ABOUT

Lia Younes

I hold a Masters in Integrative Child Psychotherapy, a Certificate in Integrative Counselling Skills and an Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts. I also gained extensive Masters-level training in Special Education for children with multiple and severe disabilities (including deaf-blindness) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

I am a professional member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP Trainee Membership, working towards full accreditation), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and of the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). I adhere to their Codes of Ethics, which entail maintaining confidentiality and relational boundaries at all times, as well as regularly reflecting on my practice with a clinical supervisor. 

I have full professional civil liability insurance cover and an up-to-date enhanced DBS (Disclosures and Barring Service) certificate. This means that I am able to work with children and vulnerable people.

I am bilingual and offer my services in both English and in French.

 


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.