Consultation with an adolescent psychologist
What is a consultation?
An initial consultation is the first conversation with a psychotherapist in our center. Its aim/goal is to deepen our understanding regarding the motivations for your visit.Gathering the most important information in a direct conversation allows us to determine whether you need help, and if so, what that help would be. The meeting ends with a mutual agreement regarding further course of action. If, as a result of consultation, it turns out that specialist help is needed, we cannot guarantee that it will be with this same psychologist – you might be referred to someone else from our team.
Who we invite to the first consultation?
For the first 50 minutes long consultation we invite you along with your parents.
What are the possible results of this first meeting?
During this meeting one of the following MUTUAL DECISIONs CAN BE MADE:
- there is need for one more consultation meeting to better understand your problems,
- MEDICAL CONSULATION is needed,
- the teenager should begin INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY or GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY,
- parents, in order to support the treatment process of their child, should start a series of PARENTAL MEETINGS to increase their knowledge about how best to understand and respond to difficulties that appear in their child’s life.
After the first meeting, a mutual decision may also be made that the most effective form of help will be to begin FAMILY PSYCHOTHERAPY by all family members or that parents need therapeutic help for themselves in the form of an INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY or COUPLES PSYCHOTHERAPY.
Who is the consultation proposal addressed to?
The consultation proposal is directed to those parents who, for example:
- want to talk about their parental habits, consult their knowledge and skills with the specialist.
- they want to help their child undergo an important change in their life(change of school, divorce, death or illness in the family, etc.)
- are worried about various teenager’s behaviors, e.g.
“He/she does not want to talk to me”, “he/she has no friends”, “he/she does not leave the house”, “he/she is irritable”, “he/she does not want to do anything”, “he/she spends most of the time in front of the computer”, “he/she cannot concentrate on learning/at school” , “he/she does not want to go / stopped going to school / it’s possible he/she will be dismissed from school/ he/she did not pass”, “my child does not eat, I think he/she forces vomit, “He/she cuts himself/herself”, “threatens to kill themselves”, etc.- They have noticed their own changed behavior towards their children: “I lack patience”, “I have had enough of my child”, “I behave towards him/her just like my mother” etc.
dr Barbara Arska-Karyłowska PhD - psychologist, child and adolescent psychotherapist. Since 1990 she has been a certified psychologist in the state of Florida (license number: PY 2664), and since 2006 she has had a European Psychotherapy Certificate. She has been working as a child psychotherapist for over 35 years. She has experience working both in the USA and in Poland. Applies behavioral and behavioral-cognitive approaches. She is interested in the psychopathology of children and adolescents with special emphasis on ADHD and anxiety disorders. At the University of Social Sciences and Humanities she conducted classes in the field of child psychopathology (diagnosis and impact). In her therapy work, she enjoys most the contact with children-patients in individual therapy, and as an academic lecturer she most values the need to constantly improve her skills. At ReGeneRacja Center:
conducts individual psychotherapy and diagnose starting from children in preschool and older. Also runs counseling meetings for parents.
Katarzyna Brażyńska-Tatarowicz Psychologist, psychotherapist working with adolescents, adults, couples and families.
"I graduated Clinical Psychology from Wyższa Szkoła Psychologii Klinicznej and Law from University of Łódź. I have completed a 4-year psychotherapy training and 2-year couples and families therapy training at the Laboratorium Psychoedukacji, both recommended by the Polish Psychological Association.
I have experience working with adults, young adults and teenagers." At ReGeneRacja Center: I work with adolescents and adults. I conduct individual, couples, and family therapy. I also run psychoeducational meetings for parents. I work in both Polish and English. Personal info: I am married and have two children.
Maria Zawadzka Psychologist, psychotherapist working with adolescents and adults. "I am a psychologist and psychotherapist. I finished Individual and Group Psychotherapy School at the Laboratorium Psychoedukacji in Warsaw. I am a certified psychotherapist with the European Psychotherapy Association.
I work with children and adults at the Psychological – Pedagogical Counseling Institution, where I support children, parents and teachers to help them gain a better understanding of themselves and each other. I work with them through their difficulties, support them, and give them a sense of security and satisfaction as they seek new paths. I also work with those whose families suffer from addiction issues.
I worked in the Psychiatry Department at the “Children's Memorial Health Center” Institute, where I helped children and their parents as they managed through illness and disease. I also worked there with autistic children, I conducted psychotherapy for children and adolescents suffering from anxiety disorders and depression."
Rafał Zawadzki Psychologist, psychotherapist working with adolescents and adults.
"I received my Psychology degree from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. I finished Psychotherapy School at Laboratorium Psychoedukacji, Addiction Therapy School at the Institute of Health Psychology and the course of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Therapy within ISTDP International. I am certified with the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy. I am a member of the Scientific Society of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy."