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Clinical Psychologist, Integrative Body Psychotherapist
Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 & Coventry CV1

About me

Hello and welcome to my profile.

I am a qualified and sympathetically listening professional, providing an empathic, non-judgmental presence, and a confidential space, giving my clients the privilege to express who they truly are.

I have been working for 21 years to help adults to cope more effectively with life and relationship issues, and mental health problems, at every age and stage of life.

Practising in the centre of Coventry, Leamington Spa and Stratford upon Avon, I offer Professional Counselling, short and long-term Integrative Psychotherapy, focused on Transactional Analysis, and body-oriented therapeutic treatments.

As a former dancer, I also joined my studies and passion for dance with psychotherapy, incorporating the body into my therapeutic approach. Somatic psychotherapy is an important part of my integrative approach to treating the whole human being. Somatic psychotherapy investigates how individuals express themselves in posture, gesture, muscular patterns, emotional patterns and physiological arousals; and then helps facilitate self-regulation processes when the body-mind connection has become imbalanced. Mindfulness, body awareness , breath awareness and body-oriented tools guide the client towards his/her inner and outer resources to stabilise any dysregulated symptomology and resolve emotional and physiological patterns. The relational process, in which my client/s and I are engaged, is an empathic and very creative process, offering an alternative treatment for anxiety symptoms, depression, stress-related disorders, body image issues.

Thanks to my cross-cultural experiences, and speaking three languages, I am culturally sensitive and I do like to work with diverse and multi-ethnic individuals. I am also interested in Cross-Cultural Psychology which is the study of similarities and differences in behaviour among individuals who have developed in different cultures.


  • I am passionate about supporting my clients through IBP (Integrative Body Psychotherapy) approach focused on Transactional Analysis because, first of all, I can see how they are engaged and fulfilled with the therapeutic sessions they have. Secondly, IBP is a unique, non-invasive body-mind approach that treats the whole person in a creative way, integrating many tools used in psychotherapy today, enabling me to do deeper and more meaningful work in less time with more lasting results.

    Whatever you may be struggling with, I will carefully lead you, step by step, to your personal innovation, identifying what is preventing you from getting what you really want, and how to take action to find your life balance and be happy.

    Gift yourself the opportunity to give your life an harmonious shape and joyful colours.

    Take your personal development to the next, creative level.

My specific areas of expertise include:

  • Relationship issues;
  • Low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence;
  • Anxiety (e.g. generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, social anxiety);
  • Depressive disorders (e.g. melancholia, antenatal and postnatal depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder);
  • Body image issues;
  • Psychosomatic disorders (e.g. digestive disorders, sleep problems, lack of energy, feeling sick, chest pain, fatigue, tension-type headache)
  • Anger and stress management
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Cross-cultural issues

If you are just curious to know more about what I can offer you, please visit my website www.myharmonystudio.com and feel free to contact me for any further information.

Are you looking for Counselling or Psychotherapy in Italian? I am available to offer you my help face-to-face or online.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy DClin Psy, Integrative Psychotherapy and Transactional Analysis (Scuola Superiore di Specializzazione in Psicologia Clinica e Psicoterapia - SSPC-IFREP and Salesian Pontifical University, Rome 2004-2008);
  • Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA), SSPC-IFREP and European European Association for Transactional Analysis. 2004-2008;
  • Professional Counselling MA, Educational Psychology (Scuola Superiore di Specializzazione in Psicologia Clinica, Mestre-Venice, 2004-2007);
  • Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychophysiology MSc (Università degli Studi di Padova, 2000-2001);
  • Post-graduate Training Course in IBP and Body Work Tecniques, C.I.S.S.P.A.T. - Italian Centre Development Studio Short Term Psychotherapy, Padua, Italy, 1996-1997;
  • Certification Dance Movement Therapy, (Art Therapy Italiana-Goldsmiths’ College London, 1995-1996);
  • License to practice and National Board Certification to practice as Psychologist, 21/09/1995;
  • National Professional Practice Examination, June 1995;
  • Master's Degree in I/O Psychology (Università degli Studi di Padova, 1988-1993).

(Good to know: http://www.integralbody.co.uk/Resources/Tom_Warnecke_Working_in_Europe.pdf)

Member organisations

- UKCP Reg. (UK Council for Psychotherapy);

- HIPC (Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College);

- UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis);

- EATA (European Association for Transactional Analysis);

- ITAA ((International Transactional Analysis Association).

- National Register of Psychologists (Italy)- section A (licensed Psychotherapist), number 2397 - www.psy.it

Member organisations

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Expat Therapy: support for expats facing emotional and psychological difficulties in their integration process, in both English and Italian.
  • Mindful Eating Coaching Programme

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Additional information


On request. I negotiate a fee that’s fair to client and therapist.

When I work

My working hours for appointments are Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. An additional charge will be applied for evening and weekend appointments.

Further information

I work in accordance with the Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct adopted by UKCP, UKATA, EATA and ITAA. http://bit.ly/1ATU9hE

Lifeways Health Centre, 30 Albany Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6PG

The Park Counselling Centre, 31 Park Road, Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 2LE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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Dr Rita Squarza

Dr Rita Squarza