Counsellors - Biographies
Gemma Fenton completed her degree in psychology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1999 and went on to work with the Department of Child and Adolescent Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences at the University of Rome where she completed her training as a Psychologist. She completed a qualification in “Family Mediation” in 2001.
In 2007 she achieved Chartered Clinical Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society. Since then she has completed courses in Supervision both at the University of Sheffield and at the University of Southampton. She has been providing supervision to diverse staff groups such as assistant psychologists, trainee Clinical Psychologists and Mental health Nurses since 2005. She has completed courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Systemic Family therapy and Trauma Focused CBT.
In 2009 she began working with Child and Adolescent Mental Health on the Isle of Wight which has given her a wealth of experience in working with children, adolescents, parents and staff groups. She is skilled in the provision of individual sessions, group work, consultation and training. She has been working as a Counsellor with the Counselling and Wellbeing Service at the European University Institute since 2016. Her working languages are English and Italian.
Thiago Fernandes was born in Brazil and has lived in Italy since 2000. He was awarded his degree in Psychology at the University of Florence in 2005, and in 2009, a Master Degree in Transactional Analyis Counselling after attending a three year's course at PerFormat, a Certified Transactional Analysis School based in Pisa. In 2014 he received a specialization in Psychotherapy from the same school.
He worked for the Province of Florence at Centro per l'Impiego (Job Center) in the Work Guidance Service, as Counsellor and Tutor. He has also worked for Cornerstone International as HR Consultant on a worldwide evaluation programme for international organizations. Currently, he works for Caritas Onlus in a children's institute and has his own studio in Florence. His counselling and psychotherapy expertise lies in the areas of teenagers and adults. He has been working for the EUI Counselling and Wellbeing Service since 2014.