Services offered

Teresa provides therapy, supervision, training and consultancy in English and Portuguese.

 

Therapy

Everyone struggles at some point in their lives. Research shows that at any one time 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem over the course of a year[i]. Mental Health difficulties are more common than most people realise, but you don’t have to suffer from a serious mental health difficulty to benefit from professional support.

 

If you are:

  • having difficulties in your relationships
  • struggling to lead your life according to your values and goals
  • stuck in unhelpful or unhealthy patterns of behaviour

 

Teresa can help you with these issues. She can help you to:

  • reflect on your patterns of behaviour and relationships;
  • improve communication;
  • realign yourself with your goals and values in life;
  • develop strategies and coping skills;
  • move your life in the direction that is most meaningful to you.

 

Teresa has over twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She has worked with individuals, couples and families with a variety of presenting difficulties. They include:

  • Relationship difficulties: family conflict, couple disharmony, parenting difficulties, friendship strains, work problems, disparity in social or affiliation groups
  • Life and family transitions: loss and bereavement, birth of a child, couple separation or divorce, new family formations, moving to independent living or cohabiting
  • Intense and difficult emotions or experiences: sadness, anger, bullying, discrimination, child aggression, excessive Internet and gaming behaviour, self-harm, depression, anxiety, trauma 
  • Issues around identity and affiliation groups: including race and ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender experience, faith and religion, parenthood, marital status, appearance, age and maturation, ability/disability, educational and professional choices
  • Serious mental health problems or life-long conditions: eating disorders, psychosis, learning difficulties, ADHD, autism, living with a physical illness

 

If you are unsure whether Teresa might be able to help you with your particular problem, please contact her for a free discussion to consider this further.

 

Teresa offers therapy to:

  • couples
  • families
  • individuals across the age-range (children, adolescents, adults)

 

It is tailored to each person/family by taking into consideration their needs and preferences.

Teresa reviews the progress, flow and frequency of the sessions on a regular basis and always aims to work with the least number of sessions as possible.

For more information on the Therapeutic approaches used by Teresa and What a session might look like, please refer to these topics on the Frequently Asked Questions Section (FAQ).

 

Sessions can be:

  • 55 or 85 minutes each.
  • Weekly to monthly intervals.
  • In-person or online video-conferencing sessions.

For more information on the How often are the sessions and how many sessions are necessary, please refer to this topic on the Frequently Asked Questions Section (FAQ).

 

Fees

Fees depend on the type of therapy (individual or couple/family therapy), the location and day of sessions. The current scaling fees are as following:

  • Individual sessions (55 min) 
    £100: North London, Welwyn Garden City & online 
    £120: Saturdays – Welwyn Garden City & online only
  • Couple and family sessions (55 min) 
    £120: North London, Welwyn Garden City & online 
    £150: Saturdays - Welwyn Garden City & online only 
    Longer sessions for couple and family can be arranged upon request
  • Liaison with other professionals, reports and email exchanges - £80 per hour

 

Payment can be made in cash at the end of each session. Online sessions require bank transfer prior to session.

 

Cancellation Policy 

The cancellation policy depends on the location of the arranged session:

  • In-person/clinic-based sessions: 
    Cancellations made less than 48 hrs before the session: 50% of the session cost. 
    Cancellations made 3 hrs or less before the session or no-show: 100% of the session cost. 
  • Online sessions
    Cancellations made less than 24 hrs before the session: 50% of the session cost. 
    Cancellations made 3 hrs or less before the session or no-show: 100% of the session cost.

 

Supervision

Teresa provides clinical supervision and consultation for counsellors and psychotherapists, as well as for clinicians from various other professional backgrounds. Clinical supervision can be a single meeting or regular consultations.

The focus of supervision/consultation might include a combination of:

  • Case discussions;
  • Theory-practice links;
  • Considerations of personal and professional development and CPD;
  • Organisational, team management and team dynamics issues;
  • Self-reflexivity;
  • Considerations of issues such as power, culture and social inclusion.

The emphasis could be on systemic perspectives to the clinician’s practice or on the clinician’s own theoretical model.

Supervision can be retrospective and may include audio/video material. Teresa also offers live supervision. “Live supervision” is a common practice in the field of systemic and family therapy. In this process, the supervisor joins the main therapist for sessions either as a co-therapist or as part of the “reflecting team”[i]. It might be intended for training purposes or any of the foci mentioned above.

For information on the Code of Ethics and Practice for Supervisors, please refer to this topic on About Family Therapy Section.

 

Training and consultancy

Teresa provides consultation and training on systemic perspectives to Multi-disciplinary teams as well as on mental health issues to schools and wider community. The focus could be on organisational and team issues, or on projects and clinical work.

Teresa has extensive experience in the field of Eating Disorders (ED). This includes:

  • Delivering training on Family Interventions for ED
  • Facilitating psychoeducation sessions for parents of children with ED
  • Devising and coordinating a skills-based programme for parents with the aim of providing education, skills and techniques to support them manage their child’s Eating Disorder.

 

Online Video-Conferencing Services

Teresa offers online via video-conferencing therapy, supervision, training and consultation in English and Portuguese.  For more general information on each type of service please refer to the related sections under Services Offered.

There are many advantages and reasons why people choose online services:

  • More flexibility with the time that they can access services
  • Reduction of time and cost of transportation
  • Possibility of accessing the clinician of their preference and in the speciality related to their needs who might not be close to them geographically
  • Many people prefer to be in their own environment as oppose to the clinic or more formal settings
  • During the pandemic outbreak and restrictions, online options are indeed vital in offering services that would otherwise be unavailable

Although online services can be very convenient, it is also important to consider the disadvantages, such as potential difficulties with technology and limitation on visual cues, in particular body language. These aspects will be discussed with you and ways in which to mitigate drawbacks will be considered together.

When working online, in addition to having access to good Internet connection, it is also important to ensure that all parts involved protect the time and place where they can have privacy and be free of interruptions. Relevant measures to make the online services safer and more effective will be discussed prior to the start of the work.

 

[i] Andersen, T. (1992) Reflections on the Reflecting with Families in McNamee, S & K. Gergen (Eds) Therapy as social construction. London, Sage