Steld

Supporting Teenage Emotional

and Learning Development

If you're a teenager parent of a teenager

Psychologist in Amsterdam

Your private support choice for teenagers and their families in the Netherlands.

Based in Amsterdam, STELD specialises in working with families with an international background. We offer English and Spanish speaking support, with unique understanding of the common challenges of raising an adolescent

Adolescence is a period of transition in which the onset and end are not clearly definable. The age range employed by WHO is between 10-19 years old.

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TaisTriviño

Psychologist, master’s degree in psycho-oncology, expert in systemic interventions with more than 10 years of experience working with children and young people.

Tais Triviño Londoño was born in Colombia, is a professional psychologist with a master’s degree in psycho-oncology and an expert in systemic interventions with more than 10 years experience working with children and young people. 

Before moving to Europe in 2010, she trained as a psychologist working with children in a hospice specialised in cancer patients.

For the past ten years she has worked in Spain and The Netherlands on programmes involving health and educational psychology, perfecting her English as well as learning Dutch and Portuguese. 
Her professional background includes extensive work with multicultural families, an experience which has allowed her to witness first-hand the need for teenagers to have a safe space to explore and develop themselves. 

During her career, she has seen that parents aren’t or don’t often feel well-equipped to handle teenage subjects and have difficulty in finding the right professional to support them.  This inspired her to launch STELD.

Education

Couples and Family Psychotherapy, Msc

Escuela Vasco-Navarra de Terapia Familiar

In progress
Spain

Eerste Hulp aan baby's en kinderen

Rode Kruis

2016
Spain

Psycho-oncology, MSc

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

2010 – 2012
Spain

Expert in Systemic Interventions

Escuela Vasco-Navarra de Terapia Familiar.

2015 – 2016
Spain

Psychology, BA

Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports

Homologation Degree
2013 Spain

Training on Therapeutic Empathy

Humanizar: Humanisation Health Center

2013
Spain

Psychology, BA

Universidad El Bosque.

2003 – 2009
Colombia

Professional Training Course in Counselling I & II

Humanizar: Humanisation Health Center

2012
Spain

Our vision

The Teens are the years where opportunities can be created or closed down. It is often an uncomfortable time, but also very formative. It is the time when their adult self first emerges and when they begin making decisions independently from their parents. Any action that adults take to protect, encourage and facilitate their development will have a positive impact on their future health and well-being.

Our mission

We are committed to supporting adolescents and their families during this phase – allowing teenagers and their parents to fully embrace and enjoy this new stage in life. We believe that every teenager and their family are different and therefore, the support we offer is personalised towards every client we work with. We know from experience that all cultures and backgrounds bring their own beliefs to parenting an adolescent, and we welcome these differences with an open mind. We truly understand what it is like from a parent’s point of view to raise a teenager and also how the teenager might respond. Our job is to bridge this gap and create a smooth transition into adulthood. Our philosophy is built on a solid ethical core of empathy, trustworthiness and a cross-cultural sensitivity.

Why should you ask for help?

Adolescence is the period of growth and development between childhood and adulthood. Generally occurring between 10 and 19 years, it prepares the individual to face an adult world. During this stage physical and sexual development become evident. Also, the transition to social and economic independence, the development of identity, the acquisition of the necessary skills to establish adult relationships and assume adult functions; as well as the capacity of abstract reasoning (WHO, 2020)¹.  Adolescence is synonymous with exceptional growth and great potential, but it also constitutes a stage of considerable risks, in which social context can have a decisive influence; especially when it comes to “Third Culture Kids” (TCK) who are children that have passed, or spent, a significant part of their developing years accompanying their parents to a country or countries different from the country of origin of at least one parent; be it for work or educational reasons (Pollock, van Reken and Pollock, 2017)². Frequent upheaval, such as moving country to country, can have lasting positive or negative effects on the health and well-being of adolescents. That’s why I believe that seeking professional help and guidance is part of the responsibility of raising an adolescent. 

¹ World Health Organization (2020). Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health: Adolescent development, available at: https://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/topics/adolescence/development/en/ 

² Pollock, D., van Reken, R. & Pollock, M. (2017). Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds. Boston: Nicholas Breafley Publishing.

When do you ask for professional help?

The sooner, the better! 

As a parent, you should ask for help as soon as you detect that your adolescent has some difficulties or might be facing a hard time, or even ask for guidance just for yourself if you have doubts about how to navigate your child through this stage.

As a teenager, you may be on a bit of a downer and have lost interest in things that you usually enjoy, or maybe you are struggling to focus at school and feel overwhelmed. Perhaps you have already reached out for help, which is a step in the right direction. Reaching out for help is the first step to feeling better. But If you haven’t, don’t worry: you are not alone! THIS is the time to do it. You might think that your parents won’t understand, or maybe they’re too busy, but your wellbeing is important and deserves attention. Just pick a time to talk to them! 

Reach out soon!

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Our Location

Our office is located in Amsterdam Centrum. 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, face to face sessions are not possible at the moment. However, we are happy to assist you using video chat.

Contact

You can contact us via phone, email or by filling out the form below to arrange an initial consultation.

Please feel free to ask any questions.

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