Mariona Diaz Isern – Psicología y Psicoterapia

TERAPIAS

Therapy with children, adolescents and families

Welcome to this section dedicated to child, adolescent and family psychotherapy services. More than twenty years ago I specialized in working with children and adolescents. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of accompanying hundreds of families on their journey to emotional growth and wellbeing.

Child and adolescent psychotherapy is not simply an extension of adult therapy; it requires a unique set of skills and a specialized understanding of the emotional and cognitive world of children, adolescents and their families.

What can therapy with children and adolescents help with?

  • Behavioral problems;
  • Anger management problems;
  • Social problems;
  • Self-esteem problems;
  • Depression, anxiety and other emotional problems;
  • Problems in family relationships;
  • Addiction problems, such as screen addiction;
  • Bereavement and changes in family relationships (loss of loved ones or separation from parents);

How do I know if my son or daughter needs therapy?

Childhood and adolescence are crucial stages in human development, and the emotional challenges we face at these stages can vary widely. Identifying whether your child needs therapy can be a delicate task, but there are signs that may indicate that an intervention by a mental health professional is required.

If you notice significant changes in your child’s behavior, such as withdrawal, persistent irritability, changes in academic performance, or difficulties in social or family relationships, these could be indicators that something deeper is affecting his or her emotional well-being. In addition, traumatic events, family losses or significant life changes can profoundly impact children and adolescents, and therapy can be an invaluable tool to help them process these experiences.

My Passion for Children and their Wellbeing

Working with children is not only my profession, it is also my passion. I firmly believe that each child is unique and deserves to be understood and supported on an individualized basis. From behavioral problems to managing anxiety, childhood depression and family relationship difficulties, my practice addresses a wide range of issues. Therapy is not only designed to address emotional challenges, but also to strengthen the social and emotional skills that will be critical in your child’s future.

Adolescent Accompaniment

Adolescence is a vital stage in human development. It is a transitional stage between childhood and adulthood. Adolescents experience a search for identity, explore autonomy and develop abstract thinking skills. At the emotional level, intense mood fluctuations arise, marked by the search for independence and more complex social relationships. Adolescence is the time to define and strentghen our own moral framework which will become our compass througout our life in our decision-making process. Self-evaluation and reflection increase, contributing to the construction of a more complete self-image. These psychological changes, driven by hormonal and social processes, shape the personality and lay the foundation for emotional and cognitive maturity in adulthood.

These changes may intensify problems that already existed in childhood or generate new challenges in the relationship with parents, friends or internal conflicts within oneself. Throughout these twenty years of experience, I have had the opportunity to accompany hundreds of adolescents and their families to navigate all these changes. In this process of accompaniment, it is a priority for me to create a safe space where adolescents feel free to explore, grow and overcome obstacles on their way to health and wellness.

Collaboration with Parents

I understand the importance of working closely with parents as a team. Parenting is a shared journey, and collaboration between parent and professional is essential for a successful treatment. Through regular meetings, I provide guidance to parents and promote open communication to create an environment of ongoing support.

Therapy is not just for the child or adolescent; it is a shared experience that impacts the entire family. By working closely together, we can create an environment that fosters holistic growth and well-being.

How does the therapy process work with children?

Each child is unique and special, so the process begins with an individualised assessment from which we can design the most appropriate intervention to address the specific needs of each individual and family. The first step in this assessment consists of an initial interview with the parents. In the first interview with the parents, we seek to understand the child’s history, explore family dynamics and understand the parents’ concerns.

The second step in the assessment process, is a session with the child. The approach is adapted to the age and needs of each individual to create a safe space where they feel confortable enough to freely express themselves.

Both steps are fundamental to obtain a complete and rich understanding of each case. The information gathered is essential to design an intervention tailored to the needs of each individual and family. This collaborative approach between parents, children and professional is essential for the development of an effective psychological intervention.

How does the therapy process work with adolescents?

It is essential to tailor the intervention to the unique needs of each individual and their stage of development. Therefore, depending on the age and the needs of the adolescent, the process may be the same as the one described in the previous section, or it may require of a more confidential space for older adolescents who need to foster their independence from their parents.

In the latter case, the assessment begins with a first session with the adolescent. Following this, feedback is given to the parents and the most appropriate intervention is suggested to them.

¿En qué me puede ayudar la psicoterapia?

En las sesiones de terapia te podemos acompañar a resolver los siguientes temas:

Trastornos de ansiedad, o simplemente sentimientos de angustia en general

Depresión

Problemas de Auto-estima

Trauma

Víctimas de abuso sexual

Traumas, de la infancia o de cualquier etapa de la vida

Procesos de duelo (pérdida de un ser querido, pérdida de una relación, el duelo de la no maternidad, procesos de fertilización asistida, y cualquier otro tipo de duelo)

Problemas de adaptación a cambios recientes que hayan sucedido en tu vida

Acompañamiento en un trabajo de crecimiento personal

Problemas en las relaciones de pareja

Problemas en cualquiera de nuestras relaciones (familia, amigos, laboral)

Tristeza en general, o sensación de vacío que no se sabe identificar de donde viene

Técnicas de auto-regulación para la agresividad

Adicciones

"El encuentro terapéutico es un proceso de co-creación. Es un viaje compartido donde paciente y terapeuta exploran juntos el territorio desconocido de la mente."

Irvin D. Yalom

La primera sesión

La primera sesión siempre es una primera valoración para hablar de los temas que te inquietan, para identificar si la terapia es la mejor opción para tratarlos y para identificar qué tipo de terapia vas a necesitar, la intensidad y la duración aproximada.