Portelli has followed her studies in Psychology at the
University of Malta. After winning a scholarship, she continued
her dottorato at The University of Bologna, Italy, to become a
qualified Clinical Psychologist.
to further her studies in human perception and behaviour,
she decided to carry out her specialisation in Brief Strategic
Therapy at School of Specialisation at the Centro di Terapia
Strategica (CTS) of Arezzo, founded by Paul Watzlawick and
Giorgio Nardone. At that point, the Centro di Terapia
Strategica (CTS) was still a young yet effervescent institute
which was further developing the breakingthrough revolutionary
work of the Mental Research Institute (MRI) at The
School of Palo Alto, California.
completing her specialisation, she was asked to collaborate in
various projects carried out by the Centro di Terapia
Strategica (CTS) of Arezzo, directed by Prof Nardone. At
present she is a senior collaborator at CTS where she
is directly involved in research, clinical practice and
training. In 2004, she was appointed ordinary lecturer at the
Post-Graduate School of Brief Strategic Therapy (recognised by
Portelli also carries out private practice in her native
country, Malta, where she is responsible of the Brief Strategic
Therapy Centre of Malta and also in Ancona (Italy).
2005 she has been appointed a regular visting lecturer at The
University of Malta, at the Gestalt Institute in Barcelona,
Spain and at the Gregory Bateson Institute, Paris, France.
Portelli has participated to various international conferences
and has published various articles, especially on
She co-authored with Prof
Nardone the text book of advanced Brief Strategic Therapy: Knowing through
Changing: The Evolution of Brief Strategic Therapy, Crown Publishing House, UK (2005) and “Come Smettere di Fumare:
Strategie per liberarsi in tempi brevi dalla dipendenze da fumo”
(Ed Branka Skorjanec, 2008, Ponte alle Grazie).