My name is Lucia Tecuta and I am an Italian-American cognitive behavioral psychotherapist and clinical psychologist based in Bologna. I collaborate with several American colleges with local campuses offering cultural adjustment-related support to international students. I have experience with the expat community and have a culturally sensitive approach, having grown up between two different cultures and countries, Rome, Italy and the US East Coast.
As a researcher/assistant professor, I collaborate with the Psychology Department of the University of Bologna where I obtained a PhD in Psychological Sciences in 2017 and worked as post-doc researcher for several years. Along with the EATeam research lab, I have published numerous scientific articles on cognitive-behavioral therapy outcomes, cognitions such as irrational beliefs and metacognitions, and psychological disturbances including major depression, demoralization, and eating disorders. I currently conduct research on eco-concerns and eco-anxiety in relation to eating behaviors and am involved in projects concerning eco-emotions (See Projects page).
Background and Training
I completed my studies at the City University of New York (BA) and Columbia University in the City of New York (MA). After moving to Italy in 2011, I continued my training obtaining a PhD in Psychological Sciences at the University of Bologna and a four year-specialization in CBT at Studi Cognitivi-Modena.
During my studies in New York, I worked in numerous world-renowned institutes obtaining research and clinical experience, including Mount Sinai Hospital, Columbia Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Loss and Trauma Lab headed by Prof. George A. Bonanno (Columbia University) and the Global Health lab headed by Prof. Lena Verdeli (Columbia University).
I became a certified REBT Therapist in 2018 (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy), training at the Albert Ellis Institute of New York where I also spent time during my PhD training under the supervision of Prof. Raymond DiGiuseppe. I currently serve as Associate Editor on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
I recently underwent training in Psychotraumatology as well as in Ecotherapy and climate conscious therapy and offer workshops on Climate Psychology for mental health professionals in Italian with a group of like-minded and eco-therapy-trained colleagues. I also became a Climate Cafè facilitator with the Climate Psychology Alliance (See Projects page).
Eco- and Climate Conscious Therapy Consultation and Training Group for Mental Health Professionals
Advanced Professional training ("Master") in the Assessment, Therapeutic Relationship, and Treatment of Simple and Complex Trauma
Istituto Beck, Rome, Italy
Four-year Specialization in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
Studi Cognitivi, Modena, Italy
PhD in Psychological Sciences
Bologna, University of Bologna
MA in Clinical Psychology
Columbia University in the City of New York
Basic and Advanced Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
Albert Ellis Institute, New York City
BA in Psychology
City College of New York, CUNY
Italian National Council of Psychologists
Emilia Romagna Regional Council of Psychologists N. 8130 since 2015
Annotation Psychotherapist added in 2021
Climate Psychology Alliance- CPA (UK)
Società Italiana di Terapia Comportamentale e Cognitiva - SITCC