Monia Brizzi, Chartered Psychologist and Registered Psychotherapist
London Natural Health Centre
My earliest availability for new clients is January 2017.
Training, qualifications & experience
'The longer I live the more do human beings appear to be fascinating and full of interest.' Maxim Gorky
My psychology studies begun in 1997 at the University of Bologna where I was awarded an international mobility scholarship to specialise at York University, Canada. After five years in Toronto I came to London in 2002 where I continued to train and work in mental health and qualified as a Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist. My clinical experience includes over thirteen years practicing with a wide variety of clients and presenting problems in the public and private sectors as well as teaching, research and community outreach. I have worked in hospitals, inner city outpatient and inpatient services, health charities and with occupational health programs and private medical providers. Prior to this I worked in medical and legal professional translation and as a volunteer at the Toronto Distress Centre.
- British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and Associate Fellow (AFBPsS)
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Practitioner Psychologist
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist
- British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and Dance UK Registered Psychology and Psychotherapy Specialist
- Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) Peer Review Readers Panel Member
- Professional Member of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology, Social Justice Network, Spirituality Special Interest Group, Special Group for Independent Practitioners and Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- AXA, Bupa, Aviva Affiliate Psychologist
- Institute of Unnecessary Research (IUR) Head of Psychology
- Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) Member
- Madness and Literature | Applied Arts and Health Networks Member
- International Community for Ecopsychology Member
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Since completing my psychology degree I have been interested in what characterises integrated, actualised or peak experience. For the past ten years I have specialised in the psychology of creativity, art and performance - first researching this area and then assisting visual and performing artists with their experience of mental health, performance anxiety, psychosomatic issues and perfectionism in their personal and professional lives, and helping them to achieve well-being, flow and peak performance.
‘Creativity is the universal of universals characterizing ultimate matter of fact. It is that universal principle by which the many, which are the universe disjunctively, become the one actual occasion, which is the universe conjunctively. It lies in the nature of things that the many enter into complex unity. Creativity is the principle of novelty, the ultimate advance from disjunction to conjunction, creating a novel entity other than the entities given in disjunction. Thus the production of novel togetherness is the ultimate notion embodied in the term concrescence.' Alfred Whitehead
‘World is the pattern of meaningful relations in which a person exists and in the design of which he or she participates. It has objective reality, to be sure, but it is not simply that. World is interrelated with the person at every moment. A continual dialectical process goes on between world and self and self and world; one implies the other, and neither can be understood if we omit the other. This is why one can never localize creativity as a subjective phenomenon; one can never study it simply in terms of what goes on within the person. The pole of world is an inseparable part of the creativity of an individual. What occurs is always a process, a doing - specifically a process interrelating the person and his or her world.’ Rollo May, The Nature of Creativity
Photos & videos
My practice is guided by a threefold concern for: 1. What it means to be a human being living with others in the world; 2. What conditions are conductive to Eudaimonia (ancient Greek word meaning 'the flourishing of life' / well-being - from 'eu', good, and 'daimon', spirit) intended as concrescence (i.e., creative process of growing together/integration, rather than in opposition/disintegration), contrast (i.e., vivid/complex rather than tamed/trivialised order) and beauty (i.e., satisfactory balancing act of complementarities and irreconcilabilities into harmony and coherence); 3. How it might be possible to find value, significance and joy and to embrace a life worth living or even 'the good life'.
Selected Professional Activities
Cosmoscope (2015-16) Wellcome Trust Funded Interdisciplinary Project.
Performance and Existence (2014) British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) Psychosocial Day. 15 November, BAPAM Office.
Existing In-Between, Liminal Aesthetics and Embodied Ethics (2013) Anarchy in the Organism. UCLH Mac Millan Cancer Centre. Black Dog Publishing.
Human Science Research and Creativity’s Challenge to the Priority of the Subject in the Substantiation of Experience (2013) Creativity in Human Science Research, Methology and Theory. International Human Science Research (IHSR) Conference. 16 August, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Anima Mundi - The World Ensouled. Art and Psychology Experiential Encounter (2013) London Creativity and Wellbeing Week, London Art in Health Forum (LAHF). 22 June, Simeon Nelson Studio.
Art, Psychology, and the Setting-Into-Work of Truth (2013) Critical Dialogues Interdisciplinary Lecture Series. 19 March, University of Hertfordshire.
Transience and Complexity in Anarchy in the Organism (2012) Anarchy in the Organism: Cancer as a Complex System Wellcome Trust Symposium. London Creativity and Wellbeing Week, London Art in Health Forum (LAHF). 15 June, Wellcome Collection Conference Centre.
Placebos for Art (2011) Behring Institute for Medical Research Dresden, Germany.
Science, Art and Belief: Lux Scientia Symposium (2011) Lumiere Festival. 18 November, St Oswald's Church Durham.
Complexity Differential in Evidence Based Practice (2010) E-Intentionality, Philosophy of AI and Cognitive Science, School of Science and Technology. 30 November, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex.
The Science of Psychology and the Art of Psychology: Difference or Continuity? (2010) Ways of Knowing: Art and Science's Shared Imagination. Perspectives from the Sciences, Humanities and Creative Arts Interdisciplinary Research Symposium. 2 October, Faculty of Science, Technology and Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire.
Comments on IAPT and HPC Statutory Regulation (2009) British Psychological Society, Psychotherapy Section Review No. 46.
The Art and Science of Happiness (2009) Brighton and Hove White Night Festival. 24 October, Phoenix Arts Association, Brighton.
The Active Commerce Between Minds and Reality: Radical Empiricism at the Origins and Forefront of Scientific Psychology (2009) E-Intentionality, Philosophy of AI and Cognitive Science, School of Science and Technology. 22 October, University of Sussex.
William James on Beliefs, Values and the Psychology of Experience (2009) British Psychological Society Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section Annual Conference. Consciousness and Belief: How Do Beliefs Affect Experience? 13 September, St Anne's College, University of Oxford.
A Critical Psychology of Life (2009) Towards a Philosophy of Life, Conference. 27 June, Liverpool Hope University.
Embodied Consciousness and the Psychological Continuum (2008) British Psychological Society, Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section Workshop: Conscious Intention, Agency and Free Will. 22 November, BPS London Offices.
On Being Anxious and Joyous in the World: Heidegger' s Reconceptualisation of Subjectivity (2008) Subjectivity International Conference in Critical Psychology, Cultural Studies and Social Theory. 29 June, Cardiff University.
Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy as Human Science (2008) 26 February, Brighton Science Festival.
Psychosocial Perspectives on Health and Well-Being (2008) American Association for Behavioural and Social Sciences Annual Conference. 7 February, Flamingo, Las Vegas, USA.
Michel Serres' White Noise and the Essence of Relation (2008) Brighton and Hove White Night Festival. 25 October, Phoenix Arts Association, Brighton.
Theorising Joy as Psychosocial Process, Psychosocial Studies as a Transdisciplinary Adventure Symposium (2007) 12th Biannual Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) - Theoretical Psychology Beyond Borders: Transdisciplinarity and Internationalization. 20 June, York University, Toronto, Canada.
What Is Called a Journey? On Wonder and Wandering. (2007) Brussels Meets Brighton: The Meta-Hub. 1-2 May, Shunt Lounge and Theatre Company, London.
Re-Searching and Exploring Joy: A Critical Incident (2007) Critical Incident at Brighton Fringe Festival. 23 May, The Freeman Centre, University of Sussex.
A Theoretical Interrogation of the Distinction Between 'Positive' and 'Negative' Affects Informed by the History and Philosophy of Psychology (2007) British Psychological Society, History and Philosophy of Psychology Section Annual Conference. 4 April, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.
Challenging Everyday Routinisations of the Emotional Feedback System (2006) 17 November, Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Heidegger and Joy (2005) Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, 16 (2): 354-369.
Veronica Agostini - Freedom
George Watts - Hope
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client
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Supervision & training
As a BPS / HCPC Chartered Psychologist and BACP Registered Psychotherapist I have specialist training in a variety of evidence-based approaches and I am qualified to work within a pluralistic, multi-modal framework of practice. I adopt a broadly relational, experiential and integrative approach to supervision that enables you to reflect on your own framework of practice and give careful consideration to different understandings, dimensions and implications of your clinical work within a collaborative and confidential engagement.View supervision profile