My name is Velia, I am a native Italian speaker and I was born in Milan, where I lived until 2011, when choosing to radically change my life and move to London after a long career in the banking sector.
I encountered Core Energetics in my personal journey of growth in 2006, and decided to take the related training course in 2009 at the Italian Institute of Core Energetics (personally founded in the 90s by John Pierrakos). I completed the fourth year of training, obtaining the relevant certificate, in 2013 and the fifth year of specialisation, obtaining the relevant diploma, in the following year.
I also completed the third and final year of training at SIBiG (Italian School of BioGestalt®) in 2014. This other BioGestalt counselling course primarily combines the Bioenergetics and Gestalt approaches.
From 2014 until 2016 I was a tutor at the Netherlands Institute of Core Energetics (NICE) on one of their four-year training courses for therapists and care professionals who wish to become Core Energetics practitioners.
I currently hold a Director position in the Italian Core Energetics Alumni Association (AssoCore) which works with the aim, among others, of spreading and promoting the principles, methods, studies and purposes of Core Energetics.
I regularly attend conferences, workshops and further training to keep current and deepen my professional knowledge, while I follow the shamanic Sweet Medicine SunDance Path (SMSD) for my personal and spiritual growth, attending the Red Lodge Longhouse program in Italy.
I have a private practice in West London and work as a counsellor offering individual sessions to adults, both in English and Italian and leading workshops and process groups.
Regarding my professional memberships, in 2015 I passed the examination of professional
evaluation, obtaining the Certificate of Quality and Professional Qualification of Services by AssoCounseling, the largest professional body
for counselling in Italy, of which I am a registered member (Advanced Counsellor level).
I also am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered Member and listed in their Register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, having passed their Certificate of Proficiency assessment in 2018.