Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked in university education, studying and teaching English, French, German and Italian literature in Rome, New York and London. I hold an MA in Italian literature, a Postgraduate Certificate in Gender studies and an MPhil in Comparative Literature from Columbia University (NY). My interest in literature has always run parallel to my interest in the ways in which people make sense of the complexities of life, and in my research I was invariably drawn to authors who gave voice to painful, conflicted realms of experience in imaginative and challenging ways. Having struggled in my earlier years literature and psychotherapy helped me regain a sense of direction and wellbeing. The experience has become an important point of reference in my practice.
I currently hold an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute in London as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from the Whittington Hospital and Middlesex University. I am a registered practitioner with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. I am also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as of the United Kingdom Association for Psychotherapy Integration. In the course of my training I have acquired in excess of 1200 hours of clinical work in a wide variety of settings including University counselling services, hospital departments (Whittington Hospital and St.Luke's), bereavement services and the Stress Project in Islington. I have been in private practice in Central London since 2000.
I adhere to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy's Code of Ethics and Practice (www.bacp.co.uk/ethical _framework/). I am in fortnightly supervision, attend professional conferences, and am committed to ongoing training as a means to deepen and maintain my skills. I have a special interest in the therapeutic value of story making as well as the way in which wider social and cultural narratives impact on an individual's sense of self and wellbeing.