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Qualifications, academic research & experience

Qualifications

  • MSc Investigative Psychology University of Huddersfield 2017-18  In-depth training in all aspects of Investigative Psychology as developed by Professor David Canter. Advanced statistical analysis, and scientific analysis of criminal patterns of behaviour, which support psychologists to make contributions to the legal and investigative process, as well as to crime prevention and rehabilitation of offenders. Clinical forensic psychology, the relationship between mental disorder and crime.  Risk factors and risk assessment measures used to assess the risk of (re)-offending and approaches to helping victims. Insights into organized and cyber crime. Criminal narratives theory and its application to the study of violent and sexual crime. Strong research focus.
  • Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy Temenos 2009-2012 Theory and practice of the Person-Centred approach as conceived by Carl Rogers, including its philosophical basis. Student centred environment for learning;  conceptualization and application of the 6 core conditions for psychological growth, through group process . Critical analysis skills, comparative evaluation of the different models pf psychotherapy, development of competency in self and peer assessment in professional practice, in regards to ethical issues and critical theory. Clinical case studies and 200 hours of supervised practice. 
  • BSc Hons Psychology (1st Class) (PUC-Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1997-2001) Clinical Psychologist Professional Qualification Comprehensive training in all issues related to mental health, child development, psychopathology, psychometric and psychological assessments, therapeutic approaches, ethics, research methods and practice, philosophical basis of each approach in Psychology, social and institutional psychology, psychobiology, etc.  The course included two years clinical placement (420 hours) at a number of settings: primary school, women’s hospital, psychiatric day hospital and the university psychological clinic, which provided low cost psychological services to the community.

Over the years I have attended numerous short courses and trainings sessions, 
some of them are listed below:

  • Children and Young People Psychotherapy
  • Expressive arts therapy (Person-Centred)
  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Trauma
  • Safeguarding children
  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • Person-Centred Couples & Family Therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of The British Psychological Society  since 2005
  • Registered Member of BACP
  • Accredited member of National Counselling Society
  • Member of the Association of Humanistic Psychology in Britain AHPb
  • Member of The Person-Centred Association UK

Work Experience

I have many years of experience working with in private practice, with clients of various backgrounds and ages.  I also have worked in a number of charities and contracted by Social Care to work with families and children. I have developed and implemented a full psychological service for a NGO, providing psychological assessments and psychotherapy to university students. I work with a wide range of issues, my special interests are women’s well being, relationships and developmental trauma. 

Academic research

  • MSc Investigative Psychology, University of Huddersfield (2018) Dissertation “Domestic Violence: contributions toward an integrated dynamic model for the differentiation of perpetrators.”  Not all violent partners are the same, my literature review of current typologies of domestic violent perpetrators  showed their limitations. I propose a more dynamic model, including the evaluation of coercive control as a crucial factor for risk assessment in domestic violence situations. 
  • Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, Temenos(2012)Dissertation: From becoming a therapist to becoming a person. ” This work brought together my reflections on my training in the Person-Centred approach, how my first objective had been transformed throughout the years of experiencial training, as it shifted from focusing on the professional practice to developing as a person. The human being took a bit more space, found its own needs and a voice that was heard, the whole process brought deep personal insights and profound changes to both my professional and personal life. 
  • BSc Hons Psychology, Clinical Psychologist Professional Doctorate Thesis , PUC-SP (2001) “Passion and transformation in the inviduation process. ”  My qualitative research, using thematic interpretative analysis looked at the intense experience of falling in love, the passionate moment in someone’s life, which can bring growth, but many times is followed by pain and loss, which can be difficult to integrate.  I studied the course of romantic encounters and how it can be transformed into enduring love and commitment between partners. The meaning of each of the phases falling in love “being in heaven”, “expulsion of paradise” and “returning to Earth life” were explored in the light Jungian analytical psychology theory.

What are you struggling with?

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Body image issues and sexuality
  • Low self-esteem
  • Addictions
  • Psychiatric diagnosis
  • Being a foreigner, relating to one…
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