I am a registered counsellor and psychotherapist (MBACP no. 380319) who trained through The Cairnmillar Institute, one of the world’s pre-eminent centres specialising in the treatment of psychological and emotional problems in the fields of relationships and family issues, troubled children and teenagers, trauma and its aftermath reactions.
I currently run my therapeutic practice in person and on Skype from Holne, Buckfastleigh, South Devon. I am deeply passionate about helping people to effectively cope with various personal, adolescent, relationship and family challenges, such as to name a few:
• Low Self Esteem
• Grief & Loss
• Lack of Assertiveness/ Confidence
• Emotional Dysregulation
• Interpersonal Relationships/ Break-Ups
• Social Anxiety
• Sexual Assault
• PPD (Postpartum Depression)
• Family Conflict
• Anger Management
• Eating Disorders
• School Refusal
My qualifications include a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy from The Cairnmillar Institute (MCounsPsychTh), a Master of Science in Industrial, Organizational and Business Psychology from University College London (MSIOPsych) and a Bachelor Of Arts in Communication from Boston College (BA(Hons)Comm) with a minor in international studies.
I hold certificates in Art & Play Therapy with Children and STORM Skills-based Training on Suicide Risk Management for Secondary Schools.
I have also completed an intensive course in Developmental Psychology through the University of Queensland.
Relationship and Family Counselling & Therapy
Over the past ten years I have focused my efforts on helping clients cope with major emotional crisis and/or ongoing relational problems. These issues are usually rooted in early parental dysfunctional experiences and manifest in the present as maladaptive cognitive & behavioural patterns.
My work can be summarized as supporting those in need of unbiased, unconditional, non-judgemental, stable support during one of life's many unsettling and troublesome periods.
I have worked as part of various Student Wellbeing Teams to implement restorative practices for children and adolescents presenting with a wide range of internalizing (i.e. eating disorders, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem) and externalizing disorders (i.e. aggressive behaviours, drug & alcohol substance abuse). I have also assisted family members in developing skills that would improve the overall functioning of the family system.
Purposeful Life Coaching
I have volunteered at MOE Foundation, an international charity devoted at defeating the conditions that create a poverty mindset in young people by stimulating purposeful spirit through life coaching. Having focused sessions on conflict resolution, interpersonal/nonviolent communication, problem solving and responsibility assumption made me gain a considerable amount of knowledge of the emotional issues confronting young people and their families and the resources available to them.
While living in London, I started my own coaching business helping entrepreneurial clients to identify their personality drivers and blockers through the most accurate psychometric assessments. I also worked closely with Familias & Company, supporting young family business leaders through the fundamental generational change of business ownership, increasing clients’ engagement and wellbeing through the development of greater self-awareness, resilience and stress management. In September 2013, I was awarded the Social Entrepreneurship Award by the UK Trade & Investment.
An Integrative Practice
My practice integrates a wide range of counselling and therapeutic techniques from several evidence based models. My aim is to create specific tailor-made treatments able to bring a deep, sustainable and lasting change to my clients' life. Here is a list of some of the key frameworks I use:
Parental Divorce and Family Triangulation: A Qualitative Study of the Experience of Young Adults*
The Cairnmillar Institute, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
The present study aimed to offer a qualitative perspective on the meaning that this predominant family dynamic had for young people and on the coping strategies they adopted. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was selected as a research method because of its emphasis on mapping subjective meanings and perceptions. Five young adults between the ages of 25 and 29 were recruited and interviewed. The researcher interpreted and catalogued the emerging themes into three superordinate themes and ten sub themes that were linked with one another in a coherent and chronological order. Following the split of the family unit, the participants were unanimous in their experience of emotional pain and confusion, which immediately led them to search for ways to restore the lost balance. Despite their continuous attempts to mediate their parents’ differences and draw them together, they inevitably found themselves stuck in the middle. During the process of reflection, the participants could clearly identify the strategies they used to overcome the challenges of triangulation, ranging from the development of cross-generational alliances, to the suppression of their own needs and feelings, and finally to the assumption of the mediator role. This last peace-keeping strategy had severe side-effects such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Additionally, participants highlighted the current parent-child role reversal they experienced, characterised by disproportionate adult-like responsibilities. This study provides an understanding of young people’s original triangulation coping strategies following parental divorce, that over the years have caused them significant emotional distress. It may incentivize young people, families and psychotherapists to more openly explore difficult emotions and confront negative family communication patterns during a divorce in order to bring about collaborative and lasting change.
*Available upon request
Understanding the Motivations of Female Entrepreneurs **
University College London, Master of Science (MSc) in Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology.
This paper investigated the psychological factors of female entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on personality and motivational factors — addressing a weakness in the existing literature. Through the use of two psychometric measures, the Measure of Entrepreneurial Tendencies and Abilities, and the Motives, Values and Preferences Inventory, female entrepreneurs were strongly motivated by a need for power, commerce, logical decision making, aesthetics and a need for change. Theoretical and practical implications were discussed.
** Published on the Journal of Entrepreneurship & Organization Management, available on here
"Carlotta was an outstanding inclusion to our Wellbeing team. She is a highly professional individual who demonstrates a caring and compassionate nature and a passion for her profession. I was able to witness the high esteem in which she was held by her clients and saw noticeable improvements in all. A testimony to her ability to provide valuable support to students and empower them to work through their personal issues was the referrals they made to their friends. Carlotta's rapport, therapeutic skills and dedication are exceptional."
Director of Student Wellbeing
"Carlotta was warm, personable, professional and keen. She demonstrated initiative, followed through and was always reliable. She became integral to our team and we valued her contributions and expertise. We were indeed fortunate to have had the benefit of her involvement in the school. I have no doubt that the many clients she has in the future will benefit from their contact with her."
"I wish you all the best in life and thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing what you do. "
"Carlotta you truly were a part of my success. I wanted to thank you again because you were one of the people that never gave up, even when I gave up on myself. "
" I want to thank you as you were a big part of me overcoming everything, you gave me strength and somehow made me see that light in the end of the tunnel."
"Carlotta is one of life's strong strategic thinkers and do-ers.
She has initiative, energy and drive in abundance; she is one of life's truly generous people, managing her own business although always with other people's needs in mind."
"Carlotta is a genuine woman whose particular strength is to take feedback and use it as feed-forward; she has a thorough solution focused approach to her work with clients."
Counselling sessions will typically last 55 minutes and cost £90 per visit. These can be carried out in person or through Skype video calls, in my office or at the client's home. Couple and/or family sessions will incur an additional fee of £90 due to the more dense and lengthy nature of the assessment work. The first introductory session will be focused on collecting background information and on identifying the short- and long-term therapeutic goals that will be at the centre of treatment.
Please note that you do not require a Mental Health Care Plan or a doctor's referral to make an appointment with a counsellor.
Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP)
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