Cinzia Altobelli (MSc RGN UKCP reg Psychotherapist/Counsellor & Supervisor)
- I am a UKCP registered independent, Integrative Psychotherapist and accredited UKCP Supervisor.
- I have been a qualified Psychodynamic counsellor since 1992.
- I completed an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute in 2005
- Certificate in Supervision at CSTD in 2011.
- Certificate in Counselling skills working with children
- MI certificate working with families
- MBT certificate working with families
- Trauma training :' because words are not enough'
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training Certificate for the treatment of trauma:Affect dysregulation, Survival response and Trauma memory.
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training :Affect regulation attachment &Trauma: ongoing
I have been providing clinical supervision since 2007. I worked as a Clinical Supervisor with individuals and groups in a wide range of contexts including the private sector, the NHS, multidisciplinary and specialist teams in the community and in schools.
Between 2007-2015 I was the Leader of Therapeutic Services at For Families, a division of Action on Addiction (formerly Clouds) a charity that supports families affected by addiction. During this time I developed innovative therapeutic interventions, accredited training, managed and supervised a team of counsellors and specialist projects across the UK.
I have been working as an an independent psychotherapist and supervisor since February 2015 dividing my time between London and North Dorset.I now run a full time private practice in Dorset where I see experienced, qualified or newly qualified supervisees or therapists/supervisors 'in training'.
I have been appointed to provide clinical supervision to groups of cancer specialist nurses at Yeovil Hospital since April 2017. I have also being providing individual/group supervision to organizations/charities based locally or in London.
I have been commissioned by Relias to write the content for an online supervision training(published in August 2018):
"Clinical Supervision training for Healthcare Professionals" .
I am an accredited UKCP supervisor and on the list of approved supervisors for
- BCPC Bath,
- The Iron Mill Institute Exeter,
- The Dorchester Trust for Counselling and Psychotherapy Dorchester.
My own supervision
I am in supervision with Dr Jenifer Elton Wilson and in addition I attend a monthly peer supervision group.
I am an 'integrationist' at heart and like to work creatively, respectfully and collaboratively, placing the 'therapeutic/supervisory relationship' at the core of the work. I am keen to make supervision a two way, stimulating, helpful & transparent process where it is safe to think and reflect aloud.
I trained to use the Seven-eyed supervision model (Shoet, Hawkins, Ryde and Wilmot ) though I work integratively. I understand clients' presentation and experience from different perspectives such as: Person centred/Humanistic approaches, Self Psychology, Psychodynamic , Attachment, Trauma and Neurobiology as well as being familiar with CBT.
Particular areas of interest
I am particularly interested in 'systems' whether families, organizations or groups as they give us a broader understanding of the client's context and presenting issues. A systemic view point is also particularly helpful where blame & shame can be recurring themes in certain contexts/fields and how we as therapists may get caught up in this.
I use the exploration of the 'parallel process' in supervision to further understand and to benefit the client's-therapist's relationship.
Other areas of interest are: the development of a ‘clinical identity' during the transition from ‘trainee therapist’ to newly qualified practitioner. Ideas from the coaching field can be helpful to maximise supervisees' strengths, creativity and resourcefulness.
Additional areas of expertise
I have considerable experience working in the field of addiction especially around the long term impact addiction has on families and children. Trauma informs much more my view and how I work with a body awareness focus.
''Cinzia has been my supervisor for several years and her support has been a great benefit to myself and to my practice.
I value the fact that Cinzia is extremely knowledgeable - skillfully bringing together theory and experience to provide a supportive, creative and appropriately challenging environment, giving me the opportunity to improve and develop my competence and advance my continuing professional and personal development.
I find it particularly helpful that Cinzia has the highest professional standards. I use my supervision sessions to ensure that my professional and ethical boundaries remain sound and I know I can draw on her expertise when I need guidance with any difficulties I encounter through my work.''
"Cinzia has supported me in in my transition from being a newly qualified counsellor to taking what felt like an impossibly big step of getting a job. She has helped me explore my strengths and skills and also look at areas that I felt were barriers to work. I have found her to be warm and supportive throughout this process but she has also gently challenged me, in a way that has always felt safe, and this has helped me grow in confidence in myself and my abilities as a professional counsellor. As a direct result of our sessions, I applied for a job and have recently begun working with a national charity, something I would never have considered possible before. I have valued her input into this process enormously and highly recommend her to anyone considering their options post qualification."
Location of practice
I am based in Shaftesbury, North Dorset, easily accessible from Somerset and Wiltshire. I only able to work online at present.