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PGDip MBACP

About me

I am an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist. I work with both couples and individuals, in order to help them understand and address problems in their relationships, whether present or past . I offer sessions in both English and Italian.

We all value relationships, be they intimate relationships with a partner, or wider relationships with family and friends. Healthy, happy relationships have a positive impact on so many areas of our lives.

At times, however, it can be difficult to start a relationship or to maintain one. Financial pressure, the demands of work, unexpected crises, issues around intimacy and sex, infidelity, the impact of children or infertility, health matters, ageing, bereavement and depression, cultural differences, as well as our own personal histories and individual narratives, can all affect our capacity to communicate and feel close to the people we love. Sometimes, you might simply be having difficulties in communicating, or experiencing repeated arguments that don’t ever seem to reach a resolution, and where the underlying causes appear far from clear. Even ending a relationship can bring about great anxiety and difficulties.

I offer a safe, respectful and constructive environment to couples and individuals, for them to explore and reflect upon what makes them feel stuck and alone, upon what might be causing their frustration, disappointment and unhappiness. I will seek to open up your capacity to communicate, as well as to stimulate curiosity about yourself, your partner and others.  By identifying links between present and past, I can help you understand more about yourself and your partner. Ultimately, my aim is to help you develop creative, positive and happy relationships.

Training, qualifications & experience

Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples and Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy - Tavistock Relationships London

I have further training in Mentalization-Based Techniques (MBT) and Couple Therapy for Depression (CTfD) -  a time limited interventions of 20 sessions.

I work in private practice online as well as in Central London and in North London. I am staff member at Tavistock Relationships.

I am a fully registered member of the BACP and I adhere to their code of ethics and confidentiality.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Further information

To start with, I can see you for an initial consultation of 75 minutes in order to discuss your situation and your expectations of therapy. Regular therapy is based on 50-minute, weekly sessions, conducted on an open-ended basis.

I work in both English and Italian.

25 Bickerton Road, London, EN5 2HW

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Additional languages

Italian