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London, EC1M 4AN
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About me

I am an experienced integrative psychotherapist and supervisor based at The Farringdon Practice in Clerkenwell EC1 (http://www.thefarringdonpractice.co.uk/). I am a member of the BACP, and I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

I have over 14 years’ experience in private practice, employee assistance programmes, education and the voluntary sector. Alongside my private practice, I have held the post of counsellor/coordinator in an inner city college working with students and staff. Originally from an academic background in comparative literature, I draw from the humanistic and the psychodynamic tradition to help clients explore and move beyond their sometimes limiting and painful life stories.

Some of the issues I have worked with include, but are not limited to: Stress, Anxiety, Panic, Depression, Relationship and Family issues, Abuse, Trauma, Bereavement, Infertility, Abortion, Self-esteem, Self-harm, Suicidal thoughts, Identity, Life transitions and Self development.

I am Italian, fluent in English and conversant in French and have experience of working with a wide range of clients of different ages, sexualities, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. I have a special interest in relational trauma, narrative and the arts as well as in the way in which cultural norms and social expectations affect our sense of self and wellbeing. I have specialist training in Somatic Trauma Therapy, CBT and have extensive experience working with young adults.

Training, qualifications & experience

Supervision training (Gestalt Centre)
Postgraduate Certificate in CBT (Metanoia)
Somatic Trauma Therapy (Babette Rothschilds)
MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia)
Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Whittington Hospital)

MPhil Comparative Literature (Columbia University)
MA Italian Studies (Columbia University)
PgDip American Studies (Smith College)
BA Modern Languages and Literature (University of Rome)

Psychotherapist at The Farringdon Practice 2015 (ongoing)

Student Counsellor: City and Islington College 2015

College Counsellor, Supervisor and Service Coordinator: Havering College 2009-2015

Psychotherapist (Time Reclaimed) 2000 (ongoing)

Associate Counsellor (WHCM) 2007-2008

Associate Counsellor (The Place to Be) 2007-2008

Honorary Psychotherapist (St Luke's Hospital) 2004-2005

Associate Counsellor (London Metropolitan University) 1999-2003

Honorary Psychotherapist (Whittington Hospital) 1998-2000

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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.

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

The City/Central London
Weekly sessions £80

Supervision
£60 per session

When I work

Monday 9am-8pm, Wednesday 8am-10am, 3pm-7pm Thursday 1pm-6pm, Friday 9am-2pm

The Farringdon Practice, 59 St John Street, London, EC1M 4AN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

Italian

Supervision

In person

Supervision available.

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