I’m a chartered and registered Clinical Psychologist practitioner. I qualified as a psychologist in 2008. I did my training in Portugal (‘Licensure’) which is academically equivalent to the British Clinical Psychology doctorate.
I studied at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of Algarve University in Faro, Portugal. I did a full-time year placement in an internationally known Early Intervention Service in the city of Coimbra (Projecto Integrado de Intervencao Precoce), where I provided psychological assessments and interventions to children and parents/carers, and participated in different projects promoting social inclusion and emotional health awareness. I’ve undergone professional placements in two other services, namely in the National Health System where I worked with all age groups for 9 months (Health Centre of Faro), and in a council service (Junta de Freguesia da Se) for 13 months.
In Portugal, I did further post-graduate training in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy during 1 year which is accredited by the Portuguese Association of Behavioural Therapy and by the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.
I moved to the UK in 2010. I completed a 2 years part-time post-graduate diploma in Family and Systemic Theory at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London. During this post-graduation- whilst still using my clinical psychology hat – I did 2 placements as Family and Systemic Psychotherapist trainee at St Pancras Hospital and at the Caversham Surgery in Kentish Town. Afterwards, I worked for 6 months with Kids Company at Cumberland School in Newham. In 2012 I completed my PGDip with the grade of Merit.
I’ve worked for the NHS in different Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
In 2014 I started my private clinical practice where I’ve been able to offer psychological support not only to children and young people, adults, couples and families.
I’m currently working for the NHS, and privately. I’m based in East London and Central London.
I am passionate about life, psychology, science, nature, art, music, travelling and food! I honour the principle of unconditional self-love and wish to help my amazing clients discover that they are already perfect and complete.
Reviews from clients:
Andreia was easy to talk to and through her encouragement, I found a way to better understand and work through a difficult time in my life. She has a warm, attentive style and I felt comfortable straight away. The work we did together has made a tremendous difference to the way I feel about myself and the people around me and I now feel much more able to enjoy my life. (Female, 45, 2015)
Dear Andreia, words can not express my gratitude for you, sincere, for your understanding of our situation. My son and I wish you every success, as you know the value of what you do. (Mother, 39 and son, 13, 2019)
You are a really special soul and I feel so happy our paths have crossed! We all have lovely memories of our time with you and your counsel – have fun, be positive and to be true to our instinctive selves. I am excited for the people who will be encountering you next! Love.(From a lovely family based in London, 2019)
Working with Andreia was a pleasure. She is very understanding and easy to open up to. Her calm, non-judgmental approach and easygoing manner helped me to reflect on how to best manage unhelpful ways of thinking and to be more accepting of, and less judgmental about, being myself. I hope she will continue her good work with many others in the future. (Male, 28, London, 2019).