COVID19: Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, I will be only offering online therapy for the time being. The sessions can be held on video-call or over the phone. If you have any queries about how this works or want to discuss your need for therapy, please contact me directly on fbernardi.psychology or call 07510809717 **
Please note that EMDR can be also offered online - if you have any queries, please feel free to contact me
My name is Francesco and I am a Registered Psychologist and I offer psychological interventions in the form of CBT, counselling and EMDR - both in person and via Skype.
What you may be looking for
I am fully aware that seeking psychological help is not an easy task. You may be experiencing emotional distress, or someone – a friend, family, a doctor – may have suggested that you could benefit from psychotherapy; or you would like to become more aware of patterns in the way you think, feel and behave. Last but not least, you may simply want to know yourself better.
I hope that you will find what you are looking for in here.
My experience and expertise
I have experience in offering therapy to adults and older people suffering from anxiety and depression. My specialities are: obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder with tendency to excessive worry (GAD), specific phobias (such as, needle phobia, blood phobia, animal phobia, etc.), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression. I also work with anger, low self-esteem and relationship issues.
I have experience in working with the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual Queer population (LBTQ), and have helped people address sexuality, coming out, and relationship issues.
My therapeutic style
My approach to therapy is based on mutual respect and collaboration with my clients. I am able to use different psychotherapeutic approaches – such as CBT, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Narrative Exposure Therapy, and EMDR (including Flash Technique) –either in their pure form or by integrating them, depending on your needs.
I can offer therapy both in English and Italian.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Neuropsychology, obtained at the University of Bologna (Italy). I also completed a doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City University London (UK). My rigorous trainings enabled me to become a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the HPCP (Health and Care Professional Council). It is mandatory that practicing psychologists be registered with this important body, which provides with high standards in delivering our interventions.
I have also successfully completed a post-graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and EMDR (parts 1, 2, 3).
I am both a CBT and EMDR accredited therapist.
I have worked in the mental health sector in the NHS for over seven years, and I am able to help with complex and chronic psychological issues.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals (face to face and Skype):
£120 per 50-minute session
Couples (face to face and Skype):
£150 per 60-minute session
Sessions are to be paid in cash or online payment at the end of each session – or in block if you prefer.
My email address is: email@example.com
When you get in touch, please provide:
- Your availability
- Type of therapy (individual or couple)
- Format of therapy (face-to-face or Skype)
I am a registered provided with the following private health insurances:
Standard Life Healthcare
Allianz Worldwide Care
Please do check with them first, as you may need a GP referral to claim through them.