Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist (BACP)
Hello, my name is Paulius Garmus, I am an integrative child and Adolescent Psychotherapist working with clients at HQ Therapy Rooms in Haggerston, Hackney, London E8.
Looking for a therapist is a very unique and very intuitive process. It is also driven by chemistry and, in that respect, is a bit like finding a friend. It might be even more difficult to find a therapist for your child as it is so exposing.
One might find some reassurance in the qualifications of the therapist, experience, age, etc.
However, based on my own experience of being a client with three different therapists, we need a felt sense of the therapist to know if they are right for us.
Therefore, I invite you to have a free up to 30 min phone conversation. For me, it is the chance to clarify your expectations can be met by what I offer.
For you, it would be a chance to get a felt sense of me.
I work with children and teenagers, adults and trainee therapists/counsellors. The emotional needs of the person I work with steer the course of therapy.
While some sessions look like wild play scenes, others are very conversational and anything in between.
As the brilliant Violet Oaklander wrote: “therapy with children is like a dance; sometimes I lead and sometimes the child leads“. The beginning of work is always about developing a sense of ease and trust in the room.
Before meeting with your child, I will meet you for a 50-minute assessment session to get to know you and your parenting struggles.
I think of assessments as interventions in and of themselves. This is where we would jointly think about the emotional needs of your child and underlying problems.
Once weekly therapy with your child starts, I will meet you in person or virtually roughly every 6 weeks.
In my experience, child and adolescent clients tend to engage in therapy very fluidly. The ones I invite to open up to change are adults. A family is an interconnected system. If one part was to change, the whole system would have to change.
Having said that, I also know what’s it like to sit on “the other chair”. Seeking help, while driven by hope or searching for hope, can make you feel exposed and vulnerable.
But you have already taken the first step by trying to find a suitable professional.
- Level 6 in Supervision
Place2Be 2022 October – Present
- MA in Transpersonal Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy
CCPE, January 2018 – January 2021
- Certificate in Therapeutic Art
Association of Integrative Sandplay Therapists, March 2017 – September 2017
- MSc in Child and Adolescent Psychology
Leiden University, Netherlands, February 2015 – October 2016
- BA in Psychology, Vytautas Magnus University
Lithuania, September 2008 – June 2012
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