P. Piero Dell'Anno, BA. MA. PgDip. BACP Reg.
36 St. James Mansions
West End Lane
9 Coldbath Square
I am a counsellor and a psychotherapist with the NHS and in private practice. My main language is Italian and often clients might consider it difficult to work with a foreign therapist, because of the language differences and the fear that a foreign therapist might find it difficult to understand the nuances of a foreign language.
Counselling is mostly a process of emotional attunement between the therapist and the client. The dialogue between the client and the therapist is only partially driven by words. As therapist, I believe I am asked to perceive the subtlety in the emotional shift of the inner world of my clients, to support them to be less intruded by the cognitive meaning and more present to their emotions and feelings, as they think, talk and make sense of the world they are part of.
I trained in Italy in Integrative Counselling and in London at Metanoia Institute in Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy; a therapeutic approach which supports awareness in the here and now through a balanced integration of thoughts, emotions and feelings. I have been in clinical practice during the past 10 years.
My main clinical interest is trauma, our embodied response to it and how it manifests in our lives as adults. Trauma can follow a car accident, can be the consequence of being raised by abusive parents, or parents who have neglected us, the loss of loved ones, severe illness, it can stem from an abusive relationship and other events in our lives, which at times we are not even aware of, as trauma goes at times through generations.
Trauma is an event in our life that is experienced as overwhelming or life threatening. In my experience as a clinician, I have too often learned how it is misunderstood, untreated and or misdiagnosed.
Trauma can manifest through symptoms which emerge usually at the same time, shortly after the traumatic event, or years after the traumatising episode. These can range from severe mood swing, shame and the lack of self-esteem, panic attacks, addictive behaviours or attraction to dangerous situation, difficult relationships and inability to make commitments, anxiety and depression or several others symptoms, we at times find it difficult to link to the traumatising experience.
Trauma can also have an impact on our sexual activity and ability to love. It can create severe somatisation such as asthma, fibromyalgia and problems to the immune system. Overall trauma can severely affect the quality of our lives and out of awareness we might develop the tendency to repeat the same behavioural patterns over and over, in an attempt to protect ourselves and to survive the traumatising experience.
From my interest in trauma, I have developed a clinical expertise to work with clients who present with:
- Panic attacks, anxiety and phobia
- Depression, lack of self-esteem and self-worth
- Eating disorders
- Couples relationship and difficulty to bond with other individuals
- Reduced ability to deal with stress and stressful events
- Severe somatisation
- Difficulty with memory, the ability to make plans and commitments
- Work related issues, conflict at work and performance
I am member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work in West Hampstead, Farrington and Central London.
What I believe counselling is
I believe that choosing a counsellor or a psychotherapist is a very important decision for any client, as counselling is fundamentally a relationship based on trust and care. Through the counselling alliance, I support my clients to enhance their growth and to access the emotional relational and environmental resources that support their ongoing well-being.
There are times in our lives when we feel lost, without energy and we turn in a loop seeking for alternatives, or without any energy we feel as if we are no longer capable to cope with the stressful events of life.
Talking about our fears and sharing our feelings helps healing the pain and recovering from the stressful events.
How can I help
I work with my clients relationally, helping you to become aware of your full potential. Together we will use self discovery as an empowering process to deal with life issues.
During our journey together, I will sustain and accompany you in rediscovering these strengths and in learning how to utilise them, to face the challenges that might occur during your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have acquired more than 10 years of experience in people development both at individual, group and organisational level.
My qualifications are:
- Tavistock Relationships: Couple Therapy for Depression (2017)
- The Association of Psychological Therapies UK: Compassion Focus Therapy Essentials (2016)
- Think Psychology: CPD certificate in Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (2016)
- West London Mental Health Trust: Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health Training (2016)
- Metanoia Institute: Certificate in Counselling for Depression (pending)
- Middlesex University and Metanoia Institute: MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy (pending)
- Metanoia Institute: Certificate of competency in the use of Psychological test (2012-2013)
- Aspic School of Counselling and Psychotherapy: Masters in Integrative Counselling (2012).
- Aspic School of Counselling and Psychotherapy: Attachment and constellations (2013)
- Aspic School of Counselling and Psychotherapy: Diploma in Integrative Counselling (2011).
Continuous Professional Development is at the core of my practice as a psychotherapeutic counsellor in order to provide you with the strongest support, ensuring your self-sustainability in the long term beyond our work together.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Fees: Fees are charged on a sliding scale from £70 per session.
Cancellation policy: 48 hours
Languages: English, Italian, French
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Italian and French|
from 7 am to 8 pm
Types of client