Sara Pantaleone

Sara Pantaleone, BA, MA,PgDip,MSc, HCPC, BPC and TSP reg

Sara Pantaleone is a Clinical Psychologist and a Child Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. She has worked clinically for the NHS, schools, charity sector and in private practice with children, adolescents and adults for over 12 years.

Sara has completed a PgDIP in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies at the Tavistock Centre and has completed training in Child Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. As a Clinical Psychologist, Sara also works integratively, tailoring her therapeutic interventions to the specific needs of each client. Her work draws on a number of approaches including systemic theory and third wave CBT such as ACT and MBT.

Children and Young People

Sara has extensive experience in helping young people and their families to cope with complex mental health difficulties. By providing a warm and containing environment she encourages young people and adolescents to find a way to express and communicate their difficult feelings.

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 are explored and understood, allowing the young person to progress in their development.

Sara has extensive experience offering support to families and young people going through difficult life transitions, changes in family circumstances, illnesses and other losses that could impact on a child’s emotional world.

Sara has worked with young people presenting a wide range of difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, anger issues, self-esteem and confidence issues, social isolation and attachment difficulties.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy with children usually includes the use of toys and play which is a powerful way of communicating thoughts and feelings for this age group.

In psychotherapy with adolescents and young people, difficult and unpredictable feelings are explored, in an attempt to understand what is maintaining them, bringing some relief and an increased ability to access opportunity and build meaningful relationships.

Sara also works therapeutically with parents, offering a space where complex family dynamics can be explored and understood, resulting in meaningful changes in the parent-child relationship and in young people presenting concerns.

 

Accreditations

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
  • Self-identity
  • Gender-related distress
  • Discrimination and bullying
  • Bereavement & loss
  • Social communication difficulties
  • Emotional regulation difficulties
  • Relationship and interpersonal difficulties
  • Challenging behaviour and anger problems
  • Family work and parenting support