Monia Brizzi CPsychol AFBPsS
Creative Solutions to Complex Problems
‘The mind is at every stage a theatre of possibilities, creating mental products by selecting, sharing, and combining data' ~ William James
I am a very experienced Chartered Counselling Psychologist accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I specialise in mental health and psychological wellbeing and I currently am an Assessing Clinician at the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) in London. I provide relationally-attuned and solution-focused psychological consultation, integrative psychotherapy, couple counselling, CBT, performance and executive coaching as well as clinical supervision of other practitioners.
Training, qualifications & experience
'A change in mentality is the most significant, the most practically effective of all changes. It builds cathedrals before the workmen have moved a stone, and it destroyed them before the elements have worn down their arches' ~ John Dewey
My clinical experience spans over 20 years, and includes working with a wide variety of clients and presenting issues in the public and private sectors as well as supervising other clinicians, teaching, research and community outreach. I practiced in two NHS hospitals and a primary care trust, in a women's health organisation, in educational, secure and occupational settings and with private medical providers. I have also lectured in psychology and psychotherapy at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Prior to this I worked in medical professional translation, and as a mental health volunteer at the Toronto Distress Centre. My journey as a Psychologist started at the University of Bologna in 1995 and in 1997 I was awarded an Erasmus Mundus bursary to specialise at York University in Toronto. After five years in Canada I came to London where I qualified as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist at Regent's University.
- British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol) and Associate Fellow (AFBPsS)
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Practitioner Psychologist
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered Member
- British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) Clinician and Registered Practitioner
- Italian Consulate Affiliate Psychologist
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
‘The mind has an excursive power to wonder about the world, viewing it from this and that vantage point, thus shaping its prospects.’ William Wordsworth
I am deeply interested in what characterises integrated, actualised or peak experience. I specialise in the psychology of performance and creativity and I assist performing and fine artists as well as business executives in optimising their practice in their professional and everyday worlds. Since 2006 I have been Head of Psychology of a Brighton-based multidisciplinary collective and have been the consulting psychologist on several interdisciplinary art-science projects.
Human beings are form, pattern and meaning making creatures, how can we create structures able to contain, sustain and guide us in our everyday life without entrapping and stultifying us? What role do chaos and meaningless have in this ongoing process? Is our order just the absence of disorder? How can we effectively balance disparate, and often contradictory, parts of our living experience of being within a harmonious yet untamed whole? How do we exist as absolutely unique yet fundamentally interconnected parts of the enormously complex, often unsettling and bewildering, mysterious universe we inhabit? How can we be in relation to our environment and to one another so that we might be activated and freed by it and by each other, rather than enslaved or dismissed? What does it actually mean to open up to oneself, to others and to the world, and what different realities are created in the acts of connecting and disconnecting? What is it to orient ourselves to life in a way that effectively partakes in the co-creation of the kind of world that we not only can but, more importantly, want to live in? Do we operate in a vacuum or do we influence and are influenced by the world around? Do we finish or begin at our skin boundary? Is being domain-specific and just a human property? Is the world alive or dead matter? How can we gain perspective and the bigger picture?
In my clinical work I am guided by a threefold concern for: 1. What it means to be a human being living with others in the world; 2. What conditions are conductive to the passage from mere being, putting up with and coping to well-being or Eudaimonia (ancient Greek word meaning 'the flourishing of life' - from 'eu', good, and 'daimon', spirit) intended as concrescence (i.e., creative process of growing together/integration, rather than in opposition/disintegration), contrast (i.e., vivid/complex rather than tamed/trivialised order) and beauty (i.e., satisfactory balancing act of complementarities and irreconcilabilities into harmony and coherence); 3. How it might be possible to find value, significance and joy and to embrace a life worth living or even the good life.
Publications and Conference Presentations
Art and Anxiety: The Psychology of Creativity (2019) Art Talk. 6 March, University of Hertfordshire.
A Quantitative Report on Sexuality and Well-Being (2018) British Psychological Society (BPS) Psychology of Sexualities 20th Anniversary Conference 1998-2018: Reflecting Back, Looking Forwards. 6 July, BPS London Offices.
Cosmological Questions (2018) The Psychologist. British Psychological Society (BPS). April Issue, Vol. 31.
Cosmoscope Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium, Contemporary Art Practice (2017) University of Hertfordshire, 23 June.
A Phenomenological and Process Approach to Pattern and Meaning (2017) Interalia Magazine. February Issue.
Cosmoscope (2015-17) Wellcome Trust Funded Interdisciplinary Project.
Performance and Existence (2014) British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) Psychosocial Day. 15 November, BAPAM Office.
Existing In-Between, Liminal Aesthetics and Embodied Ethics (2013) Anarchy in the Organism. UCLH Mac Millan Cancer Centre. Black Dog Publishing.
Human Science Research and Creativity’s Challenge to the Priority of the Subject in the Substantiation of Experience (2013) Creativity in Human Science Research, Methology and Theory. International Human Science Research (IHSR) Conference. 16 August, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Anima Mundi - The World Ensouled. Art and Psychology Experiential Encounter (2013) London Creativity and Wellbeing Week, London Art in Health Forum (LAHF). 22 June, Simeon Nelson Studio.
Art, Psychology, and the Setting-Into-Work of Truth (2013) Critical Dialogues Interdisciplinary Lecture Series. 19 March, University of Hertfordshire.
Transience and Complexity in Anarchy in the Organism (2012) Anarchy in the Organism: Cancer as a Complex System Wellcome Trust Symposium. London Creativity and Wellbeing Week, London Art in Health Forum (LAHF). 15 June, Wellcome Collection Conference Centre.
Placebos for Art (2011) Behring Institute for Medical Research Dresden, Germany.
Science, Art and Belief: Lux Scientia Symposium (2011) Lumiere Festival. 18 November, St Oswald's Church Durham.
Complexity Differential in Evidence Based Practice (2010) E-Intentionality, Philosophy of AI and Cognitive Science, School of Science and Technology. 30 November, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex.
The Science of Psychology and the Art of Psychology: Difference or Continuity? (2010) Ways of Knowing: Art and Science's Shared Imagination. Perspectives from the Sciences, Humanities and Creative Arts Interdisciplinary Research Symposium. 2 October, Faculty of Science, Technology and Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire.
Comments on IAPT and HPC Statutory Regulation (2009) British Psychological Society, Psychotherapy Section Review No. 46.
The Art and Science of Happiness (2009) Brighton and Hove White Night Festival. 24 October, Phoenix Arts Association, Brighton.
The Active Commerce Between Minds and Reality: Radical Empiricism at the Origins and Forefront of Scientific Psychology (2009) E-Intentionality, Philosophy of AI and Cognitive Science, School of Science and Technology. 22 October, University of Sussex.
William James on Beliefs, Values and the Psychology of Experience (2009) British Psychological Society Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section Annual Conference. Consciousness and Belief: How Do Beliefs Affect Experience? 13 September, St Anne's College, University of Oxford.
A Critical Psychology of Life (2009) Towards a Philosophy of Life, Conference. 27 June, Liverpool Hope University.
Embodied Consciousness and the Psychological Continuum (2008) British Psychological Society, Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section Workshop: Conscious Intention, Agency and Free Will. 22 November, BPS London Offices.
On Being Anxious and Joyous in the World: Heidegger' s Reconceptualisation of Subjectivity (2008) Subjectivity International Conference in Critical Psychology, Cultural Studies and Social Theory. 29 June, Cardiff University.
Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy as Human Science (2008) 26 February, Brighton Science Festival.
Psychosocial Perspectives on Health and Well-Being (2008) American Association for Behavioural and Social Sciences Annual Conference. 7 February, Flamingo, Las Vegas, USA.
Michel Serres' White Noise and the Essence of Relation (2008) Brighton and Hove White Night Festival. 25 October, Phoenix Arts Association, Brighton.
Theorising Joy as Psychosocial Process, Psychosocial Studies as a Transdisciplinary Adventure Symposium (2007) 12th Biannual Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) - Theoretical Psychology Beyond Borders: Transdisciplinarity and Internationalization. 20 June, York University, Toronto, Canada.
What Is Called a Journey? On Wonder and Wandering. (2007) Brussels Meets Brighton: The Meta-Hub. 1-2 May, Shunt Lounge and Theatre Company, London.
Re-Searching and Exploring Joy: A Critical Incident (2007) Critical Incident at Brighton Fringe Festival. 23 May, The Freeman Centre, University of Sussex.
A Theoretical Interrogation of the Distinction Between 'Positive' and 'Negative' Affects Informed by the History and Philosophy of Psychology (2007) British Psychological Society, History and Philosophy of Psychology Section Annual Conference. 4 April, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.
Challenging Everyday Routinisations of the Emotional Feedback System (2006) 17 November, Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Heidegger and Joy (2005) Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, 16 (2): 354-369.