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A psychotherapist in Kathmandu (4)

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 http://unityinhealth.org.  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.  

Last night I went to Bagmati square where there is a big Buddhist Temple. At around 5:00pm the monks can be seen walking around this huge structure while praying. Up on the building tower there are two eyes that the Buddhist attribute to the eyes of the Buddha.  It was an adventure to get there because of the rush hour. It felt claustrophobic and overwhelmingly challenge but when we got to the square the World seemed strikingly different. Clear air, no cars, quieter and so beautiful. In the background we could even see the Himalayas which means in Nepali “Home of the snow “. Around this temple the World definitely looked in order for a moment. I felt a wish to never leave the square. 

We had a pizza on a terrace overlooking the temple. I am still looking for a proper Nepali food. People seem to eat lots of Chinese, Malaysian and Thai food over here. Apparently when we go to the mountains we will have more of a sense of the typical Nepali cuisine. 

My senses are overloaded so I find it difficult to sleep with the amount of thoughts, images and feelings to digest.  When I do sleep, my sleep is constantly interrupted by noises of cars, horns and dogs barking as if there is no other time to do that. 

When we finished our dinner, we got a taxi back home. My god! I am sure the driver wanted to go home after a probably very busy and stressful day. He drove madly through narrow roads with sharp bends and coming traffic. I could not wait to get home. I was tired, overwhelmed by the experience but also filled with a tremendous sense of awe that’s difficult to explain.

Read all Tereza’s blog posts here: https://childintime.co.uk/blog/

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Parent, 2023

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Parent, 2023

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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

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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

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student, age 11