My job is to help you understand what you are feeling. Together we identify the triggers and overcome the negative emotions that are feeling heavy in the moment.
Clarinda Brandão, DipTIRP, RP
Founder and Managing Partner, Registered Relational Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert
Individual & Couple Therapy | Clinical Supervisor
Clarinda Brandao brings an intuitive approach to her clients. For over ten years she has worked with individuals and couples, helping her clients restore self-awareness, regain confidence, and renew relationships within their lives and with themselves. A compassionate listener, she delves deep into the individual core to build a strong foundation for personal growth and meaningful connections. Becoming self-aware is an integral step in the healing process. Clarinda has an innate ability to bring clients out of their shell and into a safe space where they can begin learning about and mending themselves and their relationships - both romantically and platonically.
A Registered Relational Psychotherapist and Counsellor with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario, Clarinda is a graduate of the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy's intense three-year relational psychotherapy program and a member of The Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT). As a relationship expert, Clarinda specializes in couples therapy and marriage counselling. Through a blend of professional and personal experience, she helps clients identify problem areas and provides new tools to communicate effectively while regaining healthy connections - not only with one another but also with themselves.
Clarinda also works in trauma specialized cases. With a background training in trauma with the Traumatology Institute.
A passion for guiding others to improved self-acceptance, healthy relationships, and positive social functioning drives Clarinda, not only in her professional practice but in her daily life. A regular volunteer with families, groups, and individuals at numerous non-for-profit organizations, Clarinda is dedicated to helping her surrounding community.
Having a positive work-life balance is something Clarinda wholeheartedly believes in. Weekends and holidays are dedicated to her passion for photography, exploring the outdoors, and when her schedule truly allows, travel.
"A client once asked me if would carry them to the finish line. I answered, 'I won't carry you, but I will support you along the sidelines and when you feel you can't go any further, I will hand you some water.
You will want to quit, but I'll be there to cheer you on and remind you of your goal.
When you reach that finish line, I will celebrate with you. Cause you did it. No one else. You.'
That's my role as your therapist. I'll be with you on your journey of self-discovery and growth every step of the way"
What is Relational Psychotherapy?
Relational Psychotherapy is a powerful, effective model for working with individuals who are dealing from emotional, psychological, and/or relational distress.
"Relational therapists help clients understand, on the one hand, their own patterns of thoughts and feelings about themselves, and on the other hand, the power of significant relationships, past and present, to shape this self-experience. Through the interpersonal process of therapeutic interaction, relational therapy strengthens and transforms a client's sense of self, which in turn enhances his or her confidence and well-being in the world. Empowerment and growth through interpersonal connection are both the process and the goal of relational psychotherapy." - Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy
To book an appointment or learn more, please email Clarinda@psychotherapyinthecity.com