Umberto Crisanti CBT, Counselling and Psychotherapy in Canterbury

Therapy and Supervision

About CBT, Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I am an Integrative therapist which means that I combine Humanistic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CFS (Compassion Focused Therapy) and Mindfulness.

I believe that people have an innate strength and resources to effect real change in their lives, and that with guidance, they can be re-enabled to find their way forward through issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, psychosomatic problems and other emotional difficulties. This can also successfully work with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), traumatic experiences, low self-esteem, eating disorders, phobias, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and schizophrenia.
Tell me more about The flowing process of direction and change in therapy

I believe that therapy is:

is an encounter between two equal, sentient beings
is a collaboration between them, in a safe confidential space
can bring about a process of positive change
works effectively with a compassionate, empathic and attentive therapist, who empowers his clients to examine their experiences and re-organise their thoughts.

I think that identities can be discovered layer by layer through self-reflection in therapy and mindfulness, find my video here:
Identity as an onion, and self-isolation.

Clinical Supervision:

I offer clinical supervision to CBT therapists (including trainees) and Counsellors.

I believe that as important as methods may be, the most practical thing we can achieve in any kind of work is insight into what is happening inside us as we do it.


Client testimonials:

"This is helping me to get my head in order, if my head is not in order then I don’t know what I am doing. This is leading me to organise my thoughts, it makes me feel looked after and you are helping me to understand, it is an intellectual discussion in which I discover more about myself and my thoughts. It seems that I am teaching you about me, and you taking a genuine interest in me. I liked it when you asked “can you help me to understand this?” and you waited for me to think through it, instead of jumping to conclusions, unlike what happens when I talk to other people..."

"When I first was referred I didn't want to come, it took a lot of f***ing persuading. After the third session, I realised you were a nice counsellor and a human being. Some of the advice was helpful and I feel more in control and able to put my foot down with X. I have learned that I've got the right to say no and it is okay to ask for help. All the coping mechanisms seem to be working".

"It's great that I can talk and you don't tell me how to solve problems but you give me hints. I felt safe and never judged."

"It's been amazing, it has made so much sense. It's practical but you need to understand what it is about, and then you understand what's going on"

"You are very kind and calm and I felt comfortable with you"

"It was a great safe space to openly talk about how I was feeling and even sometimes when I didn't really know how I was feeling and I went in a bit of a spiral of words, somehow my ramblings made sense to you. I really liked how it was a great way to get an understanding of myself whereas before I thought therapy was a place where the therapist sits there and tells you about yourself. I am happy I was in control of the process of getting those self insights"

"I feel it has really benefitted me and it has given me tools to work with in the future. I have skills and strategies that I can use to prevent me from becoming overwhelmed"

"You have listened to me, and you have not prompted me. This has made me feel comfortable has enabled me to feel better and recover. And this helped me to make me understand how I really feel. And I thank you for that. "

"It's been really helpful. It has stopped my worry and I thought I wouldn't have been able to stop it, but I can now. I learned a lot."

"It's been a pleasure and so helpful to analyse myself and be able to identify where I am going in life. I moved from not knowing what to do to meditation. Meditation helped me to think about Newton's laws and to identify where the chaos is. Thank you very much (laughing with joy)"


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