Born in a little village in south Italy, I am passionate about languages, dialects, tradition and folk culture: from food to music, every tradition catches my attention. As a therapist, I strive to be myself and to bring my own experiences into the room in order to connect psychotherapy to the everyday experiences of my clients.
Nobody can be in control over anything. Life is a chaotic flow that makes sense only when we glance back at it; to embrace what is happening is the hard but necessary part.
Humility. Also the importance of listening to what the mind wants to say without judging how it is saying it.
I also work with most of the major psychological and mental health issues.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a more structured, goal-oriented approach to therapy. According to CBT, destructive behaviours result from unhealthy emotions, and unhealthy emotions stem from distorted patterns of thinking - for example, overgeneralising, catastrophising, magnifying negatives and minimising positives. CBT helps clients to identify and challenge these cognitive errors, to replace them with more realistic thoughts and to learn coping skills and practical strategies that minimise dysfunctional behaviour.
Psychoanalytical therapy looks at how our early experiences shape our present lives. Its main insight is that problems often arise from painful childhood experiences that have been pushed down to the unconscious. These repressed emotions don't go away but resurface to haunt our current relationships. The goal of therapy is to uncover and examine our current challenges at their roots, making the unconscious conscious so we can understand ourselves and stop replaying past conflicts into the present.
Transactional Analysis sees psychological problems as the products of early programming - our 'life script', which includes all the messages, the dos and don'ts, the shoulds and oughts, that we received and internalised as children and that continue to affect how we think, feel and behave as adults. In TA, there are three parts to our personality - the Parent, the Adult and the Child - that are often in conflict. Therapy's goal is to make us aware of the masks we wear and the scripts we follow in order to challenge and change our dysfunctional, recurring, unconscious patterns.
We will meet once or twice a week for 50 minutes. The first session is an assessment at a fixed price of £40. During this first session, we will discuss subsequent fees if you wish to continue therapy.