M7 SCHOLAR | TAVISTOCK AND PORTMAN NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Christina has a passion for seeing children and young (CYP) people realise their worth and potential. She has committed her life to work that empowers CYP to break down barriers that prevent them from embracing this vision. Christina has worked as an English teacher in both mainstream and SEMH education for 9 years, but with a background in psychology (undergraduate degree) has always appreciated the impact of mental wellness on academic attainment, relationships and future prospects.
With a growing concern and interest in the increasing prevalence of mental health challenges in CYP, Christina left teaching and trained to become a low-intensity CBT practitioner, providing interventions for CYP with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. This experience confirmed her passion for therapeutic work but also stirred an interest in therapeutic approaches that seek to explore what the root of someone’s distress may be. It is then that Christina learnt more about the psychoanalytical approach and decided to apply for Working with Children, Young People & Families: a Psychoanalytic Observational approach, at the Tavistock and Portman.
Christina currently works for Hackney Education, working in primary and secondary schools across the borough. The focus of her work is to empower, support and connect the system around a CYP who is at risk of permanent exclusion with the aim of preventing an exclusion. Christina is currently enjoying her studies at the Tavistock and Portman and desires to go on to study the professional doctorate, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. With a passion for research, she hopes to one day undertake research that informs education policy. Her interests includes helping schools to understand and develop methods of supporting student behaviour that promote positive mental wellbeing. She also has an interest in the support of minority ethnic families who are struggling with a diagnosis of neurodiversity. Christina is passionate about seeing greater diversity in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and as she has received support in her journey, hopes one day to help others on theirs.