I am an HCPC Arts Therapist, a BPS Clinical Psychologist specialising in psychotherapy and a Clinical Supervisor.
The arts have always been strongly present in my life, and throughout the years, I have deepened my studies and practice in creative movement and trained in Authentic Movement (a contemplative movement practice influenced by Jungian Psychology and mindfulness meditation).
My experience fostered in me the realisation that the arts are a life force and a source of exploration, expression, self-knowledge, healing, and transformation.
In pursuit of self-awareness, self-knowledge and personal growth, I began practising yoga, meditation and mindfulness around twenty years ago and became a yoga and meditation teacher. Continuing on the path of personal development, I studied psychology and psychotherapy.
Living in different cities and countries has given me a personal understanding of what it means to learn, adapt and live between cultures and languages.
QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
After completing the academic training in clinical psychology rooted in the psychoanalytic approach (ISPA-University Institute, Portugal), I studied psychodynamic psychotherapy (SPPC). Later, in London, I completed the MA in drama and movement therapy (Sesame) with an approach informed by Jungian psychology (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama/University of London), bringing together two main areas of my life: the arts and psychotherapy.
I also completed the foundation course in group analysis at the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) and a postgraduate diploma in creative supervision at the London Centre for Psychodrama.
With many years of experience in the UK and Portugal, I have worked in various organisational settings, including NHS, private and charity sectors. I worked for many years with the Portuguese police force, offering psychotherapy and counselling to police officers and their families. I have recently worked in a multi-ethnic counselling service supporting adults, older adults, refugees and asylum seekers with mental health issues. I have also worked with a child bereavement charity, delivering individual and group therapy to children.
Alongside my psychotherapy practice, I have taught drama to young children, fostering their self-confidence and self-esteem while encouraging creativity and imagination, and facilitated drama-based workshops for families.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACCREDITATIONS
- HCPC registered Arts Therapist (Health and Care Professions Council)
- Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) and Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)
- Clinical Psychologist accredited by Ordem dos Psicologos (OPP, the Portuguese Psychologists Council)
- EuroPsy registered Clinical and Health Psychologist
- Member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP)
- Student member of the Group Analytic Society International (GASI)
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.