Alessandra Merizzi

Alessandra Merizzi
INRCA Istituto Nazionale di Ricovero e Cura per Anziani | INRCA · Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing

Gestalt Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology

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Introduction
I am a Gestalt Psychotherapist and Clinical Psychologist currently working at my therapy space "Studio Dr.ssa Merizzi" and at the Istituto Nazionale di Ricovero e Cura per Anziani (INRCA). I also collaborate with the Manchester Gestalt Centre (as psychotherapist) and the Oldham Memory Assessment and Treatment Service - Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (as UK National PI). I am an active member of Italian, UK and EU associations: SIPG, FPOP, GPTI, BGP (BGJ) and EAGT.
Additional affiliations
November 2015 - May 2022
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Position
  • Medical Professional
Description
  • Memory Assessment and Treatment Service
September 2014 - present
Manchester Gestalt Centre
Position
  • Gestalt Psychotherapist

Publications

Publications (14)
Poster
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The Poster will present our project on Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and its developments. Oldham Memory Assessment and Treatment Service provides a good range of services for people with dementia and their carers, but nothing has been created for people with a diagnosis of MCI until now. Aware of this lack, we decided to run a focus group for MC...
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In modern times, globally, many people with dementia are also drivers with all the challenges that this implies. The Dementia and Driving Decision Aid (DDDA) is a booklet designed to support people with dementia in making their own decision about driving cessation (or retirement). It was originally developed and tested in Australia and New Zealand...
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Il tema dell’invecchiamento è un tema sempre più di rilievo nelle società moderne. Inoltre, l’avvento della pandemia da Covid-19 ha rivolto i proiettori verso la terza età ed il lato più fragile di essa. In campo psicologico, numerosi sono stati gli sviluppi teorico-applicativi negli ultimi decenni, dalla psico-gerontologia, alle neuroscienze clin...
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Psychotherapy is one of the evidence-based clinical interventions for the treatment of depression in older adults with dementia. Randomised controlled trials are often the first methodological choice to gain evidence, yet they are not applicable to a wide range of humanistic psychotherapies. Amongst all, the efficacy of the Gestalt therapy (GT) is...
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The purpose of this scoping review is to investigate the value of creative arts therapies in healthy older adults. This article aims to shed light on current knowledge concerning the effectiveness of art therapies (ATs) for the prevention of common age-related conditions using the definition of art therapy provided by the American Art Therapy Assoc...
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Psychotherapy is one of the evidence-based clinical interventions for the treatment of depression in older adults with dementia. Randomized Controlled Trials are often the first methodological choice to gain evidence, yet they are not applicable to a wide range of humanistic psychotherapies. Amongst all, the efficacy of the Gestalt therapy (GT) is...
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Background: Retirement is recognized as a factor influencing the ageing process. Today, virtual health coaching systems can play a pivotal role in supporting older adults' active and healthy ageing. This study wants to answer two research questions: (1) What are the user requirements of a virtual coach (VC) based on an Embodied Conversational Agen...
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BACKGROUND The ageing worldwide population involves an increase of multiple chronic diseases and the consequent demand for healthcare services by older people, thus challenging the healthcare systems’ sustainability and older people’s quality of life. In order to postpone older adults’ need for care, the promotion of healthy ageing is a key action...
Poster
The Dementia and Driving Decision Aid (DDDA) is a booklet designed to support people living with dementia in making a decision about driving in collaboration with their health professionals and family. It was originally developed and tested in Australia and New Zealand with the co-participation of people living with dementia. Results showed that th...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore how supervision is applied in the context of National Health Service services for older adults, with particular regard to the profession of clinical psychology and psychotherapy. Design/methodology/approach – The clinical supervision theories that are considered in this exploration are the Seven-Eye...
Chapter
This chapter is the reflective fruit of a workshop that has been run during the UKAGP Conference 2015 and a following poster presented during the EAGT/AAGT Conference 2016. I discuss the meaning of the word “seduction” and how this aspect can be seen in Gestalt Therapy, starting from Marilena Menditto’s definition of seduction. I then explore the w...
Article
Dementia care is an important aspect affecting the quality of life of people living with dementia. There are many studies that test the efficacy of methods of care in order to support and even increase the quality of life of dementia patients (e.g. Gridley et al., 2016; Thyrian et al., 2017). A novel approach developed by Beville (2002) called Virt...
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The Poster will present some reflective points about the connection between fear and seduction in the therapy room. We all know about the seduction link to sexual interest, about its manipulative power as well as the importance of being aware of seduction on a countertransference level. However, the sexual aspect of seduction is not the single one...

Questions

Questions (3)
Question
I would like to use the Geriatric Depression Scale to investigate the efficacy of a therapy treatment on depressive symptoms in people with dementia. I am aware of the cut-off and score range of the GDS-30 (cut-off 9/30, mild depression 10–19, severe depression 20–30), but what is the level of change that needs to be observed in order to say that the pre-post score difference is clinically meaningful?
The sample will consist of individuals with mild depression.
Many thanks for any help.
Question
I am a bilingual professional working as an assistant psychologist in a memory service. I have found several research articles about administering the Boston Naming Test to bilingual patients, but none about bilingual professionals administering it. 
Thanks for your help,
Alessandra
Question
I am working in a mental health semi-residential service - adolescent unit, using both Group Analysis and Gestalt Therapy. We are planning a research to understand the connection between the group therapy efficacy, the group climate and the group composition (the partecipants' psychopathology).

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Projects (3)
Project
AgeWell aims to provide an Avatar and robot based digital coach for older employees. Thus, AgeWel supports: (i) Older employees through their transformation to retirement and (ii) Companies to keep their employees for longer time motivated to share their knowledge and experiences after retirement
Project
To explore and to describe the process of ageing in a Gestalt therapy key.