Psychology Service

Psychology studies human behavior and seeks to understand and interpret the underlying mental, emotional, and relational processes, with the aim of improving the quality of life.

Psychologists are professionals who use knowledge and intervention tools for prevention, diagnosis, rehabilitation, and psychological support to individuals, groups, social organizations, and communities. They are able to assess whether there is a malaise confined to a specific life event or change, for which short-term psychological support is sufficient, or, alternatively, if the psychic discomfort is more complex and therefore requires a longer psychotherapy treatment.

Our specialized staff at UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme offers a wide range of psychology and psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, families, and groups.

What kind of issues does psychology deal with, and when should a specialist be consulted?

A psychologist or a psychotherapist should be consulted:

  • to improve one’s quality of life, with actions aimed at increasing self-knowledge and strengthening one’s resources and abilities
  • when people experience a malaise generated by critical events (illness, mourning, couple crisis, family or relational difficulties, issues with children or work-related, etc.)
  • in case of disorders (anxiety, depression, eating or sexual disorders, etc.) that affect the quality of life of individuals or their relational systems

After an initial consult aimed at understanding and identifying psychological issues, the most appropriate intervention is suggested focusing on the individual, the family, or the couple. Depending on the age and specific condition, psychological, relational, and social issues are dealt with, addressing:

  • children: behavioral disorders, feeding disorders, anxiety, evacuation disorders, hyperactivity, etc.
  • teenagers: relational difficulties, addictions, isolation, deviating behaviors, difficulties at school, etc.
  • adults: anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, eating behavior disorders, disorders related to traumatic and stressful events, somatic symptom disorders, etc.
  • families: difficulties in family relationships, parenting, couple crisis, separation, etc.

Becoming a smoker was sort of a journey: perhaps at the beginning you didn’t even like smoking cigarettes, however with time the body and mind got used to them, and quitting became impossible. The decision to stop smoking means embarking on another journey to free yourself from this addiction and then sticking to this change. It is possible to embark on this journey alone, but if there are cessation specialists there with you, you’ll have more chances to succeed. Scientific studies show that the more support you receive, the more chances you have of quitting smoking once and for all.

Smoking harms

Smoking is one of the main causes of lung cancer, but also one of the most important risk factors for the development of:

  • cardiovascular diseases, heart attack, stroke, abdominal aorta aneurysm
  • respiratory disorders (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • gastric ulcer and re-acutization in patients with Crohn’s disease
  • infertility in both sexes
  • osteoporosis

In addition, smoking lowers the immune defenses, thus increasing the risk of infections. Studies have shown a correlation between smoking and the development of severe forms of COVID-19 infection. Moreover, smoking during a pregnancy also increases the risk of placenta detachment, fetal mortality, and premature delivery, as well as resulting in lower birth weight and less milk production for mothers.

Program at UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme

The aim of this program is to help:

  • smokers who want to quit smoking acquire useful tools to lead a healthy lifestyle
  • people with smoking-related diseases, for whom smoking cessation is an important support to their therapy
  • those who quit smoking on their own, but find it hard to manage withdrawal symptoms or who experienced relapse

The program includes the support of a physician and a psychologist who follow the smoker on a program that includes 8 meetings. After an initial clinical (general and smoking history) and psychological (motivation and resources) assessment, the program starts with close encounters with the psychologist and monitoring by the physician.


Eating disorders (EDs) are complex diseases characterized by abnormal eating behaviors and physical and mental complications. These disorders can occur in any age group and include:

  • anorexia nervosa
  • bulimia nervosa
  • binge-eating disorder
  • avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder
  • pica (eating or craving of things that are not food, such as earth, stones, paper, etc.)
  • rumination disorder

Significantly, any sign of alteration in the relation with food should be identified to promptly intervene before an eating disorder noticeably ensues.

Program at UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme

The program offered by UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme provides an integrated approach of assessment and treatment, involving a range of professionals (nutritionists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and physical therapists). The Center has two different programs, one for adults and one for teenagers. Following the evaluation of the clinical picture from a medical, nutritional and psychological point of view, an outpatient treatment plan is carried out. This includes a diet plan and individual and/or family psychotherapy interviews. In addition, a wide range of activities is available at the Wellness Center with physical therapists, as well as disciplines such as Yoga and Tai Chi that aim at promoting the contact and relationship of patients with their bodies.


Psycho-Oncology intends to accompany cancer patients and their families from the diagnosis to the end of treatment, to the post-illness. Cancer disrupts the lives of patients and families, generating a range of emotions and moods that, if not adequately addressed, can impact the quality of the emotional, social, and relational life of those affected. Moreover, it has been proven that the psychological approach to the disease, alongside the medical one, plays a crucial role in the treatment. In a moment of great psycho-emotional suffering, the support of a psychologist grants a safe haven where emotions can be expressed and people can feel understood and sustained.

Program at UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme

The aim of the program offered at UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme is to help patients and their families to process the disease, offering support to deal with the course of treatment and post-illness. The activities suggested include individual or group interviews with cancer patients and their families.


It provides information, listening, and prevention on issues related to sexuality, for individuals or couples. People can be referred to it in case of doubts or difficulties in sexual, emotional or relational matters.


A sports counseling service aimed at clubs and athletes with the aim of setting the conditions for improving competitive performance, offering tools to training mental skills and enhance potential and resources.


Self-esteem is the assessment of one’s own value as an individual, and it is what makes people feel more or less up to daily challenges. It is a life-long process to gain and strengthen self-confidence and enhance resources. A good self-esteem is vital for a psycho-emotional and relational well-being. The group laboratory, consisting of four meetings, is designed to strengthen self-esteem with a number of activities and techniques that can be useful in the relationship with ourselves, with the others, and in times of change and difficulty.