How I work

I work using different approaches depending on the client’s symptoms and difficulties.

Systemic-relational approach
In this approach, the person is considered interwoven with the relational context: functional relationships and healthy communication are fundamental to a person’s well-being.

People grow, develop and change. A life event might not be “critical” in itself but in the way it interacts with one’s background and personal characteristics. It is essential to explore these differences and welcome them in a safe environment.
We may begin by looking at one’s present situation in the here and now followed by an exploration of the significant individual and family life cycles, particularly critical transition points connected to life events and developmental tasks (such as births, losses, separations).

The systemic-relational approach is therefore based on the observation of the:
– Phase of the life cycle of the individual, couple, family;
– Function of the symptom or distress/suffering (why now, why me?);
– Quality of relationships and communication;
– Tri-generational narration (grandparents, parents, children).

In addition to dialogue, I also use specific systemic techniques such as body sculptures, narrative /photographic genogram and collage.

EMDR Therapy
EMDR is an acronym for ‘Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing’. EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s.

Since then a wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. Since its original development, EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues (chronic pain, complicated grief, addictions, phobias) and performance anxiety.

EMDR therapy is a scientifically supported treatment for PTSD recommended by numerous organizations internationally (e.g., World Health Organization, 2013). It is characterized by standardized procedures and protocols that include a bilateral sensorial stimulation such as repeated eye movements, aimed at processing and working through memories of trauma and other adverse life experiences.

EMDR utilizes the natural healing ability of the brain and allows it to heal psychological problems at the same rate as the rest of the body heals physical wounds. Because EMDR allows the mind and body to heal at the same rate, treatment can be rapid. The number of sessions required for EMDR treatment, however, will vary according to the complexity of the issues being dealt with. In general, the more isolated the traumatic memory being treated, the shorter the treatment tends to be.
(source: EMDR Europe, EMDR UK & Ireland)

Psychological therapy can be useful during difficult times in life (e.g. relationship with one’s self and others; conflicts in work or school environment) either when psychological symptoms emerge (panic attacks, anxiety, depression, etc.) or when people would like to improve their psychological well-being, by increasing their self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence.

In the initial consultation, I will define, together with you, the most suitable pathway to follow, according to needs and objectives for both the short and long-term achievements you are after.

My aim is to create a therapeutic relationship with clients in a safe, confidential and welcoming environment, where they can face their difficulties freely.
I have developed a flexible approach to deal with very complex and diverse situations, encouraging changes in the emotions, thoughts, attitudes, behaviours and relationships that cause distress. I help people to recover balance and psychological well-being by building resources to enable them to achieve their potential.