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Anna Chiara Sicilia

Anna Chiara Sicilia

Relationship Therapist in Hove

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited with the British Psychological Society. I am also a member of the EMDR association UK and Ireland and the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology. I currently work for an NHS adult mental health team in East Sussex and offer private psychological therapy in Brighton and Hove.

​I primarily work with working-age adults on a 1:1 basis. I have a specialist interest in trauma-informed and trauma-focused therapy, including EMDR and Trauma-focused CBT and I am particularly passionate in working with people who identify as LGBTQ+. I am also interested in working with people who have 'unusual experiences' that may of may not meet criteria for a diagnosis of psychosis.

I am particularly interested in the links between stigma, societal and work-place expectations and lived experience of mental health in mental health 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. Get in touch to discuss first steps.

Background & Qualifications

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 have completed a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited training in Supervision and I am in the process of applying for accreditation with the BPS.

My Specialisms

I can offer psychological therapy for a range of difficulties including:

Low mood and depression, Anxiety and stress, Anger, Bereavement and grief, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Specific phobias, Life changes and transitions, Sexuality and gender identity, Feeling generally "stuck", Work-related stress and difficulties in the workplace, Relational difficulties, Physical, emotional and sexual abuse, Trauma reactions, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma.

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 and work-place expectations and lived experience of mental health in mental health professionals and I am passionate in working with people who identify as LGBTQ+.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

I can offer an initial telephone consultation (20 minutes) free of charge to discuss your needs and initial ideas of how we may be able to work together. I have specialist training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and I adopt an integrative approach in my clinical work, drawing on a range of psychological models, including Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The range of services I offer are tailored to best suit your needs and preferences. I can also provide therapy in Italian.

What to expect during the first session

The first appointment is a psychological assessment appointment. It is usually helpful to meet for a longer session (90 minutes) to explore what approach may be best suited and feel comfortable for you and decide on a treatment plan. I will usually start by asking you what has been happening for you, what has led to you thinking about psychological therapy and about some of your early history. I may also ask you to fill in some questionnaires if it is appropriate. This initial appointment will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about how I work. At the end of the session, we can decide together whether psychological therapy will be helpful, what approach may be most beneficial and we will agree on some therapy goals.

The therapy process

The length of therapy varies from person to person. Some people may only require a small number of sessions. Other people need longer term therapy. Here are some ideas of what I may be able to offer:

Up to 4 sessions to develop a psychological formulation to better understand your current difficulties; a psychological formulation is a process of making sense of your current difficulties in the context of your life experiences to understand how these have shaped the way you are as a person. It is collaborative process during which the client and the therapist to generate hypotheses and ideas about areas that could be worked on in therapy.

Short-term therapy - up to 12 sessions

Longer term therapy - 13+ sessions

Therapy can take different forms for each individual. We are all unique and it is important that the therapeutic approach is a good fit for both the client and the therapist as this will facilitate an open and collaborative therapeutic space where positive change can be achieved. We can meek on a weekly basis or less frequently, depending on what works best for you. There may be occasions when it is necessary to meet weekly (e.g. during trauma-focused therapy).

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy In Person £85 per 60 minutes
EMDR In Person £85 per 60 minutes
Relationship Therapy In Person £85 per 60 minutes

Additional Rate Information

Fees Sessions are charged at £85 per 50-minute individual sessions and £125 per 90-minute individual assessment or session (e.g. trauma-focused therapy, EMDR). Fees are payable on or before the day of the session by cash or bank transfer. Please note that fees are subject to regular review. I have a limited number of low cost therapy slots for those on low income / benefits. Please get in touch to discuss this further. Cancellation Policy If you need to cancel or reschedule a session, please get in touch at least 48 hours before the session. Sessions cancelled with at least 48-hours notice will not be charged. Sessions cancelled/rescheduled with less than 48-hours notice and missed sessions will incur 50% of the fee.