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