MA Scholar | Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust | 2021 - 2023
Amalia began her career in sport, training as a Sports Therapist. She has worked with both professional and semi-professional football teams, maintaining a passion for the development of youth players. Amalia has worked alongside the youth development management team to create an environment based in psychosocial concepts. During her time as a Sports Therapist she begun to gain a wider understanding of the barriers to success for her young players not only within the professional field, but also within relationships and personal aspects of their lives. Keen to widen her experience and understanding of young people, Amalia branched out into the field of education.
Amalia currently works with adolescents in a mainstream secondary school, working closely with Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. Focussing on supporting students at risk of permanent exclusion, Amalia works to aid young people to understand themselves and how they interact with the environment around them. During her time as an SEMH coordinator, she has been driven to find different ways of creating safe, compassionate and explorative spaces for young people. She has worked alongside Child and Adolescent psychotherapists to facilitate group therapy in school and supervision in her one to one mentoring. Amalia has supported pupils on The Lyric Theatre Project, aimed at reengaging young people with education through theatre and performance skills. She has also implemented philosophy workshops in school with a focus on providing a space to speak openly, think analytically and ask questions. This work feels incredibly important to Amalia given the well documented trajectory for young people post exclusion. It is her hope that the pupils use of all these various spaces will contribute to creating the much-needed culture capital that allows them to take these skills and navigate their wider world.
Amalia is currently on the MA Working with Children, Young People & Families: a Psychoanalytic Observational approach, at the Tavistock and Portman. She is hoping to go on to study on the professional doctorate, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Navigating the inequities in accessing appropriate and effective support has been an ongoing theme in Amalia’s experience. She hopes to continue her work with young people at risk, and be part of diversifying the representation within the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.