Solid alternatives to just cognitive approaches and talk therapies, Core Energetics and BioGestalt are my theoretical models, all of which are holistic and body-oriented approaches within the wider field of humanistic therapies.
My name is Velia, I am a native Italian speaker and I work as an accredited professional counsellor in West London, offering individual sessions to adults, both in English and Italian and leading workshops and process groups.
How Can I help you?
We all have times in our lives when we are struggling to cope with something.
If your are finding yourself stuck or overwhelmed and it is impacting on your ability to enjoy life, or you are looking for an evolutionary path and personal growth, greater self-awareness and a more fulfilling life, I can support you on your journey assisting you holistically through a wide range of matters you may have to deal with, such as:
What is Counseling?
- emotional distress or behavioural issues (e.g. doubts, fears, worries, anger, emotions and feelings you are not comfortable with)
- relationships difficulties (e.g. partner, family, friends, colleagues) or parenting issues
- crisis or coping with change and transitions
- loss and bereavement
- existential and spiritual matters
“Counselling” is an interactive relationship based on trust and collaboration which provides you with a confidential space to be heard and to explore your thoughts and feelings in safety, with the aim of strengthening your capacity for self-determination, finding your personal resources and facilitating their use to deal with existential/emotional distress or relationship issues, achieve personal growth and generally improve quality of life.
I work in the field of promoting well-being, which is not to be confused with other fields: I do not provide medical or psychological diagnoses/cures.
My role as counsellor is to accompany you through the process without judgement, always with the highest regard for your individuality and respect for your emotional, physical, mental and spiritual autonomy.
Core Energetics, and BioGestalt are my theoretical models, holistic and body-oriented approaches within the wider field of humanistic therapies and valuable alternatives to just cognitive approaches and talk therapies.
All the skills I am trained in are brought to the sessions, according to your individual needs.
As a society we often see the body as an object, which needs to be fixed and kept beautiful (sometimes even altered). Or we do not see it at all, identifying ourself with only our mind and thoughts, while in fact it is something we inhabit and which tells its own story.
Our body carries a record of our developmental history and is an important mirror of our individual characters.
In recognising the intimate relationship between our body and our psychological well-being and accessing our innate somatic wisdom, not only may we better understand and treat our concerns, that so often are beyond words and cognition, but also learn how to find a pleasure that is also, like the suffering, a constituent attribute of the human being and that is instead so often forgotten in our daily lives.
Ceasing to believe that we have a body and recognising that we are our body, not only can we learn to observe, recognise, verbalize and listen to what we feel, but also regain our wholeness, the creativity and joy of our own life energy and the pleasure of being alive.
Contact us today for more information.
I had a five-year Core Energetic counselling training and a three-year BioGestalt counselling training in Italy, where I obtained the relevant diplomas in 2014.
From 2014 until 2016 I was a tutor at the Netherlands Institute of Core Energetics (NICE) on one of their four-year training courses for psychotherapists and care professionals who wish to become Core Energetics therapists.
Regarding my professional accreditation, in 2015 I passed the examination of professional evaluation, obtaining the Certificate of Quality and Professional Qualification of Services by AssoCounseling, the largest professional body for counselling in Italy, of which I am an accredited member.
I am now working towards accreditation in UK as well, aiming to join the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).