Clinical Psychologist, Specialist in Clinical and Health Psychology, Psychotherapy and Coaching
Born in Lisbon, I live and work in Oeiras municipality and I elected human mind and the art of communication as my objetcs of study. I enjoy hicking, meditation and travel. Books and music are my road companions, as much as series and podcasts. I’m interested in mindful lifestyles and in the ways we relate to each other and to technology.
My clinical work, in private sector, is grounded in a body-mind wellness approach. As a behavior journalist, I focus on topics that may interest to everyone in an appealing and accessible way. I value sustainable community projects and I defend that life’s what we make it, in each 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)
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.
I recommend it
I chose Dr. Clara by intuition. Neither intuition nor Dr. Clara did fail me! I was pleased by her practical way of addressing issues and a lightness in disguise – that is, a lightness of those who know well what they do. The method isn’t intrusive and it helps us to reach conclusions by ourselves, making the necessary adjustments. I would go back every week and recommend it to anyone who needs it.