It is not an easy task to summarize my personal and professional history in a few lines. Nevertheless, I will try to paint a picture of myself with a handful of brush strokes, so that I can give you at least an idea of who you will meet if you decide to work with me.
The Colognesi Consulting project is very important to me. I am aiming to work in areas I am passionate about, making my professional experience available to patients, clients and colleagues, with the goal of continuing to learn from every person I meet in the course of my career. I am taking a risk too because I am involved in this project in an absolute manner, putting myself completely on the line. I play sport and am an avid reader. I love movies and I admire the worlds of photography and graphic design. I am convinced that if we learn to respect each other and take personal responsibility, we will able to get on better with ourselves and with one another. I deeply value the power of body movement and of personal contact between human beings and with pets.
I do not delude myself to be able to erase losses or traumas, but I think I can help people to discover (again) new ways to cope and live, while respecting individual differences. Professionally I aim not only to ease suffering but also to help people to strive towards personal satisfaction and well-being.
After receiving my professional qualification as a psychologist, I surprised myself and my family by enrolling in a psychotherapy school. Up until that moment I thought that my career would inevitably drift towards communications and organizational psychology but I felt like I was missing something: I wanted to add more professional tools to my quiver, so to speak. Finding the Institute of Constructivist Psychology and Constructivism was as casual as it was (I think) inevitable. At a low conscience level, I immediately understood that this theoretical approach and I were a good fit, and it became my professional and personal compass.
There is a lot on the internet about constructivism, and I will not dwell on explaining it at length here: I will just share some parts that are especially meaningful to me. Under the big umbrella of Constructivism, we can find many areas of scientific interest. In psychology, the “father” is George A. Kelly who, in 1955 with his Psychology of Personal Constructs, gave shape to this theoretical approach based on comprehending the structure and dynamics of how people attribute meanings to themselves and to the world.
While always taking into consideration society and culture, the constructivist approach is especially interested in individual differences. With this theory, we are always searching to understand how people make sense of the world. Therefore, even if constructivism was first theorized in the clinical context of the American Great Depression, it can be easily and effectively applied to many aspects of the human experience: not just clinical psychology and psychotherapy, but also counseling, organizational psychology and communications.
Since I was a little girl I have had the advantage of not having to choose between my love for reading and being involved in sports, between enjoying some idle time or engaging in hard workouts. The passion for sport is in my blood, even if I struggle a lot to identify with the type of sport we watch on TV. Practicing different sports, both for pleasure or for the love of competition, allowed me to get to know myself very deeply, and with effort and time to overcome the classical mind-body dualism. There are so many learning experiences that I made thanks to sports. The most important lesson that I learned is that if you are not afraid to follow your passion, whether it be sports, music, chess, building model ships etc., if you allow yourself the opportunity of doing something you love for the sake of it, you also give yourself the chance to open many more doors than you thought was possible.
Brief sports resumé Karate: third dan black belt, specialty kata, winner of numerous regional titles, national and international competitions. Bronze medalist at the Fijlkam Italian championships in 1997. Silver medalist at 1998 EGKF Team European Championship. Silver medalist at the 1999 EGKF European Championship. Member of the Italian National Fijlkam team in the 1998-1999 season, which was followed by a withdrawal from competition until 2006. Silver medalist at the 2006 WGKF Team World Championship. Several years of amateur practice of swimming, track and field and horse riding.
It is our duty as adults to give young people the opportunity to express themselves in the way most congenial to them, respecting their pace, on their own terms. Whether it is running, dancing or assembling electronic components, we should help them preserve their peculiarities and be aware that they can contribute to the precious variety of the human race.
Even before the LGBTIAQP+ community’s battle for civil rights ascended to the forefront of the news, I have always been professionally intrigued by the constructs of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Although we know scientifically that categorization is necessary for people to make sense of the world and to manage its complexity, the evidence of the human experience leads me to be professionally convinced that a continuous and profound reflection on human sexuality is useful and necessary. Human sexuality is complex and gender is not binary. I consider myself a LGBTIAQP+ friendly therapist, as I offer an affirmative approach.
I am interested and I would be honored to collaborate with individuals, associations and institutions who study the psychology of gender, inform the public about it and are committed to trying to understand and accept the complexity of the constructs of gender identity and sexual orientation.
In the last few years I have been lucky enough to be able to go deeper into the body positive movement: a social justice movement founded by a black, poc, queer and fat people to combat a model of limiting beauty that aims to discriminate and eliminate non-compliant bodies.
Fat acceptance is a consequent aspect to body positivity and has to do with the fundamental importance of guaranteeing space and voice to fat bodies, with the aim of countering the discrimination that people with non-compliant bodies face daily.
This in-depth study led me to discover the antidiet approach and intuitive eating, all fundamental principles for the prevention and facilitation of the remission of eating disorders as well as contributing to the creation of a positive body image, and finally to embrace the HAES® approach (Health At Every Size).
My goal is to try to encourage a cultural change in which we stop focusing on the weight and shapes of our bodies and we begin to dedicate our precious energies to what really makes us happy.