ALICE DE VILLIERS (NEE VON KLEMPERER)
I am a fully insured HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist. My training, was psychodynamic (embedded in Attachment and Object Relations Theory) in nature. Since moving to the UK in 2010, this has been supplemented with Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Skills training.
I therefore think I work within an eclectic model: combining aspects of these theories, the therapy can be as practical, time and solution focused as suits your current needs and readiness for change.
Whilst working within a variety of settings in both the private and public sector, I have focused on adult mental health (specialising in working with people with emotional regulation difficulties and personality disorder), and continue to do
so with a part time post within the NHS.
The best place to start is a telephone call by way of introduction and to identify the nature of your interest in therapy. This 15-20 minute call is free of charge and there is no obligation to have a follow-on session(s).
The next step would be an initial session. For therapy to feel effective there needs to be a ‘fit’ (both of the person(s) attending the therapy and the therapist) therefore at the end of this initial session, upon mutual agreement, we would either contract for a further 2 or 3 sessions to establish a formulation and therapy plan (type and duration of therapy) or I could refer you to alternative resources for more appropriate support.
THE SUSTAINABLE DIETICIAN, LOUISE SYMINGTON
I am a Registered Dietitian with over 20 years clinical experience ranging from acute NHS wards through to private weight management clinics in the Harley Street area.
I know that good nutrition is the cornerstone to health, but I also understand that changing eating habits can be difficult. This is why I ensure my advice fits in with my client’s lifestyle and food preferences. I help people adopt a healthy relationship with food which in turn, means they are able to make long term and sustainable changes. I am qualified to advise on a wide range of conditions including weight management, bone/joint health, IBS and autoimmune conditions.
I am excited to be closely working with the Halos Clinic to help clients optimise their nutrition and promote recovery. I offer tailored treatment packages based on individuals' needs. This may include one off sessions or packages, zoom and in person. Please contact me for further details or if you would like a FREE 15 minute exploratory phone call to see how I can help you.
When choosing your therapist please bear in mind that ‘Dietitians’ are the only statutorily recognised nutrition professionals and hold the only legally recognised graduate qualifications in nutrition and dietetics. You can therefore be assured my advice is impartial, evidence based and reliable. As a Dietitian I am recognised by the medical profession and therefore I am in a position to liaise and /or write to your GP if this is required.
CONTACT LOUISE DIRECTLY ON:
Louise Symington MSc BSc (Registered Dietitian)
The Sustainable Dietitian
THE HALOS CLINIC
Osteopathy, Rehab, Sports Therapy, Massage, Clincial Pilates
The Halos Clinic
Adjoining Halos Clinic runs the Studio space at 17b Bluehouse lane and has recently hired Clinic Room 1 at Baumhaus allowing for expansion. They are a multidisciplinary, predominantly musculoskeletal clinic happy to establish a referral network with fellow baumhausers.
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Areas of work:
Babies: Louise offers support to mothers/fathers and their babies around concerns including sleeping, feeding, toilet training and behavioural challenges.
Nursery and Primary-age Children (3-11 years) : Louise’s long experience of this age group has involved helping with communication difficulties, challenging behaviours at home or at school, unhappiness, school refusal, bedwetting and difficulty with friends.
Teenagers (12-18 years) : Louise has worked with the most troubled teenagers and can help with a variety of issues including: general stress and anxiety, exam stress, OCD, phobias, depression, social phobia, aggression, self-harm and sexuality/gender issues.
She also has experience across the age groups of helping with emotional and behavioural issues in children who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other conditions. She provides support to parents, carers and teachers in living with and managing these.
WAYS OF WORKING:
Louise believes that the basis of the therapeutic relationship is warmth, empathy and trust.
Being an ‘Integrative’ therapist means that Louise brings several theoretical perspectives, rather than just one, to her understanding of what is going on for young people. She has an in-depth knowledge of child development and behaviour and her main approach to working is based on Attachment Theory. Her training also included psychiatry and neuroscience.
Being integrative also means that she can work in a variety of ways and tailors the type of therapy to the age and personality of the individual and their particular needs. She uses counselling, art therapy and play therapy depending on the individual and how they are feeling at the time. She believes that play is the language of young children and that the arts can offer a whole different dimension of expression for individuals of all ages when talking does not seem to be enough.
As well as seeing young people as part of her private practice, Louise assesses and gives one-to-one therapy to some of the most challenged young people in other settings, including children and teenagers in the care system, as well as giving training and support to their foster carers and social workers. She is also School Counsellor at an independent girls’ school near Bromley.
She has worked in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team at South London and Maudsley Hospital Trust and extensively in schools and children’s centres across Inner London Boroughs, including Lambeth and Barking and Dagenham.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THERAPY?
Louise will offer an initial assessing consultation to you or you and your child or teenager together. This will last for about half an hour, during which time Louise will work together with you to decide what you will need and will usually involve completing a short questionnaire.
Based on this consultation, Louise will usually offer a course of therapy sessions to your child/teenager, ranging from six sessions to something more long-term if desired and considered appropriate. Occasionally Louise would recommend referring on to another professional.
Louise had a previous career in arts and educational publishing.
She has always had a particular empathy with young people which led her towards her second career. She is passionate about helping young people thrive in an increasingly challenging world and supporting their parents in doing this too. She has a continued fascination for the way in which she sees therapy offer healing and transformation to the developing brain.
Whether it is an improved relationship between a mum and her baby, the calming of tantrums in a young child or helping a teenager to feel happier and more sociable, Louise says that she cannot think of a more rewarding job to do.
Beyond her work, Louise’s enthusiasms are the natural world and walking, singing, art, yoga and meditation and being with her family and friends.
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