Valentina Chiorino

I am a clinical psychologist, an individual and group psychodynamic psychotherapist, an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Psychotherapist, EMDR-Europe Accredited Practitioner and Consultant, based in Milan. In my private practice I usually work with:

  • adults,
  • children and their parents,
  • adolescents,
  • couples,
  • women during pregnancy and post partum.

I integrate EMDR and psychodynamic psychotherapy, working on (unconscious) blocking issues usually coming from one’s past, with a special attention to “traumas” (in a broader sense). Sessions can be in English with native English speakers or with people who are more comfortable speaking English than Italian.

See my Curriculum Vitae in English below in the page.

Why consulting a psychologist? Choosing to listen to one’s needs.

You may have tried to copy with your personal moments of crisis by yourself or with the dear ones in your life. However it can happen that you might feel there are situations where your strategies and your solutions do not seem to help you and they may even take you far from your conscious aims, goals and purposes.

Consulting a psychologist means considering the idea that your strategies may in some way lead in directions you would not like to follow (for yourself, with your partner, with your children, …). The clinical psychologist paradoxically does not find solutions on your behalf because they would be suitable for him/her and not for you. Instead, through his/her specific expertise and training, the therapist makes you understand step by step what prevent you from feeling connected to yourself, attuned to your intimates, what in your mind unconsciously goes against your wishes, what puts you in a state of internal conflict.  

If you have made many efforts, but you have realized you are still stuck in the same problems, maybe it would be important for you to take care of yourself in a different way and to understand your situation at a deeper level.

If you have any question about how a consultation and/or a psychotherapy works, please call me or send me an email.

Valentina Chiorino’s Curriculum Vitae

Valentina Chiorino Psicologa e Psicoterapeuta

She was born in Biella, on March 29 1973.

She graduated from High School, Liceo Scientifico A. Avogadro, in Biella (60/60); she got a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Community Psychology in 1998 at University of Padua, Faculty of Psychology (First class honours, 110/110 cum laude). She is member of the Psychologist Register of Lombardy (Albo degli Psicologi della Lombardia) and she is in the Psychotherapist List of Lombardy (Elenco degli Psicoterapeuti della Lombardia).

She had a four year training in individual and group dynamic psychotherapy (50/50 cum laude) at the School of Specialization in Psychotherapy C.O.I.R.A.G. (Confederazione Italiana Ricerca Analitica nei Gruppi Italian Confederation of Analytical Research on Groups), Milan, training A.P.G. (Associazione di Psicoterapia di Gruppo- Group Psychotherapy Association).

She is an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), psychotherapist EMDR-Europe Accredited Practitioner (certificate n. P6467) and EMDR Consultant and she is member of EMDR Italy.

She is Member of A.P.G. (Associazione di Psicoterapia di Gruppo- Group Psychotherapy Association), former Scientific Secretary of A.P.G., she had been member of the Editorial Board of “Rivista Gruppi” (Groups) (Franco Angeli Publishing) and member of Scuola Romana Rorschach (Romana Rorschach School) where she completed a two year specialization training in psychodiagnosis based on Rorschach Test (100/100). She is an official evaluator of the Adult Attachment Interview (a semi-structured clinical interview, also used for research).

She has been working with adults, children, adolescents, couples in her private practice for nearly two decades.

For the Unit of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry, Cuggiono, Ospedale Civile di Legnano she worked as a clinical psychologist (between 2001 and 2006): psychodiagnosis, psychological counseling, couple and parental psychological support, support groups for parents of children in psychotherapy and for parents of teens in psychotherapy, individual psychotherapy with children or teenagers, group psychotherapy (groups of children, groups of teenagers), psychological interventions with teachers, supervision to speech therapists and to psychomotrists.

For IRCCS Foundation Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico – Mangiagalli – Milan, she worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the Maternity Ward (between 2009 and 2018): clinical sessions with the women and the couples during the post-partum period (traumatic experiences related to childbirth, difficulties related to becoming parents, problems associated to the hospitalizations of infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, difficult breastfeeding, stillbirth, newborn’s death, …); teamwork and coordination on cases with hospital staff (gynecologists, neonatologists, midwives, nursery nurses, pediatric nurses, psychiatrists, social workers). Action-research on protective factors and risk factors in post-partum depression; outpatient activity, subsequent to the discharge from hospital: psychological support and individual focal psychotherapy or couples counselling, if the mother-child relationship, and mother-father-child relationship was at risk. Psychotherapies were especially conducted with the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) approach to process the traumatic events (birth trauma, being parents of a newborn in intensive care unit, perinatal deaths, breastfeeding difficulties).  With her Equipe she set Clinical intervention and research (a pilot study, a randomized controlled trial) using two protocols created by her team: the Breastfeeding and Bonding EMDR Protocol (see publications) and the EMDR Recent Birth Trauma Protocol (see publications) now part of the psychological interventions in the maternity ward of other hospitals.

In September 2018, with her team, she has started working at San Pio X Clinic, Humanitas Hospital, in Milan, on a new project, based on what she has developed with her colleagues in the previous years: psychological perinatal support and clinical sessions in the post partum period in the maternity ward and in consultation room after the discharge (birth traumas, difficulties with breastfeeding and bonding, complex pregnancies, MAP Medical Assisted Procreations, abortions, still births, newborn’s deaths…) using also EMDR therapy.

For “Associazione Luce e Vita” (“San Gerardo” Hospital, Monza), an Association that takes care of people with oncohaematological diseases, she worked as a clinical psychologist (between 2001 and 2006) with adult patients with oncohaematological disease, with relatives of people with oncohaematological diseases, with relatives who have lost a dear one because of an oncohaematological disease.

For Santagostino Medical Center, Psychotherapy Area, Milan, she worked as a senior psychotherapist (between 2009 and 2011), supervising junior psychotherapist’s clinical activity and delivering first consultation sessions for the analysis of the request of a psychological intervention.

She collaborated with the technical advisors (psychologists) of the Family Court and the Ordinary Court, Milan.

She had been member of the Research Project on Clinical Consultation and Psychotherapy with Couples in various phases of a couple’s history and also in particular circumstances (starting life together, expecting a child, different phases of child’s life, couple’s crisis during the lifecycle, couple’s infertility, …), for the Research and Study Center (Centro Studi e Ricerche-C.S.R.) C.O.I.R.A.G.

She had been a trainer and consultant for kindergarten educators, Municipality of Milan (Discussion group on difficult cases and reflection on interpersonal and institutional dynamics).

She had been Adjunct professor for the University of Turin in the academic year 2002-2003, beeing Trainer in charge of the Laboratory of Sensitization to Group Dynamics for Teachers of Secondary School.

She attended the course “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction- MBSR” (trainer: Vincenzo D’Ambrosio at I.S.E.R.D.I.P Istituto per lo studio e la ricerca sui disturbi psichici, Milan) (september-november 2017).

Publications and Speeches

Fasolo F., Baldo M., Chiorino V., Antoniol A. (1997) Come rendere terapeutico un gruppo ambulatoriale per pazienti con disturbi della personalità? Alcune considerazioni tecniche (How to make therapeutic an outpatient group for patients with personality disorders? Some technical considerations) in Psicoterapia e Istituzioni by Giacomo Di Marco Year IV n°2/1997

Giannelli An., Chiorino V., Viganò A. (2000) Aspetti terapeutici individuali e di gruppo del trauma psichico (Individual and group therapeutic aspects of the psychic trauma). Proceedings of the Conference, Speech presented at the XLII National Congress of the Società Italiana di Psichiatria “From injury to citizenship” Turin 16th-21st October, 2000

Chiorino V., Fava Vizziello G., Fasolo F. (2001) Coesione di gruppo e stili di attaccamento (Group cohesion and attachment styles) in Psichiatria Generale e dell’Età Evolutiva, vol. 38, Fasc. 2, Year 2001

Chiorino V. (2002) L’ottica gruppale nel lavoro con gli insegnanti della scuola elementare (The group perspective, in working with primary school teachers). Intervention presented at the Conference “Developmental age and discomfort in the school: the contribution of group psychology”, Alessandria 5th October, 2002

Chiorino V. (2003) Pietro e i suoi genitori: chi perde il controllo? (Pietro and his parents: who loses control?) Intervention presented at the Conference “Diagnosis and the parental couple therapy in the therapeutic project with children and adolescents”, Magenta 19th -20th June, 2003

Chiorino V. (2003) Riflessioni da un’esperienza di osservazione partecipante: la conduzione di gruppo tra “capacità negativa” e interpretazione. (Reflections on participant observation experience: the group conduction between “negative capability” and interpretation). Intervention presented to the Associazione di Psicoterapia di Gruppo (A.P.G.). October, 2003. Published in number 3/04 Rivista Gruppi

Chiorino V. (2004) La psicodiagnosi. (The psychodiagnosis). Teaching in the training course organized by the Provincia di Milano entitled “The official technical consultancy for the Juvenile Court”, November, 2004

Chiorino V., Miglietta D. (2005) Una ricognizione sul  panorama delle terapie infantili,  (A study of the landscape of therapies with children), number 1/05 Rivista Gruppi

Chiorino V. (2005) Le differenze di genere, di generazione e la scena primaria come organizzatori della struttura gruppale, (Gender differences, differences of generation and the primal scene as organizers of the group structure), number 3/05 Rivista Gruppi

Basili A., Burlini A., Chiorino V., de Polo R., Fantuzzi G., Fedrizzi E. (2006) La mente come il cuore: un gruppo di lavoro, (The mind as the heart: a working group) number 3/06 Rivista Gruppi

Chiorino V. (2007) Apprendere dall’esperienza di gruppo attraverso l’osservazione partecipante (Learning from the experience of the group, through participant observation) in de Polo (2007) La bussola psicoanalitica tra individuo, gruppo e società, Franco Angeli

Bianchini B., Castelbarco A., Chiorino V., Galeaz R.M., Porta L., Verdecchia S., Vitalini L. (2009) Psicoterapia di coppia – Psicoterapia di gruppo. Una dialettica possibile. (Couples Psychotherapy – Group psychotherapy. A possible dialectic) Rivista Gruppi 2/09. Franco Angeli

Cattaneo M.C., Roveraro S., Chiorino V., Salerno R., Macchi E. (2013) Taking care of the Primary Attachment Relationship in a Maternity Ward: the EMDR intervention on breastfeeding difficulties and on the childbirth trauma. Poster presented at the National EMDR Congress: “Traumatic labyrinths: the thread of EMDR”, Milan, 8th-10th November 2013

Cattaneo, M. C., Roveraro, S., Chiorino, V., Macchi, E. A., Salerno, R., Gatti, M., Arcaro, L., Barretta, F., Fontana, C. B., Colombo, L., Rossi, P. G., & Mosca, F., (2015). The behaviour over time of postnatal depression symptomatology in the first six months after delivery and its early detection via the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale: An Italian longitudinal study. International Journal of Advanced Nursing Studies, 4(1), 23-29

Cattaneo, M. C., Roveraro, S., Chiorino, V., Salerno, R., Macchi, E. A., & Bertolucci, G. G. (2015) When birth becomes crisis: taking care of the primary attachment relationship in a maternity ward. Acts of 16 ° EMDR Europe Congress, July 10-12, 2015, Milan

Cattaneo, MC, Macchi, EA, Salerno, R, Chiorino, V, Roveraro, S, Barretta, F, Fontana, CB Mosca, F, (2015). Prevalence of paternal perinatal depressive mood and its relationship with maternal depression symptomatology: An Italian study. International Journal of Advanced Nursing Studies, 4 (2), 103-109

Chiorino, V, Cattaneo, MC, Roveraro, S, Salerno, R, Macchi, EA (2015). La progettualità spezzata: l’EMDR con le coppie di fronte al lutto perinatale. (The broken projectuality: EMDR with couples facing the perinatal bereavement) Rivista di Psicoterapia EMDR, 29, pp.14-21

Cattaneo, M. C., Roveraro, S., Chiorino, V., Salerno, R., Macchi, E. A. (2016) A proposito di me. Il viaggio della nascita eterologa. (About me. The journey of the heterologous birth). Printed and distributed by Associazione E.M.D.R Italia

Chiorino, V., Roveraro, S., Cattaneo, M. C., Salerno, R., Macchi, E. A., Bertolucci, G. G., Mosca, F., Fernandez, I. (2016) A model of clinical intervention in the maternity ward: the Breastfeeding and Bonding EMDR Protocol. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, vol. 10, n. 4, 2016

Roveraro, S., Cattaneo, M. C., Chiorino, V., Salerno, R., Macchi, E. A., Bertolucci (2016) Parto in arrivo. Appunti di viaggio per donne in camicia da notte anche di giorno. (Waiting for delivery. Travelling notes for women in nightgown during daytime). Red Il Castello Pubblishing Company

Cattaneo, M. C., Chiorino, V., Roveraro, S., EMDR e Perinatalità (EMDR and Perinatality). Workshop June 11th 2017, Milano; Workshop 21st October 2018, Roma

Cattaneo, M.C., Chiorino, V., Roveraro, S., Salerno, R., Fernandez, I. (2019). The EMDR Recent Birth Trauma Protocol.  In M. Luber (Ed.), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Scripted Protocols and Summary Sheets: Treating Medical-Related Issues.  New York: Springer

Chiorino, V., Roveraro, S., Cattaneo, C. Salerno, R., Fernandez, I. (2019). The Breastfeeding and Bonding EMDR Protocol. In M. Luber (Ed.), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Scripted Protocols and Summary Sheets: Treating Trauma in Somatic and Medical-Related Conditions. New York: Springer