I am Chiara Santin, Systemic and Family Psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, Director of Rainbow Family Therapy Services (established in 2013) and Rainbow Community Projects CIC (2019). I have worked with children and families for more than 30 years, in Italy as a community-based youth worker and in UK as a professional. I am passionate about promoting affordable family therapy, activity-based therapy and ecotherapy i.e. using nature as a therapeutic tool to support children and families’ wellbeing and resilience.
I believe in respecting, valuing and celebrating diversity of experiences, and cultural backgrounds to promote positive relationships and inclusion, reduce social isolation through friendly access to therapy and dialogue in the community. I have extensive experience of working with same-sex couples.
I have always been passionate about working with children, young people and families in the small community in Italy where I grew up. I moved to Brighton in 1998 due to the economic crisis in Italy where I was working as an accountant to earn a living. Coming to live in a different culture and learning a new language, though a challenging experience, has opened up many new opportunities for me.
I wanted to make my passion of helping families a profession so I chose Social Science and Psychology as my first degree at the University of Brighton which I completed in 2002. Then I started working with families in Social Care for 10 years. In 2008 I completed my clinical master degree in Systemic and Family Psychotherapy to build on my experience of working therapeutically with families.
In 2012 I left Social Care and became an independent psychotherapist to be able to use my therapeutic skills more effectively and more creatively. This is when I created Rainbow Family Therapy Services ltd. I started developing an expertise in providing therapy to adoptive families offering a range of services e.g.
- Family therapy,
- Child-focused work,
- Attachment-based therapy,
- Family Narrative life story work,
- Therapeutic parenting,
- Non-violent resistance parenting approach, and
- EMDR trauma treatment.
In the meantime I started developing different ways of delivering therapy including therapy in nature and activity-based therapy to facilitate children’s engagement. I also became more aware of the need for people to come together in dialogue to share their experiences and feel connected with each other. In September 2019 I set up a non-profit organisation i.e. Rainbow CommUnity Projects to develop community projects. For more information please visit Rainbow CommUnity Projects website.