Sara Pantaleone, BA, MA, PgDIP, MSc
Sara Pantaleone is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with additional expertise and training as a Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. She has worked clinically for over 12 years in the NHS, schools, charity sector and in private practice with children, adolescents and adults.
In addition to her Clinical Psychology training, Sara has also completed a PgDIP in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies at the Tavistock Centre, followed by training in Child Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
Clinical Psychology interventions for children, young people and their families
As both a Clinical Psychologist and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Sara works integratively, tailoring her therapeutic interventions to the specific needs of each client. Sara is able to draw on numerous treatment approaches, including Systemic theory, Behavioural approaches and Attachment practice. She is also experienced in using a range of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approaches as needed, from more traditional CBT to third wave CBT approaches such as Mindfulness and ACT.
Sara has extensive experience in helping young people and their families to cope with complex mental health difficulties. Within a warm and containing environment she helps children and adolescents to address and work through the issues and feelings which are causing them distress.
Over the years, Sara has worked with children and young people presenting with a wide range of difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, coping with physical symptoms, low self-esteem, social communication issues and emotion regulation difficulties. She also has extensive experience offering support to families going through difficult life transitions, such as changes in family circumstances, illnesses and other losses which can impact on a child’s emotional world.
Specialist Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
On occasion some children or young people may benefit from a psychodynamic psychotherapeutic approach being incorporated into their therapy, in order to help resolve more sub-conscious thoughts, feelings and behaviours. With children this type of treatment usually includes the use of toys and play, which is often a powerful way of communicating thoughts and feelings for this younger age group.
Sara believes that the psychological development of children and adolescents is a complex process and adolescence can be a time when previously unresolved conflicts come to the surface, giving rise to emotional difficulties. Physical and psychological changes can become unmanageable for some young people, who also have to face increasing social demands. Psychotherapy can provide a safe and confidential space where these anxieties and other difficult feelings are explored and understood, bringing some relief and allowing the young person to progress in their development and engagement in their lives.
Sara also works therapeutically with parents, offering a space where complex family dynamics can be explored and understood, to result in meaningful changes in both the parent-child relationship and the presenting concerns in their child.
Sara is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Sara is also registered as a Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and with the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (TSP).
Areas of Expertise
Children – Adolescents – Young Adults- Families
- Low mood
- Anxiety and stress
- Self esteem and self-identity
- Coping with physical symptoms
- ASD and Social communication difficulties
- Emotional regulation difficulties
- Relationship and interpersonal difficulties
- Challenging behaviour and anger problems
- Family work and parenting support
- Gender-related distress
- Discrimination and bullying
- Bereavement & loss