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.”

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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”.

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.”

Stéphanie Fanchette

Docteur en psychologie

Stéphanie holds a doctorate in psychology (France). She is specialised in child and adolescent psychology intercultural psychology, criminal sciences and systemic intervention.

She worked as a clinical psychologist with children, adolescents and adults in Reunion Island for 18 years at l’APAJH Réunion (Foyer d’Accueil Médicalisé, Foyer d’Accueil Occupationnel, Centre Médico-Psycho-Pédagogique) et l’éducation nationale) and was a lecturer of clinical psychology and psychopathology (Master 2) at the University of Reunion (in collaboration with the University of Burgondy).

Social and educational inclusion have been a strong axis of her career within “APAJH Réunion”. In this context, she was invited by UNESCO to represent Mauritius at an international conference in Paris in 2013. Her research work on disability has led to publications in collective works (UNESCO; Editions Erès, France).

Why did you choose this profession?

“I have developed an awareness of the meaning of things, human behaviour and family history since a young age, surrounded by adults who enjoyed expressing themselves. As a teenager, I discovered the role of the unconscious. I then began a course in psychology in France to accompany children and adults facing difficulties to make sense of their experiences and to improve their well-being.”

What are your areas of expertise?

  • Assessment of behavioural and/or academic difficulties as well as child and adolescent psychotherapy,
  • Working with adults and families from an analytically and systemically informed approach,
  • Disability and related psycho-affective difficulties,
  • Intercultural challenges.

What are the pathologies you currently treat in Mauritius?

  • Behavioural and/or academic difficulties in children and adolescents,
  • Troubles psycho-affectifs chez les adultes,
  • Questions around identity and building autonomy in relation to disability,

What tools do you use and what is your working methodology?

My approach to psychotherapy for adolescents and adults is informed by the systemic modality.

When working with childrenI first meet the parents together with the child. In the following sessions, I offer the child an individual space forexpression, that is inspired by theanalytical approach (through speech, play and drawing)Once a month, I follow-up with the parents and the child together..

For psychometric assessments, I use the following tools :

  • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT),
  • Le Test du dessin de famille (Family Drawing Test),
  • Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC-3),
  • L’échelle composite de dépression pour enfants (MDI-C),
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale 5th Version (WISC V).

I also offer training to companies:

  • Managing difficult personalities at work and managing human resources (2 modules with 2 trainers),
  • Serenely accompanying people into retirement (4 modules with 4 trainers).
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.”

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.”