Following my vocation, I graduated in psychology from PUC-Rio University, in my home country, Brazil. There, I acquired two diplomas: a bachelor in psychology and a degree as a clinical psychologist.
Some years ago, I moved to Norway. Settling in a country with a culture so different from my own highlighted my interest in understanding the role of culture in identity formation, the reason why I undertook a master degree in Human Development at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. During the master, I deepened my knowledge of the migration experience from a psychological perspective. During this period, I also came in contact with narrative therapy as a psychotherapeutic approach. This was a turning point in my life.
In 2013, I travelled to the UK to attend the first level in narrative therapy training, the first in a series of courses and workshops in this psychotherapeutic approach. In 2016, I had the opportunity to practice narrative therapy at Robust - one of the few places in the world which have adopted a solely narrative approach in their therapeutic work with children, youth, and families.
Seeing clients with relationship issues due to cultural differences increased my interest in the topic. This led me to a postgraduate degree in family therapy and systemic practices at the VID Specialized University in Oslo. During my studies, I specialized in systemic therapy with couples and families.
I have been interested in the stories people tell since I was a child. When growing up, I lived in different places and cities and at an early stage of my life, I understood that culture plays a very important role in our behavior and the perception of the world around us. As a result, I developed a strong interest in human nature, its uniqueness, and diversity.
There are several approaches to psychotherapy and each one of them has its own fundaments, theories, and methods to assist the person in therapy.
Narrative Therapy is a Psychotherapeutic approach based on the idea that the stories of our lives and those that surround us are fundamental to our identity.
When telling a story we organize the events in our lives, recount the past, make sense of the present and imagine the future.
Through narrative, we construct meaning and shape our reality.
Therefore, in therapy, the person will be invited to revisit the stories of her or his life and to explore new ways to look at it.
By recollecting events from different perspectives, past experiences gain new understandings, the present is seen with more clarity and new possibilities emerge for the future.
In this journey of self-knowledge the therapist assists people to identify aspects of their singularity, such as their values, beliefs, skills, and hopes; and to make use of one’s own resources to respond to everyday issues and difficult life circumstances. In this process, problems are seen from another point of view and their influence in the person’s life is frequently reduced.
Narrative Therapy is an opportunity to revisit your stories and re-author your life.