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Psychological Development and Wellbeing







Psychological Development and Wellbeing concern the psychological state that every person feels and experiences during the different phases of the life cycle.

According to the definition given by the World Health Organization (1946) "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".

However, Health and Wellbeing are dynamic states, always in need of continuous re-definition, and they can vary from person to person and in different times of life.

In any determined phave of life, external or internal situations can contribute to changes that one can find it difficult to cope with. 

This is the time to seek for help and to start promoting a change, before the current situation becomes too difficult and impacts on other aspects of life.

The role of a clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist is to assess the client's psychological experience in order to get to a broader understanding and eventually offer an appropriate treatment.

Enquiries about psychoanalysis are welcome for those interested in this form of treatment and are looking for a deeper approach to their recurrent struggles in life.

I am a New Zealand Registered Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist. I have been registered as a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist with the Italian Psychologists Board since 1998. I’m currently a Candidate Psychoanalist of the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis, Training Institute of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA).

I had obtained a Degree in Psychology after a five year course at the University of Padua (Italy) and I have been registered as a psychotherapist after a four year Post Graduate Course in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (PsyD) at the same University. I attended a one year Postgraduate Course in Disorders and Alcohol related Problems at the University of Florence (Italy). In 2005 I concluded a Master in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies (MA/PGDip) at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust in conjunction with the University of East London (UK). In 2012 I completed a PhD in Psychology at the University of Pavia (Italy).

I have been working as a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist, mainly with children/adolescents, adults and parents/caregivers, in many different settings: Private Practice and Mental Health - Psychiatric Services, Hospital, Justice Department - Prisons, NGOs, Disability Services. 

I offer assessment, consultation and therapeutic intervention, mainly within a psychoanalytical - psychodynamic framework, to children, adolescents and adults, alongiside with parenting assessment and support and early intervention program for parent/caregiver-child psychotherapy.

One of my main interests is devoted to a better understanding of the psychological development over the course of the life span, considering the impact of traumatic experiences particularly occurred during childhood/adolescence and therefore the use of psychotherapy to promote a change in people’s life and a psychological wellbeing.

I have been involved as a Project Manager in many  research projects at European and International level on Health Care Assistance, Primary Prevention - Health Promotion, Intervention and Psychotherapeutic Strategies.

My work experience covers teaching activities regarding clinical practice and theoretical background at academic level and in many other different settings: National Health Care System, private sector and NGOs.

I appreciate working in co-operation with other professionals and colleagues and I'm experienced in the role of coordinating a multidisciplinary team.

Having worked in many different contexts, I have been engaged with people coming from a large variety of backgrounds, languages and cultures. I consider cultural sensitiveness and awareness part of my professional and personal life.