A fully qualified, certified, insured and experienced psychotherapist with a demonstrated history of working with mental health and wellbeing in different sectors such as private practice, National Health Service (NHS) and charitable sector. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) I offer Brief Psychodynamic Counselling, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and a Gender Sexuality and Relationship Diverse (GSRD) Therapy or a combination of them tailored accordingly to the clients’ needs.
I offer a confidential, safe, high quality, non- judgmental and supportive environment, brief counselling and long-term psychotherapy service in English and Portuguese. I think that connecting with my clients therapeutically enables me to fully understand their perception of the key issues affecting their lives.
As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I work exploring how your early childhood experiences and early relationships can shape your present relationships and circumstances, creating repeated patterns of relationships. These patterns are still present in your adult life even though you are unaware of them and they may no longer reflect your adult experiences. Being more aware of these patterns and how they impact the way in which you see the world and your position in it will help you to change this perception in a way which assists you better. This may involve uncovering the deeper origins of difficulties by exploring experiences, feelings, dreams, desires and patterns of relating that are contributing to present difficulties. I work one-on-one supporting you to gain a better self-understanding, so you can make more assertive life choices. Counselling could help you understand these problems and help you work with them in a more constructive way. As a Gender Sexuality and Relationship Diversities (GSRD) psychotherapist, I work with clients who are gender, sexuality or relationship-diverse such as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender person, Polyamorous, Asexual, Gender Queer.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 2018 Birkbeck College University of London MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
- 2018 Gendered Intelligence - Working Alongside Trans, Gender Diverse and Questioning People
- 2016 Birkbeck College University of London BSc Short-term Psychodynamic Counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- 2015 Pink Therapy: International Summer School Working with Sexuality & Relationship Diversities (GSRD) clients
- 2015 Birkbeck College University of London Foundation Degree Psychodynamic Counselling and CBT – BACP Accredited Course
- 2011 Birkbeck College University of London Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling and Counselling Skills
- 2011 Lambeth College Introduction to Counselling Skills – Level 2
- 2010 Terrence Higgins Trust Project Management, HIV & Young People, Leadership & Governance
- 2009 Terrence Higgins Trust African Communities Health Promotion Skills and Practice
- 2009 City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate Award in Understanding HIV and AIDS
I taught History at a primary and secondary school for adults and adolescents in a township community in Brazil for nine years. Here, such issues as race, diversity, social class and culture had a profound impact on peoples’ daily lives. I had always been involved in social activities supporting equality, diversity and justice but teaching in this community gave me a first-hand experience of the huge economic differences and the inequality of wealth distribution in Brazil. I was moved to work beyond my role as a teacher, offering extracurricular support to my pupils concerning various issues that affected them.
I worked as a director of the ABC Banker Trade Union offering assistance, help and advice to workers suffering from RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), and the social, economic and psychological impact this illness had on their lives. I have also raised awareness around issues such as HIV and AIDS.
I have previous experience volunteering as a Community Support Volunteer and as part of the Health Promotion Project in Soho for gay men, part of the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), where I provided weekly one-to-one emotional and social support to empower and encourage independence among THT clients. This involved building relationships, listening and discussing issues empathetically, researching and providing detailed information, signposting other services, assessing needs, and agreeing with an action plan for each individual client.
I worked as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) practitioner at the Cassel Centre, a South East London charity working in partnership with the Borough of Lewisham. The Cassel Centre receives referrals from other organisations, such as Mind, Goldsmiths University, IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), SLAM, The Maudsley Hospital, local GPs and Health Centres, etc., as well as self-referrals. It is a multi-cultural area and I have worked with clients from different cultural backgrounds and sexual orientation. Here, I gained experience assessing clients over the phone and in one-to-one sessions. I am familiar with different CBT protocols for issues such as Depression, Anxiety, GAD, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety and Self-esteem. I am familiar with CBT measurements, e.g., PHQ9, GAD7, SPIN, IUS, PSWQ, HAI & PDSQ.
I worked as a counsellor at The Law Medical Group Practice (LMGP) which is part of the Central and North-West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust - Brent Talking Therapies between 2013-2016. At the LMGP, I provided face-to-face counselling interventions using NICE guidelines for patients experiencing moderate to severe mental illness. I have been offering counselling in both English and Portuguese.
I worked also as a counsellor at the East London Out Project (ELOP) between 2015-2017, a holistic lesbian and gay centre that offers a range of social, emotional and support services to the LGBT community. I worked also as a counsellor at the Albany Trust, one of the few specialists counselling and psychotherapy services based in South London that provides high-quality professional support around gender, sexuality and relationship issues.
In addition, I have been working in my private practice – Milton Sattler Therapy – where I am offering a safe and confidential space.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Identity issues
- Internalized homophobia
- Coming out & Coming in
- Self- acceptance
- Childhood traumas
£60-70 Low-cost service is available. Please, ask!
Gender Sexuality & Relationship Diverse (GSRD) Therapy
Gender Sexuality & Relationship Diversities (GSRD) is a more inclusive term to replace the acronym LGBTQ+. It includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans people, intersex, kink, non-monogamies, sex workers, asexual, non-binary and other gender non-conforming people, as well as those who feel generally excluded in discussions of LGBTQ+ issues.
You may be looking for a therapist with training in a variety of specific issues by feeling comfortable working with who belongs to the GSRD communities. I have attended workshops organised by Pink Therapy on the topic GSRD and Gendered Intelligence (GI) on the topic of working with trans and non-binary clients. I have worked in different GSRD organisations which have a specialised work with GSRD clients. I am also a GSRD rights defender and a campaigner for the Conversion Therapy practice ban.
I am also very aware that mainstream psychotherapy has often persisted in focus on someone’s gender and/or sexuality when it is unrelated to the issue being brought to therapy such as a bereavement, depression, anxiety. Trans and queer people suffer from job-related stress, intersex people suffer from traumatic experiences with correction surgeries, kinksters suffer from a sense of loss when their children leave home. Often, GSRD clients can suffer from the consequences of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and internal and external lesbian phobia.
As a GSRD psychotherapist, I believe in working with different tools to better fit to the client needs. I believe that gender and or sexuality/sexual behaviour is vital to the therapeutic process but I work with the clients’ own pace to attend to GSRD specific issues which the client feels that they need to work with or they feel the need to have a therapist who understands “where they are coming from”.
My pronouns are 'he', 'him', 'his'.
Straight and working with me!
Being a GSRD therapist does not mean that I do not see heterosexual monogamous clients or that I do not appreciate the way they live their lives. On the contrary, I think that as a psychotherapist I have the privilege of listening and helping those who may have never had the opportunities to talk and to be listened by others about different aspects of their lives.
Maps & Directions
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