I was born in Torino, Italy, and grew up in the semi-rural area which surrounds the city. I was definitely not a high achiever at school. However, once completed high school, I started an undergrad degree called 'Società e Culture d'Europa' at the Università degli Studi di Torino. The course mainly focused on Greek and Roman History, Philosophy and Literature. I took few modules of Latin language and literature; one in cultural anthropology, which focused on different family structures; and a two-module on the Italian poet Eugenio Montale.
As a teenager, from my bedroom window I could see the crown of the Alps and the highest peak of the Mon Viso. I knew that France was just around the corner, on the other side of the mountains and I was hitching to go and explore Europe. I was fascinated by the Belgian singer Jacques Brel and his passionate French songs. So I studied French on my own, and eventually won a bursary for an Erasmus programme at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon. During my second year at university, I moved to Dijon and studied Medieval History.
After my time in France, I briefly worked for an Italian charity which supported young people. I actively engaged in youth politics and volunteered at the local city council. I wanted to take my interest for youth politic further, so I moved to Luxembourg to work in this field with an EVS programme. I was interested in promoting social inclusion for disadvantaged youth. In Luxembourg I learned about organising projects.
I moved to the UK in 2011 and lived there since. After working as a waiter for a year, I started training in counselling and psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute. I initially volunteered in different places across London: Bereft, Place2Be and Mind. I then relocated to Bristol where I worked for four years at the University of Bristol Student Counselling Service and at Second Step. In Bristol I also started to see clients privately for long-term psychotherapy. At the Metanoia Institute I completed different programmes: a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling; a BSc (Hons) in Reflective Therapeutic Practice and an MSc (Hons) in Humanistic Psychotherapy. This training also brought me to have a placement in a psychiatric hospital, where I was given the chance to see more complex presentations. Humanistic psychotherapy is the main module I trained in and I'm passionate about. The whole training took me 6 years to complete, and gave me a lot of challenges, but also a lot of self-discovery.
In Bristol I cultivated my passions for gardening and followed a short RHS training at the Botanic Garden. I started to look after my allotment: I enjoy putting my wellies on, get all muddy and grow my own vegetables. Right before I started my training at the Metanoia, I took some time off work and went volunteering in a farm in Aberdeenshire. There on the windy East coast of Scotland, I learned a lot about farming animals and harvesting large crops.
I also have a big passion for yoga. Though I tried different types, I mainly practice classic Iyengar.
I am now working in East London and commuting back to Bristol for the weekends. I work at Step Forward, a small charity that provides therapy to children and young people in Tower Hamlets. My role here is mainly to provide one-to-one sessions, though I also work with groups. I tend to work with complex clients on long-term interventions.
2016 – 2019 MSc (Hons) Humanistic Psychotherapy – Middlesex University, London
2016 – 2019 Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapy (UKCP Accredited) – Metanoia Institute, London
2013 – 2016 BSc (Hons) Reflective Therapeutic Practice – Middlesex University, London
2013 – 2016 Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (BACP Accredited) – Metanoia Institute, London
2006 – 2010 Laurea Triennale: 'Società e Culture d'Europa'– University of Torino, Italy
2008 – 2009 Erasmus Academic Year (History with French) – University of Burgundy, France
Main CPDs and Short courses
Sep-Dec 2019 Portuguese language course - University of Westminster, London
Dec 2019 'Responding to Child and Adolescent Neglect' - London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Dec 2019 'Impact of the Trio of Vulnerabilities' - London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Sep-Dec 2019 'Multi-Agency Working for Child Protection and Safeguarding' - London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Sep 2019 'Working Effectively with Gender Non-Conforming Young People' - Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Sep-Dec 2019 'Principle and Practice of Horticulture' (RHS Level 2) - University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Apr 2018 'Certificate Foundation in Solution-Focused Therapy' - Brief, London.