WHO AM I

My name is Adriana and I am a Psychologist and Neuropsychologist, Post-doctor in Psychology.

I'm Chartered Psychologist, of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

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FORMATION
  • Psychologist (UNISINOS, 2009)

  • Specialist in Neuropsychology (CFP, 2018)

  • Master in Clinical Psychology (UNISINOS, 2011)

  • PhD in Psychology (UFRGS, 2015)

  • Post-doctor in Psychology and Neurosciences (UFRGS, 2018)

  • Enabled by the Federal Council of Psychology for online consultations since 2018

  • Certified by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)

  • Chartered Psychologist by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) M. Ps. SI 9952

  • Full Member of Special Interest Group in Autism - PSI

  • Certified ADOS-2 [Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule] (Trinity College Dublin, 2022)​

   Professional accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and

Enabled by the Federal Council of Psychology of Brazil for online sessions

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I am a psychologist and I have been working in the clinical area, with psychotherapy since 2009.

My work is supported by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a directive, brief and evidence-based psychotherapeutic approach.  CBT is a collaborative therapy, which means that the therapist encourages the client’s active participation through tasks during and between sessions.

In addition to my private practice, I am also a researcher and university professor , teaching subjects in my areas of expertise: psychological and neuropsychological assessment, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Neuropsychology.  

For approximately 10 years I worked at a clinical private practice and for a health insurance company in Brazil, providing clinical care in the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) sessions and neuropsychological assessments.

In 2018 I moved to Dublin (Ireland) and I recognised my degree and registered as a Chartered Psychologist - the platinum membership signifying the highest level of academic achievement - of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

 

In Dublin, in addition to face-to-face sessions, I started to dedicate myself to a growing demand for online sessions, thus specialising in offering online psychotherapy to my patients - a service that was already available in Brazil, but in a more restricted way, due to Psychology Council legislation at that time. 

 

SERVICES 

SERVICES OFFERED TO PATIENTS:
  • Face-to-face sessions: ​I am based in Dublin and I am able to provide some face to face appointments

  • Online sessions - Therapy sessions are available using online video platforms 

 

  • Available in Portuguese and English

  • Work with: Individual sessions, children, adolescents  and adults.

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  • Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy (CBT);

  • Psychological guidance for specific demands;

  • Psychological Assessment (Psychodiagnosis);

  • Neuropsychological Assessment.

  • Anxiety Disorders

    • General Anxiety Disorder [GAD]

    • Social anxiety

    • Panic Disorder/Panic Attacks

  • Depressive Disorders

    • Depression

    • Dysthymia

  • Bipolar disorder  

  • Adaptation/adjustment disorders

    • Adverse and stressful situations, such as unemployment, divorce, or academic failure

  • Phobias (General and Specific)

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Emotional Difficulties

  • Relationship problems

  • Personal development

  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders

    • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD]

    • Autism Spectrum Disorders [ASD]

  • Internalising Disorders

  • Externalising Disorders 

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SERVICES OFFERED TO OTHER PROFESSIONALS:
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  • Supervision of Psychology students and professionals (individual or small groups)

  • Study Groups - Cognitive Behavioural Approach and Neuropsychology

  • Courses and mini-courses

  • Lecturer

  • Workshops

  • Technical and scientific consultancy

  • Mentoring

 

ONLINE SESSIONS

  • Online sessions in Psychology (or Telepsychology) gained worldwide notoriety with the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Due to it is a "more current" modality, many people still have doubts about the functioning of Online Therapy.

  • In Brazil, in 2020, the Federal Council of Psychology (CFP), the body that regulates the profession in the country, made several updates to its regulations, allowing professionals who previously did not work with this type of care (which was more restrictive) to adopt this practice.

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HOW DOES ONLINE THERAPY WORK?
  • There are several possibilities for online services.

  • My work takes place synchronously, that is, in real time , through video calls .

  • The initial "step-by-step" to schedule an appointment is, basically:

    • The patient makes contact (preferably by WhatsApp) expressing interest in scheduling the appointment;

    • The appointment is scheduled according availability;

    • The next step is the payment: When patient proceed whit payment than the session is confirmed;

    • The patient receive a link with credentials to access the room.

  • The online consultation, by video call, follows the same format as the face-to-face consultation. 

  • In agreeing to Remote/Online therapy no participant can record any sessions without prior discussion and consent from all relevant participants.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ONLINE THERAPY?
  • It provides quality service with trained professionals from various places,

  • More flexible hours,

  • Practicality,  

  • Travel time saving,

  • Be served in the comfort of your home,

  • It allows Brazilians residing abroad to undergo therapy in their own language - with a professional who understands their culture and language.  

  • Scientific studies prove that online therapy is as effective as face-to-face therapy.

WHAT DOES THE PATIENT NEED?
  • The patient needs to have access to good quality internet, and the consultation can be performed either by computer or by cell phone and/or tablet;

  • The use of headphones is recommended for the patient, but not mandatory;

  • Be in a reserved and quiet environment, in which you feel free to talk.

MY PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE with ONLINE THERAPY
  • In 2018, when online therapy was regulated in Brazil (Resolution CFP 011/2018) , I registered for online psychological care and started offering Psychology services in this modality, according to the regulations of the time (in Brazil, still restrictive to some situations);

  • The following year, when I moved to Dublin, Ireland, where this form of service is widespread, I specialised in this type of service, validating my diplomas with the Psychology Society of Ireland (Psychological Society of Ireland - PSI) and being able to in this country as Chartered Psychologist by PSI (Psychological Society of Ireland).

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Neuropsychology

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THERAPY

BEHAVIORAL COGNITIVE

[Cognitive Behavioral Therapy]

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a brief and focused psychotherapy modality that meets the empirical criteria for validating scientific models of clinical intervention.

  • CBT is evidence-based, with proven effectiveness in the treatment of numerous emotional problems such as depression, phobias, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) , obesity, interpersonal problems, among others.

  • CBT basically acts on problems manifested through thoughts, feelings, behaviors and physiological manifestations.

  • The cognitive-behavioral psychologist uses techniques that vary from one disorder to another, however, the focus remains on helping the patient to change their thoughts (misinterpretations), and behaviors, aiming at a better quality of life.

  • CBT is suitable for all age groups and its application covers the modality of individual, couple or group therapy, with extensive scientific evidence of its effectiveness in the online modality .

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NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

[Neuropsychology]

  • Neuropsychology is a specialty that combines the detailed study of the nervous system with the analysis of human behavior and psychological processes.

  • Neuropsychology seeks to understand the association between cognitive functions, behavior and emotions. Among the main cognitive functions, we highlight:

    • Attention;

    • Memory;

    • Intelligence;

    • Language;

    • Judgment capacity;

    • Decision making;

    • Reasoning;

    • Executive Functions.

  • Neuropsychology is also highly requested in the investigation of cognitive damage in patients with neuro-psychiatric conditions, such as Schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, Psychoses, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and in pre and post-surgical conditions.

  • Through neuropsychological assessment , it is possible, for example, to identify whether changes in a person's behavior and cognitive functions correspond to what is expected for their age or the psychosocial context of the moment. 

 
 

CONTACT and APPOINTMENTS

If you wish, feel free to schedule an appointment. 

EMAIL

+353 83 891 8134

 

LOCATION

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One Body - InterCultural Psychology

18 Priory Office Park,  Stillorgan Road, Blackrock

Dublin

A94 R5P6

Directions

Bus: 46A, 145, 155 

Blackrock Dart and Stillorgan Luas  (25/30 minute walking).

Free on-street parking.

 

PUBLICATIONS

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In addition to working as a Clinical Psychologist, I also work as a PSYCHOLOGY TEACHER and as a RESEARCHER.

Below is a list of some articles and book chapters of my authorship or co-authorship.

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES (AUTHOR / CO-AUTHOR)
  • Neuropsychological assessment of executive functioning, levels of anxiety, depression and anger in polydrug users: a comparative study. LATIN AMERICAN NEUROPSYCHOLOGY.

  • Female crack cocaine users under treatment at therapeutic communities in southern Brazil: characteristics, pattern of consumption, and psychiatric comorbidities. TRENDS IN PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY.

  • Inhibitory Control and Impulsivity Levels in Women Crack Users. Substance Use & Misuse.

  • Impact of Crack use on executive functions: a systematic review. LATIN AMERICAN NEUROPSYCHOLOGY.

  • Relationship between attention and performance in reading, writing and arithmetic in children. PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

  • Effects of Crack Use on the Fetus and Newborn: A Review Study. IMED Psychology Journal

  • Glucocorticoid receptor gene modulates severity of depression in women with crack cocaine addiction. European Neuropsychopharmacology

  • Plasma interleukin-6 and executive function in crack cocaine-dependent women. Neuroscience Letters

  • The Perspective of Crack Users Regarding Their Social Reintegration after the End of Treatment in Therapeutic Communities. Psychology.

  • Emotional and Behavioral Problems and Family Climate in Adolescents and their Parents. Psycho-PUCRS.

  • Family Relations, Stressful Events and Internalizing Symptoms in Adolescence: a Longitudinal Study. The Spanish Journal of Psychology

  • Internalizing symptoms in adolescence and family relationships: a systematic review of the literature. Psycho-USF

  • Bullying: A study on social roles, anxiety and depression in the school context. INTERPERSONA : AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

  • Psychiatric comorbidities in drug addicts in abstinence in a protected environment. Psychology Studies (UFRN)

BOOKS (AUTHOR / CO-AUTHOR)
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Assessment of Family Relations and Depression in Institutionalized Children and Adolescents. In: Claudio Simon Hutz. (Org.). Advances in Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents. 1d.São Paulo: Casa do Psicólogo

Learn with friends, teach friends? Relationships between friendship and learning processes. In: Souza Neto, JC & Andrade, MS (Orgs.). (Org.). Multiple views on learning and human coexistence. 1d.São Paulo - SP: Expressão & Arte Editora

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The complete curriculum vitae can be accessed at:  http://lattes.cnpq.br/6923261955664318

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