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About me

Have you ever heard of the saying 'can't see the forest for the trees?

When we keep repeating the same pattern of behaviour, we are unable to see which direction to take in order to change because we can't see the bigger picture.

Psychotherapy can help you see the bigger picture and find your way to a more fulfilling life.

It is my main concern as a psychotherapist to provide you with an environment that helps you feel accepted, respected and listened to. Whoever you are.

I offer short and long term Integrative psychotherapy and counselling. My Integrative model is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, but I also use a range of techniques and exercises borrowed from other approaches, in particular, Mindfulness.

CBT

'Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.
It's most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.'

(Source: NHS choices)

I only use CBT in the context of a meaningful psychotherapeutic relationship.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • First Class BSc Psychology
  • PGCert Counselling Psychology
  • PGDip in Integrative Counselling
  • MBACP BACP Member
  • MBPsS British Psychological Society Member

I've been practising privately and for a number of organisations, including CRI (Crime Reduction Initiative), Centre for Better Health, Core Arts, Family Action and Headway, for the past seven years.

Member organisations

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

I charge £50 per 50 minutes but offer cheaper sessions to those on a low income and trainees.

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 Unspecified

Availability

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday afternoon /evening, Thursday morning

Valentina Franzetti MBPsS MBACP

Valentina Franzetti MBPsS MBACP