Feeling comfortable during therapy: the importance of language and how Therapsy can help

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Feeling Comfortable During Therapy: Why Therapsy Is the Choice for English-Speaking Expats and Students in Italy

In the journey towards mental well-being, the comfort and ease with which one can express oneself play pivotal roles. This is especially true in therapy, a process deeply rooted in communication and understanding. For expatriates and foreign students in Italy, navigating life’s challenges while away from home can be daunting, making accessible and effective mental health support crucial. That’s where Therapsy comes in.

Therapsy is an innovative psychotherapy service located in the heart of Milan, offering both in-person and online sessions designed specifically for the English-speaking community in Italy. Created with the unique needs of expats and international students in mind, Therapsy ensures that language barriers do not hinder the essential process of healing and personal growth.

This article will delve into why feeling comfortable during therapy is important and how speaking the language you’re most fluent in enhances the therapeutic experience. We will explore the significant benefits of Therapsy’s services, focusing on their English-language therapy offerings, the culturally competent environment they foster, and the tailored support they provide to their clients. By the end of this article, you will understand why choosing Therapsy could be a crucial step in successfully managing the emotional and psychological hurdles of living abroad.

Whether you’re facing the stress of adapting to a new culture, dealing with isolation, or simply seeking to improve your mental health, Therapsy stands ready to assist. Let us guide you through how Therapsy not only meets the needs of English speakers in Italy but does so with an unwavering commitment to professionalism, empathy, and understanding.

 

The Importance of Language in Therapy

Language is fundamental to our existence. It not only serves as a medium for daily communication but also deeply influences our thoughts, emotions, and the way we perceive the world. In therapeutic settings, the impact of language is magnified, as the effectiveness of therapy often hinges on the depth of verbal exchange between therapist and client. This section explores the critical role language plays in therapy, particularly focusing on the psychological benefits of communicating in one’s native language and the specific challenges that non-native speakers encounter.

1.1 Psychological Benefits of Native Language Communication

When therapy is conducted in a language that a person is most fluent in, the psychological benefits are profound:

  • Enhanced Emotional Resonance: Communicating in one’s native language allows for a richer expression of feelings. Words in our first language tend to evoke stronger emotional connections, enabling clients to discuss deep-seated fears, anxieties, and joys more effectively.

  • Greater Nuance and Accuracy: Native language communication reduces the likelihood of misunderstandings and misinterpretations, which are crucial in therapy. Clients can convey nuanced sentiments and intricate thoughts without struggling for the right words, ensuring clarity and precision.

  • Comfort and Ease: There is a natural comfort in using one’s first language, which can make therapy feel safer and more inviting. This comfort leads to greater openness and vulnerability, essential components of effective therapy.

  • Cognitive Ease: Processing and discussing complex emotions and thoughts in a second language requires significant cognitive effort, which can be taxing. Using one’s native language eases this cognitive load, allowing for better focus on the therapy itself.

1.2 Challenges Faced by Non-Native Speakers in Therapy

For non-native speakers, undergoing therapy in a second language can introduce several challenges:

  • Language Fatigue: Continuous translation and the effort to find appropriate expressions can lead to fatigue, which may detract from the therapy’s effectiveness.

  • Reduced Emotional Expression: Clients may find themselves less able to express emotions fully in a second language, leading to a more superficial engagement with important issues.

  • Cultural Misalignment: Language is deeply intertwined with culture. Therapists who do not speak the client’s native language might miss cultural nuances, potentially leading to misinterpretations and less personalized care.

  • Anxiety Over Language Skills: Some clients may feel insecure about their language abilities, which can lead to increased anxiety and reluctance to discuss more complex or intimate topics.

Understanding these challenges is crucial for therapists and mental health services operating in multicultural environments like Italy. It underscores the importance of services like Therapsy, which provide therapy in the client’s most fluent language, ensuring that therapy is both effective and deeply transformative.

 

Why Choose Therapsy? Key Benefits Explained

Choosing the right therapy service is crucial, especially in a foreign environment where one may face additional stressors and challenges. Therapsy offers specialized services that cater specifically to English-speaking expatriates and students in Italy, providing numerous benefits that enhance the therapeutic experience. This section discusses why Therapsy is the preferred choice for those seeking English-language therapy in Italy.

2.1 No Language Barriers

One of the fundamental advantages of Therapsy is the elimination of language barriers, which fosters a more effective and comfortable therapeutic environment.

  • Express Yourself Freely: At Therapsy, you can communicate your thoughts and emotions without the hindrance of language constraints. This freedom is critical as it allows for a deeper and more meaningful therapeutic process, where nuances and subtleties of your experiences are fully understood and integrated into the therapy.

  • Enhanced Therapeutic Accuracy: The ability to speak in one’s native language reduces the risk of miscommunication and misunderstanding. This is particularly important in therapy, where the accuracy of conveying feelings, thoughts, and experiences directly impacts the therapeutic outcomes.

2.2 Safe and Welcoming Environment

Therapsy is committed to creating a safe, secure, and welcoming space for all its clients, which is essential for effective therapy.

  • Physical and Emotional Safety: Every aspect of Therapsy’s environment, from the comfort of the physical spaces to the supportive nature of the therapy sessions, is designed to make clients feel safe and cared for. This level of comfort encourages clients to open up and engage more fully in the therapeutic process.

  • Trust and Confidentiality: Clients are assured of complete confidentiality, which fosters trust and openness in therapy sessions. Knowing that their personal experiences and vulnerabilities are protected allows clients to explore their issues without fear of judgment or breach of privacy.

2.3 Culturally Competent Therapists

Therapsy prides itself on having a team of culturally competent therapists who are not only fluent in English but also have a profound understanding of the cultural nuances that affect expatriates and students.

  • Cultural Sensitivity: Therapists at Therapsy are trained to be sensitive to various cultural backgrounds, which is crucial in providing effective and respectful care. This understanding helps therapists to better relate to and address the specific challenges faced by expatriates and foreign students.

  • Tailored Therapeutic Approaches: Recognizing the diverse backgrounds of their clients, Therapsy therapists tailor their approaches to suit individual cultural contexts and needs. This personalized care ensures that therapy is relevant and impactful.

 

Therapsy’s Services Tailored for Expats and Students

Therapsy understands the unique challenges faced by expatriates and foreign students in Italy. With a deep commitment to accommodating the diverse needs of this community, Therapsy offers specialized services that ensure accessibility, personalization, and effectiveness. This section details how Therapsy’s services are specifically designed to support the mental health of English-speaking residents in Italy.

3.1 Flexible Therapy Modes: In-Person and Online

Accessibility is a cornerstone of Therapsy’s approach to psychotherapy, recognizing the varying schedules and preferences of expats and students. Here’s how we ensure our services are always within reach:

  • In-Person Sessions: For those who prefer a traditional setting, Therapsy offers in-person sessions in Milan. Our offices are designed to be warm and welcoming, providing a comfortable space that enhances the therapeutic experience.

  • Online Therapy Options: Understanding the dynamic lifestyle of expatriates and students, as well as the vast geographical spread of clients throughout Italy, Therapsy offers online sessions. Utilizing secure and confidential video conferencing tools, our therapists can extend their support across the country, ensuring that clients can maintain continuity in their therapy, regardless of their location.

  • Hybrid Models: For clients who travel frequently or prefer a mix of both settings, Therapsy provides a hybrid model where clients can alternate between in-person and online sessions according to their needs.

3.2 Therapist Matching Process

At Therapsy, we believe that a great match between therapist and client is key to successful therapy. Here’s how we ensure each client finds the right therapist:

  • Initial Assessment: The process begins with a detailed initial assessment, conducted during the first consultation call. This assessment helps us understand the client’s needs, preferences, and specific concerns.

  • Matching Criteria: We consider several factors during the therapist matching process, including language proficiency, specialty areas of the therapists, cultural competence, and even personality traits that would complement the client’s own.

  • Client Involvement: Clients are actively involved in the selection process. After the initial assessment, we suggest a few therapists that might be a good fit. Clients can then choose whom they feel most comfortable with, ensuring a greater sense of control and satisfaction.

  • Ongoing Evaluation: The effectiveness of the match is continuously evaluated throughout the therapeutic journey. Clients are encouraged to provide feedback, and if needed, adjustments to the match are made to ensure the therapy remains effective and responsive to the client’s evolving needs.

 

Starting Your Journey with Therapsy

Embarking on a therapeutic journey is a significant step towards personal growth and emotional well-being. Therapsy makes starting this journey as seamless and welcoming as possible for English-speaking expats and students in Italy. Here’s a detailed guide on how to begin your experience with Therapsy and what makes our service stand out in the field of mental health.

4.1 Booking Your First Consultation

The first step towards therapy with Therapsy is just a message away. Here’s how you can book your first consultation call and what to expect from it:

  • How to Book: To book your first consultation, simply send us a message via WhatsApp or e-mail. Provide a brief description of why you are seeking therapy and any preferences you have for scheduling the consultation.

  • What Happens During the Consultation?: The consultation is a non-binding, confidential conversation designed to assess your needs and how Therapsy can meet them. During this call, you will speak with one of our qualified therapists who will ask questions to understand your concerns, discuss your goals for therapy, and explain how our sessions work. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the process.

  • Outcome of the Consultation: By the end of the consultation, you’ll have a clearer understanding of what to expect from therapy at Therapsy. If you decide to proceed, we’ll guide you through the next steps, including scheduling your next session and matching you with the therapist that best fits your needs.

4.2 What Makes Therapsy Unique?

Therapsy stands out from other psychotherapy services in several key ways:

  • Focus on English-Speaking Clients: Our service is designed for English speakers in Italy, ensuring that expats and foreign students can receive therapy in their preferred language without any compromise.

  • Cultural Competence: At Therapsy, our therapists are not only experts in their fields but are also trained to understand the cultural nuances that affect English-speaking expatriates and students. This cultural competence is critical for providing effective and empathetic support.

  • Personalized Care: We believe that therapy should be as individual as the people who seek it. From therapist matching to the personalization of therapeutic approaches, every aspect of our service is tailored to meet the unique needs of each client.

  • Comprehensive Support: Beyond individual therapy sessions, Therapsy offers workshops, group sessions, and community-building activities designed to support a holistic approach to mental health. These programs provide valuable opportunities for clients to connect with others facing similar challenges.

 

Therapsy’s Commitment to Your Well-being

Therapsy’s dedication to supporting the mental health of English-speaking expats and students in Italy doesn’t stop after the initial sessions. We understand that sustained support and a proactive approach are crucial to long-term therapeutic success. Here, we detail how Therapsy remains a steadfast ally in your journey toward improved mental well-being.

5.1 Continuous Support and Development

At Therapsy, our commitment to our clients extends beyond individual therapy sessions. We believe in fostering an ongoing therapeutic relationship that adapts to your evolving needs.

  • Follow-Up Procedures: Regular follow-ups are an integral part of our therapy process. These follow-ups help assess progress, address new or resurfacing issues, and refine therapeutic strategies as needed. This ensures that your therapy remains responsive to your life’s changes and challenges.

  • Ongoing Support Structures: To support clients between sessions, Therapsy offers various resources, including access to self-help materials, online workshops, and periodic check-ins via email or messaging. These resources are designed to reinforce the coping strategies and insights gained during therapy.

  • Adaptive Therapeutic Approaches: As clients grow and their needs change, our therapists adapt their methods. Whether it’s transitioning between different therapy modalities or integrating new therapeutic techniques, we ensure that our approach is best suited to your current circumstances.

5.2 Stories of Success and Recovery

Hearing about the experiences of others who have navigated similar paths can be incredibly reassuring and motivating. Here are some anonymized stories of how Therapsy has helped others achieve significant milestones in their mental health journeys:

  • Case Study 1: Overcoming Cultural Adjustment Challenges: An expat from the U.S. struggled with loneliness and cultural shock upon moving to Milan. Through sessions focusing on cultural integration and resilience, they found new ways to connect with the community and embrace the local culture, significantly improving their quality of life.

  • Case Study 2: Academic Success Amid Stress: A foreign student facing intense academic pressure and anxiety benefited from our stress management therapy. Our tailored approach helped them develop effective coping strategies, leading to improved academic performance and personal satisfaction.

  • Case Study 3: Healing from Personal Loss: A client dealing with grief after losing a loved one back home found solace and strength through grief counseling at Therapsy. The therapy provided them with the tools to process their loss healthily and gradually rebuild their sense of normalcy.

These stories illustrate the transformative effects of targeted, compassionate, and competent psychotherapy. They also showcase Therapsy’s role not just as a provider of mental health services, but as a partner in each client’s unique journey towards healing and personal growth.

 

Therapsy Stands By You

Choosing the right therapeutic support is a significant step toward achieving mental well-being, especially when you’re navigating life in a foreign country. Therapsy has been established with the precise goal of ensuring that English-speaking expats and students in Italy do not have to compromise on the quality of mental health care due to language barriers or cultural misunderstandings.

Therapsy provides a myriad of tailored benefits designed specifically for the needs of the expatriate and international student community:

  • No Language Barriers: Communicate freely in your native language, allowing for deeper and more effective therapy sessions.
  • Safe and Welcoming Environment: Experience therapy in a space where you feel secure and understood, which is crucial for discussing sensitive and personal issues.
  • Culturally Competent Therapists: Engage with therapists who not only speak your language but also understand the cultural nuances that influence your experiences and perspectives.
  • Flexible Service Offerings: Choose between in-person and online therapy sessions to suit your lifestyle and needs, ensuring that you can receive support wherever you are in Italy.
  • Personalized Therapist Matching: Benefit from our careful matching process that considers your specific preferences and therapy goals, enhancing the effectiveness of your therapeutic experience.

At Therapsy, we believe that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

We are dedicated to supporting you as you face life’s challenges, providing you with the tools and understanding needed to navigate your mental health journey. Our therapists are committed to creating a supportive, understanding, and empathetic environment to help you manage and overcome the hurdles you encounter while living abroad.

Remember, you are not alone in this journey. Therapsy is here to provide the support and guidance you need to live a healthier, more fulfilling life in Italy. Whether you are struggling with adjustment issues, feeling isolated, or simply in need of someone to talk to, Therapsy is just a message away.

Don’t hesitate to reach out and book your first consultation.

Let us help you navigate through the complexities of life with confidence and ease, ensuring a smoother and more rewarding experience in your new home. At Therapsy, your mental health and comfort are our top priorities. Join us, and let’s take the first step towards a happier, healthier you.

Dr. Irene Pinucci

Psychiatrist

Dr. Irene Pinucci is a psychiatrist specializing in diagnostic assessments and pharmacological prescriptions.

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Florence, she specialized in Psychiatry at Sapienza University in Rome.

During her studies, she spent several months in Paris and Amsterdam. She is passionate about scientific research and is currently a PhD candidate in Clinical Experimental Neuroscience and Psychiatry. She conducts clinical work with patients from all over the world in both English and French.

The disorders for which she has the most clinical experience include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, sleep disorders, and disorders related to physical conditions such as oncological diseases.

Dr. Emanuele Ruggeri

Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist

Emanuele graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at “La Sapienza” University in Rome.

He has a strong experience in the field of psychiatric disorders and worked as a researcher at Careggi Hospital in Florence.

Later on, he deepened his knowledge in mood disorders, personality disorders, and eating disorders.

Today, Emanuele works at Syracuse University in Florence.

In his career, he has worked in different fields, from eating disorders to substance abuse and personality disorders.

Dr. Ruggeri loves working with students, helping them reveal their potential and skills.

Emanuele has a passion for helping people find a balanced way through the challenges of everyday life.

Emanuele specializes in psychopharmacology, helping people achieve their goals in work and social relationships through drug therapy if necessary.

Emanuele strongly believes in collaboration between psychiatrists and psychotherapists in order to improve and achieve well-balanced mental health.

Trust, empathy, and competence are the basis of Dr. Ruggeri’s work.

Dr. Alina Charnavusava

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Alina dedicates her sessions to helping individuals achieve a better quality of life. She assists clients in harmonizing their internal relationships with themselves and others, expanding their awareness of emotions, thoughts, and needs, and guiding them towards personal growth and equilibrium in new life circumstances.

She employs a therapeutic approach based on Gestalt Therapy, Art Therapy methods, and Mindfulness meditation. Her sessions promote a peaceful and clear state of mind, fostering a better understanding of one’s nature and encouraging personal growth and well-being.

Dr. Alina works with individuals of all ages who seek to understand themselves better and build profound and harmonious relationships with themselves and others. She supports those struggling with anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, and relational issues related to communication, emotional regulation, and separation within couples and families.

She also has extensive experience working with managers in international companies, offering valuable insights into corporate relational dynamics. She helps them increase motivation, manage stress and anxiety, and achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Dr. Alina guides therapeutic groups and workshops on various psychological topics. These group sessions provide essential psychological support, fostering awareness of interpersonal relationships and discovering new perspectives and coping tools for life’s challenges.

Dr. Alina offers therapeutic services in Italian, English, and Russian. She applies her international experience, empathy, and clinical expertise to facilitate personal development and self-discovery at all phases of life.

Dr. Maria Gonaria Demontis

Psychologist & Psychotherapist

Maria Gonaria Demontis is a psychologist and licensed psychotherapist. She is also specialized in HR (recruiting and Training), she is a Mindfulness Teacher and a MBSR trainer (Mindfulness -based stress reduction).

Her professional career begins in the HR field, as a freelance consultant, working for different consulting companies and organizations. At the same time as a Psychologist, she worked for Telefono Rosa Association, for many years, supporting and helping women victims of domestic violence as well as gender-based violence.

She also worked in a Casa Famiglia, an organization dedicated to protect and support women and children in precarious situation, supporting and helping them get trough tough times.

Her experience as psychologist continuous in a NGO, where one of her main responsibilities was psychological support with migrants. In addiction, she was working tightly with territorial institutions or specialized organizations on identifying vulnerable cases, victims of human trafficking of sexual exploitation, and victims of tortures and abuses.

Maria Gonaria Demontis still actively works as psychoterapist helping people to identify and manage the factors that contribute to live psychics suffering conditions.

She is specializeded in treatment of acute anxiety, panic disorders and Phobias, traumas, mourning process. She also offers psychological support during the migration process, both to the foreigners immigrating to Italy and the Italians moving abroad.
Maria Gonaria works with adults and couples.

She is is firmly convinced that psychotherapy is a great opportunity for overcoming the difficulties encountered during life, to fortify emotional and mental health, and she believes that is strong chance for personal growth.

Dr. Leelt Retta Gebru

Clinical Psychologist & Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapist

Graduated in clinical Psychology Degree with great distinction from the university of LUMSA, Rome.

Concluded four years of Specialization in Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy in the Skinner’s Institute school of Psychotherapy, Rome.

In the past five years she is practicing her profession as a clinical psychologist in different settings, from the third year of her specialization course she is running a private activity as a cognitive behavioral psychotherapist.

Works with a variety of clients, who include children, adolescents, adults, couple and families, to replace dysfunctional constructs with more flexible and adaptive cognitions, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships, so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, integrated and safe individuals.
Specialized to treat variety of psychiatric and psychological disorders, including Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorders, Personality disorders, Mood disorders, eating disorders, specific learning disorders, Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, parenting problems, relationship problems, couple problems, and others.

Trained in a range of techniques and strategies to deal with every individual based on his problem, including: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavior Family Therapy (CBFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Biofeedback and autogenic training, Progressive relaxation, problem solving techniques, and others.

As a therapist describes herself as someone who is patient, empathic, understanding, and nonjudgmental, making clients feel accepted and respected.

Besides her work burden and family responsability, for the last many years decided to immerse in this vast field of study, because she strongly believes psychological well-being is the key to good health, success and happy life.

Dr. Paola Acca

Clinical Psychologist & Psychotherapist

Dr. Paola Acca is a practicing clinical psychologist, specialized in relational systemic psychotherapy.

She graduated in Psychology at the University of Bergamo. Over the years, she also obtained master degrees in Mindfulness and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). After having collaborated for a long time with hospitals and public mental health facilities, she decided to devote herself to her private practice and she currently works in her private studio based in Milan (Città Studi).

Throughout her career she has worked with adults, adolescents, families and couples who have sought support for a wide range of emotional, developmental, and social challenges (such as anxiety, mood and personality disorders, trauma, bereavement, couple dynamics, etc.). She also gained considerable experience in sports psychology, counselling and supporting both athletes and teams.

Paola truly belives that therapy should be a collaborative process built on mutual respect, genuineness, and trust. She aims to create a space where clients feel comfortable engaging in critical thinking and introspection and helps you to identify your values and take actionable steps towards creating positive change in your life.

Dr. Camilla Ballerini

Psychotherapist

Dr. Camilla Ballerini is a psychologist and psychotherapist with over ten years of experience in both public and private settings.

Currently, she works at a private medical center in Rome, where she provides therapy to adolescents, adults, couples, and families facing various psychological and emotional difficulties. Her mission is to ensure high standards of intervention through a careful study of each case, as the essence of psychotherapy lies in the uniqueness of the individual, who can never be reduced to just a category or diagnosis.

Dr. Ballerini began her academic career in Florence, specializing in Clinical and Community Psychology, and graduated with honors from the University of Turin in Criminal and Investigative Psychology. She completed her training with a specialization in Psychotherapy, also with honors, at the Cognitive Post Rational Psychotherapy School in Rome. Her experience as a psychologist ranges from leading group therapy for patients dealing with suicide among close relatives, to supporting psychiatric patients in alternative detention regimes, and practicing psychotherapy for severe psychopathology in public mental health centers. These varied contexts have allowed her to enhance and strengthen her diagnostic and treatment skills.

Coming from a multilingual family, Dr. Ballerini has developed a sensitivity to the different ways people perceive the world through the lens of diverse cultures. In her clinical practice, this has enabled her to assist patients from other cultures, helping them overcome language barriers and access psychological support.

Dr. Giorgia Pro

Psychologist

Giorgia Pro is a psychologist based in Rome. She graduated in developmental and educational psychology which provides a solid foundation for understanding the psychological growth and educational needs of individuals across different life stages.

She is specialized in Psychodiagnostics, equipping her with advanced skills in psychological assessment and diagnosis, and DSA Tutoring offering personalized support for students with Specific Learning Disabilities (DSA), helping them navigate educational challenges and achieve their accademic potential.

Presently, she’s specializing in relational psychotherapy designed to support the mental and emotional well-being of children, adolescents, adults, families and parents through the recognition of the role that relationships play in the shaping of daily experiences.

Dr. Giulia Regoli

Psychotherapist

Dr. Giulia Regoli is a psychotherapist based in Rome, Italy.

After graduating in clinical psychology from La Sapienza University, she completed her Ph.D. with honors in Humanistic/Bioenergetic Psychotherapy and began her practice, offering both face-to-face and online sessions.

She has over 15 years of experience helping patients suffering from depression, anxiety, and social or interpersonal problems of all kinds.

Additionally, she provides life-coaching sessions to empower students and adults in their careers and personal growth.

Deeply committed to global community support, she collaborated for many years with the international charitable foundations Words of Peace and T.P.R.F., contributing to their events in Europe, the U.S., and Australia.

As a therapist, her passion lies in helping people unlock their potential and achieve stable emotional well-being.

Her approach integrates a variety of techniques that emphasize the uniqueness of each individual through empathy and sensitivity.

Dr. Alexandra Kraslavski

Clinical Psychologist & Psychotherapist

Dr. Alexandra Kraslavski is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist in Milan, Italy.

She graduated with honors in Clinical Psychology from Vita Salute San Raffaele University, where she published her research thesis on a case-control study investigating the mechanisms underlying addictive behaviors. Concurrently, she has also trained within the Psychiatry Department for Alcoholism and drug addiction, treating patients affected by addictive disorders such as behavioral addictions and substance abuse.

Additionally, Dr. Kraslavski had the opportunity to work within the department of Bariatric Surgery at ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco in Milan, treating patients affected by obesity and clinical overweight. Alongside, she collaborated on publishing a scientific research about Emotional Regulation in Pathological Eating Behavior Styles in bariatric patients.

She has studied and trained in London, Tel Aviv, and Milan. She is also an EMDR therapist and trained in CBT-E for Eating disorders and Obesity. She specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and her clinical practice is based on continuous training, enabling her to utilize innovative and scientifically validated treatment protocols. She believes that the therapist-patient relationship is a crucial part of the healing process.

Dr. Kraslavski has two private practices: one in the area of Cernusco sul Naviglio and another in Milan. She collaborates with Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi at Istituto Palazzolo as a neuropsychologist, carrying out neuropsychological interventions for patients with dementia, cognitive impairment, and neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr. Damiano Crivelli

Clinical Psychologist

Damiano graduated with honors in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology from the University of Milano-Bicocca in 2018. In 2019, he obtained a Second-level Master’s degree from the Catholic University of Milan in Clinical Neuroscience. In 2023, he completed his PhD in Psychology at the Cognitive Neuropsychology Center of the ASST Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda and the University of Pavia.

Throughout his education and work experience, he has had the opportunity to work with individuals affected by both psychopathological conditions (at the Psychology SSD of San Gerardo Hospital in Monza, within the outpatient clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of anxious and depressive symptoms) and organic/neurological conditions (at the cognitive Neuropsychology center of Niguarda Hospital in Milan). Additionally, he spent a year (2022) working at the prestigious University College of London (UCL), leading a research project aimed at understanding how the brain generates bodily awareness and how this awareness influences cognitive, emotional, and physiological activity. Damiano is also the author of several scientific publications on the matter in international journals (e.g., “Cortex,” “Proceedings of the Royal Society,” “Neuropsychologia”…).

Currently, he is continuing his education at the NOUS Psychotherapy School in Milan, which integrates the cognitive-constructivist approach with mindfulness practices and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).In his clinical work, he emphasizes the idea that for an individual’s psychological support and counseling journey to be effective, it needs to be personalized and “tailor-made” to the individual’s needs.

Dr. Chiara Campisano

Clinical Psychologist

Chiara Campisano is a clinical psychologist specialized in the treatment of behavioral and mood disorders.

Chiara graduated with honors from the Faculty of Cognitive Psychology of Chieti.

She helds a strong experience in the field of psychiatric disorders, where she practiced as a young psychologist. Later on, she deepened her knowledge in neuropsychology, studying brain aging.

Today Chiara works in Rome with different age groups, from childhood to adulthood.

She’s attending and she almost finished her specialization school path in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

In her career, she has worked in different fields, from motherhood challenges to women victims of violence. She also worked in the field of substance abuse.

Dr. Campisano loves working with teenagers, helping them to build a strong and healthy identity and self-esteem. When it comes to students, Chiara has a passion for helping them find their way through the challenges of academic life.

Chiara is specialized in supporting families, helping family members to improve their communication skills, in order to create a functional and serene family environment.

Chiara strongly believes in the power of psychotherapy as a big chance to personally improve and achieve a very well balanced mental helth. Trust, empathy and competence are the basis of Dr. Campisano’s work.

Dr. Arianna Antonelli

Clinical Psychologist

Arianna Antonelli is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in training.

Her approach integrates traditional therapy with the use of Collaborative Assessment. In Collaborative Assessment psychological testing is used to help people understand themselves better and find solutions to their persistent problems; its primary goal is to facilitate positive changes in clients.

Arianna is also a lecturer and teaching assistant at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and she works with the journal of the International Society for the Rorschach as an editorial assistant.

Dr. Benedetta Cereda

Clinical Psychologist 

Benedetta, a Milan native, is a highly accomplished psychologist. She earned her degree with top honors from the Catholic University of Milan. During her university years, she had the unique opportunity to study neuroscience in the Netherlands. Presently, she’s focusing on specialized psychotherapy using an integrated approach. Her practice is based at Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital, where she works primarily with children and adolescents. Benedetta’s expertise lies in addressing learning disabilities and ADHD.

Her true passion lies in helping patients achieve a sense of well-being, especially in the face of stress, anxiety stemming from life changes, or during moments when individuals seek deeper self-understanding.

Dr. Fabia Pietersen

Clinical Psychologist & Psychotherapist

Fabia Pietersen is a psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience helping clients heal from trauma and addiction.

She is a skilled and compassionate therapist who offers a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches in both Italian and English.

Fabia is a graduate of the University of Pavia, where she earned a Master’s degree in Psychology. She then completed a specialization in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the University of Milan. She is also a certified EMDR therapist and has extensive experience working with clients who have experienced trauma.

Fabia has helped clients who have experienced a variety of traumas, including childhood abuse, sexual assault, and war-related trauma. She has also worked with clients who are struggling with addiction, anxiety, and depression.

Fabia is a dedicated and experienced psychotherapist who is committed to providing her clients with the best possible care. She is a valuable asset to any psychotherapy practice.

Dr. Francesca A. Boccalari

Clinical Psychologist & Psychotherapist

Dr. Francesca Boccalari is a psychotherapist and director of Therapsy, a psychotherapy clinic in Milan, Italy.

She has over 10 years of experience helping patients live more fulfilling lives. Her clinical practice is based on continuous training, which allows her to use innovative and scientifically validated treatment protocols, and a strong focus on the therapist-patient relationship. She believes that trust is essential for therapy to be a successful and healing experience.

Dr. Boccalari graduated with honors in Clinical Psychology from Vita Salute San Raffaele University and specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has studied and trained in Milan, New York, and Singapore. She is also an EMDR therapist and is trained in Schema Therapy. She is currently training in TMI, a new area of expertise.

Dr. Boccalari has three private practices in the Milan area. She is also responsible for the listening desk service at IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) in Italy. She collaborates with Istituto Marangoni as a psychotherapist consultant and is responsible for the counseling desk service. She also works as a psychotherapist for Sacac, the largest psychotherapy clinic based in Singapore.

Dr. Boccalari was among the first psychotherapists to promote therapy in English in Milan. She has worked with expats and foreign students from the very beginning of her clinical practice. This experience has had a profound impact on her understanding of therapy and has led her to create the Therapsy project, with the goal of making quality psychotherapy accessible to all.