Ms Lia Younes

Psychotherapy

In practice since 2015
Female
Speaks: English, French
Consultation fee:
Lia is a child and adolescent psychotherapist who puts great value in the importance of play and the imagination. She recognises the creative process as an essential tool in helping young people access big feelings, thus deepening their experiences. This helps them to not only gain greater understanding of themselves and others, but also to develop resilience and an overall sense of peace and wellness.Lia prioritises the therapeutic relationship with each child as central to her practice. She of...
SPECIALTIES AND SUB-SPECIALTIES
  • Psychotherapy
SPOKEN LANGUAGES
  • English
  • French
QUALIFICATIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
  • M.A. in Integrative Child Psychotherapy

    Institute for Art in Therapy and Education (IATE) - 2015
  • Diploma in Counselling Skills

  • Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts

  • Masters-level training in Special Education for children with multiple and severe disabilities

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Child & adolescent mental health support
  • Creative arts in therapy
  • Psychotherapy for children & adolescents
  • Empathy in school & 'Babywatching' programmes in schools
  • Parent/teacher Reflective Coaching
  • Professional consulting

BIOGRAPHY

Lia is a child and adolescent psychotherapist who puts great value in the importance of play and the imagination. She recognises the creative process as an essential tool in helping young people access big feelings, thus deepening their experiences. This helps them to not only gain greater understanding of themselves and others, but also to develop resilience and an overall sense of peace and wellness.

Lia prioritises the therapeutic relationship with each child as central to her practice. She offers an integrative and holistic approach, meaning that she draws upon her training in various theoretical models, including Attachment, Psycho-Dynamic, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt therapy, largely supported by the latest neurobiological research.

Lia strongly believes in the importance of supporting significant adults in each child’s life. She offers individual coaching to parents and teachers, in order to inspire and empower them to reach their own potential and to become the carers they aspire to be. Lia helps adults to develop a positive and reflective approach to caring for children, always holding in mind their very unique story and circumstances.

With nearly 20 years experience working with children, parents and educators in various countries and settings, Lia is committed to dedicating her work to supporting our young people and to creating resilient, supportive communities that prioritise overall well-being.

Lia is bilingual and offers her services in both English and in French.

A word from Lia:

"I am fascinated by human development and how our earliest experiences can influence our lives. Today, with over 15 years experience working with children, parents and educators in various countries and settings, I continue to dedicate my work to supporting our young people.

In New York, USA, I provided outdoor and adventure-based experiences focused on developing socio-emotional skills to children with a wide range of special needs. I learned that art, play and the imagination, cradled within a trusting, secure relationship, are the main ingredients for healing and growth to take place. I also facilitated workshops and coaching support to families, teachers and youth workers on managing challenging behaviours and on building positive relationships with children.

I later entered the teaching profession in London, UK. Within the school setting, I understood that a child’s ability to learn and thrive rely first and foremost on their emotional and mental well-being. My experience as an Early Years teacher showed me not only the importance of early intervention in reducing future social and emotional challenges, but also the positive impact that a caring, consistent attachment figure can have on a child's overall resilience and well-being.

I strongly believe that in order to best serve and support our children, we must first create a safe space to reflect on our own stories, needs and challenges, and also to prioritise our own wellness. I therefore bring a very systemic approach to my work and offer support to both children and adults.

I have a mixed cultural background and really enjoy working with diverse groups of individuals, respecting each person's unique experiences. I feel honoured to support children and adults on their courageous and creative journeys and I continue to learn from them every day."


Visit her website, www.liayounes.com, for more information.
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