As a person and therapist I value an explicitly warm, caring, authentic and informal setting.
I am extremely committed to my clients’ healing, hence offering only cutting edges methods of therapy, taking regular supervision to minimize my “own blind spots”, and being connected with highly experienced and committed therapists both locally and Worldwide. I am also very committed to my own healing and growth as a person, as a person in a couple relationship, as a proud mother of a 3 year old girl, multicultural friend and citizen of this amazing and so fragile world.
I am myself an immigrant that lives in a bicultural marriage and speakers 3 languages (Portuguese, English and German) and 1 dialect (Swiss German ☺) everyday and faces the challenges and joys of integration since 2012. I am originally from Portugal and have lived also in Berlin. I travel often due to professional and family reasons to NYC, which I consider home away from home, in addition to Lisbon.
Moreover, I know all the clinical methods I use in my work (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy) inside out, since I have done and continue to do my own internal work.
Aus- und Weiterbildung, Arbeitserfahrung
On going Supervision in EFT, AEDP and Fierce Love methods of Psychotherapy.
2022: Level 1 training in EMDR.
2022: Working with ADHD-Impacted Relationships Through the EFT Lens. Online training.
2021: “Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy & Trauma» with Lea Anne Campbell. Online training.
2020: "Going Into the Fire: Working with Highly Escalated Couples" with George Faller, LMFT, 7 November 2020. Online training.
2020: Sex as a Safe Adventure Connecting Sexually and Emotionally Through EFT, Oct 23-24 w/ Zoya Simakhodskaya and Michael Moran. Online training.
2019: Advanced Clinical training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (https://www.aedpinstitute.org/). New York City.
2018: Essencial Skills training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (https://www.aedpinstitute.org/). New York City.
2017: Immersion Course training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (https://www.aedpinstitute.org/). New York City.
2010 & 2018: Basic and Advanced Training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (http://www.iceeft.com/). London & Italy.
2010-2011: Trainee in psychotherapy, by the Portuguese Society of Constructivist Psychotherapies (http://www.sppc.org.pt/english). Lisbon, Portugal.
2009-2010: Trainee in Gottman’s Method for couples by the Gottman Relationship Institute (http/:www.gottman.com). Self-Study.
2019-Present: Invited teacher at the advanced specialization in family and couple therapy about "Promotion of Satisfaction and Dyadic Coping in Couples" at CRIAP Institute in Lisbon (Portugal).
2014- Present: Private Practice as Individual and Couple Therapist
2014 to 2018: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University Children’s Hospital Zurich, Department of Psychosomatics, Psychology and Psychiatry, Switzerland. Project: How families cope with child cancer? A longitudinal study on the role of “we-appraisals” on child’s health-related quality of life.
2011 - 2014: PhD Internship at the Institute of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology (children/adolescents and couples/families), chair of Prof. Dr. G. Bodenmann. University of Zurich, Switzerland.
2010 - 2014: PhD candidate fellow by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.
2008: Volunteer work at the Psychiatry Hospital Júlio de Matos in Lisbon with Chronic Psychiatric Inpatients. Portugal.
2008 - 2011: Clinical activity in the Service of Family and Individual Support, of the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Lisbon, with individuals, couples and families. Portugal.
2008 - 2009: Coordinator of the Unit for the Integration in Working Life (UNIVA) and Sociocultural Animator, in the Group of Schools Ferreira de Castro, in Algueirão/Mem-Martins, Portugal
2008: Internship as family therapist and member of the observing team, at the Community Service for Families and Individuals of the Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon, Portugal.
2006-2007: Academic Internship in the Department of Psychology and Orientation of the Basic School Ferreira de Castro, in in Algueirão/Mem-Martins, Portugal.
2014: PhD in Clinical Psychology (summa cum laude) by the Inter-University PhD Program in Clinical Psychology - Family Psychology and Family Interventions - by the University of Coimbra and the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
2012 - 2013: Guest PhD student at the Institute of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology (children/adolescents and couples/families), chair of Prof. Dr. Guy Bodenmann. University of Zurich, Switzerland.
2009: Specialization in Family Mediation and Conflict Resolution by the Portuguese Institute of Family Mediation.
2008: Master Degree in Clinical Psychology Cognitive Behavioral and Systemic variant (MSc). University of Lisbon, Portugal.
2007: Graduation in Clinical Psychology (lic. phil.). University of Lisbon, Portugal.
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy: http://iceeft.com/
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy: https://aedpinstitute.org/
Effective member of the Portuguese Association of Psychologists (No 13667) as Expert in Clinical and Health Psychologist: https://www.ordemdospsicologos.pt/en