Sara Caroppo

Sara Caroppo, M.Sc

I am a Counseling Psychologist specialized in working with children and adolescents aged 3-18. Originally from Italy, I trained and practiced in the UK for several years before moving to Dubai in 2018. Over the years, I have collaborated closely with international schools in this region, gaining a deep understanding of the challenges young people face in this dynamic environment. My commitment lies in supporting the mental wellbeing of children and fostering their healthy development in diverse cultural contexts.

My practice is largely informed by CBT and the Systemic approach, and I firmly believe that a child's development is intricately tied to the environment provided by their family and the quality of relationships within it. In my therapeutic approach, I embrace an "ecological" perspective, recognising the interconnectedness between a child and their familial context. By exploring family dynamics and surrounding circumstances, I aim to identify what factors influence the child's behavior and emotional responses. This holistic understanding allows for a comprehensive exploration of the root causes behind any challenges a child may face, empowering me to tailor interventions that address not only the individual child but also the broader familial system.

My Philosophy

I believe in the importance of recognizing the profound influence of a child's environment, encompassing family and school dynamics. Emphasising that a young person's identity is in constant development, shaped by life experiences and significant relationships. Hence, alongside the individual work with children, I also support families and assist schools in creating a nurturing environment that promotes a growth mindset so that the child is supported in their journey of individual flourishment and academic achievement comprehensively.

Educational Qualifications

  • PGCert in Clinical Supervision from Derby University (Derby, UK)
  • MSc in Psychology from Northumbria University (Newcastle, UK)
  • MSc in Counselling Children & Young People from The University of Northampton (Northampton, UK)
  • BA in Counselling & Family Mediation from The Accademia della Riprogrammazione (Rome, Italy)

Licenses and Professional Memberships

  • Community Development Authority (CDA)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Federazione delle Associazioni Italiane di Counseling (FAIP)

Languages

  • English
  • Italian

SPECIALTIES

In my practice, I work with children and teens who are struggling with a wide range of issues, including

  • Adjustment Issues & Stress
  • Academic Difficulties
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior and Conduct Problems
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Problems
  • Identity Struggles
  • OCD
  • Personal Development
  • Phobias
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm