Michela Trainini

Hello and welcome to my page.

The first thing I would say about myself is that I know what it is like to be in transit and deal with change. More than ten years ago, I moved from Italy to England. Nowadays I say I have two homes, but it took some time before moving between the two stopped feeling like the end of the world. Over the years, I have learnt to be more accepting of change, loss and separation, three of the major themes that my clients bring to their sessions. Drawing on my own life experiences, I support them in finding their own way to overcome difficulties and enjoy their lives.

I hold a First-Class Honours Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures (Milan University) and a Diploma of Higher Education in Gestalt Counselling with distinction (Bucks New University). I practice in both English and Italian, and I have a proficient understanding of Russian. I also have the experience of living in a multicultural family (Italian and Arab), and I speak some Spanish, French and German, too. Whatever your background, I can offer the benefits of a culturally sensitive approach to your problems and challenges.

Before my counselling training, I translated and wrote books, taught Italian and Russian as a second language and volunteered in several organisations. After moving to the UK, I started looking after my fast-growing family, too. The diversity of my professional and personal experiences defined who I have become.

I am committed to my on-going professional development and I volunteer for an organisation that offers support to people who experience domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Swimming and practising yoga are part of how I take care of myself. I also regularly attend a therapeutic support group, which promotes an ongoing personal development that underpins my practice. I keep learning about myself and this enables me to promote the same process with my clients.

I am in love with the view of the hills of Franciacorta that I see from the house where I grew up, and go back as often as I can. I enjoy world cinema, reading novels, biographies, essays and poetry, listening to music, writing, spending time with my children. And talking about all the above over a good dinner and a glass of wine with my friends.

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