Umberto CrisantiCBT, Counselling and Psychotherapy in Canterbury

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Coronavirus containment period update (04/01/2021)

Recent government guidance around the world will no doubt have a huge impact on many people’s mental health.
In these uncertain times, I continue to provide sessions remotely.

If you need to talk to someone urgently, there is support available. Here are some free UK numbers that are available day and night:

Samaritans - 116 123
CALM - 0800 58 58 58
YoungMinds - 0800 018 2138
SANE - 0300 304 7000
No Panic - 0844 967 4848


Talking helps…. Where should we begin?
Could you benefit from a non-judgemental place to think it through?

My name is Umberto and I am an integrative psychotherapist.
Curious about starting therapy? I made a video providing a bit more information about my counselling practice

What is integrative psychotherapy?

Integrative psychotherapy is a combined approach that brings together different elements of specific therapies. I take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Rather, each person needs to be considered as a whole and techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances. After many years of practice (I began in 2004) I still maintain the idea that there are many ways in which human psychology can be explored and understood - no one theory alone holds the answer.

If you're interested in exploring the types of therapies I work with, please take a look at the 'types of therapies' tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

How does integrative therapy work?

I distinguish between treating symptoms and root causes:

For example, a client may present behavioural problems and they may want to start the therapy by working on adjusting behavioural functioning and reducing symptoms. This may involve applying cognitive behavioural techniques to help the client establish some control over their functioning before moving on to the next stage of therapy.

I then encourage clients to take their time to tell their stories, to talk freely, letting their minds and memories wander. When we work on the roots of problems, psychotherapy is a process that can help you better understand yourself, get relief from painful emotional symptoms, and improve your personal relationships.

Why do we need to explore the root of the problem?

Take a common belief like, "I'm not good enough." or common problems such as "my last three boyfriends cheated on me", or " why do I keep falling for the wrong guys?”. CBT would focus on being rational, understanding patterns, changing behaviours and focusing on when that statement isn't true. Root cause therapy focuses on the memories that led to that belief (which now live in the unconscious mind) and unconscious factors or “blind spots” which influence our emotions and behaviours. The goal is to help you understand how these blind spots prevent you from seeing things clearly, leading to painful emotions or repeated unsatisfying or unpleasant experiences.

What's recovery in therapy?

Recovery is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as "The action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost."

I have heard many people saying 'I lost confidence' 'I lost myself' or 'I can't be myself', my view is that recovery is regaining possession of skills or finding ourselves.

To read more about this, explore the 'Research' tab in the navigation bar above, where I describe this process as 'decontamination of the adult'

Quality Standards

I am accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) as a psychotherapist and supervisor, which means that I have achieved the gold standard in the professional practice of CBT. In addition to their mainstream CBT training, I am also trained in a number of “third-wave" CBT models including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

I qualified as a psychologist in 2004 in Italy and I have recently trained in EMDR.
To know more about my training, take a look at the 'About Me' tab and the 'EMDR' tab in the navigation bar above.

What I offer:

I offer therapy to adults with a wide range of emotional, cognitive behavioural and adjustments problems such as anxiety, stress, depression and relationship problems.

- Support for a wide range of psychological and emotional problems.
- An immediate response with no waiting lists or unnecessary paperwork.
- Booster sessions following the completion of therapy.
- Long-term therapy, if you would like to explore some deeply ingrained parts of your personality.

BABCP Supervision

I am a fully accredited BABCP supervisor, as shown on the BABCP website.

This demonstrates that I have treated a significant number of clients from a spectrum of complexity and a variety of problems, under regular supervision.

I have provided guidance to over 50 clinicians on suicide risk screening, assessments and treatments.
Please explore the BABCP tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page to know more about my supervision provision.
My Research

My research focuses on the third wave of CBT and I am devoted to developing a theoretical model which merges Dual-process Theories of Reasoning with TA (Transactional Analysis) and CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy.

I am affiliated with the Integrated Science Association (ISA), and Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN).

Please visit the 'Research' tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page to read extracts of some of my research that has already been published in peer reviewed journals.

E' possibile svolgere le sedute in italiano?

Certo, l'italiano è la mia lingua madre.

Visita la sezione in italiano per maggiori informazioni
Insurance Plans Accepted (where the insurance company can cover or contribute towards the cost of therapy)

- Bupa - Axa - Aviva - Vitality
How can I access therapy in lockdown?

I provide online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Counselling, Psychotherapy via Skype and Zoom.
This means we can connect via secure video link using any computer, smartphone or electronic device.

Need Additional Security?
It’s time we faced it — digital anxiety is real.

In a world riddled with cybersecurity threats, enjoying the internet can be difficult. Staying secure, therefore, can become an anxiety-inducing experience.

If this is the case or for other reasons, we can schedule sessions via IONOS video chat.
There is no extra cost for you, and it is very easy to use.
(You just need to click on the link I will send you and we can be sure that our sessions are totally encrypted.)

Face to face therapy, where can we meet?

My practice is situated in Canterbury on Military Road, which is the ring road going around the city walls.

The property is within easy walking distance of the heart of the city centre, and various council car parks and pay at meter parking bays (Artillery Road, Union Street, Broad Street, New Ruttington Lane). Sainsbury's (Kingsmead Rd, Canterbury CT1 1BW) is a few minutes' walk away and has free parking for 2 hours for customers.

It is on the main bus route for those travelling in from Thanet or Herne bay via Sturry, with a convenient bus stop known as St Thomas Catholic School as the alighting point. The practice is just across the street from this bus stop. Buses travelling from Whitstable or Faversham terminate at the Bus station, which is a ten-minute walk from my practice. Find your next bus www.stagecoachbus.com/plan-a-journey

Canterbury has two train stations, West and East - both with taxi ranks but also in easy walking distance from the practice, with the route from Canterbury East straight around the ring road for about ten minutes, and the route from Canterbury West taking you through the city centre.

By road from the M2, the driver would turn right at Brenley Corner roundabout to Canterbury, reaching London Road roundabout straight across, next roundabout turn right, next roundabout (Wincheap) straight across, next roundabout (Fire station) straight across, final roundabout (St Georges) straight across with a quick left turn into the Queningate Car park which runs below the City wall. Walk out of the car park turning left and the practice is visible after 5 minutes’ walk.

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