I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and EMDR therapist with experience of working within the NHS and private sector.
I offer therapy in Italian and English and provide treatment for clients suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), childhood trauma, phobias, bereavement as well as complex co-morbid issues.
I am passionate about helping people in a safe and friendly environment, where together we can explore and understand your difficulties in a confidential and non-judgemental manner.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an active and effective treatment for depression & anxiety. It is a time limited form of psychotherapy that looks at the way our thoughts and feelings affect the way we behave. There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating depression and anxiety disorders.
The number of CBT sessions you need depends on the difficulties you are experiencing. Often this will be between 6 and 20 weekly sessions lasting about 50-60 minutes each. CBT is mainly concerned with how you think and act predominantly on the here and now.
In the first couple of sessions, we will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a scientifically validated psychological approach in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More recently, clinical research has demonstrated that EMDR provides an effective treatment for phobias, panic disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, chronic pain, performance anxiety, complicated grief and sexual and physical abuse.
EMDR works by changing the way your brain processes traumatic or distressing memories, cognitions and emotions. EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements are used during part of the session.
This process involves working on the images, thoughts and feelings associated with traumatic or distressing situations, whilst simultaneously undertaking eye movements.
What happens in an EMDR session?
During session, you’ll bring to mind the memories, images, thoughts, emotions and sensations associated with the traumatic or feared situation. Bilateral eye movements are used to keep you anchored in the present whilst observing or re-experiencing the effects of the distressing situation or memory.
EMDR can significantly accelerate the healing process after a traumatic experience and the effects are long lasting.
EMDR is designed to be used as a stand-alone process, but can also be effectively integrated into Cognitive and Behavioural techniques for the treatment of trauma and anxiety.
Treatment with EMDR can be rapid. The number of sessions required, however, will vary according to the complexity of the issues being dealt with. In general, the more isolated the traumatic memory being treated, the shorter the treatment tends to be.
To discuss any aspects of therapy and which might be the right one for you please contact me.
Areas I work with:
I work with clients with a wide range of difficulties including the following:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorder
- Social phobia
- Specific phobia
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Health anxiety
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Low self-esteem
- Anger management
- Stress including work-related stress
- Interpersonal/family relationship difficulties
- Difficult life transitions (e.g. career)
- Grief and loss
Training, qualifications & experience
I am fully accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).
- Bachelor in Clinical and Community Psychology degree, Bsc (Hons), University of Florence.
- Master in Forensic Psychology (MSc), London Metropolitan University.
- Postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Pg. Dip), Buckinghamshire New University.
- EMDR Training (Level 3), EMDR Extra, London.
- IPT Interpersonal Therapy Training, Anna Freud Centre, London.
- Graduate Membership of BPS (British Psychological Society-Clinical Division).
- Accredited with BABCP.
- Member of EMDR Association UK & Ireland.
I have several years’ experience in the treatment of a wide range of complex psychological, behavioural and emotional problems and I have worked in many NHS IAPT settings across London. I’m currently working at The Priory Hospital, specifically with clients suffering from anxiety disorders, trauma and depression. I have experience with individual and group therapy. My aim is to deliver high standards of care, I receive weekly supervision and I continue my professional development with training and attending regular CPD events. I abide by the professional and ethical standards laid down by the BABCP and BPS.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Please enquire for fees.
Availability: Wednesday evening and Tuesday morning central London, Thursday High Barnet.
Skype session flexible with days and time.
Cancellations: I have a 24 hour cancellation policy.
Wednesday evening and Tuesday morning central London
Thursday High Barnet.
Skype session flexible with days and time.
Besides English, I can provide therapy in Italian.
I am a Healthcare Provider with the following health insurance companies:
AXA-PPP, Aviva, Aetna International, Cigna and Vitality Health registered.