I’m Rita, a psychologist. I am an empathetic and lively person passionate about mental health and well-being, and I am strongly oriented toward ethical principles. You can expect a non-judgmental and supportive environment, by research-supported techniques used in a collaborative manner – where we are scientists studying your life, committed to understanding the causes of your difficulties and what might lead to change and growth. Life is complicated. We face challenges in our relationships, our studies, and our work lives. Challenges can also come from within, as intrusive thoughts and feelings or problematic behaviors that we struggle to stop. Therapy helps us to understand what we can do to improve our situation, and it allows us to step away from unpleasant, and unsuccessful ways of being and onto a path towards greater success and a sense of well-being. As someone who felt this improvement first-hand, I found that I wanted to be the one helping others thrive. The privilege of doing so has filled me with gratitude and guides every part of my practice. My Master’s in Psychology from the University of Lisboa (Portugal, 2017) equipped me to drive a clinical practice grounded in the biopsychosocial model and humanistic, cognitive-behavioral therapies. A graduation in Family and Couples Therapy has allowed me to better understand and work with people within their relationships, roles, and contexts. It also prepared me to work with all kinds of families. I integrate these approaches to create tailored plans for each client. I motivate my clients to participate actively in therapy, making it possible to be brief and solution-focused. I have several tools in my therapeutic “toolbox,” and I will share these with you as the opportunity and need arise. There are many research-based techniques for reducing depression and anxiety, eliminating panic and procrastination, overcoming social phobia and developing better social skills, improving focus and productivity at work and achieving better work/life balance, reducing or eliminating drug or alcohol use, coping with diseases, facing life transitions, parenting more effectively, communicating and solving problems with one’s partner… and the list goes on! If you have any questions about me or my work, please speak with me. Let’s get started? I look forward to working with you to make some really useful and essential changes in your life!