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Marcelo Matias - Psychotherapist

Marcelo Matias

Marcelo Matias

MBPsS, MNCP

Psychotherapist

Skype LogoAvailable for appointments Online via Skype Counselling.

Works With Ages 18 and over

Philosophy

There are certain moments in our lives when we are confused about our feelings and who we are. And along with this confusion, we may also experience difficulty in relating to others, lack of energy, as well as concern for our emotions, our mood, or even our identity.

Each client is important to me and I strive to help them find the answers they are looking for. Since 2011, I have worked with different types of patients experiencing unique circumstances in their lives.

Approach

I use Gestalt therapy and existential phenomenology as a practical-theoretical foundation for my work, as I think that turning our attention to ourselves and the here-now is an efficient therapeutic strategy for our continuous growth. Thus, we can recognize what prevents us from growing and consequently make healthier choices for us.

Gestalt therapy takes into account 3 pillars:

1.Context in which we relate:

We live our experiences in a singular and relational context. It is in the relationship with us, with others, and with the world that we can make sense of our experiences. Our focus will be on the here-now, but occasionally we can also investigate how our past and our future can influence our current selves.

2.Existential-phenomenology:

Pheno what? I know, it can be quite confusing. But it is not. In general, it means that we seek to understand the facts of life through observation, description, contextualization, and the search for personal meaning, finding ways to understand the challenges they pose for us.

3.Dialogue:

A specific form of contact (not just conversation) that is concerned with the medium of the relationship and what arises in that medium. It is, for example, that special moment when we are with a person and we feel accepted, understood, and respected.

In my work, these 3 pillars are intertwined with each other, building a network that sustains the relationship in a safe and efficient way so that we can ask pertinent questions and be mature to know how to understand the answers.

Motivation

The central objective of my work is to promote human development so that we can get as close as possible to our authenticity, considering our limits and possibilities.

Thus, we can recognize what prevents us from growing and consequently make healthier choices for us.

In my career experience, I have worked with people on a wide range of issues. They can be specific and definable, such as:

  • Anxiety;
  • Workplace stress/performance
  • Identity
  • Personal Motivation/Confidence
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship
  • Difficulty making decisions, accepting changes, or facing dilemmas.

And at times, the issues are not so clear and easy to define, but we may feel stuck, with low energy and knowing that something could be different and better. I believe that we all have the necessary skills to face our difficulties and to confront our dilemmas. As a therapist, it is my role to help you to shed some light on your own blind spots and resources, which we sometimes fail to see.

About Me

As a Psychotherapist, I have been working with psychology for over 10 years. I have held a degree in psychology for over a decade, with a postgraduate degree in Career Guidance and Gestalt-therapy specialization. Recently, I’ve moved to London and I’m currently a doctorate student in Psychotherapy and Counseling.

I consider myself cheerful, light, but also sincere, reserved and disciplined. I do therapy regularly to reflect on how to make the various decisions in my life, considering my desires, ambitions, as well as my possibilities. I always try to be my best version, even if some days are harder than others.

I am Brazilian and have lived in the US and Australia, and I speak Portuguese and English.

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