Hi Stefania, it'a a real pleasure to interview you today and getting to know more about yourself and your approach!
Could you describe yourself as a therapist?
Stefania: My main goal is to help people to achieve a better quality of life by helping them to develop awareness and responsibility on their needs and desires. I consider therapy as a creative process between the client and the therapist that starts from a stuck point in life due to a symptom, a feeling of loss, a fear or a transition from one life stage into the next one. For me therapy is not about “to cure something wrong inside us” but an opportunity to transform our dysfunctional way to live. I am an experienced Counselling Psychologist HCPC and BACP Registered. I work both in the NHS and in private practice using an Existential-Gestalt approach. I offer a safe and non judgmental environment where, me and my clients, work together to achieve a better quality of life.
What do you appreciate in your psychotherapy approach?
Stefania: Gestalt approach is a very direct way to work with people and it aim to offer to clients a new perspective on things. The therapy are an opportunity for client to experience something different from their automatic behaviours. Gestalt therapy aim to develop awareness in order to create a space between feelings and actions that can help to elaborate a more functional response.
What does "wellbeing" mean to you?
Stefania: Wellbeing is a very personal concept. What it means wellbeing for me is not what it is for another person. In my work I don’t like to impose what wellbeing means for me but I always explore what wellbeing means for each person that is in from of me and I work with them in other to achieve what they want from their life in order to be satisfied and create a better quality of life.
What are your thoughts on stigma towards mental health?
Stefania: From my personal point of view I respect everyone’s point of view. I deeply believe in psychotherapy and the fact that it can really improve the quality of life of people but, if someone doesn’t think the same, I respect it.
What metaphor would you use to describe the concept of the a therapeutic process?
Stefania: I have a clear image of the therapeutic process: The client is walking in front of me on a path and I am following him on the path. I am the one that is holding a lantern to light up the dangers and all the interesting things we may find. I am behind, I am a follower, the client is the one that decide where to go. My function is to light up.
Please, recommend a place where to “find yourself again”?
Stefania: In every form of art and meditation, wherever makes sense for you… there, outside any logic, is yourself.
A good psychology quote?
I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, And you are not in this
world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful.
If not, it can't be helped.
(Fritz Perls, 1969)
Do you know any jokes about psychologists?
Stefania: We are the most trouble…
Stefania has also shared with us her path to become a therapist:
• Ongoing: Family constellation training.
• Dec 2018: Master in Gestalt Body Work.
• Jan 2014: HCPC registered (rer.no. PYL30490).
• Nov 2013: MBACP (reg.no. 741048).
•March 2012: Member of Italian Psychologist Register (reg.no.6388).
• Dec 2015: Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy (4 years), I.G.F. Florence, Italy.
•March 2014: Childcare level 2 course (one year), Smart Training -London-
• July 2010: MSc Experimental Psychology. University of Florence, Italy.
• 2016: BSc Psychological Sciences and Techniques for Clinical and Community
Psychology. University of Florence, Italy.