THE POWER OF OUR THOUGHTS
Recently, I have started writing a column "Healthy Mind" to the Brazilian magazine Acontece. The articles are in Portuguese, but below the English translation of my first article. Our mind sometimes seems to have its own life… our thoughts go from one place to another, from one idea to another as if we do not have control of what is going on in our mind. When our mind goes from one worry to another, we become anxious. When our mind goes from one negative thought to another we
Teen Support Group in Doral, FL
Feeling overwhelmed at school? Anxious? Sad? Lonely? Join our support group in Doral In this support group teens (14-18-year-old) will learn coping skills, healthy behaviors, and how to manage their emotions. Teens will also be introduced to mindfulness, and if they are interested will be able to train to run a 5k (Zen Run: http://zenrun.us) Cost: $20.00 per session. Facilitator: Dr. Ana Gouvea Dr. Gouvea is a Counselor (Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, License # I
Grief Support Group in Doral
Have you lost a loved one? Are you having difficulties to cope with loss? Do you feel overwhelmed by the loss? Although loss is part of our human condition, sometimes the grieving process seems just too painful and unbearable. If you think you need help, I am organizing a grief support group in Doral, FL. This support group aims to help people that suffered a loss develop a healthy grieving process. In this group we will discuss the stages of grief, issues related to loss res
How can we help adult survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse?
I was recently interviewed by a FIU student on the topic of sexual abuse. He was doing a project on victims of sexual abuse and wanted to know more about the symptoms adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse present and how the society can help these survivors. Below some excerpts of the interview: Question: Are there similarities in the behavior of patients who have been abused as children? Are there types of abuse that generally lead to behaviors that are ultimately self-d
Traumatic Experiences: What are the consequences for our mental health?(Experiências traumáticas: qu
Published at: Gazeta News: Experiências traumáticas: quais as consequências para a nossa saúde mental? O trágico evento na escola Marjory Stoneman Douglas deixou todos as pessoas e, particularmente, todos os pais ansiosos, com medo, vulneráveis. A marcha pelas nossas vidas (March for our lives) realizada em 24 de marco, refletiu a intensidade do medo e da preocupação com tiroteios em escolas nos Estados Unidos. Muitas perguntas ainda procuram respostas. O que fazer sobre a fa
WHY DID I DECIDE TO WRITE THIS BLOG?
I have been thinking to write a blog for a while... but since I am not media "savvy" I kept on postponing it. I finally decided to write this blog because I think it can be a useful platform to widespread information about topics related to my work as a mental health counselor. I hope this blog can be a practical and easy way to share useful information with my clients, prospective clients and a broad audience (if anybody reads it...). As a registered mental heath counselor i