If you experiencing one of the following symptoms: feeling depressed, battling with anxiety, panic attacks or a phobia


Most emotional problems arise from faulty thinking, and the remedy is found in corrective actions. CBT is problem-focused, and it aims to help you get better in the long term, which is done by changing your unhealthy beliefs to their healthy counterparts. That is the reason why CBT is based on the understanding that by changing how we think about things (our cognitive processes), we can change the way we feel (our emotions), and the way we react (our behaviour).


It can help us learn how to overcome negative emotions and behaviours. The intent is to: help people clarify their emotions, behaviours and goals; identify the unhealthy beliefs that are at the heart of their emotional problems and sabotage their goals; Dispute them and replace them with their healthier version in order to get better through consistent and constructive action; finally, to generalise the change to other areas of life.

Counselling Fees

I offer different rates accordingly to peoples’ circumstances:



Below £30,000


£30,000 – £40,000


Above £40,000

Cancellation Policy

I require 48 hours (two working days) notice if you need to cancel an appointment, i.e., Monday appointments need to be cancelled by the previous Thursday. You will be charged for any missed appointments, or appointments that are cancelled without appropriate notice.

Appointment slots are valuable, therefore your advanced notification of any cancellations is much appreciated.

Payment Options

My preferred payment method is BACS, though I also accept payment by cash or cheque. If you choose to pay by Paypal, please note that Paypal charge a 3.4 % + 20p fee, hence the slightly higher amount for Paypal payments.

Professional Bodies &

Academic Qualifications

The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Accredited BABCP CBT therapist - BABCP Membership No. 00001005090

The British Psychological Society

Graduate membership – MBPsS n. 401513

Professional Body for Psychologists - Regional Council of Veneto

Psychologist N. 6109

MSc Applied Neuroscience (present)

King’s College London

PG Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2020)

Queen Margaret University & NHS South of Scotland CBT Programme

PG Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2018)

Queen Margaret University & NHS South of Scotland CBT Programme

BSc Degree in Cognitive Psychology and Psychobiology - Specialization: Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (2017)

University of Padua (Italy) - Department of Psychology

BSc and MSc Degree in Psychology (1999)

University of Padua (Italy) - Department of Psychology

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About me

Federico Ferrarese


I became initially interested in psychology when I was young, and I had the opportunity to do the experience of volunteering in helping people with a problem of addiction. I felt so helpless trying to deal with their issues that I decided to learn more about human behaviour and help those in need. I have become more interested in the field of psychology during my five years of University.

I graduated in Psychology in 1999, and initially, I have chosen to work in the HR sector. After six years of working in this area, I decided to change my career. I started to work as a Psychologist self-employed. I used the previous skills that I have achieved as Human Resources Assistant to help people with physical and learning disabilities to find and maintain a job. I enjoyed this experience, and I felt it was necessary to learn more about the brain and neurophysiology. I started another BSc degree, and I graduated in Neurocognitive Rehabilitation at the University of Padova.

Having always pursued study and work that allows me to impact the lives of the vulnerable through a range of approaches, cognitive behaviour therapy is a field through which I can continue developing these skills and passions. What excites me most about the potential of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is helping people learn strategies to modify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. For this reason, I started the CBT training at Queen Margaret University, and I have completed the Diploma level.

I use a warm, pragmatic approach and work as a catalyst for positive emotional and behavioural change.

I treat adults for assessment and psychological therapy at private practices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.



Psicoterapia CBT in italiano

Sono psicologo e psicoterapeuta italiano. Svolgo attività di consulenza psicologica e psicoterapia con approccio Cognitivo - Comportamentale (CBT) per la cura di disagi riconducibili alle seguenti aree: • depressione, tristezza, isolamento; • ansia, attacchi di panico e stress; • gestione delle emozioni; • difficoltà legate alla vita da expat. Offro anche sessioni tramite Skype, se ritenuto clinicamente appropriato. Lavoro con orari flessibili, dalle 8am alle 8pm. Ricevo privatamente i miei clienti quattro giorni alla settimana presso gli studi di Edimburgo e Glasgow. La restante parte del tempo mi vede impegnato presso l'East Lothian Community Hospital di Haddigton in qualità di CBT therapist per conto dell'NHS.

What to expect: initial consultation

When we start working together, our first session will be an initial consultation. I will deeply explore your current issues with you, enquire about your background and work to establish which type of therapy I think would be most suited to you. I will assess your specific needs and we can set goals for treatment. I will also explain more extensively how I work and you will have the chance to ask questions to decide whether you would like to start therapy with me. We will also discuss the options available to you, from long-term therapy to short-term counselling. From our conversation I will help you to understand which type of treatment would suit you the most. You will leave the room with no uncertainty but with a clear idea of what you can expect from our work together. I offer a bespoke approach both in English and Italian.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a particular therapeutic approach developed in the 60’s thanks to the merger of theories coming from Cognitive Psychology and Behavioural Psychology. CBT has quickly become the most recommended first-line approach to treat a wide variety of psychological issues. Indeed it’s effectiveness is supported by extensive empirical research, that makes it one of the most powerful evidence-based interventions in the field of psychotherapy.

When is CBT useful?

CBT can be used for almost all kind of psychological difficulties, as it is a specific way of approaching mental problems. In particular, research data highlighted its efficacy in the following areas: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, self-esteem issues, sleep problems.

Engagement in CBT

It’s active: the patient is actively engaged in the therapeutic process. Depending on the particular case, the patient can be asked to do practical exercises in between sessions, such as filling diaries or forms.

Short-medium term

Being focused on clear and shared aims, CBT tends to be a short-medium term intervention.


It’s based on patient-therapist collaboration: the patient is the unique real expert of his internal world; the therapist is a guide in his inner journey of discovery and change.

What can I help with

I have experience of working with adults and young adults over 16. My area of expertise is the treatment of mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

Thoughts, behaviours and emotions are constantly influencing one another

The special and unique way we use to interpret the things happening to us, has a very strong influence on how we feel and on how we will react to them too. Indeed even in distressful situations, it’s not the situation itself creating distress but the specific interpretation we choose to adopt. Our thoughts and beliefs are usually rooted in our past experiences from which we have inferred our knowledge regarding how the world works and what we need to expect. But sometimes it can happen that these beliefs and expectations are applied in a rigid, inflexible and generalised way, creating distress. Consequently, therapy will aim to recognise and change those beliefs causing distress and those particular behaviours that can maintain or worsen the problem.

Duration and frequency of sessions

I usually see my clients once a week for 60 minutes. I am flexible and can accommodate my clients’ needs; depending on your schedule we may want to meet more or less frequently than this (if clinically appropriate), or you may sometimes want to come for longer sessions. The type, frequency and duration of your treatment will be discussed at the initial consultation and will be revisited in due course. I also offer sessions via Skype or telephone. This is something that we would also discuss during our initial consultation. I tend to meet my clients at the same day and time every week – it’s very important to attend therapy with regularity in order to get results; protecting some space in your diary makes this easier to achieve. While it is important to try and attend regular weekly sessions, I understand that may be times when this is not possible and I am happy to be flexible and work around these times with you.

Make an appointment

Book an appointment for a private consultation. I will understand your needs and suggest a programme that suits you. Services are offered in English and Italian.


Choose from face to face, Skype or telephone. Or if you prefer, you can mix your sessions depending on what you need at any given time. Each therapy session is the equivalent of 60 minutes. Pricing per hour is mentioned above.



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