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BABCP (Accred): Psychotherapist, EMDR, and Supervisor

About me

Welcome to my CBT, Psychotherapy & Counselling Practice

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Professional Experience:

I am a qualified Psychologist and Psychotherapist in Italy and a qualified CBT Therapist, EMDR Therapist and CBT supervisor accredited with BABCP in the UK. I am an Independent Researcher, affiliated with the Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN) & Trauma clinics.

About me:

I am trained in a broad range of therapeutic approaches, my extensive studies have enabled me to create a flexible style of working to meet individual client needs, making use of Integrative Counselling, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CFS (Compassion Focused Therapy) and Mindfulness.

I work in private practice in Canterbury or remotely via the internet.

I adhere to the professional and ethical codes set out by the professional bodies of which I am an accredited member, for example, you can be assured of complete client confidentiality.

What to expect from your first therapy appointment

When I receive an enquiry by email, I will reply as soon as possible. We can then arrange a time that is mutually convenient to meet for our first session, where we can explore what brings you to therapy and work together to devise a suitable treatment if you wish.

Insurance Plans Accepted (where the insurance company can cover or contribute towards the cost of therapy)

-Aviva      -Bupa

-Vitality    -AXA

Using Compassion Focused Therapy in a Frantic World, here's what professionals said about my last workshop:

Areas of Specialism

Complex trauma/Childhood Trauma/Abuse/PTSD
Anger problems
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Borderline personality disorder
Social anxiety/phobia
Health anxiety
Relationship issues
Low self-esteem
Life transition difficulties

I believe that therapy:

  • is an encounter between two equal, sentient beings
  • is a collaboration between them, in a safe confidential space
  • can bring about a process of positive change
  • works effectively with a compassionate, empathic and attentive therapist, who empowers his clients to examine their experiences and re-organise their thoughts.

I think that identities can be discovered layer by layer through self-reflection in therapy and mindfulness, find my video here:

I believe that people have an innate strength and resources to effect real change in their lives and that with guidance, they can be re-enabled to find their way forward through issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, psychosomatic problems and other emotional difficulties such as PTSD, traumatic experiences, low self-esteem, eating disorders, OCD etc.

Client testimonial:

"This is helping me to get my head in order, if my head is not in order then I don’t know what I am doing. This is leading me to organise my thoughts, it makes me feel looked after and you are helping me to understand, it is an intellectual discussion in which I discover more about myself and my thoughts. It seems that I am teaching you about me, and you taking a genuine interest in me. I liked it when you asked “can you help me to understand this?” and you waited for me to think through it, instead of jumping to conclusions, unlike what happens when I talk to other people..."

Clinical Supervision:

I offer clinical supervision to CBT therapists (including trainees) and Counsellors,

Why Reflective Practice?

I believe that as important as methods may be, the most practical thing we can achieve in any kind of work is an insight into what is happening inside us as we do it.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications

-EMDR Fully Qualified Psychotherapist

-LTC Certificate (Long term conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms)

-Accreditation as Psychotherapist and Supervisor with the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies)

-EACLIPT membership (European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment)

-MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) 8-Week Program

-Qualified High Intensity Therapist in CBT

-Diploma in Cognitive Constructivist Counselling Psychotherapy

-MSc in Psychology with honours, University of Palermo

A Short Biography

I qualified as a psychologist in 2004 in Italy, and then trained for a further 4 years and qualified as a Cognitive Constructivist Psychotherapist. I moved to the UK and trained to become accredited as a BABCP CBT Therapist. I am particularly focused on the third wave of CBT and am very interested in developing a theoretical model which merges Dual-process Theories of Reasoning with Transactional Analysis and Compassion Focused Therapy.

I am a strong believer that emotion is the mother of thinking and that love, understanding, validation and affection are like vitamins for the brain. I feel indebted and grateful to Carl Rogers’ work and those who have collaborated with him and developed his research. I am a self-actualised therapist and an independent researcher.

I spent 10 years working with an NHS Trust where I offered CBT to adults with a wide range of emotional, cognitive behavioural, and adjustments problems such as anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship problems. As part of my NHS therapeutic work, I provided guidance to over 50 clinicians on suicide risk screening, assessments, and treatments. I also collaborate with trauma clinics to treat PTSD and childhood trauma. I'm a BABCP accredited supervisor and enjoy supporting clinicians in their personal and professional development as well are their reflective practice.

I practice mindfulness daily and like to campaign for kindness in the workplace and in society. I am happily married and very lucky to be the father of lovely twin girls. I'm a proud geek who enjoys binge reading but can also be frequently found on a football pitch or practicing the ancient martial art of Muay Thai.


•           What is the advantage of integrating Dual-Process Theories and Compassion Focused Therapy? Is the merger a suitable framework to gain insight on thinking performances in psychotherapy? JOURNAL OF EVIDENCE-BASED PSYCHOTHERAPIES, 2019

•           The paranoid personality disorder of the Servant Cavalier and his little crocodiles, Quaderni di psicoterapia cognitiva, 2011

•           Dangerous worlds and the fragmented Self in Mr. Marco’s Panic Attacks, Quaderni di psicoterapia cognitiva, 2010

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

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.

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£75.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

Please note:
-An additional £10 charge is made for appointments after 17:00 / weekends

These fees apply to self-referred clients, to clients referred by a GP, psychiatrist or other health professional.

Supervision Fees

£75 for 60 minutes

When I work

Limited weekend sessions available.

Canterbury, CT1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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Umberto Crisanti

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