Dr Elisa Cunial-Trotta, BPS, MBACP & HCPC reg Individuals/Couples/Supervision
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist offering individual and couple therapy, as well as supervision in English, Italian and French. Short or long term. Face-to-face and online. I also offer ecotherapy/ecopsychotherapy sessions for people interested in working outdoors.
I aim to help you approach your concerns with clarity and care, and within a confidential and safe environment. Through a mutually committed and dialogical encounter, I facilitate a process in which you can become, find, open, feel, trust, release, experience, change, relax, see, stop, try, explore, discover, think, dream, be.
I have experience in helping people deal with a variety of issues, including:
- Depression & anxiety
- Trauma & abuse
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD)
- Eating disorders
- Chronic or life-threatening illness
- Loss (including abortion & miscarriage)
- Bereavement & the end of life
- Relationships (including separation & divorce)
- Changes (mid-life crisis, life transitions)
- Cross-cultural issues (expats & migrants)
- Work related problems
Therapy is a journey. It is not about labelling or categorising, nor about right or wrong. Rather, it is about understanding, paying attention, discovering values, limitations, assumptions and beliefs within ourselves. It provides an opportunity to explore, to visit or to re-visit in order to see, learn, heal, put into perspective and move on.
As in all journeys, therapy can bring insight and helps shift certain attitudes towards oneself, others and the world around, so that life's situations can be approached with greater confidence, understanding and self-knowledge.
Starting therapy can be initially unsettling, but this feeling often dissipates after a few sessions. For this reason, I generally recommend to commit to therapy for an initial period of at least 6 weeks (after the initial consultation).
I practice from an integrative perspective, which means that I combine different models of therapy. My work is particularly informed by the humanistic, existential and psychodynamic approach, as well as the systemic approach for couple therapy. I also have a keen interest in ancient healing traditions such as shamanism and other forms of holistic healing.
Alongside the verbal exchanges that characterise a standard therapy session, I might suggest to use some specific tools or techniques to enrich and support the therapeutic process. This is always discussed with a client (or couple), and introduced according to individual needs and willingness to explore. Some of the tools I work with are: mindfulness, visualisations and inner journeys, dreams, energetic centres of the body (chakra and meridians), art, role play.
Outdoor therapy (ecotherapy/ecopsychotherapy)
Alongside traditional psychotherapy sessions indoors, I also offer one-to-one psychotherapy sessions outdoors (ecotherapy/ecopsychotherapy).
Ecopsychotherapy can be of great help for the following issues:
- Grief and bereavement
- Depression (including post-natal depression)
- Stress and burnout
- Low self-esteeem
- Chronic and life-threatening illness
- Ecological anxiety
- Creativity issues
- Midlife crisis
Walk your talk
Ecopsychotherapy is an emergent field in the helping professions and is based on ideas developed by ecopsychologists since the 90s. It considers the relationship between human beings and the natural world and is based on the belief that we are not separated from our environment. The way we understand, process and integrate our experiences in life is ultimately connected to our being part of a web of life that is larger than ourselves. Also, Nature is viewed as a source for emotional support and as an enabler of mindful interactions within ourselves and the world around us. The way we interact in and with Nature might be a powerful metaphorical representation of what we feel, think or do in our own life.
Research has shown how interpersonal relationships and emotional wellbeing is greatly improved by connecting to Nature. Since 2018, Scottish GPs in the NHS have successfully introduced ‘Nature prescriptions’ for chronic and debilitating conditions, such as mental illness, diabetes, heart disease, stress and other conditions.
What is ecopsychotherapy?
Ecopsychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that happens in Nature, and that is supported by Nature itself. By immersing yourself in a natural environment, you will experience (or re-experience) being part of a reality that stimulates your mind, as well as your senses and your experience of embodiment. The outdoor space and what you encounter will become an active part of the therapeutic process.
Who is it for?
Everybody can find benefits from ecopsychotherapy sessions. Outdoor sessions can be especially beneficial for people who:
- are bereaved or grieving
- find it difficult to sit and concentrate in an enclosed environment
- find it challenging to maintain eye contact or talk to people face-to-face
- suffer from depression and isolation
- spend the majority of their life indoors and feel disconnected from Nature
- struggle to find their creative side
- like walking and moving
How does it work?
We will have an initial session indoors, where we will discuss and assess your intentions and motivations for ecopsychotherapy. Then, we will continue further sessions outdoors.
You can walk, sit or stand while we talk or choose to be silent. Also, you will be able to choose the direction you want to take, or if you prefer I can guide you. Each session will start and end at the same place, which will be agreed during your initial session.
Apart from the initial session (which is generally a bit longer), sessions last 50 min.
Nature and the other-than-human world will allow you to consider your emotions, your physical body and your senses from a larger and different perspective. It is not unusual to feel that Nature ‘leads you’ at times, and in that sense, Nature will be part of our therapeutic relationship.
How is it different from indoor sessions?
A number of elements are different during sessions outdoors:
- you will be surrounded by an open space, where there are no walls
- you will experience and relate to a surrounding that is alive and changing, and that can be unpredictable (variable weather conditions, the changing seasons, other people or animals sharing the space or interrupting)
- your will need clothing appropriate to the weather and comfortable shoes
- you will need to be able to navigate a landscape where there might be moderately mild slopes, slippery terrain or obstacles such as protruding roots, branches, etc.
- you might encounter people that you (or I) know
- what we encounter outdoors might influence the session, making Nature a co-participant in the therapeutic process
During your initial session (which will be held indoors), we will discuss and explore any question and concern you might have. In particular, we will agree on how to handle confidentiality in an outdoor context.
If you are considering ecopsychotherapy sessions, you might want to think about how you feel regarding the unpredictability of certain elements, such as the weather, other people sharing the space, and the lack of an enclosed and controlled environment. We will discuss these aspects together before committing to outdoor work.
Do I always have to do my sessions outdoors?
Generally yes, and sessions are held in all weather (except when there are strong winds/storms, and the session will be rescheduled). We will regularly review our work together and if there are valid reasons to move sessions indoors, we can arrange to do so.
Where are sessions held?
Ecopsychotherapy sessions take place in Wimbledon and Putney Commons (SW19 5NR). We will always start and end the session at the same place, which is near the Windmill (more detailed directions will be given during your initial session). Please notice that the initial session will be held indoors.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist with The British Psychological Society (BPS), where I am a full member of the Division of Counselling Psychology. I am also a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). I am on the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).
I have more than 20 years experience in the fields of education, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy with adults (individuals and couples), children and groups, both in the UK and abroad.
Before being in private practice, I worked as a psychologist in a leading research institution, as a psychotherapist in the NHS and for a number of charities. I have also worked in educational settings as a team leader and as a psychotherapist with adults, children and families from difficult backgrounds involving abuse and neglect.
I have a background in counselling and education with 'differently-able' (rather than disabled!) people. I have extensive experience in working with a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in particular with expats and second generation migrants.
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology - Regent's University, London
- MSc in Psychology - Geneva University, Switzerland
- BA in clinical and special needs education - Fribourg University, Switzerland
- British Psychological Society accredited supervision training - London
- Energy Psychotherapy Foundation Course - working with trauma and its complexities using the wisdom of the body energy centres - London
- Attachment theory for the understanding of early trauma - London
- Child Protection Skills - London
- Foundation in Bereavement Counselling - Oxford
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer supervision to students and qualified colleagues, as well as one-to-one psychotherapy sessions outdoors (ecopsychotherapy).
Initial phone assessment and first session:
Individuals: £80 for 15 min phone assessment + 60-70 min session
Couples: £115 for 15 min phone assessment + 60-70 min session
Regular sessions afterwards:
Individuals: £70 for 50 min session (outdoor sessions £65)
Couples: £105 for 60 min session
Students: £65 for 60 min session
Qualified colleagues: £70 for 60 min session
Please note that I have a 48 hours cancellation policy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Italian and French|
Tuesday to Friday daytime and evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer supervision to students and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists working with individuals and couples.