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Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, MA, UKCP, HCPC reg.

Body-focused Trauma Therapist (SE, SP, RTT)

Certified Bioenergetics Teacher


Hello, thank you for visiting my website.

My name is Lorena Balbinot, I am a warm-hearted somatic and arts psychotherapist working in London and Oxfordshire. I am passionate about working with trauma and I integrate various approaches to foster post-traumatic growth. My commitment is to provide a safe, welcoming, and confidential space, where my clients can heal and develop, moving towards a more satisfying life and greater autonomy. 

My professional formation includes Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, Humanistic Counselling, and years of body-centred therapeutic approaches for wellbeing and more recently for trauma processing: Relational Trauma Therapy (Level 2), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 1) and Somatic Experiencing (Level 1). I am a qualified Bioenergetics teacher and in addition to psychotherapy I offer sessions of trauma-informed somatic practice aimed at helping clients find greater freedom of expression and sense of safety in their body. 

My work is informed by the following psychotherapeutic approaches: Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Attachment Theory, Object Relations, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Integrative Arts, Janina Fisher Structural Dissociation Model, Internal Family System, Family Constellations, Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Relational Trauma Therapy, Embodied Relational Therapy, and Deep Bodywork. I work in a trauma-informed way and I am committed to helping my clients understand the role of the nervous system in their overall wellbeing, in line with the Polyvagal Theory by Steven Porges.

In my years of practice I have acquired a range of tools to support my clients in their journeys. The way I practise is at its core relational and all I offer is tailored around each individual's unique needs and consequent to their agreement. Taking a collaborative stance, my aim is to empower my clients as much as possible. For this reason I will at times offer psychoeducation and share resources and skills to foster your independence.


Since 2015 I have been gathering experience in the field of adult mental health by practising in charitable organisations, in the NHS, and in the private sector. I have experience of working with trauma and complex trauma, PTSD & CPTSD, addiction, co-dependence, narcissistic abuse, sexual problems, stress, anxiety, depression, anger management, compulsive behaviours, bereavement, grief, the LGBTQ+ community, low self-esteem and shame, racial trauma, attachment issues and disorders,  dissociation and dissociative disorders, BPD, psychosis, self-harm and suicidality.


Ongoing training: Somatic Experiencing Level 2 

2023 Somatic Experiencing Level 1

2023 Relational Trauma Therapy Level 2
2022 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1
2022 Safe & Sound Protocol by Steven Porges
2017-2021 MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, IATE, London.
2016-2017 Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts. IATE, London.
2015-2016 Certificate in Deep Bodywork. Entellia Institute, London.
2014 Bioenergetic Teacher Accreditation. Centro Sarvas, Italy.
2012-2015 Diploma in Body-Centred Humanistic Counselling. Centro Sarvas, Italy.
2009-2012 Fine Arts Degree

I am registered with UKCP and HCPC. In accordance with these professional bodies’ ethical principles, professional standards and policies, I am committed to providing a safe, ethical and effective practice. I hold a full Public Liability Insurance and DBS.


All clients information will be treated with the strictest confidentiality according to the GDPR privacy rights and laws.

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Psychotherapy is generally used as a longer-term treatment that focuses on gaining insight into substantial physical, relational or emotional problems. Its focus is on the person's present difficulties  and how these may be influenced by past events, including personal and intergenerational trauma, and other factors. Psychotherapy aims at addressing the root cause and core issues of current problems so that lasting change and personal growth may occur. Psychotherapy can achieve different things for different people: managing behaviours and feelings, reducing stress, improving self-esteem and awareness, healing trauma and emotional wounds, finding meaning in life.

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Integrative Arts Psychotherapy

Integrative Arts Psychotherapy is a form of expressive psychotherapy that uses the creative process through art-making and the body to improve one's own physical, mental, and emotional well-being. ​Arts Psychotherapy is not concerned with aesthetic or diagnostic analysis of the image and it does not require any particular skill or talent. The goal of integrative Arts Psychotherapy is that of enabling change and growth on a personal level through the use of expressive media in a safe and facilitating environment.

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Somatic Therapies

Somatic Experiencing

The goal of this approach is to help individuals overcome trauma, shock, and other stress disorders. Somatic Experiencing  aims at safely releasing traumatic shock, 'frozen' in the body at times of overwhelm, allowing for a natural transformation of both PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early childhood trauma.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

SP is a therapeutic modality for trauma and attachment issues. SP welcomes the body as an integral source of information which can guide resourcing and the accessing and processing of challenging, traumatic, and developmental experience. SP is a holistic approach that includes somatic, emotional, and cognitive processing and integration.

Bioenergetic Analysis, founded by Alexander Lowen in 1950s, is a form of psychotherapy that integrates verbal and body work. At its core is the belief that whatever is experienced in the mind is equally reflected in the body and vice versa.

Emotions are bodily experiences, therefore what we live emotionally gets impressed in our body. Emotions shape our body whether we express them or whether we repress them.


Bioenergetics teaches us to pay attention to the way we look, the way we breathe, the way we walk, our posture, our tensions, our way of being embodied. In so doing we are able to learn the language of the body, gaining access to a deeper source of wisdom and knowing, that of the body, where our truest self resides. Bioenergetics offers an integration of verbal conversation and specific body exercises that become an act of introspection allowing us to explore our emotions, our limits, but also our resources. The exercises unveil our personal knots and stiffness, physical but emotional too. They are never executed mechanically, because conversely they aim at a full and free expression of the person. Through the body release that the exercises bring, trapped emotions gradually emerge and with time they find the opportunity to be fully lived, expressed, and in the end integrated in one's own sense of identity. Once the body starts revealing its deepest knowledge and we learn how to listen to it, then we can truly experience the enjoyable feeling of transformation happening in our body and in our behaviour. This is the path towards inner freedom, joy and wholeness.

Bioenergetics can be practised in a 1 to 1 setting or through classes of exercises.

In INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS the use of body exercises can be accompanied by verbal elaboration and exploration.

In BIOENERGETIC GROUP CLASSES exercises are the priority and sharing of personal process is neither expected nor required. The objectives of the classes are:​​

  • To offer the chance to release stress and body tensions, feel more relaxed, alive, vigorous, and dynamic.

  • To acquire new information about one's self and one's body and create greater connection with one own's body.

  • To promote the ability to listen to one's own emotions and sensations and to encourage their expression.

  • To develop one's sense of responsibility in accepting one's limits and in seeking wellbeing.

  • To become more grounded, that is to become more steady in one's own existence and reality, without living in illusions, projections, or unrooted thoughts.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the services I offer. I will be happy to offer clarifications.


Bioenergetics Group Class £20

1-1 Somatic Practice in person (55mins) £55

1-1 Somatic Practice on Zoom (55mins) £45 

Counselling or psychotherapy sessions in person (55mins) £90

Counselling or psychotherapy sessions on Zoom (55mins) £80


If you have any questions or doubts do not hesitate to contact me, I will always try my best to offer you answers and clarifications. I offer a free 20 to 30-minute Zoom conversation to anyone who is interested in starting a treatment.

I can be contacted by email or using the form in this section. I aim to respond within 48 hours. If you don't hear from me, please check your spam folder. Thank you.



I look forward to meeting you.


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