Hi Dorotea, thank you for your time! We are really excited to get to know you better! 


Could you describe yourself as a therapist?

DoroteaI think of myself as an open individual,  I am reflective in my practice. I understand that all of us have our way of looking at the world and this is something I hold very valuable in the therapeutic work. I give a lot of importance to the relationship that is developed between myself and the individual I work with.


Come ti descriveresti come terapeuta?

Dorotea: Penso di essere una persona molto aperta e tollerante, di conseguenza la mia pratica, ed io come terapeuta sono riflessiva. Con questo vorrei indicare che rifletto su come sono percepita nella relazione con altro. Questo vuol dire anche che rispetto il fatto che ognuno di noi ha i propri modi di vedere e interagire con il mondo, e anche questa e la componente molto importante nel lavoro terapeutico. 


What do you appreciate in your psychotherapy approach?

Dorotea: My approach to psychotherapy is relational integrative. This relational part  derives from the strand of relational psychoanalysis, where the central role in personal development and growth has the relationship. I am training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, which sounds far more complicated than it effectively is. what we t. analysts do is, analyse interactions between two individuals, understanding the patterns of relating, inherited in early relationships. What I appreciate the most is the ability to use the relationship and myself as a therapist, in promoting personal change, in the here and now. 

 Cosa apprezzi nel tuo approccio alla psicoterapia?

Dorotea: Mio approccio e relazionale e integrativo. La scuola relazionale ebbe le radici nella formazione della psicoanalisi relazionale, che ritiene e assegna la parte centrale di lavoro terapeutico, proprio al rapporto fra l'analista e l'analisante. L'altra parte del mio approccio e analisi transazionale, che sembra molto più complesso, di quello che è in realtà. Si tratta delle analisi di interazioni fra gli esseri umani, e individuando quali comportamenti, oppure modi di interagire l'individuo ha ereditato dai genitori, e che forse non sono più funzionali nei rapporti fra i adulti. La parte del lavoro terapeutico che io apprezzo molto, e la possibilità di utilizzare il rapporto terapeutico per effettuare il cambiamento al livello interpersonale e anche intrapersonale. Il rapporto come veicolo del cambiamento più profondo. 

What does "wellbeing" mean to you?

Dorotea:  It means that you have a good, functional relationship with yourself, having an understanding and care towards yourself. 


Cosa significa benessere per te?

Dorotea: per me, benessere significa avere un rapporto bello, funzionale con se stesso. Vuol dire, che riesci a prendere cura  e avere un livello buono della conoscenza di se stesso.

What are your thoughts on stigma towards mental health?

Dorotea: Stigma, similarly as notions of Dogma, are to some extend always present in what we imagine to be a civilised, or cultured society. This is because we need to have a system of beliefs (whichever might be predominantly accepted), which organises our existence and co-existence. Mental health has been stigmatised and removed from the social realm for centuries and it will take a lot more than mental health campaigns, to erase this from the collective unconscious. I believe that bringing this into awareness, every day in our counselling rooms, our relationships, is every practitioners duty as a political agent in service of mental  health and wellbeing. 

What metaphor would you use to describe the concept of the a therapeutic process?

DoroteaTwo children playing hide and seek, gradually learning new ways of playing. 

 What book and movie about psychology would you recommend?

Dorotea: Book, difficult almost impossible question to answer. Movie...I will say always "The Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind". 

Please, recommend a place where to “find yourself again”?

Dorotea: I am a bit worried about today's mantra of self-exploration and soul searching. I think Buddhist Monks would be very puzzled by our drives. If you have a sense of being lost, I would suggest to look inside yourself, finding what has changed and why have you lost the connection to yourself. Loosing oneself in my experience is always in some way a reflection of change in one's system of values. See if you have compromised too much in your relationship, or started a new job that is morally/ethically questionable. Perhaps, you forgot what made you really happy, or content. To find yourself, the only place to look for you is in yourself.

A good psychology quote?


If you don't go out in the woods, nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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