Psychotherapy

PSYCHOTHERAPY, also known as talking therapy, is a way to help people to change behaviors, overcome problems and cope with emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy aims to improve a person’s well-being and mental health. Problems helped by psychotherapy include: troublesome behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts or emotions, relationships and social skills. There are several different types of psychotherapy and some types may work better with certain problems or issues. Below you can see the types of psychotherapy I work with:

  • Humanistic Psychotherapy (HP): this is a psychological approach which studies the person as a whole, respecting the uniqueness of each individual. Humanistic psychotherapy begins with the existential assumptions that people have free will; that people are basically good, and have an innate need to make themselves and the world better; that people are motivated to self-actualize; and that the subjective, conscious experiences of the individual is most important. HP is very helpful in processes of self-knowledge, identification and acceptance of the self, in the reconnection with the person’s essence and finding the meaning of life.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT helps people identify and change thinking and behavior patterns that are harmful or ineffective, replacing them with more accurate thoughts and functional behaviors. It can help a person focus on current problems and how to solve them. It often involves practicing new skills in the “real world. CBT can be helpful in treating a variety of disorders, including depression, anxiety, trauma related disorders, and eating disorders. For example, CBT can help a person with depression recognize and change negative thought patterns or behaviors that are contributing to the depression.
  • Psychodynamic Therapy (PT): this type of psychotherapy is based on the idea that behavior and mental well-being are influenced by childhood experiences and inappropriate repetitive thoughts or feelings that are unconscious (outside of the person’s awareness). A person works with the therapist to improve self-awareness and to change old patterns so he/she can more fully take charge of his/her life.
  • Creative Art Therapy (CAT) – is the use of art as a therapeutic strategy to improve and enhance the psychological and social well-being of individuals of all ages and health conditions. 
  • Play Therapy (PT) – PT is a form of treatment that helps children and families to express their emotions, improve their communication, and solve problems. The focus is on children’s natural ability to express their feelings and resolve conflicts through play. It’s a pleasant way to  identify and talk about emotions and feelings. May include imaginative play, role play, art, puppets, sand, music or however the child chooses. 
Therapy may be conducted in an individual, family, couple, or group setting, and can help both children and adults. The trust and relationship between a person and his/her therapist is essential to working together effectively and benefiting from psychotherapy. Psychotherapy can be short-term (a few sessions), dealing with immediate issues, or long-term (months or years), dealing with longstanding and complex issues. The goals of treatment and arrangements are planned jointly by the patient and therapist.
 
Confidentiality is a basic requirement of psychotherapy. 
 
The appointments may be held in English or Portuguese!