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About me

About me

Italian by birth, I’ve been living abroad for more than 20 years. I am based in Perthshire, the heart of Scotland, from where I offer most of my services. I have enjoyed movement and play since I can remember, and tend to have a small creative project on the go to help me balance out my work commitments. I practise yoga regularly and enjoy hill walking and getting involved with activities in my local community in my spare time.

I describe my therapeutic approach as Relational and Integrative, incorporating creative and body process aspects into my practice as a way to develop awareness and enhance positive change.

I trained as a counsellor at the University of West of England and qualified in 2007. The course covered main Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches and gave me a good foundation to build my understanding of ethical and therapeutic aspects of practice. Since then, I have been interested in creative and holistic ways of working, and complemented my learning with body psychotherapy sessions, movement and creative workshops.

In 2013 I completed an MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (Christ Church Canterbury University), which supported further integration of holistic and creative elements into my practice. I graduated with an experiential dissertation: ‘How can we take better care of ourselves in the counselling profession? The use of Dance Movement Psychotherapy to prevent burn out from emotional fatigue’.

In 2018, I qualified as Clinical Supervisor (Edinburgh Gestalt Institute). This has consolidated my skills and experience in providing supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists.

I entered the counselling profession with more than 10 years’ experience of working with people who were affected by mental health problems, trauma and addiction. Working with the same clients’ group as a counsellor seemed a natural step at that point. I continued working as a counsellor and dance movement psychotherapist in the voluntary and statutory sector, gradually reducing my hours to focus more on my developing my own practice.