Counsellors - Biographies
Katia Soboul received her first degree in psychology from the University of Aix-en-Provence, France (1990) and completed her studies at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where she received a Master's degree in Psychology (1992). She then specialized in assistance to victims (Swiss Federation of Psychologists) and has further expanded her expertise through continuous education. In 2009, she was awarded a Master in Strategic Clinical Psychology from the Strategic Therapy Centre of Arezzo, Italy. In 2014 she has completed a professional training course in 'Couple Counselling' (C.S.C.P. Firenze).
Her work experience spans across diverse traineeships and employments in Swiss schools and hospitals. In parallel, she served for several years as an emergency psychologist with the Geneva Cantonal Police Force, whilst in Geneva, she also worked as a team manager and supervisor in a Foundation offering psycho-social and health assistance. In Florence, she has worked as an external counsellor for International Schools and has run various workshops for elementary and secondary school children. Since 2006 she has worked as a Counsellor and Coordinator of the Counselling and Wellbeing Service at the European University Institute.
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.
After having worked as a medical technical assistant in a leading position in different hospitals in Germany, later at a private laboratory and for nearly ten years at the University Clinique of Erlangen , Alexa Hupp decided to specialize in natural and Chinese medicine. After four years education she was awarded her Diploma of Shiatsu Therapist in 2000. She completed her education by studying Cranio Sacral Therapy (2006) and was awarded a Diploma in Breath Therapy (Prof. I. Middendorf’s approach) in 2008.
Alexa has been practicing meditation for 15 years, following the Zen and Mindfulness approach. She regularly undertakes meditation retreats and has proposed courses in Meditation for many years. Alexa is educated in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR, Jon Kabat-Zinn). She teaches MBSR in her Meditation and Relaxation classes.
In Germany she had a private practice for more than eight years, she worked in a hospital for traditional Chinese medicine and she also held many courses in self-help support within medical institutions as well as for the public at large. Since 2011 she has worked as a Bodywork Practitioner at the European University Institute. Further information is available on her website at: www.shiatsu-hupp.com