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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

-Viktor Frankl

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About

Dr. Lucia Tecuta, PhD

Hello, my name is Lucia and I am an American and Italian bilingual cognitive behavioral psychotherapist and clinical psychologist based in the northern Italian city of Bologna. With a dedication to fostering positive change and promoting mental health and well-being, I specializes in three key areas and integrate my approach pulling from various frameworks and paradigms:

 Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT): I am a trained practitioner of Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, a therapeutic approach that empowers individuals to identify and challenge irrational beliefs, fostering healthier thought patterns and emotional well-being with an overarching goal of embracing unconditional self-acceptance and acceptance of uncomfortable emotions.  Through a collaborative and evidence-based process, clients are guided towards achieving lasting positive transformations in their lives.

Eco and Climate-Conscious Approach: Recognizing the interconnectedness between mental health and environmental well-being and the rapidly changing climate crisis I apply an Eco and Climate-Conscious lens to my work. Climate-conscious therapy recognizes the significant influence of climate change on mental health and offers support tailored to these unique challenges. In today's world, the realities of climate change—from extreme weather events to environmental degradation—can profoundly affect individuals' emotional well-being and contribute to feelings of eco-anxiety or climate anxiety, grief, and despair. Climate-aware therapy integrates an understanding of climate-related stressors into therapeutic interventions, empowering individuals to navigate these challenges and cultivate resilience in the face of environmental uncertainty. ​At my climate-aware therapy practice, I believe in the power of therapy to not only support individual healing but also inspire collective action toward a more sustainable and resilient future. Ecotherapeutic techniques are integrated, as reconnection with nature can be a powerful strategy for our healing journey but also to foster respect and care for our surroundings.

 

Psychotraumatology: "Trauma-informed" therapy recognizes and emphasizes how the traumatic experience can affect the present in terms of mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.  Safety and trust are prioritized to create a supportive environment. Clients are empowered to make choices about their healing journey. Techniques include grounding exercises to become anchored to the present moment and mindfulness exercises, to develop a non-judgemental stance towards one's inner experiences. Psychoeducation about trauma and coping skills are provided. Autonomy and respect for client boundaries are emphasized. The goal is to support clients in processing trauma and building emotional regulation skills and resilience. Ultimately, it's about fostering healing and recovery with compassion and understanding.

Psychotraumatology principles are also integrated with eco-conscious therapy. The evolving landscape of climate-related challenges can give rise to traumatic responses, as individuals grapple with loss, displacement, existential dilemmas, loss of sense of belonging, loneliness, and an overarching sense of ecological upheaval and degradation.

You can find out more about my current work under "Workshops", "Projects" and "Consultations"

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Read my latest Guide on Aeon Psyche Magazine on Climate Anxiety

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