I am a registered clinical psychologist with experience in working in an outpatient public mental health with a range of mental health disorders and presentations.
In addition to relieving symptoms of common psychological difficulties such as anxiety or depression, I believe that psychotherapy creates the potential for transformative and life-long change.
I am passionate about extending my psychological services so they reach the wider community and are accessible to many. For this reason, in addition to my private practice work, I also work in Community Mental Health Services where I provide individual and group psychotherapy.
After completing a Master of Clinical and Community Psychology in Italy, I have extended my knowledge and skills with a Master of Clinical Psychology in Australia. I was originally trained in Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. More recently I have completed training in Schema Therapy and Couples Therapy.
I have completed a three-year Core training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), and currently enrolled in a three-year Advanced training with ISTDP Australia.
I mainly work with an ISTDP (Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy) informed approach, although I draw from different therapeutic modalities to better tailor my interventions to clients’ needs. ISTDP is an attachment-centred model that, at its core, is about emotional intimacy and closeness, and repairing the wounds caused by relational ruptures. The work of ISTDP aims to understand the person’s emotional problems by focusing on the experience of emotions in their body. This therapy work can identify the types of mechanisms that are preventing deeper emotional experiences from coming to the awareness and that may result in relational difficulties.
Although ISTDP can provide effective change in a relatively short-time frame, sometimes childhood trauma requires a longer course of treatment. In these circumstancessmaller chunks of therapy spread over longer periods of time may be more effective.