Psy-Jeunes (Youth Psychotherapy Centre)
This service is intended for young people as well as their families. They can come and ask questions they are concerned about in confidentiality, which all of our employees are required to ensure. The service is provided by the staff listed below and is voluntary.
Other than offering support to the young people in question, the main mission of the service is to collaborate with the referring institutions.
Consultations are available from Monday to Friday, from 9am till 6pm, in the rooms of “Psy-Jeunes”.
Depending on the problem and the possibilities of the referring institutions, the initial contact can be made at these institutions seeking for help.
The registration can be done by the young person itself, by their parents or other family members, by teachers, the ONE, the CPI, the SPOS (school counseling), social workers, children and youth centres, schools, psycho-social institutions or establishments, and the youth court. Whatever the issue, an application to be reimbursed will be sent to ONE by Psy-Jeunes.
Christiane Weintzen (Psy.Dipl., Psychotherapist for young people and children, Director)
Manuela Woll (Psychologist – Psychotherapist)
Nathalie Gira (Psychologist – Psychotherapist)
The mission of the service is the psychotherapeutic treatment of psychological problems. The staff are qualified psychologists and psychotherapists and offer, among others, the following psychotherapeutic treatments: psychotheraphy via talking, systemic therapy, hypnotherapy, traumatic therapy, relaxation techniques, physical therapy.
The “Psy-Jeunes” service particularly focuses on the treatment of traumatising or extremely stressful events which threaten young people’s physical or moral integrity or their self-esteem.
This can happen, for example, if:
- their parents divorce
- someone close to them becomes severely ill or dies
- they were the witness or victim of psychological, physical, or sexual violence,
- they survived or were the witness of a severe accident,
- they perform badly at school or are the victims of mobbing.
These events can produce the following problems in the young person:
- Strong fluctuations in their active and emotional lives
- Low self-esteem
- Feeling useless or desperate, limited ambitions for their future
- Social withdrawal
- Suspicion of somatization (for example an increase in stomach or head aches)
- Avoidance behaviour
- Negative cognition and thoughts
- Feelings of tension
- Aggressive behaviour and difficulties in controlling impulses
- Flashbacks (uncontrolably reliving certain stressful experiences in one’s life)
- Suicidal attempts or thoughts
- Fears which lead to an anxiety disorder
- Alimentation problems
- Non-organic sleep disorder
The treatment of the consequences of a traumatising event is completed in three stages:
During this first stage, a solid relationship with the therapist is established. Specific stabilisation exercises help the patient recover their inner confidence through imagination and relaxing (inner stability).
At the same time, the environment is arranged in a way that what is causing the trauma will not recur.
The therapists aim to find a solution with the goal of protecting the youth from, for example, further abuse and sexual violence (exterior stability).
2. Trauma analysis
During this stage, the source of the trauma is directly evaluated. To achieve this, the therapists use different techniques which bring the youth to digest the traumatic events which they have experienced.
The EMDR (“Eye Movement Desensitasion and Reprocessing,” which evaluates dreams through the analysis of eye movements that are neuropsychologically useful) and the “screen technique” are the most common practices. Physical and creative techniques can also be employed.
In the third phase, the therapists evaluate whether the effects of the trauma have disappeared or if any additional therapeutic measures are necessary.