Elena Della Rosa

Elena Della Rosa
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
MA, Mpsych psych, ACP

Elena is a Child and Adolescent  Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, trained at the Tavistock Centre. She has worked in Bexley Adolescent CAMHS team  where she has undertaken short and long term psychoanalytic psychotherapy  with adolescents with mild or complex difficulties  and who often engaged in self-harming behaviour. She has experience in carrying out risk assessments and working  alongside A&E and Paediatric ward medical staff. She has attended trainings in Mentalisation Based Treatment for Adolescents and for Families and is interested in the integration of MBT with Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is currently teaching at The Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex where she teaches both Undergraduate and MA students in Psychodynamic Counselling with children and adolescents. 

She has recently completed a Professional Doctorate on the application of psychoanalytic technique in  short term psychotherapy with young people and she continues to develop her reserach interests on psychotherapy  qualitative and process research. 

Qualifications: BA Psychology ( Universita' Cattolica of Milan, Italy) MA Psychoanalytic Observational Studies, Prof. Doc. Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy ( Tavistock Centre). 


Della Rosa, E. The problem of knowledge in psychotherapy with an adolescent girl: reflections on a patient’s difficulty in thinking and issues of therapeutic technique. Journal of Child Psychotherapy. Volume 41, Issue 2, 2015 
Della Rosa, E. The creative role of playfulness in development. Infant Observation: International Journal of Infant Observation and Its Applications Volume 14, Issue 2, 2011

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