I was born in Brasil and raised in Southern New Hampshire, where I graduated from Keene State College with a B.A. in Psychology. My multicultural identity, experiences as a first generation immigrant, and undergraduate studies fostered a desire to understand humanity’s innate resilience and ability to overcome adversity on a deeper level. This took me to Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD), where I specialized in health psychology and the delivery of clinical services in interdisciplinary healthcare settings. My training came to a close in 2020 following the completion of an APA-accredited doctoral internship at Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinics in Portland, OR.
The training experiences I received through AUNE and predoctoral internship at Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinics allowed me to refine my professional identity as an health-service psychologist and gain competency in a breadth of clinical interventions. My professional philosophy is grounded in a social vision of clinical psychology committed to diversity and social justice, and underscored by a deep appreciation for the multidimensional, dynamic, and intersectional nature of human experiences. In clinical practice, I draw from systems and relational theories to foster meaningful therapeutic engagement while providing holistic, collaborative, and patient-centered care.
The covid-19 pandemic proved a pivotal moment in human history by highlighting systemic inequities on a global scale and making social and organizational responsibility a defining feature of the collective “new normal.” Like many others, my professional journey pivoted to social entrepreneurship in response, and I began exploring innovative ways to address systemic inequities and foster positive social change.