I am an HCPC Arts Therapist and a BPS Clinical Psychologist
with many years of experience both in the UK and Portugal.
The arts have always been strongly present in my life and, throughout the years, I have deepened my studies and practice in dance and movement.
I have also trained in Authentic Movement (a contemplative movement practice influenced by Jungian Psychology and mindfulness meditation) and continue my practice in this discipline.
My experience fostered in me the realisation of the arts as a life force and
a source of exploration, expression, self-knowledge, healing and transformation.
In pursuit of self-awareness, self-knowledge and personal and spiritual growth, I started to practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness around twenty years ago and was a yoga and meditation teacher.
After completing the training in Clinical Psychology rooted in the psychoanalytic approach (ISPA-University Institute, Portugal), I studied Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (SPPC, Portugal).
In London, I completed the MA in Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame) at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama/University of London, bringing together two main areas of my life: the arts and psychotherapy.
Living and working in different cities and countries gave me a personal understanding of what it means to learn, adapt and live in-between languages and cultures.
I have worked with a variety of issues and in various organisational settings, including NHS, schools, private and charity sectors. I have also worked for many years with the Portuguese Police Force, offering psychotherapy and counselling to police officers and their families.
I have experience working with children, adults and older adults from diverse cultural backgrounds. I also worked with mother-baby and couples.
In addition to my private practice, I currently work in a multi-ethnic counselling service supporting adults and older adults with mental health issues as well as refugees and asylum seekers. I also work with a child bereavement charity, delivering individual and group therapy to children and was part of the team that offered support to the Grenfell community.
Alongside my psychotherapy practice, I taught drama to young children, fostering their self-confidence and self-esteem while encouraging creativity and imagination - also, drama-based workshops for families.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACCREDITATIONS
- HCPC registered Arts Therapist
- Full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- EuroPsy registered Clinical and Health Psychologist
- Member of Sociedade Portuguesa de Psicologia Clinica (SPPC - scientific association of psychodynamic psychotherapy, Portugal).
- Clinical Psychologist accredited by Ordem dos Psicologos (The Portuguese Psychologists Council)
I abide by their Code of Ethics and Practice guidelines.
In order to enhance my practice and offer my clients high-quality work, I continue with professional training and personal development and have regular supervision.