Qualification & Experience


I am proud to leave no one behind, to help my Clients 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: that is the biggest challenge. 

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Academic Qualifications
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Fernanda Mendes Barata

I started working in Mental Health 14 years ago. Since then, I have had the opportunity to maintain my academic studies and to update my knowledge permanently, year after year. 

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


Academic Qualifications 



Postgraduate Course in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, (2019-2020), Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon.


Advanced Specialization in Clinical Neuro-Psychology and Neuro-Psychological Intervention - Evaluation and Rehabilitation (2018-2020), Portuguese Institute of Psychology, Lisbon.


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


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


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


PhD student in Cognitive and Language Sciences (2015-2018), Higher Institute of Health Sciences, Portuguese Catholic University.


Postgraduate in Grief Process: Integrative Approach (2017), Center for Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon.


XI Postgraduate Updating Course in Grief (2016), Center for Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon.


VII Postgraduate Course in Updating End-of-Life Ethical Decisions (2016), Center for Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon.


VI Workshop on Dignity Therapy (2016), Center for Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon.


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (2015), Bangor University, United Kingdom. 


Postgraduate in Psycho-Gerontology, (2015), Higher Institute of Health Sciences, Portuguese Catholic University.


Professional Postgraduate in Counseling (Person Centered Psychotherapy) (2004-2010), Autonomous University of Lisbon, Lisbon.


Master (pre-Bologna) in Organizational Psychology (2000-2004), Higher Institute of Applied Psychology. Lisbon.


Postgraduate in Labor Sciences (1999-2000), Higher Institute of Labor and Business Sciences, Lisbon.


Degree (pre-Bologna) in Social Sciences (1992-1997), Autonomous University of Lisbon, Lisbon.


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Mission & Vision  Events & Interviews

Mission and Vision: Dignity and Humanism in Health 

Vision: to provide science-based services of excellence in neuro-bio-social health. 

Mission: To help a healthy birth, to assist in death with dignity and, in the between, to provide a balanced life.

My clinical project, registered at INPI in 2006 under the name Mental Health - Human Mind, is oriented towards the treatment (outpatient or home) of mental health problems.

I provide quality care with adherence to the most modern techniques and methodologies of the 21st century: humanistic models that work the holistic system of the person, with special emphasis on their family, their professional and personal life, and social reintegration. 



I work in parallel with biological and pharmacological therapies, when necessary, under specialized medical supervision. The ultimate goal, rather 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 consideration the characteristics of each situation, context and family. 

Events & Interviews

Interview Jornal Económico. 

April 09 2020. "Social and Psychological Impact of Isolation".

Interview, Kuriakos TV.  

In this Interview, recorded on March 15, 2020, and conducted by Paula Bollinger ('Tudo a Ver' Show), we talked about Dignity Therapy, grieving processes and how to overcome loss psychological pain.  


Lecture on Dignity Therapy

October, 25, 2019.

Lecture promoted by the Portuguese Institute of Oncology,  Humanization Commission, Oporto.


How to place Dignity on the Palliative Care radar in Portugal, with the resources we have at our disposal? 

A fantastic audience of healthcare professionals has come up with ideas: small actions, changes in mindset and attitude and, above all, a lot of sensitivity in contact with patients diagnosed with incurable and progressive pathologies. 

Interview on 'A Tarde é Sua' (TVI) 

August 07, 2019.

The importance of grief therapy and psychotherapeutic support in palliative care.  

Seminar "Best Practices in Palliative Care Spiritual Support"  

April, 1st and 2nd, 2019, Fátima.

Seminar organized by National Coordination of Hospital Chaplains, 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 Prof. Dr. Harvey Chochinov started, over 20 years ago. It was mentioned how the concept 'Dignity' has evolved over time 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 put 'Dignity' on the radar of people facing a disabling, progressive, advanced or incurable disease? 

Postgraduation in Palliative, Care Clinical Intervention

October, 2017 - December, 2018.



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

Dignity Therapy Training

May, 2017, Manitoba University, Winnipeg, Canada. 

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

The result? 

Less physical pain, less psychological distress, 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 underway. 

Postgraduation 'Grief Therapy' and World Grief Congress. 

Lisbon University, Medical School, 2017.  

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