"I like to help my clients get clearer about their situation, more hopeful about their future, more confident to tackle problems, more resilient to cope with things they can’t control, and more accepting of themselves and others."""
Registered Clinical Psychologist Perth
B Psych, Post Grad Dip Reichian Therapy, Post Grad Dip Psychodrama, Certified Mediator, Cert 4 Training & Assess, MAPS
Hart Psychologists Certified
North Perth, Heathridge
1. How many years’ experience do you have practicing/ helping clients?
More than 20 years. I am also a family mediator. Having been born and raised in Brazil, I also speak Portuguese.
2. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have depression, anxiety or stress?
Helping people make sense of their pain, and to understand how they got where they are, and how they can move forward with confidence and hope.
3. How do you help clients feel comfortable and supported?
- Accepting them as they are, even, or especially, if they’re not accepting themselves at the time.
- Working together towards the changes that are important to them, and following their pace, not mine.
- Respecting their individual and cultural differences and taking confidentiality very seriously.
4. What methodologies and/or approaches do you find most helpful?
Understanding, respecting, and welcoming diversity is an essential element of any therapy. I find it helpful to follow an integrative approach, drawing from diverse theories according to each client’s needs and preferences. These could include cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness-based, solution-focused, client-centred, psychodramatic, psychodynamic, or other approaches.
5. What have clients said about how you have helped them most?
Helping them to get clearer about their situation, more hopeful about the future, more confident to tackle problems, more resilient to cope with things they can’t control, and more accepting of themselves and others.
6. What is the best or most heart-warming feedback you’ve received from a client?
A client sharing how safe and accepted she felt after disclosing something traumatic she’d never shared with anybody before. Another client thanked me a few months after termination for helping him avoid what would have been a very bad choice with huge negative impact for him and a lot of other people he cared about, he later realised.
7. List 3 things that your friends and family would describe you as….
Trustworthy, disciplined, determined.
8. List 3 strengths that you have as a psychologist…..
As above, plus warmth, honesty and a sense of humour.
9. Why do you love doing this work?
I like people. I think it’s an honour and privilege to be allowed into their personal and private worlds. I learn as much as I teach.