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), 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 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 nearly 20 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, 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. 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 the caring adults in their lives.

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.