Who are you?
I am a Child and Young People’s Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner with a Post Graduate qualification from UCL and the Anna Freud Centre.
I have worked in this role in clinical settings: CAMHS( NHS) and primary and secondary schools. I am able to deliver sessions in English, Portuguese, French and Italian.
I have gained experience working in healthcare, palliative care, bereavement and educational settings which has strengthened my work with vulnerable children, young people and their families.
At the age of 8, I underwent a childhood depression and benefited greatly from therapeutic intervention. This experience shaped me and gave me a natural curiosity and an empathetic view of psychological suffering in childhood.
My extended family ties have meant that I have grown up around children and have developed a natural affinity with them.
How you work?
I offer psychological support, based on the principles of CBT, for children and adolescents between the ages of 4 and 19, with mild to moderate mental health difficulties, including: anxiety, low mood and common behavioural difficulties.
My focus is on prevention and early intervention. By identifying unhelpful behaviours, thought patterns and reactions which can form a vicious cycle, we can develop more helpful ones to alleviate symptoms and get ‘unstuck.’
Parent-led (for children under 12):
My sessions are focused around the parents(s)and introducing them to strategies to help their child overcome his/her difficulties. These strategies are based on the Social Learning theory and on behavioural and emotional regulation strategies (sleeping, daily routines, consequences, etc..)
The sessions encourage the young person to explore their emotional difficulties, such as: self-esteem, anxious thoughts, low-mood etc..
The sessions are tailored to meet their individual needs and directed towards their own personal goals, with the aim of empowering the young person. At times giving a reparative approach to therapeutic alliance.
Your core values, what are they?
My values are compassion and empathy; above all I value kindness and understanding for clients at all times.
My practice is also informed by consistency and honesty: doing what I say I will do, when I say I will do it and being transparent with patients about this process. Being genuine with my approach as a practitioner, thus, aiming to create for clients a corrective emotional experience.
Collaboration is a big focus of my practice: working together to achieve a sense of change and autonomy.
Solution-based: I encourage clients to focus on finding an alternative way of thinking about their problems, with a cognitve behavioural approach.
Why choose you as a therapist? What about your therapy makes you unique?
My own struggle with mental health as a child has given me an understanding of psychological problems at an early age. I learnt from my own experience, the benefit of therapeutic work with children and their families.
I am also comfortable delivering interventions in English, French, Portuguese and Italian.
What therapies do you offer?
Parent-led interventions for children between the ages of 4 and 12 with: low mood, anxiety and common behavioural problems.
Adolescent interventions between the ages of 12-19 for low-mood, anxiety and difficulties brought about by changes in family or school situation.
I look forward to working with you.