Ela is an Integrative Child and adolescent psychotherapist. Ela offers a safe and containing space where children and adolescents can explore their anxieties and problems so they can begin to understand what they are feeling. The basis of her work is a belief that every child is unique and therefore brings to therapy a different set of life experiences. When Children and Adolescents find it hard to put feelings into words Ela uses elements of play and art therapy such as paint, sand tray, storytelling, games, and music to enable the client’s different ways of expression in the safe non-judgemental space. Ela helps to make sense of what is communicated through children behaviour and manage difficult feelings. Ela’s approach is empathic, sensitive, attuned and playful.
Ela works in private practice and has experience working as a school counsellor in both Primary and Secondary Schools. Her work in schools has included working directly with children but also supporting parents in thinking about mental and emotional needs of their children. Regular meetings with parents give an opportunity to discuss further any problematic areas and review the progress. She works, with children, adolescents, parents, and adults.
Ela carried out 100 hours of observations in the adolescent inpatient unit (13 up to 18 years) with a range of mental health difficulties including depression, self-harm, eating disorders and severe anxiety problems. Ela has worked in Early Years Education in nurseries and has significant experience in working with younger children as well as supporting parents, particularly around points of developmental changes. Ela is currently awaiting her final accreditation with the UKCP.
Anxiety, OCD, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement and loss, anger issues, school refusal, family conflict and separation.
MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling. Child Psychology online course with a Stonebridge Associated College.