Umberto CrisantiCBT, EMDR, Counselling and Psychotherapy in Canterbury and Online

A Short Biography

I qualified as a psychologist in 2004 in Italy, and then trained for a further 4 years and qualified as a Cognitive Constructivist Psychotherapist. I moved to the UK and trained to become accredited as a BABCP CBT Therapist. I am particularly focused on the third wave of CBT and am very interested in developing a theoretical model which merges Dual-process Theories of Reasoning with Transactional Analysis and Compassion Focused Therapy.

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

I spent 10 years working with an NHS Trust where I offered 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, I provided guidance to over 50 clinicians on suicide risk screening, assessments and treatments. I also collaborate with trauma clinics to treat PTSD and childhood trauma. I'm a BABCP accredited supervisor and enjoy supporting clinicians in their personal and professional development as well are their reflective practice.

I practice mindfulness daily and like to campaign for kindness in the workplace and in society. I am happily married and very lucky be the father of lovely twin girls. I'm a proud geek who enjoys binge reading but can also be frequently found on a football pitch or practising the ancient martial art of Muay Thai.

Professional Qualifications

  • EMDR, Standard EMDR training as defined by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) with some additional protocols included in Part 3. Member of EMDR Association UK.
  • LTC certificate (Long term conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms)
  • Accreditation as Psychotherapist and Supervisor with the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies)
  • EACLIPT membership (European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment)
  • MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) 8-Week Program
  • Qualified High Intensity Therapist in CBT
  • Diploma in Cognitive Constructivist Counselling Psychotherapy
  • MSc in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, University of Palermo

    Areas of Specialism

    Complex trauma/Childhood Trauma/Abuse/PTSD
    Depression
    Anxiety
    Anger problems
    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
    Borderline personality disorder
    Panic/Agoraphobia
    Social anxiety/phobia
    Health anxiety
    Relationship issues
    Low self-esteem
    Life transition difficulties

    Personal Approach

    I am trained in a broad range of therapeutic approaches, my extensive studies have enabled me to create a flexible style of working to meet individual client needs, making use of Integrative Counselling, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CFS (Compassion Focused Therapy) and Mindfulness resources.

    Professional Experience

    I am self-employed and working in GP practices; treating a variety of severe depression and anxiety disorders.
    I am working with agencies where I exclusively treat trauma
    I am conducting Mindfulness groups for NHS

    I am a strong believer in holistic health as an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, I consider the whole person and how we interact with our environment. In treatment I emphasise the connection between rational and irrational thinking, emotions, body, and spirit.


    Some people find it helpful to have mindfulness resources and exercises online to use outside of therapy. Please visit

    Throughout the treatment I will show
    • Empathy in understanding and connecting to your point of point of view
    • Congruence, I will do my best to be genuine 
    • Unconditional positive regard (judgments interfere with my thoughts and yours,
    we will work on being non-judgemental in order to better understand thought processing or emotions).

    I believe that love, understanding, validation are like vitamins for the brain and the body.


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