I was so inspired by the benefits I experienced I decided to train as a Clinical Psychologist. Based on my own experiences and my professional practice, I strongly believe that healing and growth can happen given the right conditions. The thing is, these conditions are sometimes very hard to find!
The person-centred approach as the name says, puts the person at the centre of their experience. This is necessary as it provides an opportunity to be more of our actual selves! We are asked many and many times to "fit" in someone else, or society's agendas and demands. Counselling will allow your space/time away from your everyday life, to find your own voice, needs , desires and resources to grow.
I am still here with the challenge to say something about me as a therapist, and how to translate almost 30 years of experiences since I became part of the world of psychology psychotherapy and counselling, into a small enough space. I can only make a crude attempt saying it has been a very challenging, sometimes fantastic beyond anything imaginable, sometimes gruelling experience!
It all started, really, before I was born, including where and when I was born… but to not transform this website into a biography and to make it more interesting, hopefully… the timeline below shows a bit about my story, issues I faced which shaped me as a person.
My work has been to understand, heal and transform, through learning, connection and love.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil : female
4 generations of women greatgradmother and my grandmother , my mum and me who initiated me into the effects of trauma and mental illness and the power of resilience
A wild 6 year old, on my birthday making sure nobody would confuse me with a princess!!!
oh God , religion!!! Catholicism was a big part pf my young life.
Living school life in the heart of the Amazon, an experience which shaped my understanding of life in a profound way
Siblings , being the big sister not an easy job...
Teenage years, the real troubles begin, not a happy face for a 15 year old going to a party... my journey included various mental health issues
Hope came in the shape or art , dance and theatre were a blessing, transforming the heaviness into some sort of expression
Clinical Psychology Graduate, happy day!
Another happy day! Becoming a mum!
Learning so much with this little one, putting all those years of studying the theories into practice! No pressure...
I thought I needed a bigger challenge ...
Working with Angolan students a big learning curve! So honoured to be invited by the organizers of AMAS empowering te new generation of women for bringing positive change 🙂
Sharing what I have learned so far ...
Becoming a carer to parents, why nobody prepared me for this part??? 12 years on we can relax a bit...
Timeless is the love and connections I have found along the way. The encouragement, kindness, generosity and love that kept me going when things were really hard, when I didn't believe it was possible to make it through . My friends , therapists, teachers, supervisors and the forces of nature where there to hold me, for that I am grateful.
I am committed to providing a space for my clients to experience freedom to be themselves, a space for understanding, warmth and respect, where healing and genuine growth can happen.