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Massimo Rinaldi

London, England, SW2 1BN
07930533470 07930533470 07930533470 07930533470 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am a qualified BACP Registered Counsellor based in Clapham. I provide short-term solution focus therapy and long term counselling and my fees are: £ 50.00 low wage and £ 70.00 per individual for 50 minutes session and £ 100.00 for couple therapy.

I have accumulated 20 years of experience working with a wide range of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, lack of interest/motivation, cultural conflicts, loss, bereavement, addictions, sexuality, HIV and relationship difficulties. I have worked in different settings as a Sexual Health Counsellor, a Group Facilitator and as a Senior Practitioner in residential settings in charitable foundations and I am currently working part time for the NHS in an IAPT service.

I draw upon a variety of theoretical approaches tailored to the client's needs as well as employing approaches such as motivational interview techniques, gestalt, cognitive behavioural therapy, existential, personal centred therapy, and solution focus therapy.

My approach always considers the influences of the past and how they have affected the individual's life experiences. I have worked extensively with clients with addictive issues and I apply existential and cognitive behavioural approaches to enable my clients to obtain positive results and outcomes. The decision to embark on a therapeutic experience may cause one to experience a sense of distress, confusion, anxiety or feeling overwhelmed. However, in my practice I create a safe and warm environment where I offer opportunities to confidentially explore these emotional and psychological feelings. My aim is to enable the client to reflect, clarify and work towards living in a more harmonious and resourceful way.

If you wish to access further information please feel free to contact me for a confidential discussion or to book an initial session.

Training, qualifications & experience

As part of my commitment to support the right of the expression of a healthy and holistic sexual life style, I have completed a post-graduate diploma training for Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy.

I am now able to provide counselling to individuals or couples addressing any sexual difficulties or conditions that support impaired sexual function.

In the past I have been working under different roles providing therapeutic support for 20 years. My 3 years professional training was undertaken at the CSCT Central School of Counselling and Therapy in London where I gained a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Cultural Diversity in Therapy and Counselling at Goldsmiths University of London.

Experiences:
ADDICTION
I have considerable experience in supporting clients with addictive behaviour i.e. substance misuse, alcohol dependency, sex addiction or compulsive tendencies and consequences of these in their lives.

There are different ways of viewing and working with addictive behaviour and I subscribe to an holistic approach which enables me to negotiate how the individual wish to move forward, with or without the extra support and motivation offered by twelve steps programs.

I am able to adapt my method and approach with each client and discuss a way forward.

AREA OF EXPERTISE

  • Low self esteem/lack of confidence
  • Fear of change
  • Defense mechanism
  • Ambivalence and resistance
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Loss
  • Shame and Guilt
  • Loneliness/Isolation
  • Depression
  • Tunnel Vision
  • Boredom
  • Dissatisfaction with life
  • Resentment
  • Loss of control

SEX AND SEXUALITY
Sex and sexuality is an intrinsic aspect of our identity and to deny its full expression may cause an inner struggle in an individual. An internal conflict may arise when one suppresses true feelings in order to avoid having our identity stigmatized. I have worked with the above issues and the impacts it has had on the clients for several years and have gained the ability to manage the tension that these issues may cause. This has provided the client with the opportunity to explore, in detailed ways to successfully manage, process, accept and integrate any change desired.

AREA OF EXPERTISE

  • Uncertainty and confusion
  • Inner conflict
  • Internalize homophobia
  • History of abuse
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Acceptance and loss
  • Coming out
  • Shame and Guilt
  • Rejection

I hold accreditation and registration with the UK Association for counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP):

  • The British Association of counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • The United Kingdom Registered of Independent Counsellors (UKRC)

I uphold and work in accordance to the code of ethics and practice of the BACP.

I am regularly supervised by a BACP and UKRC accredited supervisor. Following accreditation I attend regular self-development courses and further training in line with BACP standards and requirements.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Fear of change
  • Defense mechanism
  • Ambivalence and resistance
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Loss
  • Shame and Guilt
  • Loneliness/Isolation
  • Depression
  • Tunnel Vision
  • Boredom
  • Dissatisfaction with life
  • Resentment
  • Loss of control
  • Uncertainty and confusion
  • Inner conflict
  • Internalize homophobia
  • Acceptance and loss
  • Coming out
  • Shame and Guilt
  • Rejection

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Fees

Please feel free to contact me to find out when I am available.

My fee is £ 100.00 for couples, £70 for individuals and £50 for students or low wage.


As is standard for therapists enhancing their practice, I will be supervised by a qualified Supervisor.

Cancellation Policy
I charge the full fee for missed appointments or those cancelled with less than one month notice.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

At times of distress or facing a challenging situation it may be difficult to come to terms with the idea that perhaps talking to a therapist would be the best option in finding a way forward in life. The task can be daunting especially if it's the first time one has considered to seek therapy. I advise my clients to take the first step by considering a meeting to discuss if talking therapy is the correct approach for them. There is extensive research that confirms that it is the quality of the relationship that make the experience useful rather than the experience or theoretical approach of the therapist.

I believe people are able to move towards their desired goal as long as they are willing to be involved in the process and take responsibility for the choices they wish to make. I provide a space that allows the client to have time to get in touch with his or her own resources and importantly decide if they wish to work with me. Through this dialogue clients will then be able to decide what they wish to explore and resolve and the duration of the therapy. As Carl Rogers says: Freedom to be oneself is a frighteningly responsible freedom, and an individual moves towards it cautiously, fearfully, and with almost no confidence at first.

13 Probert Rd
Brixton
London
England
SW2 1BN

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Italian

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

I have now moved to a private studio in Brixton.

Availability

I am currently available Mondays to Saturdays, 8am to 10pm via Face to Face in person or remotely via Zoom/FaceTime or telephone.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups

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