Cinzia Altobelli MSc RGN Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision In Shaftesbury, Dorset

Supervision in Shaftesbury, Dorset. ( close to Wiltshire and Somerset )

I am on the list of UKCP accredited Supervisors and have been providing supervision to individuals and teams in a variety of projects and contexts since 2007.

I have a nursing background and I qualified as a Counsellor since 1992. I completed an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute in 2005 and a Certificate in Supervision at CSTD in 2011.
I worked with supervisees and supervisors offering individual and group supervision in a wide range of contexts including the NHS, multidisciplinary and specialist teams in the community.I also provided supervision in schools settings when working in partnership with the Place2be counsellors.
Between 2007-2014 I was the Leader of Therapeutic Services at For Families, a division of Action on Addiction (formerly Clouds) a national charity that supports families affected by addiction. During this time I developed innovative therapeutic interventions, accredited training by Bath University, managed and supervised a team of counsellors and specialist projects.
Prior to this I worked for the NHS, North Dorset Community Mental Health Team, Social Care and was a honorary Psychotherapist for Mind for a number of years.
I have been working as an an independent Psychotherapist & Supervisor since February 2015 dividing my time between London and North Dorset . I supervise established and experienced psychotherapists/counsellors as well as trainee therapists from a variety of training organizations.

Organizational supervision
I have been providing clinical supervision to several groups of Cancer Specialist Nurses at Yeovil Hospital since April 2017 on behalf of the cancer charity We Hear You.

My own supervision : I am in supervision with Dr Jenifer Elton Wilson and attend a monthly peer supervision group.

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How I work

I like to work creatively and collaboratively. I am keen to make supervision a two way, stimulating, helpful and transparent process.

I trained to use the Seven-eyed Supervision model (Shoet, Hawkins, Ryde and Wilmot ) though I see 'the relationship' as central and work integratively drawing from various theories such as TA, CAT, MBT, CBT, Systems, Person Centred, Self Psychology, Psychodynamic, Attachment and Neurobiology to understand clients' presentation. I also use Coaching ideas to expand what the supervision process has to offer.


"Cinzia has been my supervisor for several years and her support has been a great benefit to myself and to my practice.
I value the fact that Cinzia is extremely knowledgeable - skillfully bringing together theory and experience to provide a supportive, creative and appropriately challenging environment, giving me the opportunity to improve and develop my competence and advance my continuing professional and personal development.
I find it particularly helpful that Cinzia has the highest professional standards. I use my supervision sessions to ensure that my professional and ethical boundaries remain sound and I know I can draw on her expertise when I need guidance with any difficulties I encounter through my work."

"Cinzia has supported me in in my transition from being a newly qualified counsellor to taking what felt like an impossibly big step of getting a job. She has helped me explore my strengths and skills and also look at areas that I felt were barriers to work. I have found her to be warm and supportive throughout this process but she has also gently challenged me, in a way that has always felt safe, and this has helped me grow in confidence in myself and my abilities as a professional counsellor.
As a direct result of our sessions, I applied for a job and have recently begun working with a national charity, something I would never have considered possible before. I have valued her input into this process enormously and highly recommend her to anyone considering their options post qualification."

Areas of interest

I support Therapists in finding their own 'clinical areas of strengths' maximising creativity and resourcefulness.

Other areas of interest are:

  • the exploration of the 'parallel process' in supervision especially where there can be recurring themes in certain contexts .
  • the transition from ‘trainee therapist’ to newly qualified practitioner& the development of a ‘clinical identity.
  • organisational dynamics
  • systemic work with teams and families
  • Sensorimotor Trauma Psychotherapy to support trauma work in a more gentle body based way .

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  • Articles published:

    Altobelli, C Payne, C (2014) ‘Noticing the Hidden Harm’ Children &Young People BACP, 07-08. Journal.

    Altobelli, C (2014 ) ’The good enough supervisor’ Children &Young People BACP, 38-41 Journal ,
    Altobelli, C (2011)'Gender difference, Families Upfront' Adfam Sept-Nov Issue 2, 16-17.
    Altobelli, C Rawlinson, M (2011) 'Thinking beyond the individual 'a diary of a training week DDN magazine.

    I was commissioned to write the online training 'Supervision for Health Care Professionals' by Relias Learning in August 2018.

    Artwork courtesy of Mo Ashley & Zara McQueen

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