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Dr. Sara Forti, PhD, DClinPsy

Psychologist, Neuro-Psychologist, Cognitive-Behavioral and Post-Rationalist Therapist, EMDR therapist lev. II
Expert on Mindfulness in Psychotherapy and Forensic Psychologist

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  • BSc, MSc psychology (Univ. Padova) 

  • PhD Behavioural Neurosciences (Univ. Birmingham - UK)

  • DClinPsy in Cognitive-Behavioural and Post-Rationalist Therapy (Centro Terapia Cognitiva - Como)

  • Quailfication as EMDR Therapist Level I and II (EMDR - Italy)

  • Qualification for using mindfulness in psychotherapy (Iris - Milan)

  • MSc in Forensic Psychology (Catholic Univ. - Milan)

  • Master in Business Administration (Univ. Birmingham - UK)

Chartered Therapist (Albo Psicologi Lombardia) 

Member of EMDR Italia

Former Professor of the school of psychology (Catholic Univ.  Milan)

Practicing in Italian and English in via Elba 10 and piazza VI Febbraio 4

To book an appointment

write to: sara.forti@sipsicologia.it

or call: 320 66 44 107

What brought me here

I have been dedicated to academic research; today I deal exclusively with clinical activity.

 

I obtained a five-year degree in experimental psychology at the University of Padua in 2000, then a research doctorate (PhD) in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Birmingham (UK), where I lived for several years continuing my research activity as a postdoc.

 

I came back to Italy in 2006, as Principal Investigator at the IRCCS Eugenio Medea and I obtained the chair of adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan. 

At the age of thirty-five, I began the four-year DClinPsy in Post-Rationalist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  at the Como Cognitive Therapy Center (completed with honors) and then trained as EMDR therapist and mindfulness expert in psychotherapy.

My therapeutic approach

Coming from years of research, I try to adopt, even in clinical practice, methods and techniques that have proven to be effective and approved by international scientific research. For this reason, attachment theory is the basis of my work and I founded International Psychology Practice as a point of reference for therapists who follow research in this sector.

Also, as I well studied individual differences in our neural networks, I have embraced the post-rationalist cognitive approach as it places the emphasis on those, since our way of perceiving events is inevitably conditioned by what we have already experienced. 

An integration of methods

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy: recognized by the international guidelines as one of the most effective in resolving most psychopathological symptoms;

  • Post-Rationalist Cognitive therapy: updating cognitive behavioral therapy in light of neurophysiological findings on individual variety in the associative neurological networks and the prevalence of emotions and sensations in directing human behaviour.

  • EMDR therapy: validated by international scientific committees and proven as effective in biologically reprogramming the associative neural networks linked to the personal experience in the brain;

  • Ego-state therapy: closely related to EMDR therapy;

  • Some aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): the latest wave of clinical cognitivism which is importing into the therapeutic method some concepts derived from Eastern philosophy, such as self-acceptance, self-compassion and dis-identification from thought, using also elements of Mindfulness practice along the way, when appropriate.

My way of being a therapist

We know ourselves as no one else does, therefore I do not claim the right to interpret the experience of others, rather I can provide the method to be even more aware of one's own dynamics. 

My responsibility is to make sure that this path towards self-awareness takes place in safety and protection, thus allowing the patient to be able to accept both the parts of self that he/she likes together with those that he/she dislikes, and to achieve personal goals in a more functional and less painful way.


Questioning yourself in a psychotherapy journey is not easy, but it can allow you to radically change your attitude towards yourself, your past, present and future, and to achieve results that will last for the rest of your life.

However, all of this is possible only if a good relationship is created between the patient (or client) and the therapist. My paths are stricly individualized, created together with the patient, in a climate of mutual collaboration towards sharedgoals, where there is constant respect both for individual and for cultural differences.

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