« Nothing is immutable. »

Dr Rita Avelar hails from the University of Beira Interior, where she underwent a unique medical education emphasizing student-led learning and early clinical exposure. Initially drawn to the vibrant atmosphere of Lisbon, she eventually made it her home.

As a Psychiatrist, Rita finds herself captivated by the intricate workings of neurobiology, while also cherishing the profound journey of self-discovery she facilitates for her patients. She has delved into specialities such as Clinical Sexology, Couples Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy, equipping herself with a diverse toolkit to address various aspects of mental health.

What Rita treasures most about her work is witnessing her patients’ satisfaction and gratitude as they embark on their path to healing. At Alegria, she revels in the dynamic, multilingual team dedicated to patient care. Beyond her professional pursuits, Rita finds passion in her family, nature, and the fulfilment she derives from helping others navigate their mental health journeys.

Her tools

  • Psychiatry

  • Sexology

  • Couple therapy

  • Interpersonal psychotherapy

What she most often treats

  • Mood disorders

  • Depression

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Anxiety disorders

Her training

2019 – 2020 : Advanced Professional Program in Couple Therapy & Clinical Sexology: Evaluation and Intervention. Portuguese Institute of Psychology, Lisbon
2009 – 2015 : Medical Degree at Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã (Portugal)

Additional training: Alcohol Training Program, Neuropsychopharmacology; intervention in Dementia, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Applied Clinical Psychopharmacology, Grief, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Electroconvulsive Therapy.

Spoken languages : Portuguese, English

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