I am Rita Bonfà, an English, Italian and Spanish-speaking psychologist in Amsterdam, with over 15 years of experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a strong focus on online therapy. Since graduating from the University of Padova in Clinical Psychology in 2007, I have worked in Venice, Barcelona and Amsterdam. I am a registered member of the Dutch Institute for Psychologists, called NIP (Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen).
When to see a psychologist?
We all experience different forms of mental or emotional distress at one point or another in our lives. Sometimes we might need some help to pinpoint what we need to overcome challenges and acquire new skills.
It’s the right moment to see a psychologist if you feel overwhelmed with stress or anxiety, if you are not enjoying life at its fullest or notice that your mood is often low, if you are having trouble communicating your feelings/opinions or regulating your emotions, if you notice that something in your life quality has been impacted such as your energy levels, your sleep or eating patterns or even your physical health, work performance and relationships with others.
My areas of expertise are:
- stress management, anxiety and panic
- depression and fatigue
- self esteem boosting plans
- assertiveness training
- relationship and family matters
- personal growth and development
- sleep disorders
- anger and emotions regulations
- burnout and work-related stress
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely used approaches to treating people with a variety of emotional and behavioural problems. It is evidence-based, which means that it is supported by an abundance of research over the past several decades which have proven its effectiveness.
The therapy is based on the idea that behaviour, thoughts and feelings are learned, and can therefore be unlearned, or modified. Emotional disturbance is caused by distorted or irrational thinking patterns – you can change how you feel by changing how you think.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a structured approach and is considered among the most rapid treatments in terms of obtained results. For lasting improvement you will be encouraged to explore and express your feelings related to different aspects of your life, set goals and follow assignments to achieve them.
What to expect
Counselling is a short-mid term therapy. We would have an initial session (intake) in which you can tell me your story and your expectations/motivation. Based on that, we can make a plan of goals to achieve and how to achieve them.
During our sessions you will find a warm confidential space that allows you to explore uncomfortable feelings, understand its root causes, place it in a context and learn coping skills to manage those feelings.
We would start with weekly sessions and gradually move to appointments every two weeks, or even checking in once per month.
Cancellations need to be made at least 24 hours prior to the appointment (Saturdays and Sundays excluded).
For many people, especially expats and frequent travellers, online communication is a major part of our lifestyle.
During online therapy we would cover the same topics as during face-to-face counselling. For some people it is even easier to open up online.
Online therapy offers the advantages of flexible location and more available hours.
Sessions are held via Skype, Zoom or Whatsapp call.
+31 (0) 6 50 25 49 61
Counselling for you: Bloemgracht 112, 1015 TN Amsterdam