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Who am I ?

My name is Federico Di Cocco, psychologist and psychotherapist in training in integrative cognitive-behavioral psychothérapy (see section psychotherapy). I did part of my studies in Italy, to then settled here in Brussels. 

Very quickly in my studies I became interested in questions about the relationship with the body and self-image, gender identities and sexual orientations, the relationship to the norm, the search for meaning and purpose.

At the center of all these aspects, certain values guide my research and my interests:  

- curiosity about different forms of the human experience, which translates into the respect for self-determination and the need for a therapeutic relationship based on parity and collaboration

- a holistic view of people and their behaviors, far from imprisoning determinisms. We always act in reaction to a context and according to an adaptation to it based on our experience and the means available at a certain moment. Reducing suffering to an individual fault makes no sense to me.

- practices oriented by empirical data, in a direction of integration of several theoretical currents

Training and experience

Since the beginning of my studies, I quickly felt the need to come face to face with the realities on the field. For this reason I have volunteered in the field of suicide prevention, several internships, academic and extra-academic, in the several psychiatric units. On these occasions I was confronted with forms of suffering such as psychosis, depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress, problematic addictions, diseases of the body, etc.

Successively, my professional experience allowed me to develop expertise in the management of problematic addictions, linked to psychotropic products or without products. 

During my university studies I was approached cognitive-behavioural, systemic and psychoanalytical therapies. Due to a need for clarity and pragmatism, as well as a solid empirical base, I decided to undertake training in integrative cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, which allows me to implement interventions with concrete tools, but also to be able to integrate systemic point of view, beyond a purely individual vision of the difficulties experienced. 

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