Hello, I’m Gian. I am a psychotherapist who has worked in various settings (including NHS Primary Care) and in private practice for the last 15 years. I am interested in helping you understand your struggles and the obstacles that are stopping you from become more of “who you may be”.
My search for a meaningful and purposeful life has led me to Transpersonal psychology, which changed my life forever. I believe the same potential for meaningful change, help and happiness exists in each individual.
I was born and grew up in Italy and since my teenage years I sensed that there was a life that was “bigger than me” and that there was “an invisible thread” that linked each and every person around me. My personal journey of discovery started by exploring both my relationship to my own spirituality (in the wider sense of the term, as a connection to the wider world and humanity) and my relationship with matter through my relationship with food.
During my 20s I made various changes to my diet by experimenting with vegetarianism, veganism, raw food, and I undertook multiple fasts of various lengths. I learned to appreciate the quality of my food while fasting and I appreciated the need for moderation (and physiological rest) while eating. The most curious and interesting aspect of my fasting and experimentations with food wasn’t about the food itself. It was the emotions, thoughts and bodily sensations that these changes brought up for me. I soon realised that any experiment involving food made me face my established habits and my own resistance to change. As a psychotherapist, I have found this to be the case with many of my clients who are trying to change their relationship with food and eating.
Experimenting with change around our eating habits, offers one of the most immediate ways to engage with change and feel empowered especially when we see results happening in front of our very eyes. It can be a real opportunity to free ourselves from using food, for example, to soothe ourselves, or to “fill a gap” left by a lack of psychological and emotional nurture, or caused by stressful situations.
As an integrative Psychotherapist, my approach to therapy involves both raising awareness and engaging with Will. My aim is to help clients empower themselves to effect the change they want for themselves. In this pursuit, I have found that, drawing from various theories and techniques such as Psychosynthesis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Gestalt Therapy effectively helps me adapt my style of working to the needs of my clients. I can undertake therapy both in English and Italian.
As a therapist, I put my clients at the centre of what I do. This means working together towards your goals in a collaborative manner, in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment.
For me, it is essential that you feel like ‘the’ agent of your own process of change, rather than feeling controlled by other factors, such as your eating habits. I want to help you feel, as much as possible, that you are in the driving seat, that you are making your own decisions. This can make a huge difference in terms of your confidence level and engagement with the therapeutic process.
If you are reading this, you might have arrived at a crossroads around your eating; instead of wanting to continue feeling as if your eating habits are controlling you and your life. This is probably the time when you’re really feeling motivated to make a change and want to feel as though you’re taking back control of your life. This is the time that I can put my experience at your service and walk alongside you on your journey towards a greater freedom from old habits.
An initial session will help both of us gather some history of how things have been for you around your relationship to eating (your awareness), and to start exploring your objectives for therapy (your Will). We will look at the things that you would like to keep, change, and leave behind in life. Throughout the therapeutic process, I will support you through a conscious process of change by means of a series of steps or choices that involve the activation of your Will. As you engage with this process, we will examine your growing insights into your struggle with food, and I will support you to find your own ways to overcome obstacles and move beyond this struggle.