I draw from a diverse range of skills and clinical expertise to ensure therapy is tailored to clients' needs and that it becomes a valuable experience for Individuals (children and adults), Couples, Families and Kinship - with any presenting difficulties and diagnosis.
I take into account the influences of the 'context' a person lives in, which means that I believe that our lives, beliefs, behavioural scripts are influenced by the wider social, community and family networks. I therefore support clients in developing their ability to think about how their own age, gender, race, culture, sexuality, education, class and other social differences impact on their life opportunities and positions them in relationships with relatives, friends, partner, work colleagues and in the wider society.
I am interested in working with people's strengths and personal resources, focusing on the solutions rather than the problems. It helps people in relationship to have a different kind of conversation, exploring difficult thoughts and situation in a safe way, enabling a different understanding of others’ experience and views. I attempt to listen to those silenced voices to be heard in such a way clients feel empowered even in daunting situations; feel hopeful for the future; feel contained and able to make wise choices.
My approach is relational as it acknowledges the importance of relationships in our lives, as well as that we have developed relational patterns through generations. Sometimes we might find that some of our significant relationships can hinder or promote our well-being; we may find ourselves in conflict with loved ones, finding it hard to feel happy, to deal with life difficulties, stuck and unable to dip into our resilience.
I aim to work collaboratively with clients, supporting them to become aware of their positions in the various relational contexts they live, and as a consequence to open up new possibilities and solutions in their lives. We will be thinking together how to make different life choices that would support the expression of their potentialities and abilities to manage life challenges.
Whilst I can work with Individuals (adults or children), Couple and Families, the people who may attend the sessions at each time can vary depending on the issues presented and various circumstances, which will be discussed with the client/s.
I am EMDR certified, level 2.
I am an Italian national and lived in Italy for 27 years working in our family business. In the meantime I studied Psychology in Padua (Italy) and trained as a Clinical Psychologist for a year.
I moved to London in 1997 and started my career in the field of child protection, working with children and their families. Initially, I worked for 7 years for Charities and for other 7 years for a London Local Authority Children and Young People’s Service as a Family Therapist. Between 2015 and 2017 I worked in a London CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service). I then worked in a London Local Authority Children's Social Care department as a Supervisor and Manager for 4 years and I am currently working as a Systemic Lead in a psychotherapy service in a London NHS secondary care service. I teach at the Tavistock in their Systemic Psychotherapist Master program, and I am a Honorary Clinical Lecturer in the UCL doctorate program for Clinical Psychologists.
In regards to professionals and organizations, I provide supervision to students on training; clinical and systemic consultation professionals, such as Team Building, Organizational Change, Conflict Management, Cultural and Diversity Consultation. I provide Court work/assessments in safeguarding children. I provide trainings/seminars in systemic therapy to family therapists and clinical psychologists trainees.
(1995) - Psychology 'Laurea' (equivalent Master or Phd) in Clinical and Community Psychology - University of Padua, Italy
(2000) - Access and Certificate in Youth, Community and Social Work Theory and Practice - London
(2005) - Dip in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy - Tavistock, London
(2010) - MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy - IFT, London
(2018) - Advanced Diploma in Systemic Supervision - IFT, London
(2022) EMDR training - level 2
- United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) - Registered Psychotherapist working with Children, Young people and Adults. Reg. n.: 2011162775
- Association of Family Therapy (AFT). Reg. n.: 1894535 as Family Therapist and number S20.007 as a Systemic Supervisor
- Taffagli, C. et al. (2010) Maintaining the Connection. Reflections of a Family Therapy Clinic on Working Online at the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic, in Murmuration, Vol. 3 Issue 1
- "Working in Partnership and Systemically within a Social Work Unit: workers’ own experience", Human Systems, Vol 23, Issues 1, 2012
English and Italian
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.