Adriana is a BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Consultant Clinical Psychologist with extensive training across multiple psychological and psychotherapeutic models, having vast experience working around the world with older adolescents, adults and older adults, individuals, couples and families from all walks of life, with a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic background, presenting mild, moderate or enduring psychological challenges. She has worked in various settings such as hospitals, day centres and private practice. Amongst her past experiences, Adriana has worked as an international consultant clinical psychologist and Director of a leading private psychology practice in Singapore before founding Elephant Therapy & Training.
Her approach is integrative: She customises her treatment according to the unique requirements of her clients drawing from a number of distinct theoretical approaches carefully and purposefully integrated to suit their specific needs, with a strong emphasis on the quality and relevance of the therapeutic relationship, working through the inevitable phenomenology unfolding within the therapeutic setting. Adriana’s approach is rooted in psychodynamic theories and practice (mainly stemming from Jungian, relational and Object Relation theories) and integrates skilfully onto such foundations theories, skills and tools deriving from embodied & somatic psychotherapy, CBT and ‘3rd wave CBT’ frameworks – including Schema Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Based Therapy – attachment based, transpersonal, EMDR, somatosensory and trauma theories. She holds a spiritual vision of life and integrates Western psychology with Eastern philosophies, providing a unique, holistic, pioneering and powerful approach in practice to facilitate wellbeing and true happiness in her clients’ lives.
Being a researcher with a specific focus on the field of femininity and women’s challenges as well as the impact of fashion models’ and celebrities’ media images on women’s and young girl’s identities and sense of self, her main area of specialty is related to low self-esteem, identity lability, body image and body dysmorphic disorder, personality disorders, alexithymia, eating and feeding issues, gender role behaviour, race, relationships dynamics and parenting.
Adriana is also highly experienced with the treatment of depression, anxiety, obsessions, compulsions, personality disorders, trauma & complex trauma, loss, grief and challenging life transitions. Moreover, she loves helping people unleashing their authentic selves, inner strength and resources, exploring their existential questions, facilitating the access to their authentic desire and self to achieve genuine and consistent happiness and fulfilment in life and express who they are in the world to the fullest.
Adriana speaks fluent English, Italian and conversational French.