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. My practice is grounded in the understanding that adverse experiences can affect us on a psychological, neurological and physical level. Somatic work (which involves the body and its responses) is an important part of my approach and it has helped many of my clients reduce the impact of trauma, overcome anxiety and depression, panic and phobias.

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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