Italy

A listing of therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists in Italy interested in providing culturally sensitive cross-cultural care for today’s international expat community.

Aosta

Dr. Elena De Franceschi  Licensed Clinical  Psychologist – Charter of Psychologists VdA 02/152
Location: Aosta, Aosta Valley, Italy and worldwide by coaching online using Thera–Link
Phone: +39 347 5231472
Email: e.defranceschi@psicoaosta.com – info@psicoaosta.com
Website: www.psicoaosta.com
Nationality: Italian
Languages Spoken: Italian, French, English
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: I focus on Anxiety and Stress Management, Relationships and Goal Attainment. I’m a licensed Psychologist registered in Italy (Charter of Psychologists Aosta Valley n°02/152) and my qualifications are recognised by the Federal Office of Public Health of the Swiss Confederation
Cross-Cultural Experience: I did some international studies abroad and I was living and working overseas at different stages of my life (Canada, Australia, New Zealand). I dedicated part of my career studying emotions in a cross-cultural perspective and how this can influence personal life and work environment.

Bologna

Lucia Tecuta, PhD
Location: Bologna, Italy (& Online)
Phone: 3500665805
Email: bolognapsychologist@gmail.com
Website: www.linkedin.com/in/luciatecuta
Nationality: USA, Italian
Languages Spoken: English, Italian
Religious Affiliation: Agnostic
Clinical Specialties: I am an American licensed clinical psychologist, registered with the Charter of Psychologists Emilia-Romagna region (number 8130-Section A). I’m internationally trained, having obtained a BA from The City College of New York and an MA from Columbia University in the City of New York and subsequently a PhD from the University of Bologna, Italy with additional certifications in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).  My strengths reside in both my cross-cultural work experiences and upbringing as well as in my clinical research background.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I am what is called a “third culture kid”, raised in an international home with European parents, who were transferred to the United States when I was in primary school. I grew up on the East coast and spent 20 years of my life in the States. During that time I gained experience in numerous research hospitals and centers including Columbia Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Mount Sinai Medical Center, all in New York City, my second home.

Niamh Warde, Clinical and Community Psychologist registered with the Order of Psychologists Emilia-Romagna, no. 7823a, and Counsellor registered with REICO, no. 464.
Location: Bologna, Italy
Phone: +39-320-3152481
Email: niamhw@inwind.it
Website: www.aspicbologna.it
Nationality: Irish
Languages Spoken: Native English speaker, fluent in Italian and German.
Religious Affiliation: No affiliation. My interest in the therapeutic setting is in accepting and understanding the significance of faith and spirituality in the life of each individual client.
Clinical Specialties: I am a certified clinical and community psychologist with additional diplomas in person-centred/Gestalt counselling and the treatment of food-related disorders. I provide psychological support and counselling for adolescents, adults, and couples dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and low mood, low self-esteem, problems with school and work, relationship difficiiculties, food-related problems, bereavements and other life-changing events. The person-centred approach is based on full acceptance of, and warm regard for human diversity, and on the belief that every individiual possesses the resources for identifying and applying personalised solutions to difficult life situations.
Cross-Cultural Experience: Born and raised in Ireland, I worked and studied in Germany for 13 years and have lived in Italy since 1998. I have counselled numerous expatriates and visiting students. Having also worked as a translator for many years, I am very sensitive to both subtle and significant cross-cultural differences.

Brescia

Dr. Ernesta Zanotti, CBT Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Location: Brescia, Italy
Phone: +39 348 7732 715
Email: ernesta.zanotti@psicologi.brescia.it
Website: www.psicoterapista.it
Nationality: Italian
Languages Spoken: Spanish, Italian, English
Religious Affiliation: I am not religious (after a Catholic childhood) but I always seek to value and understand the part played by faith, no matter what religion, in forming people’s identity.
Clinical Specialties: I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with many years of experience working with adults and couples, helping them overcome a range of emotional and psychological difficulties. I have specialist training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy completing a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT in Verona. This has equipped me with specialist knowledge in treating a range of difficulties.: relationship difficulties, sleeping problems, weight issues, and a range of anxiety disorders (Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, Specific Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Hoarding, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), depression and low mood, stress and anxiety, low self-esteem and confidence. I currently work as a CBT Therapist in Brescia, Italy. For more detail see www.psicoterapista.it.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I lived and worked in Spain and Mexico. I have experience working with different cultures and working with interpreters, and offer culturally sensitive assessments and treatments.

Milan

Dr. Roberto BIELLA-BATTISTA, Trans-Cultural Psychologist and Psychotherapist, registered with the Charter of Psychologists in Belgium (www.compsy.be); registered with the Charter of Psychologists in Italy (www.ordinepsicologi.piemonte.it, 5199)
Location: Brussels, Belgium; Milan (Porta Romana area) and Saluzzo (CN), Italy
Phone: +32(0)470230897 (Belgium); +393356406014 (Italy)
Email: rbb@ascoltoecura.it
Website: www.ascoltoecura.it
Nationality: Italian
Languages Spoken: Italian, English, French
Religious Affiliation: Open to All Religious/Spiritual Orientations
Clinical Specialties: Psychotraumatology, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorder. Psychodynamic approach and EMDR technique.  Only Adults. Skype sessions available.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I work both in Belgium and Italy, running two private practices in Brussels and Milan for Italian-English-French speaking expats. As a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist and an expatriate, I can understand the problems and the emotional complexities that people may encounter within relationships, family dynamics, expatriation, repatriation and the empty nest stage of life. In Milan, I teach Transcultural Psychology at IES Abroad (www.iesabroad.org) to American University Students.

Alessandro Cavelzani, PhD.
Psychoanalyst and Child Therapist, trained at Child Unit-University of Massachusetts (Boston) and at Columbia Medical School (New York) on infant-parents interaction and early diagnosis of attachment disorders from 4-months age. Visiting professor in Austria, France, Switzerland. Member of IARPP Int. Ass. Relational Psychoanalysis.
Location: Milan, Italy
Phone: 0039-333-25.64.109
Email: alessandro.cavelzani@gmail.com
Website: www.linkedin.com/in/alessandro-cavelzani-ph-d-psicoanalista-00692840/?locale=en_US
Nationality: Italian
Languages Spoken: English, Italian
Religious Affiliation: Catholic and Buddhist
Clinical Specialties: 10 years experience as English-speaking psychoanalyst for anxiety, panic attacks, job-stress, cultural adjustment, children relational and affective disorders at school, pregnancy and new parenthood affective issues.
Based on the training in USA, I use also video-feedback of child-parent interaction from 4-months old to 10 years old, against postpartum depression and affective and behavioural disorders.
Cross-Cultural Experience: 10 years experience as Visiting professor in different Countries: Donau University (Austria), Grenoble Business School (France), Liverpool University (UK), Beihang University (China), HTW and Ritz Universities (Switzerland). Experience with Asian, European, and American expatriates patients.

Dr. Sonia E. de Cristofaro – Psychotherapist ad IPA member Psychoanalyst
Location: Milan, Italy
Phone: +39 349 8695325
Email: soniadecristofaro@gmail.com
Website: www.studiobandello.it
Nationality: Italy/USA
Languages Spoken: English- Italian- French
Religious Affiliation: lay
Clinical Specialties: Adult and Adolescent psychotherapy, Eating disorders, Sexual disorders, Gender and Identity, Mood disorders, clinical supervision, school psychology.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I have been practicing as a psychotherapist in Milan for 18 years in both private practice and public hospital. As a native English speaker with a multicultural background and education I have studied and worked in different countries and developed much of my work with the expat population in Milan and in the international school. I have also taught in various international contexts from American Universities abroad to specialization schools in psychotherapy in Italy.

Dr Vanessa Hondius – Psychologist Gestalt Psychotherapist
Registrated to the Italian Professional Order of Psychologists n°03/9488, 4 year training in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Master degree in School of Career Advising and Counseling.
Location: Parma & Milan, Italy. Worldwide via Skype
Phone: +39 3280076374
Email: vanessa.hondius@sememe.it
Website: www.sememe.it
Nationality: Dutch
Languages Spoken: English, Italian
Religious Affiliation: agnostic
Clinical Specialties: I deal with stress, anxiety, depression, relational issues, cultural adjustment, identity and self-esteem issues, occupational issues, mood disorders, couple crises, emotional disorders, pregnancy and parenthood.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I myself am a third cultural kid, being half Dutch, half Maltese, born in Zimbabwe and having spent the first years of my life in different countries. I have worked and volunteered in England, Denmark, South Korea, Italy and in my private practice I normally deal with English speaking patients.

Dr. Lorenzo Magri, Psychologist, Psychotherapist (Psicologo Psicoterapeuta)
Location:
Milan, Italy (Milano, Italia)
Phone: +39 02 78623104
Email: dottormagri@gmail.com
Website: www.lorenzomagri.it
Nationality: Italian
Languages Spoken: English, Italian
Religious Affiliation: Catholic, Buddhist
Clinical Specialties: I had a classical academic training in Psychology and I started my career with psychodiagnostics and rehabilitation in several Psychiatric wards (Maggiore Policlinico and San Raffaele Hospitals in Milano) where I learned a rigorous descriptive psychopathological approach and I published 10 PubMed index scientific original articles and reviews. Then, I completed a four-year Psychotherapy training mainly based on cognitive behavioural and constructivist approaches. I usually treat anxiety, panic attacks, depression, sleep, personality and eat disorders. More recently I’m particularly involved in the healing of trauma and dissociative disorders, also with EMDR (Shapiro) and sensorymotor approaches (Pat Ogden).
Cross-Cultural Experience: I work in many cross and trans cultural settings with people mainly from the North of Africa, Eastern Europe and from the South of America. I also had to face complex PTSD (e.g., in case of political persecution).

Padova

Dr. Lucia Andreatta, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist.
Registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Italian Order of Psychologists and Psychotherapists.
Location: Padova, Italy; and worldwide via Skype
Phone: +39 349 6166227; +44 (0) 7721 729 440
Email: info@lucia-andreatta.com
Website: www.lucia-andreatta.com
Nationality: Italian and British
Languages Spoken: Italian and English
Religious Affiliation: None. People from all faiths are welcome.
Clinical Specialties: I am a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist with many years experience working in the public, private and charity sector. I offer psychological assessment and therapy to adults experiencing anxiety, depression, health problems, loss and bereavement, relationship problems, low self-esteem, stress and work-related issues, relocation and adjustment difficulties. I am Co-Teacher at the Institute of Constructivist Psychology in Padova (Italy) and member of the Editorial Board of Rivista Italiana di Costruttivismo. For any further information, please visit my website.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I lived and worked in the UK for many years. I have experience working with expatriates, international students and people from different cultural backgrounds. I offer culturally sensitive assessment and therapy to Italian and English speaking clients.

Parma

Dr Vanessa Hondius – Psychologist Gestalt Psychotherapist
Registrated to the Italian Professional Order of Psychologists n°03/9488, 4 year training in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Master degree in School of Career Advising and Counseling.
Location: Parma & Milan, Italy. Worldwide via Skype
Phone: +39 3280076374
Email: vanessa.hondius@sememe.it
Website: www.sememe.it
Nationality: Dutch
Languages Spoken: English, Italian
Religious Affiliation: agnostic
Clinical Specialties: I deal with stress, anxiety, depression, relational issues, cultural adjustment, identity and self-esteem issues, occupational issues, mood disorders, couple crises, emotional disorders, pregnancy and parenthood.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I myself am a third cultural kid, being half Dutch, half Maltese, born in Zimbabwe and having spent the first years of my life in different countries. I have worked and volunteered in England, Denmark, South Korea, Italy and in my private practice I normally deal with English speaking patients.

Rome

Dr. Giovanni La Veglia, clinical Psychologist, licensed Psychotherapist, reg. I.C.F. Coach
Location:
Rome, Italy. Facility located near Trastevere. Also available worldwide by Skype.
Phone: +39 348 8573123
Email:
glaveglia@tiscali.it
Website: www.dr-giovanni-la-veglia-therapist-rome-italy.business.site
Nationality: Italian
Languages Spoken: English, German, Spanish, Italian.
Religious Affiliation: open and accepting of all religious/spiritual traditions
Clinical Specialties: Adolescents and adults seeking counseling for stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and/or mood disorders. Expertise in addressing life transitions, adjustment issues, anger, self-esteem, relational breakdowns, and addictions. Psychotherapy teaches you how to replace negative and unproductive thought patterns with more present and beneficial ones. Treatment focuses on exploring your thoughts, emotions, and interpersonal relationships to help you gain greater clarity and self-awareness. Treatment will be tailored to your individual needs, enabling you to care for your symptoms and improve your wellbeing.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I have lived abroad in the U.S.A. (North Carolina, Indiana, Illinois) and Europe (Germany, Spain) at different life stages: as a foreign exchange student and as an expatriate for work reasons. These experiences have enriched both my cross- cultural background and my understanding of the difficulties adjusting to a new environment may bring. I currently work with foreign students and international workers who require individual support in Rome (some on a short-term basis).

Dr. Erika Gsell
Registered Psychologist and Psychotherapist in private practice since 1994
Location:  Roma-Trastevere, Italy and worldwide via skype (e.gsell)
Phone:  06/588.52.15 (with answering machine) or +39/333.49.32.295
Email: erikagsell@gmail.com
Website:  I have no website but additional information on my clinical and theoretical work can be found on the Internet.
Nationality: Swiss
Languages Spoken: I speak English, French, German, and Italian fluently, am proficient in Spanish, and am now acquiring Arabic.
Religious Affiliation: Agnostic but very much interested in all religions and spirituality
Clinical Specialties: Jungian Analytical Psychology, Psychosomatics, Prenatal Psychology. As an individual psychotherapist I work one-on-one with patients and treat anxiety, mood, adjustment, stress and somatic symptom disorders; but I also deal with identity and self-esteem, personal and professional problems and last but not least with personal growth and self-knowledge (Jung’s Path of Individuation). My therapeutic approach is primarily psychoanalitical but, according to the needs of the person, I also draw on other psychological approaches and intervention techniques such as mindfulness. I might also ask the patient to tackle certain tasks designed to help develop, cultivate and reinforce more effective coping skills, even assigning  ‘homework’. And too, I encourage the reading of selected books and materials on topics treated in therapy.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I myself have a multi-cultural background, being half Swiss and half Italian and having lived and worked in different coutries (Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain and Africa). For over twenty years I have been accepting referrals from the United Nations’ agencies headquartered in Rome.

Dr. Daniele Lami, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst
Location: Rome, Italy
Phone: +393285953376
Email: danielelami@libero.it
Website: www.psicologo-romanord.it/en
Nationality: Italian
Languages Spoken: English, Italian
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: I work as a psychotherapist, my areas of interest are Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Identity Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relational Difficulties, Glbt issues, Internet and Social Media Addiction, Parenting Difficulties. I work with adolescents, adults, couples.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I have experience in working with refugees, and with people from different cultures. in my private practice I’ve treated several english speaking patients. I have many U.S. family friends so I learnt english when I was a kid. I’m very curios about foreign cultures and I have travelled to many countries, trying to know their cultures (Europe, Brazil, U.S.A., Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan). In my work as a School Psychologist I’ve worked with many TCK, trying to integrate their experience with the one coming from their parents and peer group.

Laura Porry Pastorel
Location: Roma, Italy
Phone: 066622198, 3339999081
Email: lauraporry@libero.it | l.porry@studioporry.com
Website: www.studioporry.com
Nationality: Italian
Languages Spoken: italian, english, and french
Religious Affiliation: no affiliation
Clinical Specialties: clinical psychologist, cross cultural psychotherapist
Cross-Cultural Experience: Born and raised in Italy, then I moved to the UK (London) where I lived for 5 years, working as clinical psychologist (HCPC recognazed) and psychotherapist and studiyng  at the King s College where I graduated as Forensic Mental Health. I have counselled numerous expatriates and visiting students. Having also worked as a professor in the University of Milan with american students. I am very sensitive to both subtle and significant cross-cultural differences.

Varese

Dr. Chiara Castelli, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Psicologa Italiana
Registrated to the Italian Professional Order of Psychologist, Master Degree of Group Psychodynamic, PhD of Psychotherapy, IAGP Member
Location: Shanghai, China; Varese, Italy; and Worldwide via Skype
Phone: +86 13918260417 (China); +39 3471402656 (Italy); dr.chiaracastelli (skype)
Email: dr.chiaracastelli@gmail.com
Website:
Nationality: Italian
Languages Spoken: Italian, English
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: Marriage crisis, anxiety, panic, depression, lack of self-esteem, interpersonal problems, eating disorders, sexual abuse, occupational troubles, life transitions, addictions, feelings of emptiness, personality and mood disorders, emotional difficulties related to the experience of living abroad.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I’m Italian but I’m living in China, where I provide support for people with intercultural adjustment difficulties related to the experience of living abroad.

Countrywide

Susan Dellanzo (Global Therapist, Speaker & Author)
Location: Milan, Rome, Florence, Olbia, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy; and Worldwide
Phone: +44 7581 538049
Email: susan@susandellanzo.com
Website: www.susandellanzo.com
Nationality: British & Canadian
Languages Spoken: English, Italian, French, (some German)
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: Emotional wellbeing; Human Behaviour; Relationship challenges, family dynamics, health and wellbeing, debt and financial challenges, loss/grief and death; resolving stress and conflict resolution
Cross-Cultural Experience: Born & raised in the UK, have lived in various countries worldwide working with a portfolio of GLOBAL clients. With extensive experience and having gone through numerous life changing situations myself I work with clients one-on-one, in private and/or corporate workshops, online via Skype.

Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.
Location: Italy (and worldwide: travels to client countries)*
* Grey Matters International is a “one stop shop” global psychological consulting firm that leverages powerful neuroscience technologies and methods for ex-pats and their families. We work in a ‘we come to you’ fashion and can help all your personal,relationship and family/children mental health needs quickly and effectively.
Phone: 1-877-606-6161  (if calling from outside USA: 1-918-949-1972)
Email: info@greymattersintl.com
Website: www.greymattersintl.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation: Open to All Religious/Spiritual Orientations
Clinical Specialties: Mood disorders, stress/burnout, relationship conflict, addiction, OCD, ADD/ADHD, brain injury, trauma, sleep concerns, high performance and career counseling
Cross-Cultural Experience: Worked with clients on 5 continents on their private mental health needs and have advised many multi-cultural “professionals, executives, leaders” on their culture change needs affecting many employees and their unique values

Ela Perra (Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Certified Transactional Analyst)
Registered to the Italian Professional Order of Psychologist, Certified SIAT and EATA
Location: Vienna, Milan, Rome, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, USA; and Worldwide via Skype
Phone: +39 333 3702154
Email: becomeyou@mail.com
Website: www.become-you.wixsite.com/become-you
Nationality: Italian and American
Languages Spoken: English, Italian, (some Portuguese, French and Spanish)
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: Emotional wellbeing; Anxiety; Depression; Relationship challenges, family dynamics, Couples therapy, loss/grief and death; baby blues, resolving stress and conflict resolution; Effective Communication, Expat life challenges; Personal and professional development.
Cross-Cultural Experience: Born & raised in Italy, have lived in various countries worldwide working with international clients. With extensive experience and having gone through numerous life changing situations myself I work with clients one-on-one, in private and/or corporate workshops, online via Skype.