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?

Welcome to my CBT, Psychotherapy & Counselling Practice

Curious about starting therapy? I made a video providing a bit more information about my counselling practice

Quality Standards and what I offer
I am accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP), which means that I have achieved the gold standard in the professional practice of CBT. In addition to their mainstream CBT training, our 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 offer:

- 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.

Insurance Plans Accepted (where the insurance company can cover or contribute towards the cost of therapy)

- Bupa
- 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, smart phone 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, it is a service that I offer to people 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!)

A Short Biography
Umberto Crisanti qualified as a psychologist in 2004 in Italy, he then trained for a further 4 years and qualified as Cognitive Constructivist Psychotherapist. He moved to the UK and trained to become accredited as a BABCP CBT Therapist. Umberto is particularly focused on the third wave of CBT and is devoted to developing a theoretical model which merges Dual-process Theories of Reasoning with Transactional Analysis and Compassion Focused Therapy.

He is a strong believer that emotion is the mother of thinking and that love, understanding, validation and affection are like vitamins for the brain. Umberto feels indebted and grateful to Carl Rogers’ work and those who have collaborated with him and developed his research. Umberto is a self-actualised therapist and an independent researcher.

He is affiliated with an NHS Trust where he offers CBT to adults with a wide range of emotional, cognitive behavioural and adjustments problems such as anxiety, stress, depression and relationship problems. As part of his NHS therapeutic work, Umberto has provided guidance to over 50 clinicians on suicide risk screening, assessments and treatments. He also collaborates with trauma clinics to treat PTSD and childhood trauma. Umberto is also a BABCP accredited supervisor and enjoys supporting clinicians in their personal and professional development as well are their reflective practice.

Umberto practices mindfulness daily and likes to campaign for kindness in the workplace and in society. He is happily married and very lucky be the father of lovely twin girls. He is a proud geek who enjoys binge reading but can also be frequently found on a football pitch or practising the ancient art of Muay Thai.

Why CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychological treatment that is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Evidence (NICE) for the effective treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders.

CBT has been clinically proven to help with a range of conditions including Trauma, Abuse, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Depression; Seasonal Affective Disorder; Generalised Anxiety and Panic Attacks; Agoraphobia; Social Anxiety; Low self-confidence/self-esteem; Body Dysmorphic Disorder/ Poor Self-Image; Obsessional Compulsive Disorder(OCD); Specific Phobias (such as hospital, vomit); Weight problems; Occupational problems; Hypochondriasis (Health Anxiety), Thanatophobia (fear of death), Dermatillomania (Skin-picking), Trichotillomania (Hair pulling).

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 Rutting 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

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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