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About the service
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
Modern life brings enormous challenges to children and young people, which may generate various mental health difficulties. It is widely known that anxiety and depression do affect even those youngest in our community.
My name is Malgorzata Krzywanska and I am a child and adolescents psychotherapist with over 12 years of experience, working in both, organizational and private settings. I am an accredited member of the BACP and work in compliance with the Ethical Framework.
My interest in psychotherapy first began when I worked as a probation officer in Poland. This experience had made me reflect on how, as a professional, I could enable young people to make a real change in life and support their development into adulthood. I understood that problems often stem from our early childhood and that therapeutic support may have a significant impact on resolving those problems.
My work is based on a psychodynamic approach and mainly focuses on our internal life, specifically trying to understand our unconscious thoughts and feelings. The great benefit of working in this approach is a real opportunity to reach the deepest part of mind, learn something about ourselves, and most importantly experience lifelong change. I believe that it is specifically beneficial for children and young people as it supports emotional and psychic development. My work with children is concentrated on their needs and is generally child lead. Often, with younger children, work is facilitated through play and creative activities that allow expressing stress and anxiety. Effective counselling is based on a sense of security and therefore sessions remain confidential. However, every few weeks I aim to offer parents the opportunity to reflect upon the process and think collectively about how we can support a child outside of the therapeutic room.
For more detailed information, please visit my website www.vitatherapy.co.uk
Issues I work with include:
- developmental issues
- depression and anxiety
- feeling lost and overwhelmed
- trauma and abuse
- relationship issues
- transition and displacement
- abandonment and low self-esteem
- anger and shame
- body image distortion
- pandemic anxiety
- social withdrawal
Training, qualifications & experience
My name is Malgorzata Krzywanska and I am a qualified child and adolescent psychotherapist. I have graduated from Birkbeck College, UCL in 2011 with MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents. I am also an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
As a professional, I am developing knowledge and mastering my skills through attending various psychotherapeutic workshops and symposiums as a part of CPD.
My main interest revolves around issues related to child development, issues related to adoption, child depression, abuse and many more. I am passionate about my work and value my clients in their endeavour toward mental well being.
In the past I worked, in both organisational and private settings around London, supporting children and young people in schools and counselling services in London.
Currently, I am working in one of London's secondary schools as a part of the counselling service team. I have also been running a private practice since 2012.
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in child and adolescent therapy, based on both play and talkative therapy. Working with children and young people requires different approach, often seen as less invasive and very creative. It means that when working with children and young people I use variety of resources through which a child in a safe way can work on unfolding repressed anxieties and fears. My experience in working with children and young people has taught me that early therapeutic intervention may really make a quick change in child's life that is then maintain in adulthood.
In my experience I have worked with children as young as 6 years of age. I found it astonishing how play therapy can support development and allow to resolve lots of problems that children may have.
£65.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
- Assessment session - £50
- Therapeutic session - £65
- Student's fee - £30
- Family consultation - £60
It is important to note that family consultations do not carry therapeutic functions. It is designed to help families recognize their problems and, with the therapist’s help, think about how to tackle them within a safe, supportive, and professional environment.
When I work
Currently, I offer face-to-face sessions as well as home visits on weekdays and Saturdays.
Please note, that work with younger children is much more sufficient when face to face. It is determined by the specific way of working with children, where the therapeutic work is performed through play, using very specific toys and activities.