We are independent practitioners, working as affiliates of the Rome Institute, including professional counsellors, trainers, mediators and coaches with extensive experience helping individuals and groups with personal and work-related issues.
We have the skills and experience to put you at ease and work with you to find the solutions you need with care and concern. We specialize in general counselling, personal coaching and trauma healing, as well as workplace mediation, and coaching of managers and other leaders for development and performance. We offer various trainings to improve the work and private lives of individuals and the good functioning of work groups.
Collectively, we have decades of global experience in all regions of the world, bringing an informed multi-cultural perspective, and an understanding of individual, group and organizational needs.
After working in my own psychotherapy practice in Rome for a number of years, I became the first ever Staff Counsellor for the UN World Food Programme (WFP). As an organisation working on the front-lines of emergencies, I built up a unit of Staff Counsellors to cover the psychosocial needs of WFP staff worldwide. In parallel I also set up a global staff support network of 300 WFP staff who worked as peer support volunteers offering emotional support to field staff as a ‘first port of call service’.
This was an enriching and dynamic time in my career as I effectively became a manager of a worldwide counselling network but at the same time continued to support staff individually and in teams.
As my role took root, I found the need to not only provide counselling was required but that the same set of behavioural skills could be used in the design of training sessions in stress related issues and supervisory skills. I soon found myself balancing staff-welfare and organisational development skills delivering, together with my colleagues, workshops in many countries to managers and staff. At the same time I formed a UN staff counsellors’ network in a bid to have a collective group of knowledge, shared experience and support for UN staff welfare support-givers.
I retired from WFP in 2011 and since then have been working with individual clients and as a consultant for UNHCR and WFP, preparing staff psychologically for duty station transfers, helping them work through their field experiences as well as providing training in team dynamics.
Diploma as Psychologist
Psychological Psychotherapist (CBT - Bioenergetic Analysis)
Training as Trauma Counsellor in CISD, EMDR and Brainspotting
How I work
My foremost objective is to honour an individual's personal needs and help empower them to find the right solutions and actions for their well-being and unique path of life. While I accompany clients through their decision making processes, I very much respect their autonomy and offer complete acceptance whatever course they choose to take.
My training workshops are designed to be inter-active with participants exploring the topics in an experimental way to anchor the learning in their systems.
For more than fifteen years I was the Head of the Stress Counseling Unit in the occupational medicine department for the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF). Since 2012, I have had an independent psychology practice in Washington, DC, offering counselling, coaching and trainings.
In my work with the World Bank and IMF, I and my team helped staff, managers and work groups to identify and manage their stresses and their strengths for better balance, good functioning and work effectiveness, both at headquarters in Washington and at country offices worldwide.
Under my leadership, the Unit strengthened and enhanced services to staff and teams at country offices, including counselling support and guidance following critical incidents. I travelled to South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean to provide crisis counseling and consultation, as well as trainings on individual and team stresses.
I also expanded my role in consulting to senior management on responses to crises and during organizational changes, to promote support for individual staff & managers, as well as work teams. My Unit also actively consulted to and gave expert guidance to staff and managers on addressing stress- and health-related performance issues.
Prior to my World Bank position, I had my own private practice of psychotherapy & personnel consulting, worked in a public mental health care center as a head of treatment units, and over the years have supervised many mental health professionals.
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
Training in Executive Coaching
Training and experience in crisis preparedness and post-disaster consulting,
from a psychological perspective.
Post-doctoral certificate in Group Dynamics and Group Psychotherapy
How I work
Depending on my client's needs and goals, I work as a coach, counselor or facilitator, in the interests of the client's well-being, balance, growth and effectiveness.
Whether counseling for work stress and mental health issues, coaching leaders or professionals in transitions, or consulting about organizational changes and crises, my perspective includes an understanding of individual growth & development, the cultural context of the individual and the workplace, and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for people working in groups and organizations.
Clients possess the capacity and strengths to accomplish the improvements, changes and better balance that they want and need. I offer understanding, concern and support to my clients, and work as a partner to help them increase self-awareness, cope successfully, resolve inner conflicts, improve interpersonal effectiveness, reinforce their strengths, and achieve their objectives.
I have over 15 years of experience working as a communications and staff development manager for private and United Nations organisations in Africa and Europe, as well as four years in private practice as a therapist in Switzerland. During my career with the UN,
I worked in parallel as a peer support counsellor providing front line emotional support to staff in the field including Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, Kosovo and in HQ Rome for a variety of stress, anxiety and relationship based difficulties. With a combined therapeutic and communications/HR background, as well as having lived and worked in the field, I have a mix of experience, understanding and expertise to help people deal with diverse challenges they are facing so they can move forward personally and professionally.
MSc Organisational Behaviour: London University, England
Post Grad Diploma in Counselling: Institute of Counselling, Glasgow, Scotland
BA (Hons) Media and Communication: Leeds University, England
How I work
Most of us need somebody to talk to who truly listens and accepts us for who we are, especially when we are going through a difficult time. Using talking therapy, I have been trained to explore feelings in depth and using a variety of techniques, I listen, understand and support clients with the difficult thoughts or feelings they may have. When ready, I work with each person's unique situation to find the possibilities for change so they can discover their own path forward towards happiness again.
With all my clients I aim to bring compassion, warmth and sensitivity to my work, offering a safe and confidential place for people to talk honestly and openly without having to worry about what others may say or think.
For 23 years I worked as a psychologist in private practice interwoven with academic and corporate training in South Africa before joining the WFP counselling team in 2004. Increasing crime and relationship conflicts in South Africa encouraged me to do an advanced diploma in psycho-social trauma support during 2001. The latter stood me in good stead during the ten years I served with WFP from 2004 to 2014.
While working with WFP as a Regional Staff Counsellor, I supported and counselled staff in emergency, conflict and natural-disaster situations in places such as Mozambique, Malawi, Haiti, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt and Sudan. I also mediated for Country Offices experiencing internal conflict issues.
Love for training encouraged me to design and facilitate training modules and workshops with a positive psychology emphasis, encouraging better relationships, reducing stress and increasing performance in the professional and personal lives of staff.
The cultural diversity I experienced throughout my career has had a valuable impact on my knowledge, skills and in my approach to providing support to people as a counselling psychologist and traumatologist.
D.Ed. Psychology of Education, University of South Africa
M.Ed. Career Guidance, University of Pretoria, S.A.
B.Ed. Career Guidance and Remedial Teaching, University of Pretoria, S.A.
B.A. Psychology and Sociology, University of Pretoria, S.A.
Postgraduate Higher Ed Diploma, Teachers qualification, University of Pretoria
Advanced Diploma in Traumatic Stress Counselling and Support (SAITSS) South Africa Institute
for Traumatic Stress Studies
How I work
It is my belief that effective counselling is dependent on the level of trust which could be established between the counsellor and the client.
It is therefore vital for me to create an atmosphere in which the client could relax and feel comfortable to discuss even sensitive personal issues. In the same process close attention is given to the particular needs and requirements of the client. The very wide range of clients we serve make it very important for me to be sensitive and focus very carefully on the unique frame of reference of each clients and guide each individual according to his/her specific situation. The client is permitted to establish the pace and level of guidance and counselling support.
My workshops and training exercises are highly interactive and unique in the sense that the new theory is linked to an actual problem or concern voiced by the participants. It is primarily deductive exercises where the participants solve relevant problems, which we then link to basic theoretical principles. This method encourages the participants to learn as they go with little or no need for post training studies.
For over twenty years, I was a Psychological Counsellor in the Stress Counselling Unit within the Health Services Department of the World Bank Group. I provided individual assessments, and brief counselling sessions on personal and work stress concerns to Staff of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund at headquarter and to country offices.
Additionally, I conducted debriefings and support to individuals and groups following exposure to crises such as natural disasters, accidents and terrorist attacks, as well as briefings to staff assigned to Country Offices.
I currently provide psychotherapy to individuals and couples from diverse cultural backgrounds who experience stress in their personal and professional lives.
M.S.W. (Masters in Social Work) Howard University, Washington D.C.
Certification in Family Therapy, Group Psychotherapy, Substance Abuse.
How I work
I view my meetings with Individuals as conversations whereby, together, we look at situations, and responses that contribute to stress, vulnerability and worry as well as resiliency. Focus is on gaining a better understanding of one's reactions with view to promoting increased strength and a positive sense of self. As my own background is cross-cultural, and having had extensive experience working with individuals from diverse countries, I have a particular interest and very much enjoy working with people from all over the world.
I have been a counselor my entire adult life and have had the great fortune to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds in a multitude of settings. My path took me from women’s clinics in the US and Nicaragua, to the World Food Program in Latin America, to outpatient clinics and an urban high school in Philadelphia, where in addition to counseling, I trained teachers and administrators in LGBTQ support, immigrant rights and suicide prevention.
My experiences in each new position served to strengthen my skills and deepen my understanding of human behavior, especially in regards to the role culture and environment play
in an individual’s and community’s development, relationships and daily lives.
MSc. Counseling, Long Island University, 1985
BA Communication Arts & Sciences, Queens College, NY
Level II Certification Secondary School Counselor, Pennsylvania
How I work
Working with people from such a broad array of backgrounds and ages continuously reinforced my long held belief that if you listen well enough, and respect the knowledge and experiences of the person or persons in front of you, they will come away feeling empowered, with increased clarity about themselves and the issues at hand. My role is to assist in that process. Among other things, this involves transmitting unconditional acceptance of my client, reflecting their strengths and unique abilities, supporting them to be true to themselves, and encouraging self-respect and self love.