EMBL Health Services

Counseling and Mental Health

Counseling, mental health, and medical assistance for EMBL staff. Online and face-to-face.

How we can Help

Free Services

  • Online session with a dedicated English-speaking counselor
  • In-person session with the counselor
  • Referral to English-speaking mental health specialists
  • Primary care, lab tests and specialists appointments covered directly by Intermedex GmbH

Who is eligible?

  • EMBL staff members and fellows
  • Life companions and dependent children

The first hour of counseling is free of charge. 

Additional sessions are covered by individual health insurance, either through direct billing or on a pay-and-claim basis.

Who are we?

DoctorsinItaly is an independent  private medical service dedicated to English speaking patients in Italy.

Service is provided on a strictly confidential basis and no medical or personal information will ever be made available to EMBL staff or administration. Aggregate service provision reports may be shared, without mention to any patient or case.

Your dedicated counselor

Laura Porry Pastorel

Laura Porry Pastorel

Dr Laura Porry Pastorel is a licenced Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Transcultural Psychotherapist and Sexologist. She is an expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

She got her MSc with hons in Rome at L.U.M.S.A. and her second MSc at the King’s College of London, one of the most prestigious Colleges in the World. She has more than 10 years of experience in a variety of settings, including the NHS in UK (Triage at the NEFTS of London), private hospitals (Cygnet Blackheath, London), Antico Ospedale San Gallicano in Rome, and DoctorsinItaly.

Her aim is to help people enhance their awareness, learn new ways of coping, and reduce psychological pain. In particular, she is specialized in treating adjustment disorders, migration related issues, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cultural shock, work-related issues, personality disorder, mood disorder and depression, anxiety, grief, anger, relationship issues.

Laura Porry Pastorel

Laura Porry Pastorel

Dr Laura Porry Pastorel is a licenced Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Transcultural Psychotherapist and Sexologist. She is an expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

She got her MSc with hons in Rome at L.U.M.S.A. and her second MSc at the King’s College of London, one of the most prestigious Colleges in the World. She has more than 10 years of experience in a variety of settings, including the NHS in UK (Triage at the NEFTS of London), private hospitals (Cygnet Blackheath, London), Antico Ospedale San Gallicano in Rome, and DoctorsinItaly.

Her aim is to help people enhance their awareness, learn new ways of coping, and reduce psychological pain. In particular, she is specialized in treating adjustment disorders, migration related issues, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cultural shock, work-related issues, personality disorder, mood disorder and depression, anxiety, grief, anger, relationship issues.

Talk to a Nurse

Get advice on your condition, referral to a doctor or specialist, or request medical assistance.
The barriers to self-care are often too high: taking time off work, navigating to an unfamiliar doctor’s office, waiting around…
This service is so easy that you can start taking much better care of your health and wellbeing. 

Talk with our English-speaking Nurse Practitioners free of charge, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Fri.

See a doctor

Easily book an appointment with the English-speaking doctor you need. 
Get help for primary care and urgent medical needs, home visits and office appointments, check-ups, STD screening and blood tests, video consultations and office procedures.
You can see a dermatologist, an orthopedic doctor, an obgyn, a gastroenterologist, an endocrinologist, an ophthalmologist, an ENT specialist, and many more.
If you are covered  by Intermedex GmbH you don’t need to pay, as direct billing is in place. 

Save the number on your phone, in case of need: +39 370 1359 521