Diana is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, trained at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, London. She has over 15 years of extensive work experience with children, adolescents and families in a variety of contexts including working with adults and families, affected by trauma; children and adolescents in primary and secondary school setting and specialist CAMHS team in UK. This allows her to work with a wide range of children and families: from those experiencing the stresses and strains of modern living to those whose sufferings are longer-term and more complex.
Diana’s method of work is psychodynamic which includes not only an in depth understanding of the continuity, complexity and in some cases psycho-somatic roots of the presented problem but an ability to fully engage with the client (adult or child) and experience and work with deep vulnerability, aggression and emotional pain; remaining fully open-minded and emphatic in the process of trying to find better ways together. The relationship that develops between therapist and client in that context enables internal change leading to new and healthier ways of relating to other significant people in the client’s life, as well as developing their individuality, potential and satisfaction with life.
Some of the most common difficulties that Diana has met in her work included:
Pre-school children: difficulties within mother-infant relationship, eating, sleeping, and toileting, separation and developmental difficulties.
School-age children: social difficulties, difficult behaviours such as defiance and aggression, ADHD, ASD, learning and attention problems, emotional problems such as anxiety and fears, family breakdown issues and relationships at home and at school.
Adolescents and young people (up to 25): trauma, anxieties, worries, depression, low self-esteem, peer and family relationships problems, gender identity problems.
Research has shown that improvements of child psychodynamic psychotherapy are long-term. Adults who have invested in this work as children continue to feel its impact throughout life.
Diana undertakes brief therapeutic consultations, short and long term psychodynamic psychotherapy, parent support sessions and assessments. She can offer supervisions to colleagues and consultations to the network.
In addition she is a visiting lecturer at University College Cork. Diana continues her research activities in psychotherapy research.
Qualifications: BA Psychology (Sofia University), MA Clinical and Counselling Psychology (Sofia University), PG Cert in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies (Tavistock Centre), Mpsych psych in Child and adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Tavistock Centre)
Diana is an accredited member of ICP (Irish Council for Psychotherapy), IFCAPP (Irish Forum for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy), ACP (Association of Child Psychotherapists)