Child & Family Psychodynamic Psychotherapist & Clinical Psychologist
My name is Sara Pantaleone and I am a qualified Child and Family Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Clinical Psychologist, registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (TSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I’m based at a private practice at HQ Therapy Rooms in Haggerston, Hackney, E8.
I specialise in working with children, adolescents, young people and their families; I have extensive experience of working in the NHS, charitable sector and schools.
In my work as a psychotherapist and psychologist I help the individual to gain a better understanding of current difficulties with the aim of helping them to develop the ability to meet developmental milestones and move on in life.
The psychological development of children and adolescents is a complex process and adolescence in particular can be a time when previously unresolved conflicts come to the surface, giving rise to emotional difficulties. Physical and psychological changes can become unmanageable for some young people who also have to face increasing social demands.
Psychotherapy can provide a safe and confidential space where these anxieties are explored and understood, allowing the young person to progress in their development.
Life transitions, changes in family circumstances, illnesses and other losses are all examples of possible triggers that can have an impact on a child’s emotional world. 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.
Psychological difficulties can present in different ways such as anxiety, low mood, anger issues, self-esteem and confidence issues, social isolation and attachment difficulties. These difficulties can present with different intensity and, if left untreated, the impact on the child and family functioning can increase over time.
Psychotherapy with young children (usually up to the age of 12) includes the use of toys and play which is a powerful way of communicating thoughts and feelings for this age group.
In psychotherapy with adolescents and young people, difficult and unpredictable feelings are explored, in an attempt to understand what is maintaining them, bringing some relief and an increased ability to access opportunity and build meaningful relationships.
I also offer therapeutic support to parents who would like professional support in understanding more about their children or adolescents. At times children and young people are also included in these sessions.
IIf you would like to arrange an initial telephone call or meeting, you can send me an email or you can contact me on the number below (please do leave a voicemail or send a text).
Sara Pantaleone, Child and Family 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).