Renata Andrade

Experienced. Certified. Supportive.
“Anyone can design the next chapter of their lives.”

Helping People Gives My Life Meaning

The most rewarding thing about being a Counselor is witnessing a client walk away lighter, more alive, at peace with themselves, make the changes they wish for, and live more fulfilling lives.

Through my work I feel alive, connected, and contributing. I feel more grown-up, confident, and engaged in life. I satisfy my craving for studying and learning. 

As A Counselor, I Believe That

  • Emotional wellbeing is the key to your personal, professional, and relationship happiness
  • We are worthy of love, care, and understanding
  • We heal when we are witnessed without judgment and our human experience is validated by another human being
  • Loving and accepting ourselves for who we are, scars and all, is one of the most generous things we can do for the world

People who know me often say that I have a calm presence, that I am a deep listener and I can quickly help people make connections, feel understood, and start to heal.

My Journey To Becoming An Expat Counselor

I learned the value of counselling well before living abroad, as a young adult when I went through an unexpected and crushing loss. My own experience of healing, my curiosity about what makes people tick and connect to other humans are what lead me to become the counselor I am today.

Having my own counselors and coaches has been essential to keeping my professional journey alive as an expat partner moving countries every 3 years. It has also helped me navigate periods of loneliness, losses, and the overwhelm of transitions, the guilt of living far away from loved ones, and the challenges of raising my own cross-cultural kids.

Our Sessions Are Focused On You

Sessions will provide you with the safe space you need to focus on yourself without feeling selfish. 

It’s very important to me to provide a non-judgemental space where you can be yourself and also to check in on your progress as we go. 

Reflecting, allowing yourself to feel and make sense of your feelings, taking the time and space you need to regroup & plan ahead, learning tools to apply in your life – all of these will help you deal with difficult times, to feel better, and to change the stories you’ve been telling yourself of what’s possible or not for you.

There isn’t a “one size fits all” approach, our sessions will fit your specific needs and concerns.

A bit more about my expat journey

I’m a Brazilian expat who’s lived in 3 other countries (UK, USA and Italy) over the past 20 years. 

I’ve been abroad first as a lead-career and then as an accompanying partner. As an expat without kids, pregnant, and after as a mom of 2 humans and 3 dogs. 

I’ve been a stay-at-home expat mom, a student, and a professional abroad in two capacities: an HR Executive for Unilever and a counselor & coach in my own private practice in person and currently online. 

Professional Training and Memberships

I received my Masters in Psychotherapy from Middlesex University in the UK and I’m also a Registered Clinical Psychologist in Brazil (CRP 06/732104). I also went through Professional Coaching Training in the USA at IPEC. I have an MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.

I am a member of the UKCP United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, the Brazilian Psychology Council CRP 06/732104, IARTA and EATA. I’m also a member of the LIT Location Independent Therapists Community. 

Before practicing as a Psychotherapist and Coach in Private Practice for about 15 years, I worked as a Human Resources Executive at Unilever for 10 years.

 

 

 

I offer a free 20-minute consultation.

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