Welcome

English-speaking psychologist in Copenhagen

Welcome to my homepage! If you are here, you are probably considering getting help to overcome a difficult period, or perhaps you are struggling with depression, anxiety or with unresolved issues that won´t let go. Whatever the reason, you have just taken the first and most important decision: Reach for help. Please check out my profile and areas of expertise and, if you have any question or would like any clarification, do not hesitate to drop me a mail or – even faster – to call me up!

I offer psychological support and treatment in English in my office in Copenhagen

I am looking forward to hearing from you!

My background

Psychological support and therapy in English

My name is Claudia Carrara and I offer individual as well as family/couple support and therapy in English at my office in Copenhagen. I obtained my degree in Psychology from Copenhagen University in 2009, majoring in Clinical and Neuropsychology, and in 2013 I completed a Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology.

During the years, my career and my interests have taken three parallel directions: Research on the neural mechanisms that shape different states of consciousness, cognitive psychotherapy and university teaching. I am extern lector at the University of Copenhagen where I teach neuroscience of human consciousness, and I occupy a faculty position at DIS Copenhagen where I teach a number of courses at the department of psychology and neuroscience. Additionally, I currently supervise and coordinate diverse research projects in the area of human conscious and unconscious perception.

Born and raised in Italy, I have lived since 1995 in Denmark where I am married and mother of three children.

My premise is that every individual has unique resources and unique ways to perceive life and its challenges. As a psychologist, I focus on identifying the roots of frustrations and difficulties, and on motivating changes that can lead to improved psychological and emotional wellbeing.

Trust and open-mindedness will be the foundations of our therapeutic relation.

You can talk to me in English, Danish or Italian

Articles

Carrara-Augustenborg C. & Schultz G., (2019) The implicit learning of metrical and non-metrical rhythms in blind and sighted adults, Psychol Res. Jul;83(5):907-923. doi: 10.1007/s00426-017-0916-0. Epub 2017 Sep 15.

Almada L., F., Pereira A., Carrara-Augustenborg C. (2013). What Affective Neuroscience Means for Science of Consciousness. In Mens Sana Monographs 11(1):253-73.

Augustenborg C.C. (2010). The Endogenous Feedback Network: a new approach to the comprehensive study of consciousness. Conscious Cogn. 19(2):547-79.

Books & Chapters

Carrara-Augustenborg C. From Objective Informational Broadcast to Subjective Perceptual Awareness: The Development of a Comprehensive Model of Human Consciousness. 2013, Ph.D Dissertation ISBN 978-87-7611-591-3

Carrara-Augustenborg C. (2012). Consciousness extended: Bridging informational broadcast and perceptual awareness within a comprehensive conceptualization of consciousness. In A.E. Cavanna & A. Novi (Eds.), Consciousness: States, Mechanisms and Disorders. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science.

Carrara-Augustenborg C., Pereira A. Jr. (2012). Brain Endogenous Feedback and Degrees of Consciousness. In A.E. Cavanna & A. Novi (Eds.), Consciousness: States, Mechanisms and Disorders. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science.

Therapy Expertise

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on identifying the relational patterns between our behaviors, thoughts and feelings that lead to psychological difficulties and to disfunctional interpersonal interactions. Often these patterns are rooted in a distorted interpretation of reality: Therapy aims at replacing negative perceptions with more positive and more realistic thoughts.

Schema Therapy

Besides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I practice Schema Therapy which has given very positive results in the treatment of many psychological and emotional difficulties.

Schema Therapy Premise

Schema Therapy is based on the premise that there are different aspects of ourselves which make us feel and behave differently in different situations. One of the main sources of psychological difficulties arise then from conflicts between these different parts of ourselves. For example, we might feel angry when we think others do not give us the respect and the space we feel to deserve. On the other hand, we might feel guilty when we think we might have dominated too much a conversation.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) vs. Schema Therapy

Sharing some common grounds with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Schema Therapy places greater emphasis on problematic emotions, childhood issues and therapeutic relationship.  

I can also support you when dealing with:

  • Feelings of sadness, meaninglessness and emptiness
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • How and why to set boundaries
  • Frustrations and anger
  • Low self-esteem
  • Life crises

Therapeutic Approach

Taking the lead from cognitive behavioral therapy and Schema Therapy, we will work together with your thoughts, feelings and behaviors trying to understand where and how the difficulties emerge. This approach builds upon our evidence-based knowledge that our thoughts, emotions and actions are closely interrelated. The way in which we perceive ourselves, other people or specific situations contributes to shape our feelings and thoughts which in turn can influence the way in which we react in the specific circumstances. Our behavior can then impact our social relations by affecting how others consider us, and therefore also how we perceive ourselves. These interactive loops, which can play significant roles in shaping our everyday, are unique, just like unique is each one of us.

We will work together to identify the way in which you perceive your reality by focusing on your thoughts and feelings. More so, we will explore the occurrence of unconscious response- and relationship patterns that, rooted in previous experiences, can contribute to shaping specific attitudes and current behaviors.

Together we will create a safe space where, with respect and acknowledgement of your thoughts and experiences, we will find a new way for you to tackle challenges, overcome difficulties and, ultimately, to find serenity.

Fees

Regular consultation

  • Individual 800,-/50 min.
  • Couple/Family 1500,-/80 min
  • Student 600,-/50 min.

Payment is due at the end of services – Cash or MobilePay are accepted.

Cancellations

If you need to cancel an appointment, kindly notify so at least 24hr earlier.

Later-cancellation and no-show appointments will result in a full charge.

Kindly note that it is not possible to benefit from own practitioner referral (“henvisning”) and that I currently do not take public nor private insurance.