Current situation: Coronavirus information (COVID-19)
The psychology pratice is open. To prevent coronavirus, various measures have been put in place:
- In the discussion area, the seat distance between the psychologist and the clients is approximately 2.5 m. For certain activities carried out at the table with children and adolescents (e.g. when carrying out assessments), this distance is 1.5 m.
- A disinfectant hand spray is available to clients. They disinfect their hands before entering the consultation room.
- The objects and materials used when working with children/adolescents are disinfected after each use.
- The "free play" corner has been removed, to avoid the presence of toys used by many children.
- A disinfectant spray for surfaces is regularly applied in sensitive areas (WC, washbasin, door handles, chairs).
- We ask clients to come at the scheduled time, in order to prevent previous and next clients from crossing paths, or more than one family in the waiting area at the same time.

The sad child

The child has less joy or interest in things that he or she appreciated earlier, shows sadness or irritability, discouragement, restricted or repetitive activities. He or she tires more quickly and sometimes also has appetite or sleep disturbances. Depressive or depression-like symptoms, however, can be very different from child to child; besides, the child rarely speaks about his or her suffering, often can't express why it is sad.

The causes of this sadness are often very diverse, such as a separation, the loss of a related person or a pet, a move, a relationship problem, or other reasons, but sometimes these reasons are not known.

I offer the parents an analysis of the current situation with their child, give guidance and advice. Depending on the initial situation I can recommend special support or coaching.

As part of my doctoral thesis, I dealt with children who had sad experiences as well as depressive symptoms. My goal was, among other things, to find the power sources, especially through their play and their creativity.