Cécile Ogéreau

Cécile Ogereau

Speech and Language Therapist (Orthophoniste)

After having finished her degree at the faculty of medicine in Nantes, France, in 2016, Cécile spent a year in Reunion Island. There she worked in collaboration with a private practice treating patients aged from four to 18 years who suffered from oral language impairments and articulatory disorders as well as written language and logical reasoning disorders and adult patients who presented swallowing difficulties. In 2017 Cécile decided to move to Mauritius where she joined Up Together in October 2019.

Which was your motivation to become a SLT?

“I find the profession of a speech and language therapist – or “orthophoniste” as it is called in the French language – very enriching since it offers me the possibility to work with a variety of individual profiles that differ with regards to age, pathology as well as the method of re-education. It is very important to me to always adapt myself to each person’s needs and to use tools that permit me to progressively improve the capacities of my patients.”

Cécile is specialised in the following domains for children and adolescents:

  • Dyslexia / dysorthographia: this applies to students who present significant difficulties with regards to reading and writing,
  • Articulatory disorders: patients who are facing difficulties regarding pronunciation,
  • Language and/or speech delay: this applies to persons who are having difficulties to speak or understand language,
  • Dyscalculia: students who are showing difficulties with logical reasoning,
  • Cognitive impairment: regarding patients with different disabilities and communication difficulties.

Cécile can also treat adults presenting dysphagia / swallowing difficulties, which applies to patients presenting difficulties with regards to swallowing, eating or the proper positioning of the tongue.

Which methods do you apply in your therapy?

“My re-educational tools always vary with regards to the patient as every patient’s needs are different. For me it is important to adapt my techniques to a person’s personal needs. In the course of the therapy, the patient usually quickly gains a certain confidence. I appreciate the relationship with the patient and especially the relationship with the families of the younger patients, which I find crucial to my work.”

Tessa Hardy

Tessa Hardy

Psychologist & Neuropsychologist

After completing her BSc in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology (Year 1), Tessa decided to specialise in the field of neuropsychology as she wanted to strengthen her knowledge in the area of brain functioning and better understand the interrelated links between the brain and people’s behaviour and emotions. Throughout the six years she spent in France, Tessa discovered several approaches in psychology through her practical work in different hospitals in Paris and Lille.

Today, Tessa lives and works in Mauritius and wishes to contribute to the development of patient care to help those who are suffering from psychological and neuropsychological disorders.

Which was your motivation to become a Psychologist & Neuropsychologist?

« I am fascinated about human behaviour and I have always been very sensitive to the suffering we experience over our lifespans. As humans, we are complex individuals influenced by our emotions, feelings, individual background and cognitive functioning. Being a psychologist enables me to understand each person, help them put their thoughts into words, and support them in difficult moments. Mental health is crucial for our lives and contributing to people’s well-being gives me a great sense of purpose.”

Tessa is specialised in the following domains for children, adolescents and adults:

  • Neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, adults and older adults
  • Cognitive remediation and re-education
  • Parental guidance
  • Psycho-affective disorders
  • Psychotherapy

Tessa can also treat neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, psycho-affective difficulties, such as anxiety, phobia, attachment disorder, depression, giftedness

Which methods do you apply in your therapy?

“I mainly apply an integrative approach in my work to adapt to each patient’s needs, personal background and presenting problems. In general, I work with the patient’s behaviour and emotions taking in consideration their personal story or apply a systemic and family approach when applicable. Each patient being unique, this way of working enables me to learn, step back and question myself so as to grow as a therapist.”

Cindy Ramphul-Juraver

Clinical psychologist

Cindy received her training at the Paris Nanterre University, France, where she obtained a degree in clinical psychology in 2018. During her studies, she accomplished several internships working with people of all ages and various pathologies, such as adults suffering from mental disorders and/or living with a disability, elderly people as well as children and adolescents presenting forms of inhibition, anxiety or behavioural difficulties. After finishing her degree, she decided to move to Mauritius and joined Up Together in March 2019.

Why did you want to become a psychologist?

“For several years, I have been interested in the connection between our thoughts and our actions. This is why I was naturally guided towards the path of psychological training. I chose this profession to be able to help people to better understand their suffering so that I can reduce it. We live in a time with an abundance of information and pessimistic ideas but I am convinced that we always need to keep hope alive no matter what difficulties we are facing.”

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Cindy’s domains of expertise:

  • Research work: Sleep disorders and the usage of screens during adolescence (Leading clinical interviews to further the topics of social and family relationships and particularly the lack of self-confidence and depression with adolescents)
  • At Up Together: Working with vulnerable children, adolescents, parents and adults. Cindy specifically specialises in working with adolescents and also treats children who are described as being “agitated” and present aggression.

Cindy is trained to treat the following pathologies:

  • Attachment difficulties or attachment disorder / difficulties to separate from primary caregivers: Children who are nervous or who cannot stay alone (with or without sleeping disorders),
  • Anxiety at school and/or in the family environment,
  • Emotional difficulties: Feeling of worry, lack of confidence and other.

Which methods do you apply in your therapy?

Cindy’s therapeutic works is based on the psychanalytical approach and she uses questionnaires and personality tests to complement her work depending on each case.

“With the little ones, I observe and I converse with them while using drawings and play as a mediator. With adolescents and adults, I focus more on listening which means offering them sufficient space to express their thoughts freely and I intervene according to what they evoke. All in all, I assist my patients to question themselves and to take a step back with regards to their daily life to find the causes of their suffering and to help them see their difficulties in a different light.”

 

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Elise Koenig

Developmental Psychologist

Elise obtained a Master’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology at the University Paris 8 through distance learning. She accomplished several internships notably in Mauritius and Belgium which enabled her to work with patients aged between four and 20 years suffering from psycho-affective disorders, family related difficulties as well as learning disabilities. After having finished her studies she decided to practice her profession in Mauritius and founded Up Together with her associate Fiona Kau in September 2017.

Which did you choose to become a psychologist?

“Since a very young age, I have been interested in human relationships, specifically in the different dynamics of individual relationships and a person’s development. This is why I chose to go into the study of psychology and to also nourish my interest in understanding the human being. Today, I wish to apply my knowledge and experience to accompany children and adolescents in their personal development.”

Elise is specialised with regards to the following domains:

  • Research work in the area of giftedness in children and adolescents as well as the mutual interactions of emotions and learning processes,
  • Academic focus with regards to attachment disorders, which Elise also often works with in her current practice.

 

Which pathologies do you treat in your work with children, adolescents and their families?

  • Learning disorders
  • Difficulties with regards to emotion management
  • School difficulties
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • Attachment disorders
  • Anxiety

 

Which methods do you make use of in your therapy?

“My work is primarily guided by an integrative approach. Depending on each patient’s needs, I apply different theories in my patient work such as the cognitive behavioural approach and the humanistic approach. I am also very interested in the systemic approach, which is why I work closely with the parents during therapy. I often invite them to join us for the sessions with their daughter or son and we all interact to better understand the inter-relational patterns and dynamics of the family.”

Fiona Kau

Psychologist (Specialty: School psychology)

Fiona obtained her academic degree at the Ludwig-Maximillian-University Munich, Germany, in 2014 in English and Psychology. After finishing her degree, she decided to move to Mauritius and gain professional experience in a different domain, notably the hospitality sector in a management position. In the meantime, she was able to assist and work in NGO’s in Mauritius and decided to found Up Together in September 2017 with her associate Elise Koenig, which enabled her to practice her profession full-time. In August 2020, Fiona moved to the UK and joint the programme Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Regent’s University London. She is now providing remote therapy for her patients in Mauritius.

What made you go into this particular profession?

“I had always been passionate about working with people, especially children and adolescents, who are often particularly vulnerable. It was my aim to acquire the specific knowledge, tools and experience in order to accompany patients in difficult or crucial phases of their lives and help them gain a better understanding of themselves, their individual difficulties and resources.”

fiona kau

What are your domains of expertise?

“I primarily work with children, adolescents and families but also with individual adult patients who need to be accompanied with regards to their family.”

  • School psychology: being the point of contact and referral for students, parents and teachers in the school environment,
  • Bullying prevention and intervention,
  • Suicide prevention,
  • Emotion management,
  • Learning and motivation,
  • Assessment of cognitive skills and attention/focus,
  • Evaluation of current psycho-affective state,
  • Clinical observation,
  • Parental guidance and psycho-education,
  • Individualised patient care with regards to the pathologies listed below.

Fiona treats the following pathologies:

  • Learning difficulties / learning disabilities
  • Psycho-affective disorders such as depression and anxiety
  • School refusal / school phobia
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • Attentional difficulties and/or hyperactivity
  • Behavioural difficulties

Which methods do you apply in your work?

“I strongly believe in the integrative approach as one method cannot be applied to every individual. During my studies, I was orientated and trained with regards to the cognitive behavioural and systemic approach. However, whenever possible, I try to exchange with colleagues to learn more about different psychological orientations, currently notably the psychoanalytical approach. I believe that our practice requires constant learning and exposing oneself to new methods or approaches. The more, I find it important to exchange with people from other health care professions or professions working closely with people as a multidisciplinary approach furthers our experience and our professionalism.”

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Laetitia Julien

Psychomotor therapist

Laëtitia finished her academic degree at the Institut Régional de Formation en Psychomotricité in 2018. During her five years of training she carried out several internships in different structures which allowed her to work with persons of all ages that suffered from various pathologies and disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, intellectual impairment, psychomotor delays and/or difficulties and psychiatric and neurological syndromes. In 2018, she began her private consultations in Mauritius and joined Up Together in August 2019.

Why did you choose this profession?

“I was looking to train in a helping profession that was different to the ones that are well known to us and that takes the human into consideration as a whole with a psycho-corporal approach. Furthermore, I was searching a line of work that involves creativity, dynamism and adaptability.”

Laëtitia’s domains of expertise are:

Assessing and treating the different psychomotor functions:

  • Time and space (orientation, structuration, organisation)
  • Body schema (knowledge of the body and how to use it)
  • Laterality
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Graphomotor gesture
  • Attentional capacities and executive functions
  • Muscular tonus
  • Emotions

These are the pathologies that Laëtitia currently treats:

“I work with infants, children, adolescents and adults presenting the following pathologies / disorders:”

  • Psychomotor delay
  • Psychomotor disorders (fine and gross motor skills)
  • Graphomotor disorders
  • Attentional disorders
  • Spatial-temporal disorders
  • Memory disorders
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Stroke patients
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Trisomy 21
  • Post-fall treatment

Which methods do you apply in your practice?

“I primarily use play, the body and relaxation techniques in my patient care. My tools and techniques are based on taking pleasure as well as adapting to the patient’s expectations. After having carried out the initial psychomotor assessment, I establish a work stream, my “common thread” of the therapy”.

Louise Espitalier-Noël

Occupational Therapist

Louise completed her Occupational therapy degree in Oxford Brookes University in England. During these 3 years, she completed three very different internships which consolidated her experience in Mental Health, physical rehabilitation, learning difficulties and disabilities. These are the 3 main domains in which Occupational therapists work. She came back to Mauritius in July 2019, and spent months in different settings, following different professionals known for their expertise in children and adolescent. This suits her well as she has always found particularly easy to connect with youngsters.

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What made you go in this particular profession?

“Since I was very young, I built up a particular interest in helping people. Later on, when I had to plan my studies after finishing school, I heard about Occupational therapy. This profession caught my attention as it seemed to be a mix of different things I was interested in: the human body (science), our emotions (psychology), and our environment (social and physical: indoor or outdoor). Indeed, Occupational therapy is based on the relationship with our environment which depends on our understanding of ourselves and our surroundings. Occupational therapists (OTs) are here to facilitate daily occupations of a whole range of people.”

What are your domains of expertise?

“At the moment I am completing a Sensory Integration course. As many patients’ difficulties are linked to sensory integration challenges, I believe that this specialisation will be an added value to the therapy that I deliver.”

I use different approaches:

  • Compensating: adapting the physical or social environment to the patient. For example: I would provide support to teachers to understand their student better in order to set realistic expectation or give special tools to the child such as special scissors, to enable him or her to complete the task expected.
  • Improving skills: work on specific abilities, such as fine/gross motor, skills, coordination, visual and motor perception, sensory integration by the use of activities during therapy sessions. With parents and teachers on board, these can also be improved outside of therapy time.
  • Setting strategies to overcome limitations: working on techniques to improve attentional capacities and executive functions and to cope with emotions and sensory input.

Louise treats the following pathologies:

  • Attentional disorders
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Graphomotor difficulties (writing…)
  • Visual- spatial perception difficulties
  • Visual- motor integration difficulties
  • Developmental delays
  • Psychomotor difficulties
  • Sensory integration difficulties
  • Mental health (mood, anxiety, personality, psychotic, substance abuse challenges)

Morgane Loquy

Speech and Language Therapist (Orthophoniste)

Morgane completed her Speech and Language Therapy degree with great distinction at Institut Libre Marie Haps (ILMH) in Brussels in 2019.

During and as part of her 3 years of training at ILMH, Morgane has had the opportunity to gain knowledge and practical experience by carrying out several internships within different structures and with various populations (nursery and primary schools, youth support service for children aged 3 to 18, rest and care home and private practice). All of these have enabled her to acquire the know-how and expertise and also get exposure to different sets of patients.

Why did you want to become a SLT?

“I have always been passionate about and attracted to the fields of childhood and learning. In addition, I have always had a desire to help people.

As such, I found speech and language therapy to be a very rewarding profession allowing me to meet different individuals, each with their own set of difficulties and requirements. Given that each case is unique, we must always adapt our approach according to the individual’s needs, strengths and context in which he evolves. Furthermore, speech and language therapy allows for the educational, professional, social and cultural reintegration of individuals”

Morgane is specialised in the following domains:

  • Oral language disorders (speech delay, language delay, dysphasia, pronunciation and articulation disorders, little or no language in early childhood);
  • Written language disorders (dyslexia, dysorthographia);
  • Logico-mathematical disorders (dyscalculia);
  • Orofacial myofunctional disorders (swallowing, breathing, pronunciation, incorrect positioning and use of particular organs like the tongue and the lips); and
  • Swallowing disorders (dysphagia).

Which methods do you apply in your therapy?

“I design and make use of specific and intensive therapeutic activities and materials all the while targeting a precise work objective. As far as children are concerned, I try to bring a playful aspect to the therapy with the aim of supporting and encouraging the child’s learning and thus reinforcing the effectiveness of the therapy. The patient’s family and friends, as well as other health professionals – with whom I intend to work in an interdisciplinary way in order to provide a more holistic treatment – also play important roles in the success of the therapy.”

Murielle Quevauvilliers

Speech Language Pathologist

After a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Murielle graduated with a First Class Honours. There, she worked in a great variety of contexts; from highly specialised care in Tertiary Hospitals, to rural care with little to no resources. Murielle has benefited from this rich exposure which gave her the clinical tools necessary to adapt from one setting to another, while adapting her own language to the patients’ needs, accepting their culture and traditions, and working with what was available. She consolidated her practical experience by working in hospitals during her holidays where she could apply different techniques and strategies while being guided by experienced clinicians. It is with this solid practical experience that she comes back to Mauritius, ready to take on challenges and help her people.

Why did you choose this profession?

Through volunteer work in various settings in Mauritius, I realised that there was a serious need for speech, language, and communication services on the island for children and young adults- and very few people to meet this demand. My personal story with my late grandfather also taught me the harsh reality of not having the adequate help from a speech-language pathologist when we needed it most. I felt an affinity with this specialised field once I started looking into it. This led me to discover how communication is the essence of what it means to be human and how swallowing is central to a person’s livelihood. I believe that everyone, young and old, deserves a voice and the ability to enjoy their food. This philosophy brings passion and dedication in my work for each of my patients.

“My focus is to provide patient-centred, highly individualised care for each of my patients. At the moment, my caseload is mainly comprised of children of various ages on the Autism Spectrum. I am also involved in speech Habilitation of profound hearing loss in children after they have received an audiological device. I work with children needing special accommodations in their school settings. Together with the family, we work towards establishing a system of communication that is best suited to the child. I work closely with the elderly that live with Alzheimer’s disease. More than just working on their cognition, language and communication, I accompany the caregiver in their everyday struggles and propose adapted solutions.”

Murielle works with patients regarding the following areas:

  • Neonatal feeding (premature babies or any feeding difficulties)
  • Early childhood development of speech and language
  • School-aged language development
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Genetic conditions and special needs (Down Syndrome, disabilities)
  • Stuttering and Voice problems
  • Post-stroke care for swallowing and speech
  • Traumatic brain injuries affecting speech
  • Degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, Myasthenia Gravis etc
  • Post-surgical vocal, cognitive, speech and swallowing function care

Which methods do you apply in your therapy?

I work within the ICF framework (International classification of Functioning, Disability and Health by the WHO) where the speech, language, communication or swallowing issues are recognised as a part of a bigger picture in the patient’s life. I look at the other components of their lives such as their social interaction, their family life and occupations, their likes and dislikes. All of these details help me build a true therapeutic relationship with my patients. I take the time to get to know them, their family, their needs and wishes. The therapy proposed is evidence-based, meaning that there is research backing up the strategies used within the therapy setting, while adapted to the Mauritian context, too.

Nasrine Faucheux

Career & Academic Guidance Counsellor

Born in France of Mauritian parents, Nasrine Faucheux grew up in Strasbourg and studied in Paris, where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Management and Engineering of Advanced Materials (ESIEE Paris & Université Paris Sud XI). In 2008, she decided to move to Mauritius.
Nasrine made her first work experience in the corporate world, working as R&D engineer, project manager and head of department in competitive industries such as the automotive, medical and pharmaceutical one. Having worked in France, Canada and Mauritius, she has always been passionate about education related topics. After twelve years in the corporate world, Nasrine decided to specialise in academic coaching and career guidance.
Motivated by offering innovative and high-quality services, Nasrine founded Orient’U in 2018, an agency specialised in academic and career guidance. Since 2019, Nasrine has been closely collaborating with Up Together. In 2020, she decided to join the Health Professional Collective in order to become part of the multidisciplinary team.

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What made you go into this particular profession?

“To me, introspection, self-awareness and self-knowledge are key to making more fulfilling academic and career choices. Through my approach, I am able to assist people in gaining a better knowledge of themselves, their strengths and their weaknesses, which again helps them to orientate their future choices.
I have always been passionate about education related subjects and how to bring a more innovative approach to the Y&Z generation. When I was young, such methods were not available to us and I would have liked to have been supported during these important life choices. Today, I want to represent a connection between the working world and the educational world for my clients. My years of experience in different companies and my current orientation, enable me to do so.”

What are your domains of expertise?

“My aim is to give students and adults a better understanding of themselves, to help them choose what they want to do professionally and what they need in order to be happy in their working life. Learning more about yourself can help you to better understand and focus on your strengths. Everybody is unique and everyone needs to be respected for their personal interests and individual talents.”

What kind of clients do you work with and what are mainly their needs?

Services dedicated to children:

  • Playful soft skills development workshops

Services dedicated to adolescents & students:

  • Academic coaching: personalised support that focuses on the personality of the young person, their learning styles, motivation, relationship to the meaning, to teach them how to better know themselves as a learner, learn to study more efficiently and better mobilise their own resources
  • Study & career guidance counselling
  • Personalised assistance for erolment procedures (Parcoursup)
  • Professional world preparation (CV, job interviews etc.)

Services dedicated to adults & companies:

  • Reconversion Project & Career Counselling
  • Profiling Assessment for corporate talent management

Which methods do you apply in your work?

Nasrine proposes personalised assessments applying the innovative and patterned Mental’O ® methodology, leader in France in academic & career guidance.”

“I offer high-quality orientation tests, which provide students and adults with their personal profile to help them choose their vocational path and pursue a successful career. This profile comprises of an overview of their cognitive profile, deep motivations, professional interests and personality assessment.
These rigorous tools are recognized internationally for their practical interest and their psychometric qualities meeting standards and mandatory metrics in the sector. This way, they guarantee – in addition to the expertise of our certified professional – the reliability of my support.”

Vincent Mandrou

Clinical Psychologist

Vincent has completed his Psychology degree and Master at the University of Montpellier, in France in 2012. During his studies, he has focused mainly on behaviour disorders in children. He has received training in the areas of psychodynamic therapy and systemic therapy (́Palo Alto Therapy). Following the obtention of his master, he has started to work as a psychologist in Paris for six years with autistic children. Through his experience, he had the opportunity to discover the cognitive behavioural therapy. In the meantime, he has worked in a multidisciplinary institution with children presenting school integration difficulties. In 2019, he has chosen to move to Mauritius and joined Up Together in January 2020.

What was your motivation to become a psychologist?

“I have chosen this profession since I wanted to learn more about human beings and the way they interact with each other. I was also very interested in gaining the tools and knowledge to be able to help others when they face difficulties. After several years, I am still passionate about my job since behind the symptom, there is always a unique story and pathway.”

What are your domains of expertise?

  • Autistic spectrum disorder (ABA method) : implementation of individualized education program, individual sessions, supervision of care takers (parents and/or care takers within the school context)
  • Children and adolescents with behavioral disorders
  • Family sessions
  • Brief Systemic intervention for anxiety problems, depression, relationship difficulties within the family

 Which methods do you apply in your work?

“I value mostly the patient-therapist relationship rather than a precise technique. The most important thing for me is to be able to welcome the patient so that he can be in a trustful relationship. My studies and past experiences have enabled me to work with different approaches, I use different tools according to the patient’s needs.”