Dr Antonella Brunetti

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

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Learn about Dr Antonella Brunetti

I am a Chartered Psychologist with extensive experience in treating a wide range of psychological difficulties in adults (aged 17 and over) with a clinic in Petersfield, Hampshire (Show on Map). Petersfield is easily accessible by car/ train being located off the A3 between Guildford (approx. 30 mins) and Portsmouth (25 minutes) and is on the main line from Portsmouth to London Waterloo by train.

What do I specialise in?

I specialise in assessing, diagnosing and working with clients who have Asperger’s or an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and clients who may have been diagnosed with a ‘Personality Disorder’ as a result of complex trauma.

The Division of Clinical Psychology contests psychiatric language that labels rather than explains the nature of the difficulties that clients struggle with. If we work together, we will be focused on the specific difficulties you are experiencing.

I offer a range of therapies that have strong evidence supporting their effectiveness and specialise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy. These therapies help people to understand and manage their difficulties in order to achieve greater wellbeing and fulfillment in their lives. I also use mindfulness-based approaches to help clients let go of emotional suffering and build more accepting/understanding ways of relating to themselves. I am experienced in adjusting these therapies for the needs of clients on the autism spectrum.

I am chartered with and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC is the statutory body that checks all psychologists are fully qualified and adhere to a set of clinical and ethical standards.

To check my registration go to: www.hpc-uk.org
I am also registered with leading health insurance companies such as BUPA

Services I offer

Drawing on my professional training and extensive clinical experience, I have a detailed understanding of many psychological conditions. I will work in close collaboration with you to choose the most effective treatment to help you overcome your difficulties and achieve your goals. I am informed by best practice guidelines recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). I offer telephone consultation and video-conferencing sessions where appropriate.

Common Conditions

Many of the conditions listed below can be treated using brief psychological therapies (8-16 sessions)

• Stress
• Depression
• Anxiety/ Panic
• Social anxiety
• Phobias/ specific fears
• Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Relationship Difficulties
• Grief/ Loss
• Low self-esteem
• Procrastination/ avoidance

If your difficulties are placing your relationship under strain such that you want to seek couples counselling, contact RELATE.  If you are experiencing any of the conditions described above, or are unsure how psychological treatment could help, or want to find out more about therapy for someone close to you….

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Long-standing / Complex Difficulties

Sometimes someone may be struggling with several conditions at once, have had difficulties for a long time or have had periods of previous treatment which was limited in its effectiveness. If your difficulties are having an impact on many areas of your life such as your relationships, ability to work, ability to carry out everyday tasks or take care of yourself/ enjoy life then longer-term psychological therapies (24 sessions +) may be needed.

• Lots of emotional ups and downs in relationships
• Intense and long lasting emotions
• Troublesome memories from the past
• Suicidal thoughts, urges and behaviour
• Difficulties sustaining relationships
• Feelings of emptiness/ boredom
• Poor sense of self-identity
• A diagnosis of Borderline or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder
• Feeling spaced out/ detached from yourself/ others/ the world
• Reliance on substances/ alcohol to cope with emotions
• Multiple/ confusing diagnoses
• Limited benefit from previous therapy

For more information on the different types of mental health problems and treatment options contact MIND.

If you are in need of URGENT help right now call Samaritans or NHS 111

If you are feeling overwhelmed by your difficulties and the impact they are having on your life or have struggled to get the right treatment and want to discuss options for psychological therapy OR want to consider treatment options for someone close to you…

Asperger’s / Autism Specialist Assessment & Diagnosis

I offer specialist assessment and diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Conditions (diagnostically termed ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’) in adults and adolescents aged 17+.

Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) exist along a ‘spectrum’, with some individuals experiencing more severe difficulties than others.

ASC is characterised by difficulties in:

• Social communication
• Social interactions
• Social imagination
• Narrow/ obsessive interests

Other features of ASC include: difficulty coping with change, hypo/ hyper sensory sensitivity (e.g. noise/ sound/ touch/ light), idiosyncratic speech; difficulties understanding emotions, intense emotional outbursts.

Sometimes ASC can be ‘missed’ in females because the presentation can be more subtle and standard tests can be more biased towards typically male presentations. This can result in females experiencing a variety of alternative diagnoses or ineffective treatments over time. If you are female and think you may have an ASC, you will need a clinician who is experienced in adapting the assessment process for females. I have a clinical specialism in assessing and treating women on the autism spectrum.

The specific features of ASC can mean that managing work, forming/ maintaining a social life or relationships, coping with study or living independently are very challenging. This can give rise to recurrent low mood/ anxiety and a sense of low self-worth. Specialist assessment and diagnosis can help you understand yourself better and make recommendations to help you manage your life more effectively. It may also help you access further support or specific benefits you may be entitled to.

Additional therapy, adjusted for the needs of those with an ASC can also help to improve your mood, social skills and relationships, understand and cope with your emotions and cope with changes better.

If you think someone close to you has an ASC, you may be concerned that they are not living to their full potential or require additional support. If you suspect that your partner has an ASC you may experience them as emotionally distant or insensitive to your emotional needs at times which may be placing your relationship under strain.

If you would like to find out more about what is involved in a specialist ASC assessment or think you or someone close to you may benefit from an initial screening session to determine whether a full diagnostic assessment for ASC is required, contact me.
For further information on ASC contact the National Autistic Society

Services for professionals

Clinical Supervision

I offer psychological supervision to psychologists in training, qualified psychologists and other allied health professionals/ therapists. I draw on several models of therapy to help support you in your work and reflect on your professional practice. I can offer video conferencing / telephone sessions if required.

Training for Staff Teams

If you have a specific training need regarding working with clients who have Autism Spectrum Conditions or complex trauma (often diagnostically termed
‘Personality Disorder’) or would like to find out more about specific therapies that can help a range of clinical problems such as Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), I would be happy to discuss your needs.

For queries regarding clinical supervision or training contact me

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