Recent Professional Activities
Monthly Advanced Clinical Supervision Group with Professor Ernesto Spinelli, 19 January 2019 to 7 December 2019, Therapy Harley Street
Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) Group Supervision, 2 March 2019, Birkbeck University of London
British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) Psychosocial Practitioners Peer Supervision Group - ongoing since September 2017, London Natural Health Centre
British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) Training Day: The Performance Environment, 17 November 2018, Resource for London
Professor Ernesto Spinelli Keynote Talk (2019) Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) Annual Conference, 11 November, NVCO
Quarterly Advanced Clinical Supervision Group with Professor Ernesto Spinelli, 17 June 2017 to 27 October 2018, Therapy Harley Street
Individual Clinical Supervision with Professor Ernesto Spinelli - ongoing since January 2008, London Natural Health Centre
Member of the Editorial Review Panel of the Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis - since 2010
European Certificate in Psychology, European Federation of Psychologists' Associations -awarded 6 January 2017
British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) Mental Health Perspectives Session 2: The Professional Voice User in Trouble, 18 November 2017, Resource for London
Transforming Emergency into Emergence Workshop, 11 July 2017, House of Lords
Crossing Creativity: The Westminster Creativity Research Symposium, 25 May 2017, University of Westminster
British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) Mental Health Perspectives Session 1: Anxiety, 20 May 2017, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Professor Ernesto Spinelli Psychotherapy Masterclass, 21 April 2015, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Bobby Baker and The Daily Life Ltd Expert View Symposium, 8 May 2015, Bromley by Bow Centre
Confer Live Supervision: Managing Anger and Aggression, 30 May 2015, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Professor George Berguno Workshop on Regret, 27 June 2015, Birkbeck College, University of London
Confer Seminar: Reaching Embodied Integration, 11 July 2015, Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
Professor Wyndy Dryden on Dealing with Rejection and Live CBT Sessions, 12 November 2015, Conway Hall
PERFORMANCE & ARTS SPECIALIST PSYCHOLOGIST
‘The mind is at every stage a theatre of possibilities, creating mental products by selecting, sharing, and combining data.’ William James
I am an experienced Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Practitioner Psychologist of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a Registered Psychotherapist of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as well as a Clinician and Registered Practitioner with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).
I provide specialist psychological consultation, psychotherapy, counselling and coaching oriented at performance and creativity enhancement to musicians, composers, singers, actors and dancers.
My areas of expertise are performance anxiety, stress, phobias, panic attacks, perfectionism, self-confidence and criticism, time management, inhibitions, emotional blockages, depression, sleep problems, trauma, addictions, transitions, eating disorders, injuries, chronic pain, psychosomatic issues, work-life balance, identity, relationships.
Performance is essentially multidimensional and interrelational, and professional practice guidelines emphasise just how pivotal it is for psychosocial intervention to adequately grapple with this. Following up from my work on a Wellcome-funded interdisciplinary project I am developing an integrated assessment framework for performance as a dynamical and complex system.
My journey as a Psychologist started at the University of Bologna in 1995 and in 1997 I was awarded an Erasmus Mundus bursary to specialise at York University in Toronto, Canada. After five years in Toronto I came to London where I qualified as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist at Regent's University. My experience spans over 20 years, and includes working with a wide variety of clients and presenting issues in the public and private sectors as well as supervising other clinicians, teaching, research and community outreach. I practiced in two NHS hospitals and a primary care trust, in psychological well-being charities for adults and children, and with occupational health programs and private medical providers. I have also lectured in psychology and psychotherapy at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Brighton and at Westmister Kingsway College. Prior to this I worked in medical professional translation, and as a mental health volunteer at the Toronto Distress Centre.
Recent collaborations include:
'Away from art we sink into a flatter, blanker kind of consciousness, and indulge in ostrich-like forgetfulness of all our richest potentials.’ William James
‘Creativity is the urge of the universe as it functions in each single individual, it is the universal of universals characterising ultimate matter of fact, the ultimate principle by which the many - which are the universe disjunctively - become the one actual occasion - which is the universe conjunctively. Creativity is the universe’s drive toward a complex unity which does not erase individuality. ’ Alfred North Whitehead
Conference Papers and Publications
Art and Anxiety: The Psychology of Creativity (2019) Art Talk. 6 March, University of Hertfordshire.
A Quantitative Report on Sexuality and Well-Being (2018) British Psychological Society (BPS) Psychology of Sexualities 20th Anniversary Conference 1998-2018: Reflecting Back, Looking Forwards. 6 July, BPS London Offices.
Cosmological Questions (2018) The Psychologist. British Psychological Society (BPS). April Issue, Vol. 31.
Cosmoscope Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium, Contemporary Art Practice (2017) University of Hertfordshire, 23 June.
A Phenomenological 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? (201s0) 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.