Mercedes is an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
She obtained her Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling at Metanoia Institute, one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist higher education in the disciplines of counselling, psychotherapy and counselling psychology, validated by Middlesex University. She is also currently completing an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at Middlesex University.
Mercedes has trained extensively as a couple’s therapist, completing the Imago Relationship Therapy Clinical Training and the Imago Parenting Program in London.
Alongside her private practice, Mercedes works with Faversham Counselling Services, a BACP accredited organisation and contractor of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), to support individuals through a range of personal challenges and promote mental health, resilience and well-being.
She has significant experience supporting victims of domestic violence and psychological, verbal and physical abuse, and currently provides counselling services at the Portuguese Association for Victim Support’s (APAV) Lisbon Unit for Migrant and Discrimination Victims, which she has been offering since 2019.
Between 2018 and 2020, Mercedes worked with the Romão de Sousa Foundation, a therapeutic community that offers a wide range of psychological therapies and medical and psychosocial interventions to help adults with severe mental health problems improve their quality of life.
She is also experienced at supporting people through bereavement and loss, having spent a year working at the Palliative Day Care Unit of Saint John’s Hospice in London in 2017, where she assisted patients with terminal illnesses such as HIV, cancer, renal failure and multiple sclerosis to deal with depression, anxiety, isolation and other psychological concerns associated with their deteriorating condition.
Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Trainee Member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)