Dr Elisabetta Cittadini
I am a qualified integrative arts psychotherapist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I am also a medical doctor specialised in neurology and an accredited practitioner of Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT). I completed my PhD at the Institute of Neurology, University College London. Having always had an interest in psychology, psychotherapy, and the arts, I went on to complete an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education London. I am trained in both talking therapy and art therapy and completed a foundation course at The Institute of Group Analysis, London. My clinical approach is integrative with a specific interest in psychodynamic, humanistic, existential, Jungian, and attachment theory alongside neuroscience.
A solid therapeutic relationship is key to facilitating the client’s inner strength and healing process. I understand the importance of providing a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental space in order to promote a journey of self-discovery through the creative process. I recognise the transformative potential of the creative process: it can aid the expression of feelings that are difficult to verbalize. I have worked in several clinical settings within the National Health Service (NHS), including the specialist personality disorder service, gaining experience working with adults with a variety of psychological difficulties.
I have expertise in offering medium and long-term individual and group therapy. Currently, I am offering online sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Accreditation as a practitioner of Mentalisation-Based treatment ( training course accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council-BPC).
Foundation Course, Institute of Group Analysis, London.
MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London Metropolitan University, London, UK.
Advanced Diploma in Professional Development: The Therapeutic Application of the Arts, Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London Metropolitan University, London, UK.
PhD, UCL Institute of Neurology, London, UK.
CCST equivalent qualification: Specialist Neurology Diploma, University of Perugia, Italy.
Qualification for Practice of Medicine (a European recognised qualification entitling me to register as a Medical Doctor in Italy).
Degree in Medicine and Surgery, University of Perugia, Italy.
AFFILIATIONS AND REGISTRATIONS:
- UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
- Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education (IATE)
- General Medical Council (GMC)
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adults with neurological disorders and psychological difficulties.
There are many reasons for considering psychotherapy: you may wish to explore a specific topic or longer-term difficulties. The initial consultation will be an opportunity to explore together what brought you to therapy, your background history, to ask questions and decide whether we can work together.