I am a Italian Psychologist and Psychotherapist working integratively, drawing from psychodynamic and Body-Psychoterapy approaches: Analysis Bioenergetics; Personcentered Psychotherapy; Mindfulness; Strategic Psychoterapy; EMDR, Integrative Sciences; One Session Therapy, Biofeedback and Neurofeedback.
I have worked in the field of counselling and research (Bullying, Cyberbullying) in London and abroad since obtaining my psychology degrees. I have worked for a number of organizations including Adult Mental Health Services, Psychiatric Inpatient Units, Children and Young People Services. My areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, personality disorders, couples work, abuse, anger and post-traumatic stress, trauma, eating disorders and group. I have a degree in psychology, and Master’s degree in clinical psychodiagnostics analysis and a specialization Diploma in Psychotherapy.
I am registered with the with the Sardegna Regional Council of Psychologist (Italy).
I like considering psychotherapy as a virtual place and time were therapist and client can travel together in order to achieve relevant goals. In the first sessions, I try to understand more about that specific person and symptoms background as well as about possible conflicts and family background. I believe this is the best way to set goals together, follow client’s needs, decide what we should address and how during our sessions.
I find it extremely important to check our progresses from time to time in order to evaluate whether we are satisfied with the work we are doing, or if we need some adjustments. This is because psychotherapy is a process, continuously evolving considering clients’ needs, evolution and contingency.
My approach to the treatment of different clinical problems is guided by an integrative method, grounding its roots mainly in a Bioenergetics Analysis approach and third wave of cognitive theory, including, when needed, my knowledge on trauma and attachment.
BA as psychotherapy would then be to analyze the deficit, trauma or unresolved conflict, find some verbal and physical interaction to bring them out and help the patient find a means to heal. Lowen has described in many vignettes how he goes about; in fact he has also developed what is known as “body reading”, whereby he practically can read the character structure of a person by analyzing the body structure and muscular tension pattern.
Bioenergetic Analysis is a form of psychotherapy where two approaches are combined: the verbal and the bodily approach. Both approaches take part in the therapeutic process. – The verbal approach starts from the client’s reports, paying attention not only to the words but also to the emotional nuances and the bodily reactions involved. The focus is then put on the latter kind of communication so that the client becomes clearly aware of it and can better express himself. Verbal interventions and interpretations on the part of the therapist aim at fostering the therapeutic process through an understanding of the current experience of the client in the therapeutic setting and its relation to his past experiences. – The bodily approach first attempts to deepen breathing and to improve body perception and awareness. This can be done choosing from a wide range of exercises in stress positions, in a state of relaxation or in different forms of movement. One aim is to foster the spontaneous emotional expression of the client – or even make it possible again – and lead him to conscious reflection.
I’m also a trained psychologist for Personcentered Psychotherapy, Mindfulness; Strategic Psychotherapy; Bio/Neurofeedback, EMDR (Eye Movements Desensitization and Reprocessing), a psychotherapeutic technique based on dysfunctional processing of emotional and traumatic memories, particularly relevant in post-traumatic stress disorder, but also extremely helpful in many other conditions, Integrative Sciences; One Session Therapy
I love travelling and exploring new countries and cultures. I was born in a seaside town (Cagliari) and therefore I’ve always considered the sea as my natural place, able to give me peace and relaxation. Swimming or roller-skating and Kayaking and Yoga are just a few of my many passions, and I’ve enjoyed sport in its many forms ever since childhood. That said, I never say “No” to a good book
I am a Private English-speaking Psychologist in Cagliari, Italy specialized in psychological therapies for teenagers, adults, couples and groups.
Cagliari, Via Lunigiana, 09100, Cagliari, Italy-wide
Dr. Nicoletta Pinna has been such a blessing in my life. She has kept me grounded in ways that has helped me get out of a situation I thought I was lost in. She not only listens to everything I am going through, she helps give me guidance and direction when I need it most. I will forever be grateful for having been blessed to have Dr. Nicoletta Pinna as my therapist.
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