- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Video and telephone consultations
I am a Clinical Psychologist with a specialist interest in working with children and young people around all areas of mental health. This includes fostering and adoption therapeutic support for families and/or professionals.
About Dr Dora Bernardes
Dora has worked as a clinical psychologist in a number of services in the NHS including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Child Development Centres, and Paediatric Psychology services in England and Scotland. Until very recently, she led a Paediatric Psychology Service in the NHS in addition to her private practice work.
Dora is friendly and creative in her approach with children and young people. She can use play and the arts (e.g., drawing, puppetry and storytelling) to engage children and young people in conversations about tricky subjects.
Dora has trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Level 1). This approach supports children to develop secure attachment relationships with their parents/caregivers. Dora also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Young People; she also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-based Psychological Therapies Practice with Children, Young People and Families at the University of Exeter. This course provided Dora with a deep knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with Children and Young People.
Dora undertakes regular clinical supervision and is very passionate about keeping on learning to best support clients. She received the British Psychological Society Award for contribution to Clinical Psychology at doctoral level in 2012.
Areas of interest
- Children and young people up to 25 years old;
- Parenting therapeutic support;
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Portuguese - Native or bilingual
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University of Plymouth 2010
- Foundation course in Family Therapy University of Plymouth 2008
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Level 1) Family Futures 2014
- PGCert Evidence-based Psychological Therapies University of Exeter 2018
Affiliations / memberships
British Psychological Society