the thicket and challenge and pain and eventually finding the light at the end of the tunnel. I believe every one of us deserves a happy and fulfilling future, where each of us can self-actualise in an accepting way and find his or her own community of support (our tribes or soul family).

Adadsu Ltd. was founded in late 2014 which naturally evolved out of my clinical and therapeutic work since 2008. With ADADSU my vision is to make psychotherapy services as accessible and as effective as possible, particularly for adolescents and younger people who find it often more difficult to access these services for different reasons. It is important to me to provide a more unique way of working, which may be seen as ‘unusual’ to standard approaches. This includes working more holistically, in nature and outdoors with walk & talk therapy, or equine assisted psychotherapy, as well as offering unique technologically advanced online services.”

Training & Education

  • Working towards a PgDip in Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversity | Pink Therapy (TBC in 2020)
  • Certificate in Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversity | Pink Therapy (TBC in 2019)
  • Certificate in Working Alongside Trans, Gender Diverse and Questioning People | Gendered Intelligence (GI)
  • Diploma in Online Counselling and Psychotherapy | Academy for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Practitioner Certification | LEAP and EAGALA
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Outcome-Oriented Psychotherapies | Awaken School of Outcome-oriented Psychotherapies
  • Family Constellations Therapy I Certificate | Jessica Riberi & Inge Grethe, Nordisk NLP Akademi | Denmark
  • Level 4 Certificate in Counselling for Children | Place2Be Charity
  • HeartMath® Provider Training | HeartMath® Institute | California, USA & London, UK
  • Clean Language and Metaphor Therapy | Clean Change Company
  • Certificate in Self-Relations Therapy, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Generative Trance and Coaching | Stephen Gilligan, PhD | San Diego, California, USA
  • Ericksonian Hypno-Psychotherapy in Clinical Practice Certificate | BeeLeaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice™ (AFMCP™) | Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM)
  • Master NLP Practitioner & Coaching Certification | Awaken Consulting Ltd.
  • BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy | 1st class honours | Middlesex University
  • Diploma in Nutritional Therapy | Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM)
  • NLP Practitioner Certification | UK College of Personal Development (UKCPD)
  • Dietary Educator Certificate | Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM)
  • NLP Coaching Diploma | International NLP Trainers Association (INLPTA)
  • Access Degree | Biochemistry | Middlesex University
  • Economics Diploma | Heidelberg University

Professional Memberships & Registrations

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Elena BrogiElena Brogi (Counselling Psychologist)

Professional Bio

Elena registered HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist, a Chartered Member of BPS and specialises in Family and Systemic-Relational Psychotherapy. Her systemic-relational approach considers people in their relationships within context. She explores the significant couple and family life cycles and critical transition points connected to life events and developmental tasks using specific systemic techniques and also works with a co-therapist. Read more…

She has worked with couples and families since 2003, acquiring experience in many areas including: eating disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, high conflict, lack of communication, family crisis in different stages of the life cycle (e.g. pregnancy, birth, bereavement, retirement, separation and divorce), adoption and fostering, step-families, single-parent families.

Her training in Family and Systemic-Relational Psychotherapy has allowed her to work with couples and families within the Family Therapy Centre of the Italian NHS for 11 years, where she has contributed to the implementation of an innovative project dealing with conflicted families undergoing separation, with children at risk.During this period she co-founded the Professional Association of Psychologists “Famiglie al Centro”, where she collaborated with several other professionals such as GPs, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Nutritionists, Physiotherapists, and Family Lawyers. She was an expert witness for the Court of Florence, specialised in cases of separation and child custody.

Personal Motivations

“I believe that a life event is not critical in itself but in the way it interacts with one’s background and personal characteristics. As a Psychology student first and as a Family Therapist then, I became interested in the way people are interwoven with the relational context and how important couple/family dynamics can be in promoting recovery and resilience. Working with couples and families has helped me see that suffering can be transformed into hope and that focusing on health instead of disease, on strength instead of weakness, allows to express potential and build resources. My further experience as an expert witness has convinced me that functional relationships and healthy communication are fundamental to a person’s balance and well-being.”

Training & Education

  • Master’s Degree in Psychology, University of Florence
  • Postgraduate course “Social Worker in Adoption and Fostering”, Regione Toscana, Florence.
  • Postgraduate diploma in Family and Systemic-Relational Psychotherapy, C.S.A.P.R., Rome.
  • Training course in Forensic Psychology, I.T.F.F., Florence
  • EMDR training (2nd part completed), London

Professional Memberships & Registrations

For more information about Elena please visit her website at http://elenabrogi.com

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Deborah Colson (Nutritional Therapist)

Professional Bio

Deborah Colson is a Registered Nutritional Therapist. She has specialised in nutritional support for mental health and well-being since 2002. Deborah lectures regularly on the subject of nutrition and mental health to a variety of audiences including corporates, medical, healthcare professionals, students and the general public. She is co-author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan, Optimum Nutrition for Your Child and Optimum Nutrition for your Child’s Mind.  Read more…

Nutritional Therapy is an evidence-based therapy, which is complementary to medicine and other therapies and involves managing nutritional and biochemical factors which affect health. Deborah provides detailed assessment of nutritional factors which can contribute to psychiatric and neurological symptoms including mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar, cognitive decline, ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders, and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. She develops a practical, personalised plan for each individual which takes into account their unique lifestyle and dietary preferences, and their current nutritional status and genetic predisposition.

Personal Motivations

“My interest in nutrition and health has been long-standing. I decided to pursue a career in nutritional therapy after consulting a nutritional therapist myself in 1998. I was amazed at the benefits I experienced in my health by making a few simple changes to my diet. Until that point I had, like most people, thought “I eat a pretty healthy diet”. I consulted the nutritional therapist primarily because I wanted to lose a few pounds. What came as a complete surprise was that, in addition to the pounds disappearing within a few weeks, my mental health also dramatically improved. I had found working long hours in a high pressure corporate trading floor environment quite stressful and each afternoon felt close to breaking point. My strategy at that point in the afternoon was to have a cappuccino and a chocolate muffin. Of course, this worked to give me a lift in the short term but within a couple of hours I was feeling worse again. Through making some changes to my diet I found that I sailed through the afternoon periods, reduced my stress levels and felt more productive. Having had this experience, I soon realised that I wanted to change career and went to train as a nutritional therapist. Through my own personal experiences I developed a keen interest to specialise in mental health. It has been very rewarding seeing clients experience radical changes in their mental health and emotional wellbeing through adequate personalised dietary adjustments. I am passionate about helping people make simple and practical changes to improve their mind-body health and wellbeing.”

Training & Education

Deborah completed her initial training at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London (DipION) in 2002 and completed an MSc in Nutritional Therapy at the University of Westminster in 2014. She also completed the Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice™ intensive training course in London in 2011.

  • MSc in Nutritional Therapy, University of Westminster
  • Certificate in Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice™ (AFMCP™), Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM)
  • Diploma in Nutritional Therapy (DipION), The Institute for Optimum Nutrition

Professional Memberships & Registrations

For more information about Deborah please visit her website at www.thinkingnutrition.co.uk.

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Zoe Kay (Nutritional Therapist)

Professional Bio

Zoe is an experienced nutritionist using a unique and integrative functional medicine approach aimed at targeting the root cause of a range of symptoms and conditions. Zoe takes an in-depth case history from her clients and uses laboratory testing to give people the answers they need and the direction that allows her programmes to be effective. Read more…

Zoe also provides seminars for health professionals and corporate companies and is involved with various local health projects. Zoe is a guest lecturer and clinic supervisor on the undergraduate Nutritional Science and postgraduate Diploma courses at the renowned applied nutrition college: Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM) and has a passion for giving people the tools to optimise their health and enjoy life to the maximum.

Personal Motivations

“I believe that health is freedom and that life is to be enjoyed; this freedom is what I want for my clients. There are many symptoms and conditions that are not well supported by the current medical model and providing effective protocols for people who would otherwise go unsupported is hugely rewarding. I have great respect for the complexity of the human body and enjoy continuously learning developing my understanding of its needs and function. I enjoy collaboratations where the benefits of different approaches can be best matched with the most suitable skills for the individual. I am proud to be part of the future of medicine that is individualised medicine that accounts for genetic, familial tendencies, physiological and emotional contributors to health.”

Training & Education

Zoe completed her initial training at Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM) which is accredited by Middlesex University in 2011 and will complete her MSc in Nutritional Therapy in July this year.

  • MSc in Nutritional Therapy (exp. July 2015), Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM)
  • BSc in Nutritional Therapy, Middlesex University
  • Certified Practitioner in the Science and Art of Neuro Linguistic Programming – The UK College of Personal Development

Professional Memberships & Registrations

For more information about Zoe please visit her website at www.znutrition.co.uk.

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Dani HickeyDani Hickey (Yoga Therapist / Reiki Practitioner)

Professional Bio

Dani is a fully qualified yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner. She was born and raised in London, and spent a number of years living in Toronto, Canada where she studied and trained in both fields. Since being back in London she has been passionately sharing this path of self-discovery, transformation and healing that she has found in both modalities. Read more…

Dani spent a full year doing over 500 hours of advance training at Octopus Garden Yoga Centre in Toronto, under the guidance and mentorship of her beloved teachers Pat Linfood and Scott Davis. Also trained in Restorative Yoga by Pat Linfoot and Matthew Remski, whom inspired her interest in Ayerveda and it’s application to her practice. Taking a number of Doug Keller’s (an acclaimed yoga therapist) interactive workshops and extensive study of his literature has begun an understanding of the much-needed shift of focus in yoga as its popularity continues to rise in the West. Not only an excellent path to fitness, but also effective for physical rehabilitation and emotional/energetic healing.

Typically Dani teaches Vinyasa style classes, propelled by the integration of movement and breath, and the freedom to create and construct a sequence that is of most benefit to whomever she is guiding through the practice. It is of her highest interest to bring forth the benefits of yoga in whichever way is most suitable for her students and clients. Pranayama (breath work) and meditation are key parts of any class or session, as profound ways to access deeper layers of our being.

Dani has found Reiki to be a powerful healing modality and a beautiful addition to what she is able to offer alongside asana (the physical practice of yoga), meditation and breathwork. A Japanese lineage which draws on a pure light (Rei) energy, as well as the power of the celestial bodies, to encourage a release of tension in the physical body and the clearing of blocks in the energetic body. This results in a clearer, lighter, and brighter being, a more relaxed state, and a deeper sense of connection to oneself. Dani was initiated into Usui Reiki in Toronto and studied in depth with her teacher Shihan Samantha Chin for two years, and remains connected since her return to London.

The marriage of both practices has been an honour to share with her clients and students.

Personal Motivations

“I began a yoga practice through a love of movement. Growing up a dancer and gymnast I felt comfortable diving into the physical practice of yoga, however it wasn’t long before my world was opened to the benefits of the practice beyond the physical body. The effects on the mind were equally as powerful, and a meditation practice became an important, perhaps necessary, part of maintaining balance. As well as this, I found a profound sense of community while I was a long way from home, people with open hearts and a shared passion. I found myself immersed in another beautiful community of people on a path of self-discovery that led to my study and practice of Reiki.

My time in Toronto gave me a perspective on life I was ready for, and gave clarity about my journey so far. With guidance I was able to develop a deep self practice and through the highest quality teaching I was able to hone my skills to share with others effectively and with the most heart felt sincerity. Since my return to London, my practice and depth of understanding continues to grow through new teachers, students and clients. What has been most profound has been the continued experience of the interconnectedness of all things, and the underlying truth that ultimately we are all seeking wholeness no matter which path you are taking.”

Training & Education

  • Certificate of Higher Education, Social Sciences, Newcastle University
  • 200 hours Fundamental Studies Octopus Garden Yoga Centre, Toronto
  • 300 hours Advanced Training and Effective Teaching Octopus Garden Yoga Centre, Toronto
  • 40 hours Restorative Teacher Training Octopus Garden Yoga Centre, Toronto
  • Usui Reiki – Shoden, Okuden and Shinpinden (Levels 1 2 and 3 in the Western lineage) Shihan Samantha Chin of The Rockstore, Toronto

Professional Memberships & Registrations

  • Registered and insured with Yoga Alliance UK, with up-to-date first aid training

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Karen Purdon (Personal Trainer)

Professional Bio

Karen Purdon was born and raised in South Africa where she was exposed to a diversity of culture that has mainly taught her compassion and love to overcome all boundaries. She is an individual genuinely passionate about dancing, fitness and health. She is a professional offering dedication and confidence with suitable experience and qualifications in the health and fitness sector. Read more…

Karen taught and managed a ballet academy early in her career sharing her passion and love with dancers aged 3 years to adult. She then went one to further develop her career in the fitness and personal training industry. She is also qualified as a dynamic Pilates reformer instructor and Body Balance instructor. Karen actively teaches and trains with love, passion, grace and composure, endowing others with the same. Constantly keen to learn and further develop her knowledge, expertise and career. Committed to working with patience and the utmost care with each individual. Her main focus as a trainer is on posture & basic stabilisation & co-ordination, functional movement, mobility and stretching. When she believes a client is able to move safely and as effectively as their body type and range of motion allows she moves on to the strengthening and endurance phase. Karen believes each and every person should feel content and comfortable within their own bodies and it’s her commitment as a person and as a trainer to help make that journey pleasant and liberating.

Personal Motivations

“As a child and young dancer I was constantly struggling with my weight and self-image, confused by all the different training, eating and lifestyle methods and fads. It was then that I began my journey of understanding how I can work with my body, as it is, develop, strengthen and care for it. I began to realise it wasn’t a phase but a lifestyle that required baby steps to constant improvement. With enthusiasm, energy and a positive outlook to work and a passion for fitness I started sharing my knowledge with others and soon realised I’d discovered a delight and new passion.”

Training & Education

Karen qualified as a REPs Personal Trainer in 2008 and has been an affiliate member of the Royal Academy of Dance since 2009. In 2014, she completed her training as a Heartcore Pilates Reformer Instructor as well her training as a Les Mills Body Balance Instructor.

  • Ballet Teaching Studies, Royal Academy of Dance
  • Sport Fitness, Exercise Teachers Academy
  • Dynamic Pilates Reformer Instructor, Heartcore
  • Body Balance Instructor, LES MILLS

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claire-taylor-website-imageClaire Taylor (Marketing Support)

Professional Bio

Claire offers clients over 15 year’s hands-on marketing experience working at a high level across a variety of industries including Professional Services, B2B & B2C retail and consumer services. Over the past three years, social media marketing has become a particular area of expertise and an avenue that businesses can no longer afford to ignore, this is where her skills and focus can help businesses make that leap online. Read more…

Claire works closely with businesses of all shapes and sizes to ensure their marketing efforts are joined up and consistent in order to better promote themselves.

Personal Motivations

“After working in industry for over 15 years, I felt the time was right to set up my own business in 2013 to provide marketing consultancy services to organisations that did not have in-house marketing support.  Prior to 2013, The recession had seen a large cut in marketing support & spend and I could see an improvement in this situation with businesses out-sourcing marketing services.  I am passionate about helping businesses to see the benefits digital marketing can offer whilst providing an extra pair of hands as and when required.  I wanted to help businesses take away the pressure of marketing their services so they can concentrate on what really matters – running their business. I take the time to understand the commercial needs and wants of every business I work with to make sure services are tailored and bespoke to them.”

Training & Education

  • BA Hons Degree in Business & Marketing, Coventry University
  • CIM Diploma in Professional Services Marketing, Cambridge Marketing College

Professional Memberships & Registrations

For more information about Claire please visit her website at www.creationzmarketing.co.uk.

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If you are interested in collaborating with ADADSU and being part of a small community of mind-body-spirit healthcare professionals, please contact us.