Psychodynamic Psychotherapist & Clinical Psychologist
My name is Sara Pantaleone and I am a qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapist specializing in working with children, young people and families. I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (TSP). I am also a qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
I’m based at a private practice at HQ Therapy Rooms in Haggerston, Hackney, London E8.
In my work as a psychotherapist and psychologist I help children, adolescents and young people who are struggling to manage their feelings and their relationships (at home, at school or at work).
Psychological difficulties can present in different ways such as, for example, feelings of anxiety and low mood, feeling angry and with low self-esteem, finding it difficult to sleep, feeling isolated or losing hope that things will ever get better.
The psychological development of children and adolescents is a complex process that can sometimes result in psychological distress, giving rise to emotional and behavioral difficulties. Children and their families can often feel stuck and confused about these changes and may want support in making sense of what has been happening.
In adolescence and young adulthood, increasing social and psychological demands can start feeling unmanageable and can hold the individual back, resulting in missed opportunities and progression in life.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a therapeutic process that helps the individual to gain an understanding of their worries, bringing more awareness of the inner conflicts that have been shaping their current difficulties. The aim is to bring deep emotional changes in the individual, and help them to feel more in control of previously unhelpful ways of acting and feeling.
Life transitions, changes in family circumstances, illnesses and other losses are all examples of triggers that could have an impact on a child or adolescent’s emotional world, making things hard to manage. However, sometimes, difficulties can start without an obvious reason and this is when the initial meeting becomes even more important, to collaboratively reach a formulation of the problem.
Psychotherapy with children includes the use of toys and play which is a powerful way of communicating, and working through, thoughts and feelings for this age group.
In Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with adolescents and young adults, troubling feelings are explored in the relationship with the therapist and by looking at the patterns of thoughts and feelings behind difficulties. This ongoing exploration, carried out in a confidential and non-judgmental space, will alleviate symptoms and bring emotional development.
The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be a critical time for a lot of young adults who can feel very stuck and unable to progress in life. Psychotherapy can be very effective in enabling a young adult to resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present.
If you would like to arrange an initial telephone call or consultation, you can send me an email or you can contact me on the number below.
Sara Pantaleone, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Clinical Psychologist can be reached using the following:
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07853 545684 (please do leave a voicemail or send a text).