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About us

Who we are

Accredited as excellence by the Marche Region Health Department, the San Nicola Addiction Treatment Center is a spearhead for the entire nation. Having also become famous abroad, he boasts patients from the Netherlands, England and the United States.
The structure was founded in 2012 from more than thirty years of experience in the field of addictions of the Villa Silvia Clinic in Senigallia, a renowned private center of medical excellence. The Treatment Center is inspired by American and English structures which are distinguished by a short-term residential stay. The therapeutic program aimed at employees, as well as that aimed at families, is based on the integration of international therapies with high success rates.
San Nicola Centre's Staff

Certifications of excellence


• Accredited with EXCELLENCE for rehabilitation activities in the addiction sector by the Marche Region Health Department
• Certified by RINA (ISO 9001: 2015), one of the most important companies in Europe for quality accreditation

Our staff

The therapeutic team of the San Nicola Addiction Treatment Centre is multidisciplinary, highly specialized and very close-knit. It includes psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, educators, nurses and teachers. Some of them have a history of family addiction or of their own, which helps them create a highly empathetic relationship with those who are facing the problems of the disease. The professionals of the team then become witnesses of a new life without addiction for the guests. Each member of the team has a curriculum of excellence and periodically attends refresher courses at international level.

Founder

The creator and founder of the San Nicola addiction treatment centre, Vincenzo Aliotta has also been the reference point for the Villa Silvia clinic in Senigallia for more than 50 years. Vincenzo Aliotta is the beating heart of the San Nicola Centre.

Health Director

Graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the "G. D'Annunzio " University of Chieti in 2001 she specialized in Clinical Pathology at the same University in 2006, while in 2011 she obtained a specialization in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the University of Marche. She represents the health direction of the Centre.

Director

Graduated in psychology and specialized in systemic relational psychotherapy, she follows the important work of emotional involvement of the families of patients admitted at multi-family and single-family meetings at the San Nicola Centre.

Coordinator

He holds a master's degree in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Bologna. He specialized in Client-Centred Psychotherapy at the IACP in Rome. He has many years of experience in the field of addictions, in prevention projects, harm reduction and rehabilitation within community structures.

Counsellor

Born in Rome with dual citizenship (Italian and American), he has worked for many years as a photographer and documentary filmmaker. Following a history of drug addiction, he approached the world of treatment where he has been active for over a decade.

Nurse and Yoga Teacher

Psychiatric nurse and yoga master, Johannes is Dutch. He has worked in the Netherlands in hospitals and therapeutic communities. He has been studying and practicing bio-natural disciplines since 1983 and is a master in Oki do Yoga and Meiso Shiatsu. He teaches Yoga as part of recreational and regenerative activities.

Psychologist and Psychotherapist

He graduated in Developmental and Communication Psychology at the Catholic University of Milan. He obtained a four-year specialization in psychotherapy at NOUS, a school based in Milan with a cognitive-constructivist address, based on mindfulness as a method of awareness. He is the coordinator of the english team.

Professional Counsellor

She graduated from the European three-year school ASPIC, specialized with the Italian School of Addiction of the Department of Anti-Drug Policies Presidency of the Council of Ministers. President of Acta Lazio Association of Accredited Therapeutic Communities of Lazio. After a personal path of rehabilitation from addiction, she has had decades of professional experience in addictions, also dealing with training, orientation, listening, and motivation.

Accounting

Elisabetta was born in Sydney, where she lived and worked until 1980. She is responsible for the secretarial duties and administration of the San Nicola Treatment Centre, as well as managing all communication with foreign countries.

Counsellor

Born in South Africa, resident in Italy since 2009, he has dual citizenship and is a structural engineering technician. With a history of addiction behind him, he has personal experience on the dynamics and problems of rehabilitation.

Psychotherapist, Psychologist and Sexologist

She holds a master's degree in Clinical and Community Psychology, specialized in Individual and Group Psychotherapy and has many years of experience in the field of addictions.

Counsellor

Elisabetta, with many years experience, specializes in counselling, bio-energetic diagnosis, TCM and bio-natural techniques. Participates in and shares addiction treatment techniques with the guests at San Nicola.

Teacher and Educator

British born with a love of the Italian language and culture. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Language and Literature and is an author of textbooks. He teaches language to guests in the programme of recreational and rehabilitation activities.

Sociologist

He graduated in Sociology at the University of Urbino. He then obtained two master's degrees, one in community psychology and formative processes and the other in clinical criminology and legal psychology. He has a lot of experience both as a sociologist and as an educator in various therapeutic communities, social cooperatives, residential facilities and communities for drug addicts.

Chef and Educator

A professional cook with 25 years’ experience, Massimo Pertosa has worked in catering in various Italian accommodation realities especially in northern and central Italy. In addition to the function of chef at the San Nicola Centre, Massimo also works alongside the guests explaining to them how a full-fledged kitchen works through hands on learning.

Counsellor

Maria Cristina obtained a diploma in Body Counselling. Graduated in Psychosomatic Naturopathy and in Health and Wellness Operator, she has been dealing with body expression and psychophysical well-being for over 25 years.

Art Counselling

Ceramist for passion she has always had an interest in art and psychology. In her professional experience she has been able to see the link between creativity and psychological well-being also and above all for people who have had difficulties such as addictions and abuse.

Psychologist and Psychotherapist

She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Bologna. She trained both in Italy and abroad in the clinical and research field with specialization in evidence-based psychotherapy approaches.

Psychologist and Psychotherapist

After graduating in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in family therapy at the La Sapienza University of Rome, he has worked as a psychologist and therapeutic coordinator in various therapeutic and rehabilitation facilities.

Professional Educator

She graduated in Professional Education at the Polytechnic University of Marche, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. She gained previous experience in the field of technological addictions and trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Art Counselling

Graduated from the Stabile delle Marche, counsellor and teacher of Theatre Therapy with decades of experience in addictions. He helps guests develop the ability to be with and open up to others and overcome emotional blocks, through improvisation games and skill exercises.

Psychologist and Educator

He graduated in Clinical Psychology, majoring in Sexology at the University of Aquila. He obtained a four-year specialization in Cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy at A.T. Beck Institute in Rome and a master degree in Ethno-psychiatry, Migration Psychology. He has many years of experience in the field of addictions.