“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

(Marcel Proust)

"You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by  surviving difficult times and challenging adversity" (Epicurus) 

Would you like to find out more about these services?

Contact Chiara Santin

for an initial consultation


call 07548 390567

or email: rainbow.ltd@btinternet.com

or fill the contact form


systemic and family therapy

This section aims at providing information about a systemic and a family therapy approach to private individuals, children, couples, families, as well as Local Authorities and Post Adoption support agencies. 

AFT Information for Commissioners .pdf
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My approach


According to my clinical training, my approach is relational as it acknowledges the importance of relationships in our lives, how key significant people in our family of origin or carers shape our current and future relationships and how interactional patterns become established across generations, relationships and the life cycle.


Significant relationships can hinder or promote our well-being, they can be a source of conflict, concern or unhappiness as well as a source of support, resilience and growth.


There are times in our lives when relationships can become a burden, generating painful feelings, unhappiness and disappointment. This is the time when people may seek external help to find new ways of being with each other, which are more positive, constructive, supportive towards personal growth and positive change.


I am keen to explore how different family members might experience their being part of the family and their views about what is seen as “the problem” and help them find their own solutions, using a strength based approach.


A systemic approach also takes into consideration how family beliefs and values shape our experiences and relationships; the influence of "context" i.e. how multiple influences including wider socio-economic-political influences, expectations and meanings, associated with our own age, gender, race, culture, sexuality, impact on our life opportunities, positions in families and the wider society.

by AFT (Association of Family Therapy UK)
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You can find further information on systemic and family psychotherapy as an evidence based model of psychotherapy on the European website http://www.europeanfamilytherapy.eu/what-is-family-therapy/


  • Relationship difficulties  
  • Couple/Family communication
  • Couple/Family conflict
  • Family breakdown
  • Domestic abuse and domestic violence
  • Child to parent aggression and violence
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Attachment issues
  • Parenting issues
  • Children’s behavior and emotional wellbeing
  • Past experiences of abuse e.g. neglect, physical, emotional, sexual abuse
  • Family bereavement
  • Unresolved loss and grief
  • Couple infertility
  • Experiences of discrimination, immigration and cultural difference


After your first contact, I will offer an initial telephone consultation at a convenient time to explore the presenting concerns and reasons for seeking help. We will also discuss who is coming to the first session e.g. the whole family, the referrer, parents with or without children depending on what arrangements feel most appropriate.  If we both think that I could offer a suitable service, we will meet for an initial consultation session where your difficulties can be discussed in more depth and if you decide to continue with the therapy sessions, we will identify specific therapeutic goals which can meet your needs and expectations. I will ask clients to commit to at least 8 sessions to see some changes or discuss a way forward if ineffective. I will be keen to hear your feedback during and after each session. 


Family sessions take place in Woodingdean Brighton or at an alternative agreed venue. 


My fees are £70 per hour. You can pay by cash or online. Other fees can be agreed through negotiation.

If you would like more information, please send me a message using the contact form

Things happen that are like questions. It takes one minute, or years and then life responds. (Alessandro Baricco)

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