L’Officine des Petits Bonheurs offers individual attention to children, teenagers, adults and families through psychotherapy sessions, lasting on average 60 minutes each with the purpose of profoundly understanding the mental and emotional operations and personal goals, as well as the resources and skills required to muster them.
Group models are also possible. They are the result of a long thinking process and several collaborations with experts and professionals in the field.
Workshops are available for private groups or business companies, schools and other associations.
There is also the possibility of parent-child workshops aiming to promote personal optimism, self-esteem and family bonds.
All these groups incorporate an educational component with personal life experiences through different recreational activities (physical exercises, role play, sketchnoting, mindmapping, brain gym, mindfulness).
L’OPB is open to establish any collaboration, as part of a singular situation with a patient, with schools, PMS centres and other medical or paramedical organisations, as well as paediatricians, paediatric neurologists and other external therapists.
Individual therapy sessions at L’OPB cost 55€. Family therapy sessions cost 65€. All sessions can eventually be reimbursed by your health insurance. For more information about this subject please check with your health insurance company or “mutuelle”.
Consultations may be conducted in French, Portuguese or English.
L’OPB, FOR WHOM?
This service is available to children, teenagers and adults.
If you are looking to retrieve or reinforce your psychological health, increase awareness of your personal structures or develop your potential to live a meaningful life, each and everyone of you can benefit from a professional therapeutic support.
Children don’t come to this world with an instructions manual. In spite of all the efforts and love provided to them, they often worry us, question us, drive us to the edges of our own knowledge and capabilities.
Through the whole experience of parenthood it is normal to be afraid and to rethinks our own methods.
It is never easy to seek professional help for a child; nevertheless it is a sign of emotional maturity for a parent to be capable to identify a struggle that neither him nor the child were able to find an appropriate solution to.
All the therapeutic work within L’OPB concurs with the cooperation of the parent, supporting their vital role in their child’s life. Representing an essential resource in the child’s well-being, they are included in the change process.
Within the concept of mental health lies the fact that prevention and early intervention are the key elements to offer children the best chances to live as a fulfilled adult, avoiding any fall into heavier pathologies.
Adolescence is by definition a period of great changes, sometimes felt as a difficult moment of important questioning. Often seen as a period of crisis, it is also a stage of crucial openness towards the world, allowing the teen to see his own potential projected in his future.
Many a time these young adults are confounded by identity questions that later will take on the role of defining their independence and individuality. The confrontation with other individuals, with their subsequent conditions and personal struggles, is not always peacefully experienced.
During this period several specific adversities emerge, taking enough space in the teen’s life to worry themselves and their loved ones. In order to help this young person and his parents it is important to make the most of a neutral, safe and impartial space that allows them to talk freely, so they can live peacefully through this stage.
It is not a minor task to raise a child and we don’t always have the right recipe. Often confronted with other opinions from parents, teachers, instructors or even the media, we end up feeling the bitter taste of culpability with all these conflicting messages. Society mandates us to become super-parents, earning honourable mentions for this full-time job. But reality in turn makes sure that as a parent we feel alone and distraught, certain we already tried everything in our grasp.
Parental guidance does not look for a guilty party, does not point fingers. These interventions aim to help every mother and father to understand the stakes of any relationship, developing their inner self assurance and feeling safe in their decisions and in their actions through the practice of techniques best suitable to them.
Sometimes in life we go through more or less difficult periods; we may experience psychological adversities or physical symptoms that considerably lower our quality of life and disable us in everyday exchanges.
At other times the feelings of loss and emptiness overcome us. We long to feel better, to go further, using our own potential fully in order to reach our goals.
Through a trustworthy and safe connection, psychotherapy is a process of discovery within our own resources and potentials. It builds a tolerant and considering sharing space, allowing you to feel emotionally validated in life and recreating ties through positive experiences.
The therapist’s goal in this journey is to give back the lead role in your own life, supporting you through the process. To reach this self-sufficiency is to allow yourself to move on more confidently towards others and the world with a renewed feeling of well-being and personal growth.