Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist
Specializations: assessment and clinical psychodiagnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, applied behavioral analysis, dialectical therapy, trauma therapy, psychological counselling
Why did I choose psychology? In one form or another, I have dealt with people with mental health disorders from a young age, so I have learned, willingly or unwillingly, how to manage difficult situations, how to help people in crisis and how to take care of those around. After an interesting career in journalism, which, however, did not bring me much joy, I discovered my true vocation - the work of a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist - a job full of personal and professional rewards.
For more than ten years I have focused on neurodiversity awareness and the rights of people with mental health disorders, engaging in lobbying and advocacy for patients' rights. One of my greatest satisfactions in this field has been driving important legislative changes in the field of mental health.
I have 15 years of experience in the psychotherapy of children, adolescents and adults with various mental disorders from mild to very serious forms.
We all go through times when we need support and help that we can get from family or friends, but not always. Sometimes we need someone unbiased and specialized to listen and guide us in the process of healing or maintaining optimal mental health or simply reaching our full potential.
I feel how important it is to have access to this form of support after every therapy session with my clients, children, young people, adults, elderly people, patients with serious psychiatric diagnoses or people on the path of self-knowledge who want to gain a broader perspective about life and the world.
If when we have a headache we can take a pill to take the pain away, the psychological suffering can paralyze us and last a lifetime.
There are times when things are not going well and we need help to understand why we feel the way we do, and by turning to a psychologist, we learn to change what prevents us from moving forward in a positive and meaningful way.
My role as a therapist is to facilitate this process in a therapy space that is safe, confidential and supportive. My goal is to help clients understand and work with the challenges they face so they can become stronger, take control of their lives, and live harmoniously.
I have chosen an approach based essentially on psychodynamic principles, but I also take into account the individual needs of each client and use an integrated approach when necessary, including providing practical coping skills. I aim to identify and work with what drives our feelings, thoughts and actions, which often stem from underlying unconscious factors. This means that we are often unaware of our attitudes and behaviors and therefore unable to change them. But, by processing and discovering what's inside us, we can begin to better understand what causes us to feel, think and act a certain way, and to make conscious choices about how we want to live our lives.
A very important part of this journey is for the client to feel free to communicate openly and honestly with the therapist. Therefore, I strive to provide a therapeutic alliance that is warm, empathetic, and free of value judgments.
Some of my earliest memories are of books, reading and writing. Therefore, literature is one of my passions. I have published three books of poetry and one of autobiographical prose: "Wax Doll", "The Sheperdess", Borderline" and "Quite hands - my autistic child".
Through diving, you have access to a completely different world, you learn to breathe, control your emotions and practice mindfulness. And even psychologists need some form of therapy to always have the mental and physical resources to help others.
Another passion that conquered me definitively in recent years and that changed my life is diving. In this field I obtained a series of certifications, so that today I am qualified as a rescue diver (a diver qualified to intervene and provide help in case of underwater emergencies). I have discovered that diving is a form of transformative therapy, including for children with or without mental disorders. Through diving, you have access to a completely different world, you learn to breathe, control your emotions and practice mindfulness. And even psychologists need some form of therapy to always have the mental and physical resources to help others.
I have learned from all my experiences that life is short and sometimes very hard. Empathy and friendship are essential. So is the ability to give and receive love. It's up to us to find meaning in every experience and build a life worth living.
"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you will do what seems impossible." - Francis of Assisi – Francis of Assisi