Counselling came into my life as a second career after many years as a choir conductor and a Steiner School music teacher, both in my home country, Italy, and in Europe (France, Germany and finally the UK). During my years as a musician I became more and more aware of how our mental well-being influences our artistic expression; as a teacher, I clearly saw the impact of mental health in pupils’ learning abilities.
I trained in East Sussex, at the Wealden Institute in Crowborough, where I achieved my Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited). Most of my initial work as a counsellor was with two charities in Brighton, Crime Reduction Initiative (C.R.I.), supporting adults with addiction problems, and RISE, supporting survivors of domestic violence.
After the move to Wales I briefly joined The Almond Tree in Merthyr Tydfil, a charity offering counselling to young people. I then decided to dedicate more time to young clients and enrolled at the University of South Wales, achieving a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People.
Since 2015 I have been working as an Independent Counsellor for Young People in Blaenau-Gwent, both in secondary schools and in the community; I have also been supporting the Pastoral Care in the Cardiff Steiner School.
My areas of interest include Family Constellations and Biographical Counselling; spirituality is also an important theme both in my practice and in my life. I strongly believe in the importance of expressing ourselves through music, using our natural voice: for several years I have been running music workshops to explore how singing together can improve our well-being and enhance our personal development.
Additional Training in:
Sand Tray Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Safeguarding Children and Young People, Family Constellations, Biographical Counselling, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, Domestic Violence, Addiction Counselling, Neglect and Abuse, Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA), Harmful Sexual Behaviour and Sexual Exploitation, Internet Safety.
BACP accredited register no 041317
PGDip in Counselling Children and Young People, University of South Wales (2016)
Diploma in Counselling, Wealden College, Crowborough, East Sussex (2011) – BACP accredited
Waldorf Teacher training course, Bologna, Italy (2003)
Choir Conducting, Piano and Singing, Conservatorio “G. Verdi”, Milano, Italy (1988)