Child Psychotherapist, INNATE Postpartum Care Practitioner & Gentle Birth Yoga Teacher
I studied Psychology (BA, MSc) in Italy before moving to London in 2008. I have always been interested in infant and child development and this led me to train as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (MProf) at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. I have worked in a variety of settings, including a hospital, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), CAMHSs, schools and children centres. Throughout the years I have worked with children and adolescents with a range of presenting difficulties (anxiety, depression, eating difficulties, gender questioning, autism).
I taught at the Tavistock Clinic on two different courses: Perinatal, Child, Adolescent and Family Work: a Psychoanalytic Observational Approach (M7), and Emotional Care of Babies, Children, Young People and Families (EC1).
As a psychotherapist, I work with children, adolescents, young parents and parents. My special interest is in supporting parents navigate the transitions through pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Becoming a parent could be a wonderful journey, but it could also leave you feeling overwhelmed, worried and triggered, especially when the famous village is missing. I create for parents a safe space, where feelings, worries and questions can be shared without judgment.
I also specialise in under-5s work.Sometimes parents are worried about their child’s development, or they may find it difficult to understand their behaviour.
I support parents in making sense of their child’s behaviour, and I help them to understand what their children are trying to communicate. I also offer individual therapy to young children.
Becoming a mother has been a transformative journey, which powerfully re-connected me to the body and its physiology. I believe that maternal health is central to the wellness of the whole family. My passion in supporting women and families postnatally coupled with my interest in the physiology of birth, the postpartum, and of babies, led me to train as an INNATE Postpartum Care Practitioner.
The postpartum requires specific care for the body, mind and soul. Preparing for a nourishing, regenerative postpartum period is a necessity, and not a luxury, for women’s long-term health. There are 5 pillars of postpartum care – which are found throughout the world’s postpartum traditions and are deeply rooted in women’s physiologic and psychological design. I teach the INNATE Postpartum Care: Planning for the fourth trimester course and I offer postpartum support to new families.
I am also a Gentle Birth Yoga Teacher.
In my spare time I enjoy practicing yoga, cooking wholesome meals for my family and learning about the properties of herbs.