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EDUCATION

When I have decided to study psychology, the main reason for my choice was a general feeling of attraction and fascination with regard to this discipline. At first, I was more interested in the psychobiological and cognitive aspects characterizing the human being but, after graduating in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Sciences in 2010 at the University of Padova (Italy), I felt the necessity of deepen my knowledge about the clinical aspects of psychology.

With this goal, from 2011 to 2015 I have attended a four-year psychotherapy training at Fondazione Italiana Gestalt in Rome (Italy), where I have learned gestalt therapy theory and practice. 

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EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

My background in cognitive psychology led me to complete a doctorate in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of L'Aquila (Italy, 2011-2014), and to work as a post-doctoral fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Padova (Italy) from 2015 to 2017. In Padova, I also had the opportunity to work as psychologist for the university students' support service. 

From 2017 to 2019, I have worked in the Netherlands, both in Academia, as part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of Leiden University, and as psychologist-psychotherapist in private practice.

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CURRENT POSITION

In May 2020 I have started my practice as psychologist-psychotherapist in Trento (Italy). After many years, the same feeling of fascination, which guided me in the choice of my studies, feeds my therapeutic work, making me curious and genuinely interested in the story of my clients.

I am a member of the Italian professional association for psychology and psychotherapy (Ordine degli Psicologi della Provincia di Trento, n. 01090) and of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT).

ABOUT ME

My name is Sara, I am an Italian psychologist and gestalt psychotherapist, with experience both as a freelancer and in Academia, in Italy and abroad. In May 2020 I have started SPAZIO SOSTARE, I provide psychological support and psychotherapy for adults in Italian and English.

SPAZIO SOSTARE was born with the aim of offering a space and a time in which to take care of oneself. The name "sostare" includes a double meaning: To stop and observe oneself, to learn to know oneself and to develop awareness by discovering and enhancing one's resources and potential. To know how to stay in the relationship, in the creative encounter with oneself and with the other, overcoming what hinders personal fulfillment.

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HOBBIES AND PASSIONS

My favorite art form and means of expression since when I was a child is dancing. I have practiced many different types of dance: ballet, contemporary dance, Lindy hop, Latin American dance, and pizzica salentina. Each one of these disciplines taught me something about me and made me more sensitive about my and others' postures, gestures, and body movements. 

In my work, I try to use this sensitivity in order to favor the therapeutic process. 

I also love to read books, especially theoretical books or biographies. Recently, I have started to get closer to yoga and mindfulness.

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ONGOING TRAININGS

To ensure the best practice quality possible, I am engaged in attending the following trainings and professional activities:

Clinical Supervision: It consists of the therapist meeting regularly with another psychotherapist, with training in the skills of supervision, to discuss casework and other professional issues (every month);

Intervision: It consists of the therapist meeting regularly with other psychotherapists colleagues to discuss casework and other professional issues (every month);

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training (in 2021);

Mindfulness Yoga Training (in 2021-2022);

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Protocol (in 2021);

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Training (in 2021);

Gestalt Play Therapy Training (in 2021).