Dr Anna Chiara Sicilia
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC - click here to check the register) and accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am also a member of the EMDR association UK and Ireland and the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology. I currently work for the NHS in an adult mental health team, offer private psychological therapy in Brighton and Hove and I am a director of in2gr8mentalhealth Ltd.
I completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Lancaster University and a Master of Science in Early intervention in Psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. I have completed further post-doctoral training in various therapeutic approaches, such as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and I specialise in trauma-informed and trauma-focussed therapy. I adopt an integrative approach in my clinical work, drawing on a range of psychological models, including Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in addition to EMDR.
I primarily offer psychological therapy to adults on a 1:1 basis. I have a specialist interest in trauma-informed and trauma-focused therapy, including EMDR and Trauma-focused CBT.
I am particularly interested in the links between stigma, societal / work-place expectations and lived experience of mental health in psychologists and healthcare professionals.
We all go through difficult times in our lives that can have an impact on our psychological wellbeing and mental health. Asking for support can be a scary process and difficult to navigate. The stigma around mental health in our society can often make us feel ashamed and worried about sharing what is going on for us with people in our lives and/or professionals. Yet, talking with somebody can be an important initial step towards recovery.