ABOUT CLARA

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I am an Italian clinical psychologist with 12 years experience working with expats in France, the Middle East and South East Asia. I have long been interested in different cultures and work environments.

After completing my study in clinical psychology in Italy and in France,  I worked as an advisor and trainer for international non-governmental organisations on mental health, gender, child protection, adoption and psychosocial support projects.

I have lived abroad from my native Italy for over ten years. As a long-term expat I am aware of the struggle to start a new life abroad without a safety network. It requires significant effort and constant mental adjustments to adapt to new social norms and different cultural environments.

In my work I like to take time to understand and discover past and present family relationships through the genogramme so that unconscious patterns become clear and change can be possible. I am specialised in intercultural and cross-cultural dynamics, both for people who come into contact with a new culture and for multicultural couples or families.

I am now based in Vientiane, Laos and I work in an international clinic, as freelancer and also online.

My approach

My goal as a psychologist is to provide a secure space where a person can comfortably share their thoughts, concerns and personal issues. I focus on strengthening people’s existing resources, to help them manage their present and future challenges. I support the person to plan for small achievable objectives that can generate a chain reaction of positive change. I am not here to give advice but to listen and help people make sense of their situation.

I find it useful to analyse a person’s family relationships to discover how we can carry unconscious patterns from our family history and how these can influence our current state of mind.  This awareness helps us to escape recurrent communication and relationship patterns and to introduce more creativity.

I work from a relational perspective and I pay attention to what goes on between you and me as an additional model of how you relate with others.

I think it is important to get in touch with our emotions, to understand them and acknowledge them,  this way we can better understand our actions and our needs, leading us towards wellbeing, satisfaction and restoring meaning in our lives.

More about the approaches I use

Family and Systemic Therapy

Family and Systemic Therapy helps people in a close relationship to help each other.

It enables family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives. Individuals can find Family Therapy helpful, as an opportunity to reflect on important relationships and find ways to move forward.

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitisations and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment originally “designed” by Shapiro in 1989 to alleviate the distress associated with Traumatic memories.

During EMDR therapy the client addresses emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. 

For more information visit : What is EMDR?

Education

 

Work experience

• 2016 - ongoing: EMDR, French Institute of EMDR, Paris

• 2014 - 2016: Systemic Approach and Family Therapy by phase, Carol Gammer, Paris

• 2008 - 2009: International MA Psychological Protection of Children, University of Padua and Bucharest, Italy and Romania

• 1996 - 2002: Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Community Work, University of Padua, Italy
 

2016 - current: Private Practice: Individual and family counselling, Self Development Workshops

2014 - current: Clinical psychologist, Centre Médicale Français, Vientiane, Laos

2005 - 2013: International aid worker in development and emergency setting, Asia & Middle East

2002 - 2003: School psychologist, Toulouse, France

2002: Researcher, Psychological University Department, Padova, Italy