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Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy


It is a structured, short-term, patient-oriented method suitable for adults and children, group or individual therapies, with a practical approach to problem-solving. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the complex relationship among emotions, thoughts, and attitudes that are at the basis of our problems. It assumes that psychological problems are consequences of the way we think and feel, and thus affect our behavior. After a careful psychological and diagnostic assessment, the therapist collaborates with the patient and customizes the therapy:

  • to define the goals to be achieved

  • to choose the treatment tools according to the patient’s needs

  • to assesses periodically the course of the therapy


The center offers cognitive behavioral psychotherapy to adults and children affected with the following problems:

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Depression disorders

  • Bipolar disorders

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders

  • Somatic symptom disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Sleep-wake disorders

  • Sexual dysfunctions

  • Gender dysphoria

  • Addictions and substance use

  • Personality disorders



The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) is a scientific approach developed by Jon Kabat Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Center for Mindfulness. The MBSR program includes 8 weekly sessions; generally, group therapy is proposed, but individual sessions can be organized on request. It is a psychological process of bringing one’s attention to internal experiences, and developing personal resources in order to manage the difficult situations that occur in life. The program teaches how:

  • to identify the sources of stress

  • to respond to stimuli rather than reacting impulsively

  • to understand his/her automatisms

  • to develop or reinforce the ability to manage and face emotions

  • to take care of himself/herself


In the last 30 years, scientific research has shown that the application of Mindfulness protocols have significant benefits for a variety of health conditions:

  • chronic pain

  • cardiovascular diseases and hypertension

  • cancer (psychological aspects and pain management)

  • migraine

  • stress-related digestive disorders

  • concentration problems

  • sleep disorders

  • eating disorders

  • depression

  • anxiety


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At the UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme, we offer preventive medicine services for gastrointestinal, pancreatic, and cardiac diseases, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. In other words, we take care of you.


The Italian division of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with facilities in Rome (UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at San Pietro FBF, oncology radiotherapy and UPMC Salvator Mundi International Hospital), Palermo (ISMETT IRCCS, organ transplants and highly specialized therapies and Ri.MED Foundation, research), Chianciano Terme (UPMC Institute for Health, preventive medicine and Medical Gym), Mirabella Eclano (UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at Villa Maria, oncology radiotherapy).


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