Elena Brogi - Chartered Counselling Psychologist
117 Waterloo Road
14-16 Dowgate Hill
Over the last 14 years I have worked with individuals, couples, families and groups, acquiring experience in many areas including: eating disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, separation and bereavement.
I work within a systemic-relational approach, in which the person is considered interwoven with the relational context. Functional relationships and healthy communication are fundamental to a person’s well-being. We may begin by looking at one’s present situation in the here and now followed by an exploration of the significant individual and family life cycles, particularly critical transition points connected to life events and developmental tasks (such as births, losses, separations).
People grow, develop and change. A life event is not “critical” in itself but in the way it interacts with one’s background and personal characteristics. It is essential to explore these differences and welcome them in a safe environment.
The systemic-relational approach is therefore based on the observation of the:
– Phase of the life cycle of the individual, couple, family;
– Function of the symptom or distress/suffering (why now, why me?);
– Quality of relationships and communication;
– Tri-generational narration (grandparents, parents, children).
Psychological therapy can be useful during difficult times in life (e.g. relationship with one’s self and others; conflicts in work or school environment) either when psychological symptoms emerge (panic attacks, anxiety, depression, etc.) or when people would like to improve their psychological well-being, by increasing their self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence.
My aim is to create a therapeutic relationship with clients in a safe, confidential and welcoming environment, where they can face their difficulties freely.
I have developed a flexible approach to deal with very complex and diverse situations, encouraging changes in the emotions, thoughts, attitudes, behaviours and relationships that cause distress. I help people to recover balance and psychological well-being by building resources to enable them to achieve their potential.
In the initial consultation, I will define, together with the client, the most suitable pathway to follow, according to needs and objectives for both the short and long-term achievements they are after.
In addition to dialogue, I also use specific systemic techniques such as body sculptures, narrative /photographic genogram and collage.
Training, qualifications & experience
- In 2000 I graduated in Psychology (equivalent to a Master’s Degree) from the University of Florence.
- In 2002 I attended the lessons of the postgraduate course “Social Worker in Adoption and Fostering” (348 hours).
- In 2008 I completed my specialisation in Family and Systemic-Relational Psychotherapy.
- In 2009 I completed a training course in Forensic Psychology “Technical Consultancy and Psychological Evaluation”.
- In February 2015 I completed the first part of the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) training.
I began my postgraduate training in 2000 with the Italian League for the Fight against Cancer, where I dealt with issues related to palliative care and smoking. As a group facilitator I worked with parents of adolescents facing drug or gambling addiction.
Since 2001, I have provided individual psychological counselling and support.
My training in Family and Systemic-Relational Psychotherapy has allowed me to work with couples and families within the Family Therapy Centre of the Italian NHS for 11 years (as a trainee, professional volunteer and independent practitioner).
I have contributed to the implementation of an innovative project dealing with conflicted families undergoing separation, with children at risk.
During this period I co-founded the Professional Association of Psychologists“Famiglie al Centro”, where I collaborated with several other professionals such as GPs, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Nutritionists, Physiotherapists, and Family Lawyers.
I was an expert witness for the Court of Florence, specialised in cases of separation and child custody.
I also have experience in education, both as a psychologist (providing supervision to teachers in primary and secondary schools, psychological counselling to parents as well as interventions to deal with bullying behaviour) and as a teacher (I taught Social Sciences in secondary school for 12 years).
I have further experience in working with:
- Drug and alcohol addiction
- Eating disorders, obesity, body image
- Psychosomatic disorders
- Mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Work-related stress
- Dysfunctional families and family crisis in different stages of the life cycle (e.g. pregnancy, birth, bereavement, retirement, separation and divorce), step-families, single-parent families
- Parenting counselling
- Psychotherapy with couples (high conflict, lack of communication, separation)
- Adoption and fostering
- Domestic violence
During my clinical practice I provided both direct supervision and indirect clinical and professional supervision to trainees, less experienced practitioner psychologists as well as teachers of primary and secondary schools.
I am also a volunteer at Body & Soul, a charity that promotes the respect, dignity and well-being of children, teenagers, adults and families living with and affected by HIV.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Pregnancy and birth
£80 for an individual session
£90 for a couple/family session
On-going sessions, depending on frequency (weekly or fortnightly) and time slot of the session:
£50-70 for individual sessions (50 minutes)
£70-80 for couple/family sessions (60 minutes)
Maps & Directions
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Types of client