About Me

I am a HCPC Drama and Movement therapist and a BPS Clinical Psychologist

with over ten years of experience both in London 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) with Linda Hartley (IBMT) and continue my practice in this discipline.

My experience fostered in me the realisation of the arts as a source of exploration, expression, self-knowledge, healing and transformation.

Also in pursuit of self-awareness, self-knowledge and personal and spiritual growth I started to practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness over 15 years ago, which continues to this day across Europe and India.

I became a yoga and meditation teacher before taking up my clinical psychology training.

After completing the training in Clinical Psychology strongly rooted in the psychoanalytic approach at ISPA-University Institute (Portugal), I studied Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Sociedade Portuguesa Psicologia Clinica, Portugal).

Seeking to bring the arts into my professional work, I moved to London to complete the MA in Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame) at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama/University of London (UK), bringing together two main areas of my life: the arts and psychology.

Living and working in different cities and countries gave me a personal understanding of what it means learning, adapting and living in-between languages and cultures. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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. My experience also includes crisis intervention and psychological assessments.

I have experience working with children (4 to 10 years old), 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.

 

I am experienced working in both brief and long-term therapy.

 

Alongside my psychotherapy practice, I have taught drama to young children, fostering their self-confidence and self-esteem while encouraging creativity and imagination. Moreover, drama-based workshops for families.     

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACCREDITATIONS

- HCPC registered Drama and Movement 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 (cientific 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.

GOOD PRACTICE

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.

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