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Technical Team

João G. Pereira

Clinical Director

João G. Pereira is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Évora University and Clinical Director of Romão de Sousa Foundation (Casa de Alba).
He holds a Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Middlesex University, following a number of years in the UK National Health Service developing and researching therapeutic programs.
João is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Registered Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and has been awarded the European Certificate of Psychotherapy by the EAP.
He is interested in understanding what goes on in developing and sustaining therapeutic relationships and in the intersection between psychoanalysis, philosophy and neuroscience.
He is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Philosophical Psychiatry at NOVA University of Lisbon and member of international research groups. He is also on the scientific committee of several mental health related events.
João is the author and editor of a number of mental health publications. He co-edited and authored the recently published book “Schizophrenia and Common Sense” by Springer-Nature.


Cátia Ribeiro Alves

Team Leader / Psychotherapist

Licenciada (pré-Bolonha) em Psicologia, ramo de psicologia clínica, pela Universidade de Évora. Membro em formação de especialidade em psicoterapia psicodinâmica na Sociedade Portuguesa de Psicologia Clínica. Membro efectivo da Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses. Formadora certificada. Com experiencia profissional em contextos diversos, foi colaboradora do projecto NOP “Novas Oportunidades Parentais”, promovido pela “Questão de Equilíbrio” e financiado pela Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian ao abrigo do Programa Crianças e Jovens em Risco. Colaborou como psicóloga de um Lar de Infância e Juventude e ainda num Centro de Apoio Familiar e Aconselhamento Parental. Exerceu também funções de psicologia numa Comunidade Terapêutica para Toxicodependentes em Castro Verde e em diferentes estabelecimentos prisionais no Centro e Sul do País. No campo da investigação, colaborou no Estudo Nacional Sobre “Saúde e Bem-Estar Psicológico” realizado pela Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa e Universidade Católica Portuguesa, sob a coordenação da Organização Mundial de Saúde e da Universidade de Harvard. Exerce prática clínica em contexto privado.


António Paiva


Medical Doctor and Consultant Psychiatrist at Casa de Alba, Therapeutic Community. António is the Clinical Director of the Psychiatric Unit in Barreiro Hospital (Lisbon). He is Member of the Portuguese Psychoanalytic Society.






Sofia Marques


Hospital Assistant at the Espírito Santo Hospital of Évora. Graduated in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon. Training at the Schizophrenia Unit of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and the Early Intervention Team in Psychosis at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Electroconvulsive therapy training at Bellvitge Hospital in Barcelona. Has a post-graduation in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy and training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
Author or co-author of 3 scientific articles, 1 book chapter, 34 oral communications and 36 posters at international and national congresses.
Member of the Portuguese Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health and the Spanish Society of Psychiatry.



Tatiana Gil Ferreira

Clinical Psychologist / Psychotherapist

Tatiana has an MSc in Clinical Psychology from Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada (ISPA) and is a full member of the Order of Portuguese Psychologists with the tittle of specialist in clinical psychology.

She in the latest stages of Phenomenological-Existential Psychotherapy training at the Portuguese Society for Existential Psychotherapy (SPPE).
Tatiana has completed a placement in clinical neuropsychology (ISPA) and has trained in the subjects of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychosomatics, mental health and risk behaviour.

She has worked in substance abuse, both outpatients and therapeutic communities, in educational settings, as well as having cooperated with Child Protection and Safeguarding Children Organizations.

Tatiana has developed clinical work in private practice and in council estates in Lisbon and Cascais, as well as working in Community Psychology, Crisis intervention and in projects for the development of parental and social/relational skills.

She has cooperated in a study regarding brief psychotherapy by ISPA, Jerónimo Usera Foundation and SPPE.

Tatiana has recently attended Open Dialogue Training in Finland and Norway and is committed to develop humanistic mental health practices.



Lídia Conim

Nurse Specialist

Lídia Conim is a Nurse Specialist at Casa de Alba. She has been a graduate nurse, since 1987, a specialist in Community Health and a Master’s degree in Health Unit Management, by the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, School of Health. She also has a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Évora. Currently working at the Estremoz Health Center – Basic Urgency Service, she has extensive experience in nursing care in an inpatient and outpatient setting, as well as home care. Worked in several places, namely: Santa Cruz Hospital (1987-2000), Hospital Egas Moniz (1991-1996); Rio de Mouro Health Center (2000-2001) and Estremoz Health Center (since 2001). Its practice emphasizes proximity nursing, focusing on users and their families, promoting autonomy in activities of daily living. Especially sensitive to the area of ​​mental health, in aspects related to differences (isolation, segregation, exclusion, depression), believes that its practice of monitoring and surveillance with focus on the individual, can make a difference in recovery and improvement of the conditions of mental health of the population. Their knowledge of practice with the National Network of Continuing Care and Primary Health Care can be very beneficial in the future implementation of Continuing Care in Mental Health.




Cláudia Pedro

Clinical Psychologist

Cláudia Pedro is Clinical Psychologist at Casa de Alba. Master in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Évora. Developed the master’s thesis “How do people cope with health crises? An analysis of the manifestations of secondary coping on Twitter during a crisis “, and is currently writing an article in this field to be published in scientific journals in the area. He completed the curricular internship at the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health (DPSM) of the Hospital do Espirito Santo in Évora where he developed several activities such as psychological follow-ups, psychological assessments, participation in the Child and Adolescent Psychology Unit with the hosting of meetings, team in psychiatry with the objective of reporting the cases that would need to be followed up in an outpatient clinic. During the internship he began to use the Individualized Patient Progress System (IPPS) program, presenting him to the team, resulting in the interest of using some members and passing the DPSM to collaborate with the University of Évora in collecting data through these “Custom Measures Therapeutic Gain Monitoring “, title of the presentation. He recently participated in the training “Mental Health – implementation of responses in the community” in the Psychiatric Hospital Center of Lisbon – Júlio de Matos Campus.





Pablo Daniel Vidal

Music Therapist


Pablo Daniel Vidal is a Music Therapist at Casa de Alba. Degree in Music Therapy (1995) at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Salvador (USAL), Buenos Aires (Argentina). Since 2000 he works as a Music Therapist in Évora at the Association of Rehabilitation Support and Social Solidarity (ARASS). She has been working in the Sala Tecch in Vila Boim and in the School of Malagueira de Évora (attending children with autism. She was responsible for the project “Oficina de Expressão e Comunicação”, a partnership between Unid.Saúde Sol (participation of the Isabel Fernandes Psychologist) Clara and Malagueira de Évora, integrated activities with clients of ARASS, students of the Alternative Curricular Course (PCA) and the teachers of the participating groups. During the year 2015/2016 was the author and interpreter of the songs of the show of Inclusive Dance of the group « InclusivÉ »A show performed in several cities of the Alentejo, created in partnership with APCE (Évora Cerebral Palsy Association), Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Reguengos de Monsaraz, and the choreographer / dancer André Russo. Occupational) of ARASS.




Maria Melo - Psicomotricista na Casa de AlbaMaria Melo

Psychomotor Therapist

Maria Melo is a Psychomotrician at Casa de Alba. She has a degree in Psychomotor Rehabilitation from the Faculty of Human Motors – University of Lisbon, has had the opportunity to enrich her studies with the attendance of a summer rehabilitation course at the University of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education in Zurich, as well as the participation in various congresses and workshops. He also has a Postgraduate Degree in Clinical Neuropsychology.
With regard to his professional experience as a psychomotrist, he started his degree with an internship with children and young people who were victims of abuse at Casa da Fonte Children’s Emergency Center. In the master’s degree, he began his experience in adult mental health at the Day Hospital and Acute Patient Care Unit at the Hospital de Egas Moniz – Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental. He later worked with children and young people at the May 6 Social Center. He also worked in Residences of Training of Autonomy and Socio-occupational Forum, for people with mental illness, in the ARIA – Association of Rehabilitation and Integration Help. Along with these professional experiences worked in private practice, in the monitoring of cases in the area of ​​mental health of adults.
She volunteered with young people in a school context as a sex education educator, by the Portuguese Foundation Against AIDS, as well as in music festivals, by the Kosmicare Association, in order to minimize data caused by psychological crises after consumption of psychoactive substances.
In the scope of research he has held communications in scientific congresses and has publications in national and international scientific journals.



Diogo JaneiroDiogo Janeiro

Social Assistant

Diogo Janeiro is Social Worker at Casa de Alba. Degree in Applied Social Research and Post-Graduate in Safety and Hygiene and Health at Work.
She worked at Cercimb (Cooperativa dos Namidos Inadaptados de Moita and Barreiro), as a Senior Social Worker, working with disabled people and at-risk youth.
He held positions at the Municipality of Monforte, as Senior Technician of Sociology, and was responsible for an Equal Transnational Project, which sought to help the most disadvantaged, seeking to integrate them into the labor market and / or creating self-employment.
He worked as an External Trainer for several companies, both public and private, having contacted several target audiences.
He worked as a RVCC Technician at CNO, having followed processes of equivalence to Basic and Secondary education.
He held positions again in the City Council of Monforte, where he collaborated in the Communitarian Program of Delivery of Foodstuffs for the Careless (PCAAC), Municipal Card of the Elderly.
He was a collaborator of the Municipal Council of Sousel, where he held positions in the Social Action Office, participating in the various projects implemented. (Senior University, Social Shop, Memory Workshop, Gente Grande Grande Movement), updating of Social Diagnostics, among other projects.
He was a collaborator in the Technical Team of the Humanitarian Center of the Red Cross of Évora. He participated in the various responses promoted by the institution, such as: Teleassistance Service, Domiciliary Support Service, Social Assistance and Support, Food Supply Delivery, Social Refectory.