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 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 through dialogue in the community to promote positive relationships and reduce social isolation.
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.