I am a trained, qualified and an experienced psychotherapist working in the public sector and for charitable organisations. I have experience of working with people from a very diverse background with a wide range of age including the elderly as well as with children and young persons. I value and understand diversity as my clients come from all walks of life or cultural backgrounds. I have also worked with couples. Thus I have worked with a range of issues: eating disorders, psycho-somatic conditions, depression, anxiety, dissatisfaction in work or inability to form satisfactory relationships as well as gender issues.
I can speak Spanish and Portuguese.
I work from a psychodynamic model which means helping you to understand and resolve your difficulties by increasing awareness of your inner world and exploring how this influence relationships both past and present. Getting awareness of these deep-seated patterns helps reducing symptoms and thus reducing distress. The relationship with the therapist is a critical element in the therapy. Offering a non-judgemental, confidential and safe setting facilitates the development of finding out where unconscious processes of the inner world become reflected in the relationship. This process helps gradually to identify these patterns and, in becoming conscious of them, to develop the capacity to understand and to change them.
In the light of this, we can explore issues about your relationship with food, thinking about how, what is being explored, links with past experiences. Very often coping mechanisms are helpful on survival mode but when they can become chronic, as a way to cut emotions they become unhelpful and makes people stuck. Understanding your ways of coping (i. e. eating habits) is the visible element of something else and it is that something else that I get interested about.
What is unique at Weightmatters is that we can draw from the help of other professionals in order to take a holistic approach which will take into consideration ‘all of you’.