Chartered Psychologist and Registered Psychotherapist
tel: 07737 821881
I am currently accepting new clients in my Docklands Practice. My office is in a stunning newly built location overlooking the Canary Wharf towers yet, once inside, completely ensconced in the centre of its own private tropical garden which it quietly overlooks with floor to ceiling glazing. The closer stations are Canary Wharf (a fifteen minutes walk) and Crossharbour (a five minutes walk).
Training, Qualifications & Experience
'The longer I live the more do human beings appear to be fascinating and full of interest.' Maxim Gorky
My psychology studies begun in 1997 at the University of Bologna where I was awarded an international mobility scholarship to specialise at York University, Canada. After five years in Toronto I came to London in 2002 where I continued to train and work in mental health and qualified as a Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist. My clinical experience includes over thirteen years practicing with a wide variety of clients and presenting problems in the public and private sectors as well as teaching, research and community outreach. I have worked in hospitals, inner city outpatient and inpatient services, health charities and with occupational health programs and private medical providers. Prior to this I worked in medical and legal professional translation and as a volunteer at the Toronto Distress Centre.
- British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) & Associate Fellow (AFBPsS)
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Practitioner Psychologist
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist
- European Certificate in Psychology (EuroPsy)
- British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) & Dance UK Registered Practitioner
- Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) Editorial Review Panel Member
- Full Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology & Professional Member of the Social Justice Network, Spirituality Special Interest Group & Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- AXA, Bupa, Aviva Affiliate Psychologist
- Psychologist in Residence at Simeon Nelson's Studio
- Institute of Unnecessary Research (IUR) Head of Psychology
- Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) Member
- Madness and Literature | Applied Arts and Health Networks Member
- International Community for Ecopsychology Member
Anxiety, performance anxiety, health anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, PTSD, relational and sexual issues, couple therapy, stress, transitions, grief, shame, guilt, anger, low confidence, psychosomatic symptoms, panic, phobias, compulsions, chronic pain and health conditions, sleep problems, dissociation, derealisation, voice-hearing, creativity blocks, time management, life/work balance, life and performance coaching.
I am deeply interested in what characterises actualised, or peak experience. For the past ten years I have specialised in the psychology of performance and creativity and I have worked with business executives and performing artists to help them achieve optimal practice in their professional and private worlds.
My work is informed by rigorous clinical and multidisciplinary research at the forefront of professional practice and by an ongoing concern for: 1. What it means to be a human being living with others in the world; 2. What conditions are conductive to the passage from mere being, putting up with and coping to well-being or Eudaimonia (ancient Greek word meaning 'the flourishing of life' - from 'eu', good, and 'daimon', spirit) intended as concrescence (i.e., creative process of growing together/integration, rather than in opposition/disintegration), contrast (i.e., vivid/complex rather than tamed/trivialised order) and beauty (i.e., satisfactory balancing act of complementarities and irreconcilabilities into harmony and coherence); 3. How it might be possible to find value, significance and joy and to embrace a life worth living or even the good life.
As a BPS / HCPC Chartered Psychologist and BACP Registered Psychotherapist I have specialist training in a variety of evidence-based approaches and I am qualified to work within a pluralistic, multi-modal framework of practice. I adopt a broadly relational, experiential and integrative approach to supervision that enables you to reflect on your own framework of practice and give careful consideration to different understandings, dimensions and implications of your clinical work within a collaborative and confidential engagement. This dialogical process is simultaneously deeply affirmative and challenging, gentle and invigorating. It will open up and amplify new possibilities for being and doing, thinking and acting with your clients and with yourself in their presence - and ultimately enhance the breadth and depth of your therapeutic responsiveness, vision and impact.
I work with qualified clinicians and with psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and coaches in training. I also offer research supervision and assistance with projects, papers and presentations.
A Phenomenomenological and Process Approach to Pattern and Meaning (2017) Interalia Magazine. February Issue.
Cosmoscope (2015-17) Wellcome Trust Funded Interdisciplinary Project.
Performance and Existence (2014) British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) Psychosocial Day. 15 November, BAPAM Office.
Existing In-Between, Liminal Aesthetics and Embodied Ethics (2013) Anarchy in the Organism. UCLH Mac Millan Cancer Centre. Black Dog Publishing.
Human Science Research and Creativity’s Challenge to the Priority of the Subject in the Substantiation of Experience (2013) Creativity in Human Science Research, Methology and Theory. International Human Science Research (IHSR) Conference. 16 August, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Anima Mundi - The World Ensouled. Art and Psychology Experiential Encounter (2013) London Creativity and Wellbeing Week, London Art in Health Forum (LAHF). 22 June, Simeon Nelson Studio.
Art, Psychology, and the Setting-Into-Work of Truth (2013) Critical Dialogues Interdisciplinary Lecture Series. 19 March, University of Hertfordshire.
Transience and Complexity in Anarchy in the Organism (2012) Anarchy in the Organism: Cancer as a Complex System Wellcome Trust Symposium. London Creativity and Wellbeing Week, London Art in Health Forum (LAHF). 15 June, Wellcome Collection Conference Centre.
Placebos for Art (2011) Behring Institute for Medical Research Dresden, Germany.
Science, Art and Belief: Lux Scientia Symposium (2011) Lumiere Festival. 18 November, St Oswald's Church Durham.
Complexity Differential in Evidence Based Practice (2010) E-Intentionality, Philosophy of AI and Cognitive Science, School of Science and Technology. 30 November, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex.
The Science of Psychology and the Art of Psychology: Difference or Continuity? (2010) Ways of Knowing: Art and Science's Shared Imagination. Perspectives from the Sciences, Humanities and Creative Arts Interdisciplinary Research Symposium. 2 October, Faculty of Science, Technology and Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire.
Comments on IAPT and HPC Statutory Regulation (2009) British Psychological Society, Psychotherapy Section Review No. 46.
The Art and Science of Happiness (2009) Brighton and Hove White Night Festival. 24 October, Phoenix Arts Association, Brighton.
The Active Commerce Between Minds and Reality: Radical Empiricism at the Origins and Forefront of Scientific Psychology (2009) E-Intentionality, Philosophy of AI and Cognitive Science, School of Science and Technology. 22 October, University of Sussex.
William James on Beliefs, Values and the Psychology of Experience (2009) British Psychological Society Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section Annual Conference. Consciousness and Belief: How Do Beliefs Affect Experience? 13 September, St Anne's College, University of Oxford.
A Critical Psychology of Life (2009) Towards a Philosophy of Life, Conference. 27 June, Liverpool Hope University.
Embodied Consciousness and the Psychological Continuum (2008) British Psychological Society, Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section Workshop: Conscious Intention, Agency and Free Will. 22 November, BPS London Offices.
On Being Anxious and Joyous in the World: Heidegger' s Reconceptualisation of Subjectivity (2008) Subjectivity International Conference in Critical Psychology, Cultural Studies and Social Theory. 29 June, Cardiff University.
Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy as Human Science (2008) 26 February, Brighton Science Festival.
Psychosocial Perspectives on Health and Well-Being (2008) American Association for Behavioural and Social Sciences Annual Conference. 7 February, Flamingo, Las Vegas, USA.
Michel Serres' White Noise and the Essence of Relation (2008) Brighton and Hove White Night Festival. 25 October, Phoenix Arts Association, Brighton.
Theorising Joy as Psychosocial Process, Psychosocial Studies as a Transdisciplinary Adventure Symposium (2007) 12th Biannual Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) - Theoretical Psychology Beyond Borders: Transdisciplinarity and Internationalization. 20 June, York University, Toronto, Canada.
What Is Called a Journey? On Wonder and Wandering. (2007) Brussels Meets Brighton: The Meta-Hub. 1-2 May, Shunt Lounge and Theatre Company, London.
Re-Searching and Exploring Joy: A Critical Incident (2007) Critical Incident at Brighton Fringe Festival. 23 May, The Freeman Centre, University of Sussex.
A Theoretical Interrogation of the Distinction Between 'Positive' and 'Negative' Affects Informed by the History and Philosophy of Psychology (2007) British Psychological Society, History and Philosophy of Psychology Section Annual Conference. 4 April, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.
Challenging Everyday Routinisations of the Emotional Feedback System (2006) 17 November, Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Heidegger and Joy (2005) Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, 16 (2): 354-369.
Veronica Agostini - Freedom
George Watts - Hope