Nicola Petrocchi, Ph.D, Psy.D, is a licensed CBT psychotherapist based in Rome, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at John Cabot University (Rome) and student counselor. During his international Ph.D in Psychology and Social Neuroscience, he spent one year as a visiting scholar at Boston University in the lab of Prof. Stefan Hofmann, where he conducted research on the effect of Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM) on dysthymic patients. He completed Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Neuroimaging Laboratory, Fondazione Santa Lucia (Rome). He has been the director of the Psycho-social Center for immigrants and refugees of the Identification and Expulsion Centre, Rome (C.I.E. of Ponte Galeria), and he is now Clinical advisor of several Psycho-social Services of Cooperativa Sociale AUXILIUM.
After more than 6 years of direct training and supervision with Prof. Gilbert, he is now an accredited Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) therapist and trainer in Italy and Europe. He also established Compassionate Mind Italia, the Italian association for the research, training and dissemination of CFT in Italy. He translated and edited in Italian the book “Compassion Focused Therapy: distinctive features” by Prof. Paul Gilbert (published by Franco Angeli). His research topic focuses on the physiological correlates of prosocial motivations, and the activation of compassion towards ourselves and others to overcome pathological self-criticism and improve psychophysiological wellbeing. He is the author of several national and international peer review publications and book chapters.