Hello! I’m a clinical psychologist and researcher in mental health sciences. My main area of interest is personality.

Clinical practice

I have been trained in different therapeutic approaches that I daily use in my clinical practice. I believe that understanding one’s own personality and promoting self-compassion are the first steps in pursuing a life worth living.

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Who I am

I am a clinical psychologist (PsyD, PhD), adjunct professor at the University of Florence and St. John’s University in Rome, and founding president of Tages Onlus, a charity member of Mental Health Europe.

I am also associate editor of Mental Health Science (Wiley), member of the editorial board of BMC Psychology (Springer) and of the advisory board of Oxford University Press book series on Treatment that Works.

I have worked for 15 years in the Italian public healthcare services, while founding and leading Tages Charity.

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I am author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in English and Italian. I’m also the editor of an Italian book series on recent advances in psychotherapy and have served as guest editor of a few special issues.

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A therapy for adolescents with autism and extraordinary skills

Online a paper about a therapy for adolescents with autism and extraordinary skills. The research has been just published by the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy and presents a two cases series. In this study we tested an evolutionarily oriented therapy for those with the so-called savant syndrome, that is the presence of extraordinary skills usually …

Adolescents with schizotypal traits: A cases series

In a cases series with five adolescents we tested a treatment for adolescents with schizotypal traits. The intervention was previously designed and tested with adults, namely Evolutionary Systems Therapy for Schizotypy (ESTS). ESTS is an integrative form of psychotherapy that comprises an evolutionarily based conceptualization with compassion focused and metacognitvely oritented approaches. We recently published …