I support children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly in their days of healing and assistance, through the use of scientifically fundamental approaches. 

Learn more about me.

Qualification and Experience 

I am proud to leave no one behind, to help my patients make their decisions without invading their choices, to compassionately assist in their greatest obstacles. 

Experience is my best ally. 

Knowledge, my great help. Human life in balance: this is the challenge. 

Academic Qualifications | Mission and Vision  | Events and Interviews



Fernanda Mendes Barata

I started working in Mental Health 18 years ago. Since then, I have had the opportunity to maintain my academic studies and update myself year after year. T

The result of my work is achieved through a deep commitment to the quality of life of the human person in its various dimensions: psychological, familiar, social, and spiritual. 


Academic Qualifications



Postgraduate Course in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, (2019-2021), Medical School, Lisbon University.


Advanced Specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological Intervention - Assessment and Rehabilitation (2018-2020), Portuguese Psychology Institute, Lisbon.


Introductory Course in Palliative Care Research (2018). Vital Signs, Coimbra.


Postgraduate (2018-19) in Clinical Intervention in Palliative Care, Portuguese Psychology Institute, Lisbon.


Dignity Therapy, (2017), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.


PhD student in Cognitive and Language Sciences (2015-2018), Higher Institute of Health Sciences, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.


Post-Graduate in Mourning Process: Integrative Approach (2017), 

Center for Bioethics, Medical School, Lisbon University.


XI Postgraduate Mourning Course, Center for Bioethics (2016), Center for Bioethics, Medical School, Lisbon University.


VII Postgraduate Course   (2016),  Ethical Decisions in the End-of-Life, Center for Bioethics, Medical School, Lisbon University.


VI Workshop Dignity Therapy (2016), Center for Bioethics, Medical School, Lisbon University.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (2015), Bangor University, UK.


Post-Graduation in Psycho-Gerontology (2013), Higher Institute of Health Sciences, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.


Postgraduate (Professional Training) in Counselling (2004-2010), (Person Centered Approach), Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa .


Master Degree (after Bolonha), Psychology (2000-2004), Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada .


Postgraduate Work Sciences (1999-2000), Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa .


Degree (before Bolonha) in Social Sciences (1992-1997), Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa .


Mission and Vision | Events and Interviews 

Mission and Vision: Dignity and Humanism in Health Care

Vision: to provide the best scientific-based neuro-bio-social health services.

Missão: proporcionar serviços de saúde mental num espectro queue englobe todas as gerações


My clinical project, registered at INPI in 2006 under the name Saúde Mental - Humana Mente is oriented towards the treatment (in an outpatient or homecare system) of mental health problems. I provide quality service with adherence to the most modern techniques and methodologies of the 21st century: humanistic models that work with the holistic system of the person, with special emphasis on the family, on their professional and personal life, and on social reintegration.



I act in parallel with biological and pharmacological therapies, when necessary, under specialized medical supervision. 

The ultimate goal, more than the cure itself, is to promote a new life within the framework of the patient's challenges and the evolutionary phase of the disease, taking into account the characteristics of each situation, context, and family. 

Some Events

Entreview with Jornal Económico.

April 09, 2020. "The social and psychological impact of isolation"

Enterview with Kuriakos Tv.

In this interview, recorded on March 15, 2020, and conducted by Paula Bollinger on the 'Tudo a Ver' Program, we talked about Dignity Therapy, grieving processes, and how to overcome pain in psychological loss.


Lecture on Dignity Therapy 

October 25, 2019

Lecture promoted by Humanization Commission from IPO, Porto.


How can we assign Dignity to the Palliative Care System, in Portugal, with the resources we have at our disposal? 

A fantastic audience of health professionals launched ideas: small actions, changes in mentality and attitude, and above all, great sensitivity in contact with patients diagnosed with incurable and progressive pathology. 

Enterview in 'A Tarde é Sua' (TVI) 

August 07, 2019.

The importance of bereavement therapy and psychotherapeutic assistance in palliative care.  

Seminar "Good Practices in Spiritual Support in Palliative Care"  

April, 1 / 2, 2019, Fátima.

Seminar organized by the National Coordination of Hospital Chaplaincies, Portuguese Association of Palliative Care and Portuguese Association of Chaplains, Hospital Spiritual and Religious Assistants. 

In a very interactive workshop, we talked about Dignity Therapy and the research initiated by Prof. Dr. Harvey Chochinov, more than 20 years ago. 

It was mentioned how the concept of 'Dignity' has evolved over the years to reach Palliative Care today. 

In a look at Dignity Therapy, it was possible to talk to the participants about the following question: how can we assign 'Dignity' on the radar of people who face a disabling, progressive, advanced, or incurable disease? 

Post-Graduation 'Clinical Intervention in Palliative Care'

October 2017 - December 2018.



Every Saturday for 12 months, doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, and psychologists met to fulfill a common goal: learning to care for people diagnosed with progressive, incurable, or terminal pathology.

Training in Dignity Therapy

Winnipeg - Canada, May 2017

Dignity Therapy is a Brief Intervention Psychotherapy that helps patients diagnosed with an incurable disease to observe and reflect in detail on their lives and get the best out of them. 

Result? 

Less physical pain, less psychological suffering, less anxiety, and less fear. 

In a sentence: more dignity at the end of life. 

Dignity Therapy has been applied worldwide, with proven effects and wonderful evidence. In Portugal, other phases of experimental programs are taking place. 

Post-Graduation 'Mourning Therapy' and World Mourning Congress.

Medical School, Lisbon University, 2017

Partners and Protocols 


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