Licensed Clinical Psychologist
She places emphasis on the relationship with her clients, building a trusting and accepting space to understand what is being presented and explore possibilities of decreasing limitations experienced in everyday life. She believes that increasing psychological well-being is essential to a harmonious, joyous way of living and key to expanding our sense of self. She believes that healing can occur in many ways and with the proper changes, we have the ability to reach the highest version of ourselves.
She has experience with age ranges 2-88 working with mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, trauma, learning and attention deficit disorders, developmental delays, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders in Miami Children’s Hospital, Psychiatric residential facility, Social service agencies and community mental health centers. She uses a combination of practices depending on what is needed at the time including: Individual, Couples, Family, Play, Sandtray Psychotherapy, Neurofeedback brain training, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Neurofeedback is used to improve brain function and reach peak performance; it helps improve mood, emotional regulation, anxiety, attention, distractibility, and processing, repetitive thoughts, sleep, stress tolerance, chronic pain, fatigue, migraines, addictions, menopause, epilepsy, developmental disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and Dementia prevention. Psychotherapy is used to gain understanding of oneself and behavioral patterns, learn new information about emotional well-being, and explore solutions to deal with problems. EMDR is a certified psychotherapy approach that has been researched and effectively used to reduce symptoms related to Trauma, any event that caused overwhelming fear and had an impact on functioning.
Dr. De Souza sees every client encounter as meaningful and each client as a unique individual with a life story and meaning attached to those experiences. She assesses an individual’s current difficulties on a physical, mental, and emotional level with care and understands these difficulties within the larger context of their life. She emphasizes an in depth understanding of the problem in order to recommend the proper combination of treatments to best address the growth of the individual.