DR. ADRIANA GIOTTA, PhD

Consultant Clinical Psychologist (UK HCPC registered), Associate Fellow & Chartered Member (BPS), Certified Schema Therapist (ISST)

Languages spoken: English, Italian and French

Fee: S$450 per session

Adriana's blog articles: Understanding feelingsTackling procrastination, Support those with depression

Adriana is the founder and Clinical Director at Elephant Therapy and Training and Role Modelling. She is a BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Consultant Clinical Psychologist, in-depth executive coach, peak performance consultant and a psychotherapist holding extensive experience across several psychological and psychotherapeutic models, working with older adolescents, adults and older adults, individuals, couples and families. Having spent most of her life living between New York, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Singapore and London, she has been supporting multi-ethnic and multi-cultural people from all walks of life.

She has worked in various settings such as hospitals, day centres, private practice as well as in the corporate and business worlds. Amongst her past experiences, Adriana has worked as an international consultant clinical psychologist and Director of another leading private psychology practice in Singapore before founding Elephant Therapy & Training.

Her approach is integrative: She customises her treatment or consulting approach according to the unique requirements of her clients, drawing from a number of distinct approaches carefully and purposefully integrated to suit their specific needs, with a strong emphasis on the quality of the therapeutic relationship, working through the inevitable phenomenology unfolding within the therapeutic setting.

Adriana’s approach is rooted in psychodynamic theories and practice (mainly stemming from Jungian, relational and Object Relation theories) and integrates skilfully onto such foundations theories, skills and tools deriving from embodied & somatic psychotherapy, CBT and ‘3rd wave CBT’ frameworks – including Schema Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Based Therapy – attachment based, transpersonal, EMDR, somatosensory and trauma theories. She holds a spiritual vision of life and integrates Western psychology with Eastern philosophies, providing a unique, holistic, pioneering and powerful approach in practice to facilitate wellbeing and true happiness in her clients' lives.

Being a researcher with a specific focus on the field of gender studies as well as the impact of celebrities’ media images on females’ identities and sense of self, her main areas of specialty are related to low self-esteem, low self-confidence, identity lability, body image, alexithymia, eating and feeding and gender role issues. Adriana also provides c-suite executive levelcoaching and delivers retreats.

Adriana is also highly experienced with relationship issues, parenting skills and in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma loss, grief and life transitions. Moreover, she loves helping people unleashing their most authentic selves, inner strength and resources, exploring their existential questions, facilitating the access to their authentic desire and higher self to achieve genuine, long-lasting and consistent happiness and fulfilment in life and to express who they are in the world to the fullest.

Adriana speaks fluent English, Italian and French.

QUALIFICATIONS

PhD, Depth Psychology - University of Essex, UK - Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

Masters, Clinical Psychology - G. Marconi University, Italy

Bachelors, Psychology -  La Sapienza University, Italy

BPS Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Associate Fellow (AFBPsS), HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist (Reg: PYL32977), Certified Schema Therapist (ISST), EuroPsy, SRP, SPS Full Member

PhD

Title

Clinical, cultural and personal dimensions of fashion modelling as a basis for phenomenological and depth psychological exploration of femininity in Western societies

Abstract

This study investigates the lived experiences of female international fashion models, a shortcoming within extant literature. An interdisciplinary, pluralistic approach was embraced. Using clinical vignettes, an autoethnographic account and an interpretative phenomenological analysis of qualitative interviews of a group of fashion models, this study overturns the idealised image of the fashion model life within the collective consciousness and shows the embodiment and personality of female fashion models to be socially constructed within a field wherein several forces, illuminated herein, are at play. Intrapsychic forces, interpersonal dynamics and the role of transgenerational trauma are also illuminated. The results show the embodied lived experiences of female fashion models and their performances to epitomise metaphors for the predicaments faced by many females in contemporary Western societies. A hegemonic, normative ideal, that compresses all feminine qualities into an impossible composite icon, is pursued. A specific persona holding the characteristics of the puella is culturally offered, through media dissemination of models’ imagery, as the ultimate  signifier of high status and feminine ideal, leaving women with limited external  reference to the multiple feminine attributes and roles necessary to express  themselves fully and to respond to life situations effectively. The research findings also  confirm that subjective embodiment contains relevant information about individuals’  challenges, intersubjective dynamics, collective shared experiences and vicissitudes, precious for advances within multiple academic disciplines. According to the researcher, conscious fashion models, engaged on a journey of individuation, supported by an ethical industry and by their striking socialising power, could embody inspirational role models of wholeness, authenticity, interconnectedness and diverse feminine qualities for the larger population.

TESTIMONIAL 1. My husband and I sought the support of Dr. Adriana Giotta because our marriage was going through a moment of crisis and change. We attended couple sessions with Adriana and I then proceeded with individual therapy with her. For me it was the first time to talk to a psychologist and this overwhelmed me but at the same time helped me understand many things; My doubts, my mistakes, my fears and how to face that delicate moment. Thanks to her help and our commitment, we quickly left our dark period and started to build our new couple life. Dr. Giotta is a valid professional who advises all people who go through complicated phases of life to better understand themselves and become more aware.


TESTIMONIAL 2 . "Adriana is a genuinely extraordinary therapist. She is empathetic, kind, compassionate, hugely intelligent and clearly very knowledgeable. She helped me understand the influences at play in my life and enabled me to find a way of using this knowledge to lead a more fulfilled life. I warmly commend her.” R.S.


TESTIMONIAL 3. "I didn't really "believe" in therapy until I met Adriana. Her technique although sometimes emotionally draining really helped me see my lacks, my patterns and understand the why?'s. Why am I feeling like this? Why do I react this way? Once you understand the why Adriana helped tackle the root of the issue. Helped me become more aware and more self loving. It was a great experience." M.L.


TESTIMONIAL 4. "An encounter which happened by "chance", but then I realised that chance did not exist! An encounter that completely changed my life, my way of being, the way I see and feel myself, the way I relate to myself and to others ... now finally free from mechanisms that I had not been able to handle, she taught me to recognise, understand and accept them and to listen to myself ... she supported me accompanying me with her presence, bringing light into my dark walks ... she saved me when I didn't recognised harmful situations and when I didn't accept to be taken by the hand ... but she accompanied me hand in hand towards the right way ... thanks to her presence I never felt alone, or abandoned! My life has changed for the better because with her help and support I have changed for the better! When we begun I was doubtful because of rather negative and unprofessional previous therapeutic experiences, but her professionalism, her way of being, of understanding and of helping make her unique ... a truly special person that I was lucky to meet in my life ... I am and will forever be grateful to have had the chance to have the splendid Adriana next to me!!!" RA


TESTIMONIAL 5 . "When I first entered therapy with a previous therapist just over a year ago, I was looking for a quick fix. I didn't want to delve into the past. I wanted ten sessions to cure me of a particular issue. I soon realised I may require a few more than ten sessions but after a disastrous experience with this therapist I was fairly lost and broken by the time I found Adriana. When we first spoke over the phone I was extremely vulnerable and sad. She sounded strong and capable and I needed that. In those early months she witnessed my pain and gently and kindly helped piece me back together. Over the months Adriana has helped me identify and begin to understand patterns of behaviour and it is only with this understanding that I can start to make changes and be more conscious and aware of the decisions I make in my life. Psychotherapy is a process and psychotherapeutic action requires courage and bravery. It may not be a quick fix (at least in my case). Adriana is my fellow traveller. She is not simply an onlooker but a partner in our therapeutic alliance. She experiences my emotions alongside me and it is within this empathic arena where the real healing can occur. Adriana radiates warmth and humanness. Within our sessions she has gracefully tolerated all of my emotions. She has witnessed all of my darkness and has never turned away. It is extremely reparative to be really seen and really understood by someone who sees all your weakness, does not judge you and who still remains by your side. I am eternally grateful that our paths have crossed. I honestly believe that my work with Adriana has been and will continue to be a life changing experience for me. My aim is for freedom. Freedom to be able to live every aspect of my life to its full potential. To not look back on life and wish that I'd had the courage to do something, to not look back and wish I had done something differently but instead to move out of my comfort zone, to take risks and to soar." S.C.


TESTIMONIAL 6. "Adriana has helped me identify, understand and tackle my problems more than any other professional I’ve seen in the past, especially during a very stressful period of my life. Through therapy I learned to accept rather than judge my feelings, to figure out where they have come from and what they are trying to tell me. The sessions with her gave me useful tools to handle daily challenges both in professional and personal life. I feel happy like never before and I can handle myself and others much better with all the learning from our sessions." R.P.


TESTIMONIAL 7. "Great to had the chance to connect with Ms.Adriana. The impact of the sessions are truely corrective and transformative. Had no belief it will work, and I thank the day I agreed to my spouse that I shall visit Adriana. Being professionally successful is just one part. The degree of unknowns I had inside of me, understanding the root causes, the trusted commitment we had - surely helped me to be a better person emotionally. Words are not sufficient to explain. So a BIG THANK YOU dear Adriana." N.F.


TESTIMONIAL 8. "If you're looking to do that deep soul-healing-sometimes-uncomfortable-but-totally-worth-it-type therapy - Adriana is the real deal. I have learned so much about compassion, patience, and JOY. She provides the perfect balance of the eastern mindfulness/body awareness and hard science. Her team is always professional and timely for scheduling and billing." P.R.