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Paolo Assandri
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"My" Psychologies

During my past twenty years of training, it has been my passion to study various different psychotherapeutic and psychological models.

The following are those that most guide my work as a psychologist, psychotherapist and coach:

Psychosynthesis

Psychosynthesis is the reference model for my work. It is a form of psycho-educational and psychotherapeutic intervention, conceived by the Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli.


Psychosynthesis is based on the idea that everyone has the power to manifest their individual potentials.
For this reason, the psychosynthetic psychotherapist invites a progressive awakening and strengthening of the will for harmonious development of the personality. In order to do that, the various dimensions that make up every human being are taken into consideration, such as thoughts, emotions, relationships, the body and the social context in which the individual is immersed.


In addition to this, psychosynthesis also takes into consideration what is defined as the transpersonal dimension. I refer to the existential and spiritual dimension, that which gives meaning to our existence and goes beyond our individual experience.

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT)

The main objective of cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy is to modify the thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that can generate and maintain a specific problem.


Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy originated in the treatment of depression, but is now also widely used for many other disorders (for example anxiety). It is also often used in coaching as it effectively helps clients to improve awareness of their mental processes, to restructure thoughts and outline effective strategies for achieving goals, both professionally and personally.


It is an approach that has the advantage of optimising the number of sessions. However, despite its apparent simplicity, it requires the active participation of the client, who consciously engages in the process of change and in achieving their goals. The therapy works by means of exercises and activities proposed by the psychotherapist or by the coach.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness arises from the Buddhist Vipassana meditation and is a practice that teaches the cultivation of an attitude of concentration and emotional and psychological presence. 



It is based on specific activities whose purpose is to cultivate the habit of awareness in order to achieve a state of mind that is more prone to satisfaction and happiness.


In addition, it has proved particularly useful in the treatment of anxiety, chronic pain and in the management of depression. Moreover, it can easily be integrated into any therapeutic and coaching intervention that I offer.

Solution-focused brief therapy

This is a short-term psychological intervention whose goal is to stimulate the ability to find creative solutions in an intuitive way.


Unlike other therapeutic approaches, it does not focus on the in-depth analysis of a problem and its causes as a contribution to the creation of new solutions. On the contrary, in Solution-focused brief therapy people are invited to focus on a desirable future and on what they already have and are already doing that is useful for creating that future.



Although apparently simple, it is an intervention that requires great commitment on the part of the client and great skills on the part of the therapist who guides the process.

Positive Psychology

Positive psychology favours the constructive, creative and proactive aspects of individuals, thus in opposition to a psychological tradition that focuses on the shortcomings, pathologies and limitations of the human being. Its goal, in fact, is to study that which can increase the individual's perceived sense of well-being and improve the quality of their life.


While not a 'real or proper' psychological movement, positive psychology has sponsored numerous scientific studies that have proven the effectiveness of many of the activities I use to increase the sense of well-being of individuals, couples and groups of people who approach me for help.