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Psychology and Psychotherapy in Milano and Bollate
Psychologist, Psychotherapist, EMDR Practitioner
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Therapy is finding a safe place where you can explore, without judgement, the meaning of your experience, process any past trauma and enhance your resources.
One of the fundamental framework that guides my approach on treating clients, is Attachment Theory, developed by British psychologist and psychiatrist John Bowlby.
The core idea is that the way we perceive ourselves and our expectations about the world, are deeply impacted and shaped by the quality of the bond formed with our caregivers during early years.
For example, if primary caretakers are available and responsive to an infant's needs, it will allow the child to develop a core sense of safety: knowing that the attachment figure is reliable and consistent, will create a secure base for the child to then explore the world.
There are 4 different attachment styles that were researched and validated starting from the studies of Mary Ainsworth.
This video explains in a very immediate way, how attachment style can influence developmental paths.
Attachment can be measured by valid and reliable tests, making it a real concept.
Being so substantial and thorough, Attachment Theory gives me a clear direction in my work, especially during client’s history intake.
Both EMDR and Constructivist Cognitive Therapy are based upon attachment theory, giving me the possibility to merge such relevant and meaningful knowledge in a broader but yet coherent outlook on the client.
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Constructivist therapists believe that a successful therapeutic process will occur when client and therapist together find and give meaning to significant experiences.
During sessions, the therapist’s job is to offer a safe space where the client can explore and become more aware of their way of functioning. A deeper understanding of one’s emotional and behavioral patterns and thought processes, will allow the client to let go of dysfunctional believes, learn how to better manage emotions by recognizing them and legitimating them.
Attachment style is the underlying framework for Constructivism. The way a person filters reality and gives meaning to experience, is shaped by an internal sense of coherence set mainly by one’s attachment style. How our caregivers respond to our requests and attend our needs as children, settles the foundations for how we perceive ourselves and our expectations towards the world.
One’s attachment style, will mark developmental pathways, which could be later modified and changed by significant relationships like a friendship during adolescence, an intimate relationship or a psychotherapy process.
EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapeutic technique that follows a specific standardized protocol to help process both severe traumatic events as well as more common, but emotionally stressful, experiences including attachment trauma.
It is a psychotherapeutic treatment discovered in 1989 by American psychologist Francine Shapiro. Originally used to soothe stress caused by traumatic memories, it has been tested through many clinical studies involving psychotherapists, mental health researchers and neurophysiologists.
Today it is considered the elective evidence-based treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), validated by more research and publications than any other therapy in the field of trauma. It is approved, among others, by the American Psychological Association (1998-2002), by the American Psychiatric Association (2004), by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2010) and by the World Health Organization (2002).
The winning aspects of EMDR are its rapidity of intervention, its effectiveness and the possibility to be applied to any age group, including children.
Particularly recommended to cure the consequences of trauma, EMDR has evolved into a sophisticated approach, complex and all-embracing, with its ability to treat a variety of disorders.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
CONSTRUCTIVIST COGNITIVE THERAPY
"EMDR therapy with Giovanna has been incredibly useful in improving my understanding of myself and the traumas I have experienced. I have already seen so many positive changes!
I now find it easier to identify and manage my emotions, I can express myself more clearly which helps improve my personal relationships and I am generally a much calmer and happier person! I would recommend it to anyone."