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Psychology and Areas of Expertise

PSYCHOLOGY

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Family Therapy

My systemic approach to Family Therapy takes into account the relationship that a person has with his/her environment (i.e., family, friends, school, or work).

A system is a group of parts, like a family, that is constantly changing and adapting. So, any change to the system has an affect on all the members of the group, with each member being impacted in a different way.

I offer individual, couples, family and sibling therapy.

Eating disorders and Obesity

These are multi-causal disorders where symptoms such as wishing to be thin can often hide the real problem that needs to be solved.

Anorexia

This disorder is characterised by an intense concern about gaining weight, a change in the way a person perceives his/her weight or the silhouette of their body, and amenorrhea (absence of menstruation).

We can identify two types of anorexia: Restrictive (restricting food intake without binging nor purging), and compulsive or purging (with regular binging and purging).

For binging and purging, this may also include the use of laxatives, diuretics and enemas.

Bulimia

This disorder is characterised by binging, inappropriate compensating behaviour, and a strong influence of the weight and body silhouette in a person’s self-evaluation.

There are two types of bulimia: Purgative (use of vomiting, laxatives, diuretics or enemas), and non-purgative (other inappropriate compensating behaviours such as fasting or intense exercise).

Binge Eating

This disorder is characterised by eating a big amount of food in a short period of time accompanied by a feeling of being out of control of the situation. This causes a feeling of culpability, shame and displeasure, which is why binge eating is a solitary activity and hidden from others.

Binge eating is associated with stress, because there is often no activity or exercise to offset the food intake, binge eating usually leads to obesity.

Obesity

Although it is not officially classified as an eating disorder, obesity is a symptom that there is something that it is not working well at an emotional level, or signifies the presence of psychological problems. For example, a person with untreated anxiety becomes anxious and eats excessively and then becomes obese.

Obesity is diagnosed when an individual’s Corporal Mass Index is over 30.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

We consider autism as a continuum, where on one end we find the most severe autism and on the other end, what is known as Asperger Syndrome.

  • Autism
    This disorder is characterised by a qualitative alteration of social interaction, communication and of repetitive or stereotypical behaviours, interests and restricted activities. In most autism cases, it is associated with diminished mental capabilities.
  • Asperger Syndrome
    This disorder is characterised by a qualitative alteration of social interaction with repetitive or stereotypical behaviours, interests and restricted activities, and a significant impairment of social and work activity. There is no diminished mental capabilities.

Expats

Any type of change is stressful. Leaving your home country to live in a different country is incredibly stressful. Therefore, we help expats cope with the loss and grief they may be feeling as they adapt to their new lives in their host country. We offer individual, couples and family therapy.

An important decision expats with children often face is whether or not to teach their children the language of their host country. We can help you through the decision-making process about bilingualism.p>