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Inês Amaro - Clinical Psychologist for Adults in Lisb

Inês Amaro

Clinical Psychologist for Adults

I value a therapeutic relationship of empathy, acceptance, and truth, where it is possible to feel and express difficult emotions safely.

Professional Experience

  • Clinical psychologist for adults since 2019, with a special interest in experiential and relational work in anxiety disorders, depression, complex trauma, dysfunctional interpersonal patterns, and personality disorders.
  • Trainer in Deliberate Practice since 2023 in the Advanced Psychotherapy Specialization at ISPA - Instituto Universitário.
  • Research assistant at the Paradigmatic Complementarity Laboratory of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Lisbon (2018-2020) in the area of change processes in psychotherapy.
  • Research assistant at the Expertise Lab of ISPA-IU in the areas of common factors, therapist variables, and facilitating interpersonal skills (2020-2022).

Educational Background

  • Master's in Cognitive-Behavioral and Integrative Psychotherapy from the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Lisbon.
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy I at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid, Spain).
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy II at the Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy (Dublin, Ireland).
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples I by the Iranian Institute of EFT (online).
  • Deliberate Practice Therapist certified by the International Deliberate Practice Society.
  • Ongoing supervised practice in Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT).
  • Attendance at workshops, seminars, and conferences on topics relevant to clinical practice, including common factors in psychotherapy (e.g., empathy and facilitating interpersonal skills), psychotherapeutic effectiveness, personality disorders, case conceptualization, psychopharmacology, and grief.
  • Member of the Portuguese Order of Psychologists No. 24581


  • Presentation of the dissertation project "A Systematic Analysis of the Metaprocessing Task" - Society for Psychotherapy Research 49th International Annual Meeting (2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Presentation in the panel "Do personality disorders demand better alliances between case formulation, moment-to-moment, and phase-to-phase maps or heuristics?" - Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration XXXV Annual Meeting (2019, Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Publication: Santos, J. M., Barata, M., Rathenau, S., Amaro, I., Vaz, A., Sousa, D., ... & Taveira, M. (2023). Development and validation of the facilitative interpersonal skills scale for clients. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 79(4), 1166-1177.

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