I am a Clinical Psychologist registered in the UK with the Health Professions Council (PYL04124 - Practitioner Psychologist' at http://www.hpc-uk.org/) and with the British Psychological Association (092440 - Chartered Clinical Psychologist' at http://www.bps.org.uk/) and in Italy with the Ordine Psicologi Lombardia (see Psicoterapeuta' at http://www.opl.it). I am fluent in both English and Italian, and sessions can be held in either languages. I have been working in the field of eating and feeding disorders for the past 15 years both in the British and Italian NHS as well as in private practice. I have established experience in working both with young people and their families as well as adults who are struggling with eating and feeding disorders. I also work with a range of other psychological difficulties which can often accompany eating disorders, including anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, trauma, perfectionism, body image difficulties. I am trained in and I work using evidence-based practice. This means that I employ interventions which research has demonstrated to be effective in treating specific conditions, as well as adapt the work that I do to the specific needs of the clients I work with. I adhere to a recovery-based model of working which encourages individuals to be an active part of their journey towards recovery. The interventions that I employ include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Family-Based Therapy, and Systemic Therapy. Alongside these main approaches, I also work using Cognitive Remediation Therapy and Motivational Interventions. I also offer carers (i.e., parents, partners, other important others) of individuals with eating disorders specific work using a New Maudsley Model for Carers to explore with them ways to support their loved one on the journey to recovery. My work in the NHS also involves carrying out a range of research projects in the field and present these findings in peer reviewed publications and conferences. I see new individual clients for an initial 60 minute assessment appointment and new families for an initial 90 minute assessment appointment.The initial session is designed to find out about the client(s) and their difficulties, establish if they might benefit from psychological help and decide whether I am the best person to help them. It is also an opportunity for clients to decide whether or not they would like to work with me. On occasions, it may be necessary to meet for an extended assessment. Sometimes, the assessment reveals that I am not the most appropriate person to help and in these cases, wherever possible, I will suggest an alternative. The number of sessions required depends, in part, on the nature of the difficulties experienced and may range from six to twenty or more. Initially, I may negotiate a fixed period of sessions with clients and then review their progress. If we both agree that further sessions are required and we both wish to continue, another fixed period of sessions will be negotiated.
Please contact me either via phone or via e-mail and we will have a preliminary conversation on your needs and whether I am able provide the necessary support. If this is the case, we will arrange an initial face-to-face consultation to explore further your specific needs and how to address them.
Formal Training: - Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psy) at the University of East London, London, UK - Diploma in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Boscolo & Cecchin's Family Therapy School, Milano, Italy. - BSc Honours Degree in Psychology at Middlesex University, London, UK Further Relevant Training: - Enhanced CBT (CBT-E) for Eating Disorders by Christopher Fairburn. - CBT for Eating Disorders by Glenn Waller. - Management, Assessment and Treatment of Young People with Eating Disorders by Dasha Nicholls and colleagues. - Motivational Approaches for Eating Disorders by Josie Geller. - Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa by Jim Lock. - Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Eating Disorders by Kate Tchanturia. - CBT for Perfectionism by Roz Shaffran. - Schema-Focussed Therapy by Jeffrey YoungTell us if this listing needs updating