About Francesca – Hi! My name is Francesca, and I was born and raised in Italy, but I consider myself a citizen of the world with a fascination for other cultures. I obtained a MSc in Psychology at the University of Bologna, followed by a PhD in Neuroscience. This gave me the opportunity to work in several countries as an academic researcher before landing in Switzerland 10 years ago. Here I started a family with my American husband, and I am now a mother of two.
Motherhood was a pivotal moment for me which forced me out of my comfort zone and made me reassess my priorities in life. I had a sort of epiphany realizing that hard core science cannot always explain everything. And that there is a quid, which unfortunately in our society is usually overlooked, that is fundamental for our wellbeing that is being aware and at peace with our needs, feelings and emotions. With a newly discovered passion for clinical psychology, I went back to study and turned my career around to offer counseling service and help people deal with change and challenging situations in their lives.
With my 15 years of research experience in academic environments I have a science-based approach to mental health and with a strong belief that each individual is unique and requires personalized care. I, therefore, work goal-oriented following a client-centered approach with the aim of empowering people through self-discovery, psychological education and tailored practical tools. This in order to foster confidence, independency and resilience.
My education background mirrors my personality very closely. I am logical, analytical and pragmatic but also highly sensitive, empathetic and perceptive. I have a passion for learning which plays an important role in keeping my knowledge current and up to date. Moreover, a natural curiosity in human nature that helps me connect with the people that choose to work with me without any prejudice or judgment.
I love everything artsy and creative, nature, good food, travel, challenges but I am also very fond of the underrated Italian concept of ‘dolce far niente’ (pleasant idleness).