MY WORK EXPERIENCE
NORTH AND SOUTH HEMISPHERES
From Portugal to New Zealand
The beginning of my journey with psychology starts many moons ago, while I was still a student. I was invited to be a trainee in the Counselling and Psychological Assessment Services of my University . This experience gave me the greatest gift: meeting an amazing professor and clinician, Dr. Marina Carvalho, who was a true role model and inspiration to become the best psychologist I could be, always seeking evidence based practices and high ethic standards.
After finishing my Master Degree in Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, and although I always thought I would want to work mainly with adults, the work with children and adolescents was love at first sight.
Some of my former work experiences stand out for me like the most rewarding, at LAHGO (Liga Amigos do Hospital Garcia de Orta) where I had the opportunity to work in a psychosocial project for children and adolescents with risk-taking behaviours, their families and the school community. But most importantly, I met amazing colleagues, with whom I learnt tremendously and who showed me the magic of working with a supportive team, do the extra mile and challenge myself every day.
Unfortunately, Portugal’s financial crisis didn’t leave much room for my other personal dreams like starting a family and other life goals. This takes me to the next big chapter, the beginning of my journey in the “land of the long white cloud”, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Since 2014 I have been working in Child, Adolescent and Family Services for District Health Boards, providing comprehensive mental health assessments and treatment for children and adolescents between the ages of 0-18, with moderate to severe mental health problems.
If I had to highlight some projects I had the pleasure to be involved with, I would mention the Incredible Years Programme Specialist Service, specifically the Dinosaur School Programme (group therapy to treat children with conduct problems, ADHD, and internalizing problems) and the Parenting Programme; and the Eating Disorders Special Service/Pathway at Tauranga Hospital, which encompasses a comprehensive intervention from inpatient care to outpatient individual or family based therapy.
On top of all of this, I have joined ACC in 2015 as a provider for assessments and therapy, including sensitive claims assessments (ISSC)