It seems that, more and more, people are searching for support, looking into how they can bring change upon their lives, and knowing that they don't have to do it alone.
In order to be able to support more people, we are gradually creating a team, a group of people that love their work and want to be present, and work together with you, in this important project of making your life better.
Born and raised in the countryside of Portugal, I have Leiria engraved in my heart.
Genuine and spontaneous in relationship with those who cross my path, and true
to myself and to the human values I believe in.
Restless by nature and driven by curiosity, I see in leaving the comfort zone
an essential engine for self-knowledge and self-discovery.
Owner of a free spirit, I know like the back of my hand the agitation and
calm of the places from the world where I lived and worked, where I overcame myself.
My passion and interest for Psychology and Psychoanalysis began since early age. I wanted to understand people better, their deep needs and shadows, as well as meet their potential and beauty. Being able to help others towards their journey of self-discovery and psychological well-being soon became a life mission.
My approach is an in-depth type of psychotherapy based on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, combined with Integrative Psychotherapy, in which the therapeutic relationship is key and where different therapeutic tools and approaches are used to fit the needs of the individual client.
My mission is to help you overcome any issues that may be causing you emotional pain or distress, making you feel disconnected, lonely or resentful; exploring your own insights about who you are and your history, where there is no room for judgment and where together we can discover where you come from and where you are going.
Therapy can be in English or Portuguese.
My academic life was mainly in Portugal, where I became a licensed Clinical Psychologist (MA), specializing in Psychopathology and Dynamic Psychotherapies, by the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Coimbra.
I’m currently taking a post-graduation in Third Generation Therapies (Mindfulness, ACT and Compassion Focused Therapy), and I’m also on my personal process to become a Psychotherapist.
I'm a member of Portuguese Board of Psychology (OPP), international affiliate member of American Psychological Association (APA), registered EuroPsy Psychologist by European Federation of Psychologists' Association and registered on the Portuguese Health Regulatory Authority (ERS).
I have worked in very different settings, from charities to public schools, private practice, addiction rehab centre, private integrated continuous care unit, and NHS hospital services.
I have been working with children, adolescents and adults in national and international settings.
Passionate about humanitarian values and missions, I was also committed with some volunteering projects in Portugal and abroad, in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) and Ghana.
My main experience has been working as a Clinical Psychologist, doing psychological assessment, providing counselling and support psychotherapy.
I have worked abroad, in the UK and Iceland, for almost 4 years; I currently work in Lisbon.
My name is Malitsa Francisco. I have a Masters in Clinical Psychology
from ISPA (Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada) and I'm in training
to become a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.
I´m from Maputo, Mozambique, but have been living in Lisbon for the past 10 years. As an expat myself I think I can provide a special insight for those in a similar situation. Being away from home can come with its own struggles…
I've worked with children, teenagers and adults, dealing with a variety
of issues such as depression, grief, anxiety, low self-esteem. However,
I don't think that psychotherapy is only suitable when in the presence of illness. Anyone interested in understanding themselves better would benefit from this process.
Psychotherapy is a journey that takes oneself to many places, internal ones, memories, emotions, childhood, family. It leads to discoveries. Discovery of our history, our experiences, our past… the good things, the harder ones, the transitions, the life cycles.
It's also a journey because it's always better when we do it accompanied. As a mental health professional I'll be there in every step of the way to help you think, feel and live whatever is inside you: your fears, dreams, anguishes, doubts and joys.
I founded Lisbon Psychology and I'm so happy to see this project grow.
You can learn more about me here
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