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A psychotherapist in Kathmandu (3)

Tereza Nogueira, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and senior supervisor for ‘Child in Time’, writes to us from Kathmandu, Nepal where she’s spending two weeks working as a volunteer with Unity in Health  Their mission is to work together to improve global mental health, and Tereza has travelled over to help plant the seeds for school counselling services in Nepal through training and discussion with adults at Tribhuvan University.  

Entry 3, April 2019

There was no space in my schedule for thinking about my jet-lag. At 8:15 we were picked up for a 9:00am meeting at the Tribhuvan University, the oldest university in Nepal. The meeting was to take place at the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences with the Master Program in Counselling Psychology’s director.   

The faculty is located on a massive campus that seemed to have been a beautiful place before. Now it’s sadly broken, unkempt and abandoned. The sign posts remind the visitors that even though the buildings look like they belong to companies which went bust, they are in fact learning institutions. I imagined the resources would be very basic or even below basic but when I met Professor Subba and people who work with him, I immediately sensed the greatest resource was their resilience, commitment and determination to move forward against the odds. 

The “namaste” greeting felt almost sacred as if I was greeting the Dalai Lama. He talked softly and slowly, taking pauses in between his thoughts. I felt an instant respect for this man. Even though I was aware that his master program needed more input to help students to become efficient counsellors, I realised what I know in terms of the work, of the theories and of people, could never be compared to what I believe he knew in terms of human nature and suffering. 

I am looking forward to work with him. I will send more information as soon as I can.

Read all Tereza’s blog posts here:


The Counselling provision at our school is now excellent. This is due to Chloe’s understanding of the needs of pupils, parents and the school as an organization. I would whole-heartedly recommend ‘Child in Time’ to head-teachers considering their own counselling provision.

Head-teacher of Woolmore School, Tower Hamlets

Parent Consultation: They have become much better at expressing their feelings and opening up to me and their siblings.

Parent, 2023

School Counselling: My son has completely turned around and is simply wonderful at the moment. He is back to his normal self at home, being very happy, caring and kind. He is especial kind and caring with his sister and just the best brother ever now. As a family, we are happy and content.

Parent, 2023

It is quality time well spent not letting pupils leave with negative patterns that make them vulnerable beyond school. One of the best decisions I have made.

Head-teacher of St Saviour’s School, Tower Hamlets

You have helped me build a barrier of protection against pain and I can’t thank you enough for that…I have never felt so emotionally strong.

Student, aged 15

Child in Time is a tremendous resource for head-teachers. It’s a consultancy that offers a short-cut to setting up a counselling service in your school with highly trained, qualified practitioners. Child in Time brings peace of mind to staff, knowing that the most vulnerable students are in safe hands.

Tereza Nogueira, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Senior supervisor UKCP

This intervention has had an enormous, positive impact for us all and we sincerely hope that other families benefit from the same programme…his positive behaviour is having a really good impact on all elements of his school life.

Parent of child, age 8

I am glad I am coming to see you every Thursday because I used to hold all these things in my head and that was hard.

Girl, age 10

We are very happy with the counselling service we are receiving and in particular ‘our therapist’s’ flexible and accommodating nature. Parents are very pleased, both the target children’s parents and the consultation one’s too.

SENCO, Rhodes Avenue School, Haringey

She is an outstanding therapist who has made a real difference to the lives of pupils in our school. ‘Our therapist’ possesses excellent skills in connecting with others, creating a safe space for staff, parents and pupils to discuss a range of issues. Her expertise, compassion, and dedication are truly commendable and we have really benefited from her thorough understanding of child development and psychology.

Deputy Head, Highgate Pre-Prep

I want to say thank you. I found these sessions very very helpful. I could talk about anything with you. I remember our first one, when I was so worried that everything was my fault. I can now see things more clearly.

student, age 11