I am an Integrative counsellor and I am an Accredited Member member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I use humanistic and psychodynamic approaches and CBT, creatively, together with my client and in a way that makes sense to both of us. I offer therapy in Canada Water SE16, in Italian and English.
I work by using a number of theories and tools that belong to different therapeutic approaches. Their common denominator is the aim to understand the interrelation between human emotions, thoughts and behaviour. I do not believe that one approach is above the others; a lot depends on the person I work with, the number of sessions available and, of course, the type of issues brought to therapy.
I have worked with referrals from GPs on a number of issues, both short and long term. I have a wide experience in bereavement counselling and trauma therapy, especially sexual abuse and violence suffered during conflict and war. I have also extensively worked with stress, particularly work related anxiety and depression.
During the first session, I carry out an assessment by asking questions and taking notes. We then explore what the client is wishing to obtain from therapy and agree on a time scale. Every individual is unique and it is not always possible to plan how things will exactly develop in a therapeutic setting. However, below is a rough guideline:
- 6 – 8 sessions for some task-focused work
- 8 – 16 sessions to get to the causes of the issue
- 16 + sessions for an in-depth journey
Therapy happens weekly and is periodically reviewed. Every session lasts for 50 minutes and the fee is £60 per session daytime from 9am to 3pm/ £70 for sessions after 4pm. I hold a number of low fee client sessions per week. The assessment session represents an opportunity for us to feel whether we can work together.
I hold an Adv. Diploma in Integrative Counselling, a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and a Certificate in Counselling. I have also been trained in EMDR (primarily to treat trauma, and more), Intro to Somatic Experiencing (Trauma and Anxiety), Trauma-Focused Psychotherapy, Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence, Time-Limited Counselling and Mental Health First Aid.
I am a registered provider of the following private health insurance companies: Axa, Bupa, Lifeworks, Vitality, Aviva.