Welcome to Mosaics-Of-Life Therapies
Connecting our roots. Grounding our future.
What We Do
We offer a variety of therapeutic services, all based on the psychodynamic psychotherapy model. We work with children and young people up to 25 years old, their families, parents and carers as well as external agencies. Our services include one-to-one therapy, joint parent-child sessions, family work, parent support, outdoors programs and supervision of professionals working directly with children, young people and families.
First and foremost, we aim to be inclusive of and accessible to as many families and young people as we possibly can. We hope to achieve this in a variety of ways, such as adapting fees as and when needed, reaching out to families through community-based outreach work, offering assessments to anyone coming through our doors, without the need to meet restrictive thresholds or tick specific boxes. We ensure to access Continued Professional Development, to not only remain up-to-date with current legislations but also to be confident in our clinical ability to support all clients, from neuro-typical, to different family set-ups, to LGBTQ+ communities to children and young people with specific diagnosis or those under the care of Local Authority (note this list is inclusive of but not limited to).
We also work closely with other services, both private and charitable, to offer our clients an effective and pro-active professional support network. We continuously share knowledge and best practice with our colleagues, who are always a great source of professional development.
Similarly, through our consultancy work, we aim to support as many of the individuals involved in a child or young person’s life so we can make a deeper and more sustainable difference in their lives.
Our practice is inclusive of all religious, cultural, socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. We are experienced and thrive in working with anyone who identifies with the LGBTQ community as well as families from a wide range of nationalities.
There is no time limit in psychotherapeutic interventions and individuals can, and often do, remain in therapy for several months or years. Interventions take place at the individual’s pace.
What Is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is firmly grounded in the psychoanalytic model, with the benefits of incorporating techniques such as:
- Systemic thinking (i.e. family and relational dynamics);
- Bodily states (body-mind relationship, the expression of psychological difficulties through physiological symptoms);
- Group dynamics (i.e. organisational systems such as workplaces, multi-disciplinary interactions);
Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on what may cause symptoms such as depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, medically unexplained physical pains, eating disorders, relational difficulties and other conditions. Many of those underlying causes are unconscious, meaning that it is outside someone’s conscious awareness. However, individuals may well have a sense of them, on an emotional level, without being able to verbalise them. Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on what is being felt rather than what can be intellectualised.
Similarly, it sees symptoms as a way for our minds to tell us that something needs to be looked at. This is why we do not treat the symptom directly, or the behaviour presenting as difficult directly, but instead focus on what may be causing it. This is done by exploring past experiences, ways in which an individual sees themselves and others, and any dynamics one may wish to discuss. Whatever the reasons might be, we aim to move away from the stigma mental health often comes with. After all, as social beings, it makes reasonable sense for us to find relief in sitting with another person, either in silence, in play or in conversation. The added benefit of therapy is that you will do so with someone who is trained to support you. Seeking therapeutic support is in fact a strength of character and we genuinely admire anyone coming through our door to reach out.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy follows the free association model of psychoanalysis, whereby the individual will lead the session, by sharing whatever may be on their mind at the time, as opposed to the therapist following a set agenda. Psychotherapists are trained to pick up on what may be happening at a deeper, emotional level and will use their own body responses, thoughts and feelings to carefully and sensibly interpret what may be happening on an unconscious level.
Individuals entering psychotherapy will be offered a safe space to actively explore various ways of being, of interacting with others, in a non-judgmental and supportive relationship with their therapist. It becomes a space where any aspect of one’s life can be thought about, felt, experienced and, as we do so, a new narrative gradually develops, setting the scenes for a more empowered, positive future.
By focusing on the possible roots of a difficulty, individuals develop a better understanding of themselves, which we feel is the most efficient way of making deep sustainable changes. There is, therefore, always the ultimate aim of relieving symptoms, but it is being worked towards by exploring and adjusting one’s emotional development, so the symptoms are much less likely to resurface once therapy has ended.
I loved working with Flo and it helped me to talk about things I was feeling and has helped me manage my worries.
Explore Your Own Mosaic Of Life With Us
If you are considering a therapist for your child then Florence is the one!!!
Please don’t hesitate to contact Mosaics-Of-Life Therapies if you have any queries about our services or would like further information.
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