My orientation in Counseling is mainly inspired by the Hakomi Method in integration with Primary Attachment Therapy.

When clinically appropriate, my background as a musician and my familiarity with singing, dancing and storytelling allow me to bring an artistic and expressive component into the counseling room. Beauty can become then a foundational part of the healing process, adding sparks of playfulness and creativity to therapy.

The Hakomi Method is a sophisticated, deep and kind approach to body-oriented Counseling.

Its main characteristics:

  • it sees mind and body as a unity. They are equally relevant and both object of study and intervention during Counseling

  • it has a psychodynamic orientation, aiming to unearth unconscious processes and different parts of the Self and their relationship to each other

  • it is experiential. It utilizes little experiments to discover and study the way we organize our own reality

  • it works with what happens in the present moment; the attention to the here and now may at times represent a bridge towards the past

  • it aims to offer reparative experiences in order to support the development of a more updated, integrated and expressed Self

  • it extensively uses Mindfulness, a specific state of consciousness in which our attention is internally oriented and awake. Mindfulness allows to become aware of thoughts, emotions and physical sensations which we don’t usually notice as they happen under the threshold of our awareness

If you want to know more about the Hakomi Method, visit the website of the Hakomi Institute.
For information about training activities in Europe in English, check Hakomi Mallorca.

La Primary Attachment Therapy is a kind of work geared towards bringing up relational modalities that we absorbed very early in life. These “ways-of-being-with-the-other” keep shaping our interpersonal world. They are sometimes at the very core of our sense of dissatisfaction in the encounter with people we love.

Primary Attachment Therapy in a nutshell:

  • it focuses on neurological attachment templates, which are created through our first relational experiences with our caregivers. Those templates, although deeply rooted, are contextual and flexible

  • it takes place in a state of deep attunement between counselor and client – a therapeutic “bubble” made of kindness, empathy and curiosity. In this environment, it is possible to become aware of our automatic relational modalities and to gradually experiment new ways of being in relationship

  • it aims to provide a new interpersonal experience, a secure base that will help mitigate the fragility of the Self and will foster the emergence of updated relational awareness and modalities

  • the relationship between counselor and client is the main focus of the therapeutic work and the tool through which change is promoted

The focus on the body and the use of touch

During our work together your physical experience – sensations, tensions, impulses to movement, gestures – will be one of our main places of exploration and intervention, beside what you already know, believe, and remember about yourself.

Short experiences of physical contact between the counselor and the client may represent a very rich source of information and a great resource under certain circumstances. It must be said that the use of touch, although useful, is optional and largely depends on how at ease you feel about it. In fact, the focus on the body is always possible without necessarily recurring to touch.

Touch may be used only when:

  • you are interested and curious
  • you gave your consent
  • you were previously informed about the way it would happen and its purposes

Watch the video of EABP (European Association for Body Psychotherapy)
if you want to know more about Body-oriented Counseling.

“The body remembers, the bones remember, the joints remember, even the little finger remembers. Memory is lodged in pictures and feelings in the cells themselves. Like a sponge filled with water, anywhere the flesh is pressed, wrung, even touched lightly, a memory may flow out in a stream.”

C.P. Estes