ANGELA SCEBERRAS TRIGONA JUNIOR ASSOCIATE - HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY PRACTIONER
Following her Undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2010, Angela obtained a Masters in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from the University of Northampton and a Masters in Health Psychology from the University of Malta. She also has a vast amount of experience working in a variety of mental health and healthcare settings with individuals of all ages, but particularly with children, young people and their families, both in Malta as well as in the UK. Angela strongly believes in the integration of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Play Therapy and Family Therapy. This stems from her work in London with underprivileged children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural difficulties as a result of adverse experiences. She also worked with the NHS in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire as a support worker, working with children in palliative care due to complex health and neurodevelopmental conditions, as well as with their families. These two experiences overseas inform her current work. Since her move back to Malta Angela has spent five years working therapeutically within a child and young people outpatient mental health service. She is also qualified in administering Autism Spectrum assessments, personality tests and cognitive assessments.
As a Health Psychology Practitioner Angela’s main aim is to help enhance individuals’ quality of life and wellbeing. She achieves this by understanding and supporting their holistic needs. She helps them understand the great influence thoughts and feelings have on behaviours and the importance of self-care, both physically as well as mentally. This helps motivate and support behaviour change. Moreover, having worked both in Malta and in the UK she recognises that no two cultures are the same and that as psychology professionals there is a need to adapt therapeutic practice to the needs and wants of clients depending on their cultural background. Furthermore, Angela understands the importance of self-reflection, critical self-evaluation and identification and, most importantly, the enhancement of core therapeutic skills through continuous professional development. She brings all this to Polaris as an integral part of their Interdisciplinary team.