My name is Francesca, I was born in Italy where I grew up.
I had lived in Cyprus and Romania for a while, before settling in Scotland in 2012. My experience of working in the third sector led me to support people from any walk of life, coming from different backgrounds, experiences and geographies. This has included people who struggle with substance and alcohol use problems and mental health issues. Some were displaced, trafficked, homeless or involved in the criminal justice system.
My studies, work and life experiences fuelled in me a strong sense of social justice, which translates into my practice as a counsellor (which you can read more below).
I am also a nature lover and outdoor enthusiast having experienced myself the long-lasting effects of being outside.
I hold a postgraduate diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
I am a Certified Cyber Therapist trained by The Online Therapy Institution.
Prior to training as a counsellor, I undertook a degree in International Relationships and a Master in Peace Studies (Italy).
The approach I use is person-centred. This means that I will safely hold the space for you to talk about your struggles and fears, in whatever form they come and show.
Person-centre also means that I will follow your lead when you show me what aches and I will try to understand you and your experiences from your point of view, by listening empathically and without judgment. This can support you to access your internal resources to better cope with life events.
I work with a variety of therapy issues, including (but not limited to) those in the following list:
change and loss / relationship issues / anxiety / depression / shame and guilt / relationship with food / body image / self-esteem / isolation / cultural issues and identity / overwhelm by own thoughts and feelings / trauma / addiction
Following from my counselling experiences, I also work with people who have auditory, visual and tactile hallucinations, paranoia, people who are involved in the criminal justice system and those who have substances and alcohol use problem.
I considered my approach to be:
feminist: I am interested in what you as an individual brings to therapy, whilst being aware of the impact your environment, power and inequalities might have on your distress. This means that my approach is culturally aware and sensitive to intersectional forms of oppressions.
non-diagnostic: whilst you may have a medical diagnosis of mental illness, I will listen to your individual story of how the diagnosis and issues with your health are affecting you.
trauma-informed: traumatic experiences can have an impact on our life and our ability to cope. In our work together I will make safety paramount whilst respecting you as an individual with the ability and skills to heal.
I offer counselling in English and Italian, and I welcome other languages too. Spanish speakers can enquire regarding the possibility to work with both English and their native language.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am a member of Person-Centred Therapy Scotland.