hCounselling 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 at the Wealden Institute in Crowborough, East Sussex, where I achieved my Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited). I then worked for a few years as a counsellor in Brighton for two charity projects, supporting adults with addiction problems (Crime Reduction Initiative), and survivors of domestic violence (RISE). I had also extensive experience in working with adults with learning disabilities in residential settings in West Sussex.
After moving to Wales, and following the Welsh Government School-Based Counselling Project, I 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 started my private practice when still in East Sussex, and I have continued to offer counselling and psychotherapy to clients of all ages in Cardiff and in South Wales since my relocation.
I also strongly believes 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.
My interest in education has always been part of my life, and I have recently joined the teaching team at the Way Forward Centre - www.wayforwardcounselling.com - as a Level 2 & 3 Counselling Tutor.
Additional Training in:
Online and digital counselling, Sand Tray Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Safeguarding Children and Young People, Family Constellations, Biographical Counselling, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, Domestic Violence, Addiction Counselling, Neglect and Abuse, Harmful Sexual Behaviour and Sexual Exploitation, Internet Safety.
NCS/PSA Accredited Register NCS20-01551
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)