Ilana Inspector, Therapist

Ilana Inspector

Psychotherapist, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • PROF DOC PSYCH in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents (Doctoral Level) At The Tavistock Centre and University of East London (UEL)
  • M.A (Masters) in Rehabilitation Psychology (Bar Ilan University, Israel)
  • BSc (Honors) Degree in Psychology (UCL, London)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Infant Mental Health – M9 (The Tavistock Centre)
  • Qualified Rehabilitation Psychologist (Ministry of Health, Israel)
  • Qualified Developmental Psychologist (Ministry of Health, Israel)
  • Member of the UK Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)
  • Registered member of the BACP

My professional experience:

I am a qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, trained at the Tavistock Centre. I have extensive experience, more than 20 years of working therapeutically with children, adolescents, young adults and parents, treating a wide variety of emotional, psychological and behavioural difficulties and disorders. My areas of interest and expertise are eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement and attachment disorders. As well as direct clinical work with individuals I work with groups of children and adolescents.

I am a clinical supervisor to various mental health professionals, counsellors and psychotherapists. I provided consultation to professionals working in different settings and in different roles from senior management to support staff.

I am a course tutor and a teacher at the Tavistock Centre Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training (M80, Doctoral Level). I had taught extensively on other post-graduate courses at the Tavistock.

I have extensive experience working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams in the NHS (CAMHS) and in school settings.

My personal statement:

Psychotherapy aims to widen the repertoire by which we relate to ourselves and to others as well as help contain, give meaning to and ease emotional pain. People seek therapy when they feel anxious, depressed, traumatized, stuck in unhelpful, even damaging behaviours or struggle to fulfil their potential. Psychotherapy offers a reflective space in which through the companionship with the therapist an opportunity arises to develop better understanding of self and facilitate change. The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy approach, which underpins my work, acknowledges the influence of past experiences on personality and behaviour.

The young person’s curiosity about themselves is encouraged as they are invited to think about how significant experiences and early relationships impact on self-esteem, behaviour and present relationship patterns, including the therapeutic relationship. We work on developing insight and self-awareness. Parallel to the in-depth reflective work we identify ways to change unhelpful patterns of behaviour and habits, focusing on goals that the young person would like to achieve.

My clinical experience enables me to work flexibly with a diversity of people and problems and tailor the work to the young person’s individual needs. I integrate as needed short-term focused techniques deriving from Mentallization Based Therapy, CBT and Mindfulness approaches. I find that this flexibility of work coupled with the young person’s motivation to change supports their capacity to develop a healthier relationship with their mind and body and with the world around them.

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