When I first met Lorella I’d been on a (Buddhist) spiritual path for 18 years and had spent many years in psychodynamic psychotherapy. I had a good understanding of my story and the impact of the patterns that played out in my life. Lorella guided me to a whole new level of embodied awareness; Finally I was able to have an experiential sense of the story and to digest the pain.
Each session has been powerful and healing. She listens with patience to my ramblings and intuitively identifies the key thread that will bring me home to myself. Through her modelling, I now have an observer or witness part on board; I can hold myself at times of distress and appreciate the joy during the good times.
Lorella’s emotion and body practices have given me a way out of the numbness of dissociation. I’m able to rest more often in the peace and calm that I’ve longed for all my life. I trust that she has been on this journey ahead of me and her wisdom and insight are deeply precious.
I met Lorella at a time of deep suffering and chronic illness – she quite literally saved my life. I had tried a handful of other practitioners that had not known how to hold me in my experience. I had felt deeply invalidated, and would feel exhausted at just the thought of going to see them and having to talk everything through. At that time I too held the false belief that therapy or “doing the work” is meant to be hard. I’m so grateful Lorella has taught me a different way, a way to get out of the relentless stories of the mind, and into the heart and body. Our sessions never feel hard. She has taught me that therapy can be relaxing, lazy, healing, and full of ease, flow and just “being” however I am in any moment. I always really look forward to seeing her!
Lorella has the most genuine, loving, kind, gigantic heart, and the softest, most compassionate, nurturing, deeply intuitive nature and energy. She is the first person in my life with whom I have felt deeply seen, held and validated, without any effort or explanations. This has been so healing in itself. The way she sees and holds all of me, and knows where I’m at, often without me even saying a word. She has helped me to know, understand and accept myself.
Whereas other therapists might focus on the outer layers (eg. thoughts, beliefs, stories, etc.) where we often get hooked or stuck, Lorella is teaching me to go within, to navigate my inner world, to love and integrate all parts of me, and to become a whole human being for the first time in my life. She reads every tiny facial gesture and body movement and tracks all of me so beautifully throughout each session, so that when a hidden shadow part arises, she can show me how to hold this vulnerability in love and compassion. She is teaching me to reconcile my relationship with all these hidden parts of myself, how to be with their feelings, and how to listen to and decipher the messages they carry. Lorella has taught me to honour all of the gifts that come with being a sensitive being.
There truly aren’t enough words to express how grateful I am to have found Lorella and to be learning so much about myself through her wide experience. I have never felt more supported in my life and am forever grateful to have her in my healing team.
I have been practising deep self-enquiry and inner healing for over 25 years, in many different ways – from studying Psychology and Counselling, to working as a therapeutic carer for children with trauma, and as a foster carer, to immersing myself in years of meditation and spiritual connection. I have received different therapies along the way to support my own healing and then practise as a safe space holder for others’ healing. The most effective of these therapies has been my work with Lorella. Her approach, which includes Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy and Somatic Meditation, has enabled and empowered me to access the core of my issues and shift and integrate them in the most effective and efficient way, to cultivate greater embodied harmony and well-being within myself and so with others. I recommend Lorella to anyone seeking grounded support and skills to manage and ease any personal and universal suffering, and reconnect to one’s infinite source of love and peace.
Lorella transformed my relationship to my feelings, my body, my sex life, my partner and my own clients. I looked forward to every session and knew that whatever state I was in, I was welcome and I would be received with genuine warmth and wisdom. The techniques and practices she teaches I continue to use daily to help me navigate my inner world. I am very grateful that I was able to receive exactly what I needed when I needed it from this truly amazing therapist.
I m so grateful to Lorella and what she does. Our sessions have blown my mind many times and showed me a new way to ‘be’ with myself and the outcome is truly life changing. My relationships have benefited immensely and my parenting is gentler as I also learn to ‘hold’ myself. Lorella has this incredible capacity to take me deep into myself in a short period of time. Her approach is gentle yet powerful. Can’t speak highly enough. Thank you Lorella!
I have worked with Lorella on and off for over seven years and she is my most favourite therapist ever (and I have seen quite a few of them!). She is exquisitely skilled at using Hakomi, has an extraordinarily loving presence and brings in a wealth of experience from other modalities she has trained in like sexological bodywork and meditation. If you are into approaching your difficulties with mindfulness and in the body, I can’t recommend her highly enough, both as an individual or as a couple’s therapist.
Lorella is a kind, gentle, soothing presence. She has walked with me into parts of my nature I have never before welcomed. She has helped me to find aspects of my nature I have never known exist or given my attention to. This has lead to a calmer and firmer trust in my self, and to being more self loving. She is always so careful to hold and enable me and I leave the sessions with new insights, understandings and energy.
I have been seeing Lorella for some time with complex trauma issues.
She has held space for me consistently and compassionately during my sessions, offering modalities that are supportive, healing and empowering, including in times of extreme stress and overwhelm.
I have always felt completely safe with her.
Lorella works deeply and intuitively and creates a space where one can work enter the unconscious world of our feelings and emotions we are often so cut off from.