Marcela is a registered clinical psychologist in Australia and Brazil. She completed an Honours degree in Psychology and a Master’s qualification in Clinical Psychology. She has been practicing as a clinical psychologist in Sydney’s Lower North Shore over the past 10 years. More recently she has relocated to the Northern Beaches to focus on her practice as a child and family psychologist. Marcela has originally developed her skills as a clinician in psychodynamic therapies and has more recently carried out further training in therapies for children, families using evidence-based orientated therapies.
Marcela has a special interest in working with children, families, developmental & parenting concerns, pregnancy-related problems including birth trauma, relationship issues, and cross-cultural related concerns. Marcela also has years of experience helping adults recover from depression, anxiety, and trauma, whether recent or trauma experienced in childhood. Marcela has worked with many people to assist them to make sense and overcome negative experiences that have impaired their sense of wellbeing and their mental health. She helps individuals, children and families reach emotional stability, clarity of thought, a sense of safety, healthy coping mechanisms, trust, and confidence by assisting them to come to terms with difficult experiences and to develop their own resources, strengths, and solutions.
She is highly experienced in developing comprehensive care management plans for children. She knows how to translate complex professional advice into practical games and routines to help parents be the best parents they can be. She works very closely and together with parents during their children first infancy (from 0-3 years old) and formative years in order to achieve the best developmental outcomes. Marcela is extremely caring and skilled at understanding the anxieties and insecurities parents face when they have a child with ongoing challenges. She has a very gentle and yet realistic approach that helps new families establish positive patterns and thrive right from the start.
Marcela’s practice lies on the principle that the honest and supportive interaction, as it unfolds in therapy, can promote emotional stability, self-awareness, resilience, personal growth, resolution of longstanding life patterns, meaningful decision-making, more gratifying relationships, improved family relationships, and overall wellbeing.