Whether you are living permanently abroad, on a temporary assignment or just simply on holiday, you or your family might experience some forms of mental health problems, some of which you might not even be aware of. You may be feeling depressed, anxious, or you might need some professional consultation in relation to your relationships.
At Doctors in Italy we offer specialized treatment to adults, couples, families, children and adolescents to overcome and cope better with a range of emotional, psychological and life problems. We can help you with:
- Anxiety, Worry and Panic Attacks
- Intrusive Thoughts and Compulsive Behaviours
- Low mood /Lack of Confidence /Low Self-Esteem
- Relationship Issues and Family problems
- Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Reactions
- Work-Related Issues
- Body Image Concerns/ Eating disorders
- Phobias and Trauma
It doesn’t matter how long you are staying in Rome for, we can help you long term or provide specific short term treatment designed on your needs and situation. If your problems require long term consultation we are able to provide you with a specific assessment and treatment plan in English to take back home to your personal psychologist and continue the therapy with him-her. If you wish to continue with our Clinical Psychologist/Therapist we are able to offer online therapy.
Our Clinical Psychologist and Family Psychotherapist is fully qualified in Italy and the UK and has over 10 years of experience practicing with anglophone clients. Trained in most of the evidence based treatments recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in Italy, UK and Australia. Our psychologist can offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Therapy,Couple Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). You can also seek advice and consultation in regards to parenting as our psychologist is also trained to assess Attachment difficulties in children.
What is Cognitive Behavioural therapy?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (
CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.
It is most commonly used to treat anxiety
, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.
CBT cannot remove your problems, but it can help you deal with them in a more positive way. It is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.
CBT aims to help you crack this cycle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.
Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
What is Acceptance and Commitment therapy?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
(ACT, pronounced as the word ‘act’) gets its name from one of its core messages: to accept what is out of your personal control, while committing to action that will improve your quality of life. The aim of ACT is to help people create a rich, full and meaningful life, while effectively handling the pain and distress that life inevitably brings. ACT does this by:
• Teaching you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively – in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you. These are known as mindfulness skills.
• Helping you clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you, i.e. your values, then use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.
Rather than waiting to win the internal struggle with your own thoughts and feelings before your life can resume, ACT is about living now and living fully – with (not in spite of) your past, with your memories, with your fears, and with your sadness.
What is Family Therapy?
In family therapy,
a therapist (or pair of therapists) meets the whole family. The therapist explores their views and relationships to understand the problems the family is having. It helps family members communicate better with each other.
Sessions are between 45 minutes and an hour-and-a-half long, and usually take place several weeks apart.
Family therapy is useful for any family in which a child, young person or adult (a parent or a grandparent) has a serious problem that’s affecting the rest of the family. Many types of cases are seen by family therapists, including:
What is Couple Therapy?
- child and adolescent behavioural problems
- mental health conditions, illness and disability in the family
- separation, divorce and step-family life
- domestic violence
- drug or alcohol addiction
can help when a relationship is in crisis (after an affair, for example). Both partners talk in confidence to a therapist to explore what has gone wrong in the relationship and how to change things for the better. It can help couples learn more about each other’s needs and communicate better.
Ideally, both partners should attend the weekly hour-long sessions, but they can still help if just one person attends.
What is solution focused Therapy?
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
is a talking therapy. Diagnosis is not important for access to this therapy. If you are seeking change and willing to work outside of sessions to try out new ways of dealing with a problem, this may well be for you.
It is an increasingly well researched and valuable therapeutic approach. Sessions last about one hour.
Therapists will work with individuals, couples or groups. There may be more than one therapist available within the session. This is flexible.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- looks for exceptions (such as when things go better) and looks for solutions to problems in the present. It draws on past experience when service users feel that is necessary and useful.
- focuses on skills, strengths and your own hopes and goals for the present and the future.
- focuses on the changes you want, and believes you have, or can find ways to achieve these changes.
It does not assume you need a specific type of help for a particular problem –individuals can make the changes that are right for them.
The therapist is not the expert on your life. Their expertise is in working with you to find your way to get what you need. It is a “collaborative” therapy.
They are there to listen to your problems, to help understand what hasn’t helped and to acknowledge your struggles to solve those problem]
What is EMDR?
is a relatively new therapy established within the last 20 years or so. It is an extremely effective treatment for people – children as well as adults – who have had traumatic experiences. It is one of the treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), along with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It can also be helpful for a variety of emotional and behaviour problems in adults and children.
How does trauma affect us?
Everyone has traumatic experiences during their life which can lead to a period of increased stress. The effects of this can be felt physically, psychologically, or as a mixture of the two. Most people recover quickly, but some do not. Sometimes the effect of a trauma can stay with us, affecting our lives long after the event. Specialist help may be needed to aid recovery.
The effects of trauma on children
Sometimes the traumas a child experiences are easy to see, such as a death or road traffic accident, but others are not so obvious. Sometimes you know what they are but your child does not. The traumas may have taken place so early in life that your child may not remember them or may have pushed them out of mind or ‘forgotten’ them. Even when children do not remember traumatic experiences, they can sometimes show the effects through their behaviour.
Why can trauma effects last so long?
This seems to have something to do with the way the brain processes information when traumas occur. Understanding how ordinary memories are formed can help us understand how traumatic memories form. Usually, when something happens, your eyes, ears and other senses are the first to respond. This information is then stored as memories. Memories usually have a story-like quality and contain your impressions and interpretations as well as facts about what happened.
When something dangerous happens, your body and brain respond in a different way. Your body recognises the emergency and takes protective action. Its messages to the brain seem to be put into an emergency store, often without going through normal memory processing. These experiences, with the original sounds, thoughts and feelings are recorded in the brain as raw, unprocessed information. Sometimes the brain does not process them in the normal way to form ordinary memories. They are even stored in a different part of the brain.
Traumatic memories seem to become ‘locked’ in the brain in their raw form. When these memories are recalled, they can be very upsetting. Sometimes, they can be triggered apparently out of the blue causing flashbacks, nightmares and outbursts. They can make it very difficult to deal with ordinary stressful situations in the calm and reasonable way we normally would.
How can EMDR help?
EMDR is an approach that seems to ‘unblock’ the brain’s processing so that traumatic memories become ordinary ones. We do not know exactly how this treatment works. It may have something to do with the alternating left-right stimulation of the brain or with REM sleep, in which the eyes often move from side to side on their own. The eye movements may help to process the unconscious material.
What does EMDR involve?
EMDR involves asking the child to think about the upsetting event, after which he or she is asked to look at the therapist’s finger and follow its movements back and forth
for about 15 to 30 seconds. Other types of left-right stimulation, such as hand taps or drumming, might be used if a child finds the eye movements difficult.
After a few seconds of eye movements, or other right-left stimulation, the therapist stops, asks the child to take a deep breath, let go of the image and rest. The therapist then asks the child what comes up next in his or her mind. Typically something shifts and the child reports a new image, thought, feeling or physical sensation. The child is then asked to hold this in mind and follow another set of eye movements, hand taps or sounds.
Sometimes upsetting thoughts and feelings come up and need to be dealt with. The procedure continues, unless the child gives the ‘stop signal’ (see below) until the event no longer seems upsetting for the child.
What to expect from your first session?
The first session is an assessment session, your psychologist/therapist will ask you several questions and will probably take notes. At the end of the session you will be provided with a treatment plan which can include a course of therapy sessions or a referral to other agencies, or if you problems does not require long term treatment you will be given professional advice and consultation which can end on the first session or might require a few follow up sessions to conclude the treatment.