Specialist in clinical and health psychology, psychotherapy and psychological coaching
I was born in Lisbon, live and work in Oeiras and chose the human mind and communication as objects of study. I enjoy walking, meditating and traveling. Books and music are my road companions, like series and podcasts. I am interested in conscious lifestyles and ways of relating to others and technology.
In clinical practice, which I practice in the private sector, I use a model geared towards body-mind well-being. In behavioral journalism, I try to approach topics that interest everyone in a simple language. I value sustainable community projects and defend that life is what we make of it every moment.
After graduating in Social Psychology at Lisbon University, in 1987, I entered the job market as a training professional in Câmara Municipal de Lisboa. A year after, I embraced Journalism. My MA thesis, in Health Psychology, at ISPA – Instituto Universitário, focused on Stress Perception and Resistance and its Impact on Journalists’ Health (2001).
Professional journalist since 1988, I write about behavior, health and technology for Visão newsmagazine. Into clinic practice for nearly two decades, I’m a member of Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses and AP - Associação Portuguesa de Psicanálise e Psicoterapia Psicanalítica, in whose where I published Identidade: Estrangeiro.
Co-author of Vencer nos Exames, a book addressed to high school students. Certified in Family Constellations, Clinical Hypnosis (London College / LCCH) and Desensitization and Reprocessing. I published the article EMDR as an effective therapeutic tool in Burnout treatment EMDR no Burnout in Revista da Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia (2015).
Registered EuroPsy Psychologist by the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (EFPA)
Understanding my history
When I came to a major block due to unresolved anxieties, Dra Clara helped me through a process of discovering my deep issues. The process was not easy or short but her support, empathy, clarity, remarkable memory and insight helped me to state out loud the narrative I had been telling myself, and to then begin telling it in a restorative way.
Professionalism and competence
There was a time in my life when I was lacking a sense of direction and unable to look at my path from different angles. I needed focus and objectivity, I looked for a therapist. In my search I found you, Clara Soares. Although I can´t evaluate the method from a technical point of view, in your professionalism and skills I encountered the human being I was looking for. Thank you so much.
Gets the heart of the issues
Clara Soares is a free mind that sees beyond. It captures the heart of the issues very well. Her therapeutic approach addresses, providing a balm at the same time. All this has a clear intention: to offer relief with a renewed hope in the future and – what´s essential to me – without creating ‘prisoners’.
It´s worth it
When my doctor suggested I needed psychotherapy to reduce anxiety levels and deal with panic attacks, I started going to sessions although being doubtful. The experience was a few years ago and, after all, it was worth it: I felt better, I no longer take painkillers and I live a normal life, without fearing the worst or being paralyzed.