Manuela is a psychologist registered with AHPRA (No. PSY0002283248). She qualified in Italy in 2010 after completing a Bachelor Degree in Psychological Science and a Master Degree in Clinical Psychology. Manuela has experience working in a variety of roles across different community and health services in Australia and overseas. In addition to private practice, Manuela also works as a counsellor at a specialist trauma service. She has particular experience working with people affected by multiple, severe and/or chronic psychological, physical and psychosocial concerns, which contributes to her clinical skills in the treatment of complex presentations. Manuela is confident in working with people from different cultural backgrounds and incorporates cultural awareness and sensitivity in her clinical work.
She is particularly interested in supporting people who struggle as a result of distressing life events or traumatic experiences in adulthood or earlier in life, emotional regulation and self-identity concerns. Manuela uses an integrated therapeutic approach that combines solution-focus strategies and more in-depth reflection, with emphasis on the therapeutic relationship with her clients.
Manuela has been in Australia for several years and worked in clinical services and research in Thailand prior to that. She is also fluent in Italian.
Manuela is an empathic, non-judgemental and gentle therapist. She is dedicated to building a warm therapeutic relationship with her clients, which she values as the most important element for positive change. Manuela integrates different therapy models to better meet the unique needs and qualities of each person she works with. She has a holistic view of the person that goes beyond the symptoms presented to understand them in the context of the person’s intrapsychic and interpersonal functioning and effectively support individual strengths and coping strategies.
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