EMDR /Gestalt Therapist
Psychotherapy for couples, adults, adolescents and children (above 7 of age).
Spoken languages: English, French and Portuguese (Brazil).
Member of SLP (Société Luxembourgeoise de Psychologie) and EMDR Luxembourg.
Psychological service provider for ONE (Office nationale de l’enfance) Luxembourg.
Graduated at UNICAP (Catholique University of Pernambuco) in Recife/PE Brazil in 1993. Working in a private practice in Luxembourg since 2010.
Principals of Gestalt Therapy:
Awareness- is the key word and the objective of a gestalt therapy. The more conscious you are of your mental and emotional process, the more you can flow in the process of life that knows exactly what you need and HOW to get there.
Here and now- in the Gestalt therapy the client is constantly asked for taking responsibility for his existential moment, here and now. Because it is the only time that we are able to live, it is the only moment we are actually living. The past and the future are creation of our imagination. Even if we feel connected to past experiences, we don’t have the power to change them, but in the here and now we can change our perspective about it. When are develop our capacity to “be in the present” as we are, then we no longer fear the future, because, once again the future is not there. Doing so, our level of anxiety (which means worrying about the future) drops radically. It doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t have plans for the future, but any consideration should take place in the present.
Unfinished business- it means that all the past unfulfilled needs, will find a way to come back in the present moment so that you can “finish” the situation. In a daily life, we can easily see this when people change partners, jobs and even the living country and find themselves facing “the same” kind of troubled relationships.
EMDR- (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a method that helps people who suffers from the syndrome of post traumatic events. Also, indicated for:
Other “traumas”, for example people who lived many years exposed to un environment of violence.
Coping with grief and loss (death, divorce, loss of a job), when the “normal process” of coping with these losses takes longer than normal.
For treating fears whose origins are found in the childhood traumas. For example, fear of speaking in public.
It is also helpful for improving results in exams, treating the fear of failure in one hand and in the other hand, it helps increasing the client’s natural resources.
OTHER METHODS USED IN THE THERAPY:
How does it work? After a brief moment of relaxation (eyes closed, taking deep breaths, sitting comfortably) the client is asked to follow the scenarios proposed by the therapist.
When? - In case of conflicts: When you have a choice to make but you are not sure which direction to take; To cope with resentful feelings; When the client is procrastinating; It also works as reprograming the brain and your behavior for a new attitude that you want in your life; And finally, I use guided visualization to CLEAN the inner world of the daily accumulated stress emotions. (For more details, go to “Methods of Work”, Guided Visualization).
Interpretation of dreams
As a dream contains information about your inner world that you may not be “aware” of, the client is asked to “play” elements of his dreams. Doing so, he can understand the hidden conflicts playing behind (unconscious matter). “Dreams are like a letter from our higher self, to help us to find all the solutions we are looking for.” In an ultimate level, it can be an existential message about our purpose in life.
Expressing oneself inside a circle (mandala) through drawing is proven to help connecting with your higher self or soul (Jung). It also helps developing intuition and concentration. And it is a very relaxing and joyful “exercise” for some people who enjoy expressing themselves through colorful pencils and papers.
Use of Metaphors and Symbols
It helps the clients to better understand and change their feelings. The client is asked to represent their current problem/situation using symbols or metaphor. For example, feeling anxious about something could be represented as “having a rope around the neck”. Once you identify the image you can better work on it. For example, the client can “play” the role of the rope and feel as if HE was the rope and then “talk to himself” explaining why it wants to hurt you. Or the client can simply imagine and act getting free of the rope, and of course, of what it represents.
Why use these instruments? Because it is known that our subconscious expresses itself by symbols and emotions and by using these instruments you can easily communicate with this deeper and sometimes hidden part of yourself.
Why to consult a therapist?
In case of anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attack, trauma/PTSD, burnout, harassment at work/school, grief, sudden mood changes, family issues, health issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, somatization disorder (when the disease has no medical explanation), stress management, performance enhancement, spiritual issues (such as the meaning of life and death)- although psychology cannot answer these questions, it is possible to discuss your spiritual aspirations.
Other reasons to consult:
Prevention- It is not necessary to wait until you feel that the situation is too painful before you decide to consult. As for example, you consult your doctor to make an annual checkup, you can go and see a psychotherapist at the first symptoms of emotional discomfort and stress. In this case, the treatment can be easier and shorter.
To have a time and space for “yourself”- learn about “who you are” and your goals in life. What motivates you. Not only working in the “problem” level, but also in the “resource” level.
To maintain a well-balanced life- 2 sessions a month is normally enough to cope with the daily stress. Specially thought the relaxation/visualization it is possible to “clean and restore” emotional/mental harmony.