Valda is a registered clinical psychologist and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has more than 20 years experience as an individual, couple and group therapist, and is also a certified family mediator. Having been born and raised in Brazil, she also speaks Portuguese.
Valda works with individuals, couples and groups in both long and short-term psychotherapy and counselling. Her therapeutic style follows an integrative approach, drawing from diverse theories according to each clients’ needs or preferences. These include: schema therapy,cognitive behavioural, mindfulness-based, solution-focused, client centred, psychodrama, and psychodynamic approaches.
Relationship counselling is one of Valda’s passions. She has extensive experience working with couples in distress, including same-sex couples and cross-cultural relationships. Her areas of interest and expertise include: sexuality issues, affairs or other breaches of trust, porn overuse and other compulsive behaviours, narcissism in relationships, conflict and anger management, stress, trauma, and grief. Valda also assists couples who are planning cohabitation or marriage, blending families, or considering a separation or divorce.
Creating a safe environment, where individual and cultural differences are valued and confidentiality is taken seriously, is central to Valda’s approach. She enjoys helping clients solve problems and develop the full potential of their relationships.