Services offered

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

 

Therapy

Teresa offers therapy to:

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

 

Individual sessions can be offered to adolescents and adults. It is likely that younger children might benefit most from family therapy or a combination of individual and family sessions. This will be discussed and agreed with each individual or family at assessment.

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).

 

Therapy can be:

  • open-ended
  • fixed-term

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.

 

Sessions can be:

  • 55 or 90 minutes each
  • Weekly to monthly intervals
  • Skype sessions and/or email exchange might be possible between face-to-face 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).

 

Presenting Problems

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:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Family conflicts
  • Marital difficulties and divorce
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Psychosis
  • Learning difficulties
  • Autism
  • Bullying
  • Family transitions

You do not have to be experiencing a serious mental health problem 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.

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.

 

Fees

Teresa works within a sliding scale. Fees depend on the duration, frequency, time and location of sessions.

Liaison with other professionals, reports, Skype sessions and email exchanges have specific rates.

For more information on fees please refer to How much does it cost? and What happens if I need to cancel my session? on the Frequently Asked Questions Section (FAQ).

 

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 the Frequently Asked Questions Section (FAQ).

 

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
  • Co-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.

 

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