From early on, I became interested in understanding what influences people, the way they live and the way they work, which led to my degree in Psychology at the University of Porto, in 2005.
Over the past 16 years of my career, I have systematically worked in two areas: performance and health.
I have developed training, mentoring, and coaching projects in organizations, aimed at building work systems that are smarter and generate results.
From my experience, I have concluded that both areas that I have worked go together.
That’s how I got to the Doctoral Program in Occupational Safety and Health at the University of Porto, in 2016, and it became clear to me that a job well done has to include health protection.
At the Tejo Saúde Clinic, where I am a Psychologist and Managing Director, I assist people in recovering from emotional disorders and burnout, using a cognitive behavioral approach.
As an Occupational Psychologist, I provide counselling to professionals in individual consultations, assist organizations in projects in projects focusing on performance and well-being, and also train psychologists, human resources professionals, and healthcare workers.
As a mother, I know first-hand the challenges of combining a career with my personal life. My five children, who are aged between 3 and 14 years old, help me learn every day about empathy, dialogue, and mutual help – values that are fundamental at work.
SPECIALIZATION IN PERFORMANCE AND HEALTH FOR EXECUTIVES
How to achieve goals and maintain your well-being? And how to pursue purpose at work and in life, without being held hostage by routine and emergencies?
The leaders of organizations are given the privilege of directing people and businesses, placing on them the responsibility to develop themselves, over time, to find their best version of themselves to positively influence the direction of the organization.
Nevertheless, leadership can be a lonely place. It is as important for a leader to take care of himself/herself, his/her thoughts, and his/her working conditions, as it is to master his/her management skills.
Our role is to provide support to executives through consulting, coaching, or mentoring to improve their professional performance, while, at same time, respecting their own well-being and achieving the desired growth.
In psychological consultation, I provide counseling for people facing the following challenges:
✓ Emotional Disorders (depression, anxiety, panic)
✓ Burnout and work-related stress
✓ Challenges related to personal and professional relationships
We begin with an assessment, to identify the motives that led to the appointment and make a clinical and functional diagnosis. It is a comprehensive approach in which we try to understand what you would like to regain and what obstacles are ahead of the desired change. At the end of the session, we will have a diagnosis, defined goals, and a joint plan that gives us focus and allows us to measure the progress. In the following sessions, we will work on strategies, which are applied between consultations, and we will assess the evolution together.
I believe that therapy must be practical and, above all, lead to a sustainable change.
And what about when we are not ill but feel like we need to improve the way we work? We use preventive methods to improve well-being, regain balance and work in an effective and intelligent manner through the Occupational Consultation. The professionals I have most accompanied are consultants, medical doctors, teachers, lawyers, IT engineers, department directors, and SME leaders.
Factors such as digitalization, the ageing of professionals, lack of manpower, and the challenges of training and retention have real effects on our organizations, nowadays, and they simultaneously demand innovation and retention of critical knowledge.
Organizational culture thrives on people’s brainpower. My role is to place that brainpower at the center of processes of organizational innovation and of development of professionals and teams. And, at the same time, to help solve problems that cause attrition and psychological stress. Today, the mental and physical health of professionals is a real concern. How do I do that?
By studying, interpreting data, negotiating, and, finally, implementing more adapted ways of working. Me and my team collaborate fluidly from the bottom to the top and from the top to the bottom of the organization.
- Advanced training for psychologists, human resources professionals, and healthcare workers – exclusive programs for Professional and Trade Associations, Healthcare Groups, and Human Resources Departments
- Supervision for Occupational Psychologists
- Partnership with the Portuguese Institute of Psychology and Other Sciences (INSPSIC): scientific coordinator and a lecturer in Work Psychology and Human Resources Management.
To respond to each person and organization in a multidisciplinary and empathetic manner.
Change is a process that is facilitated when we have the knowledge and the right tools.
From my experience and research, it is mandatory to combine knowledge from different schools of Psychology, to have methods to analyze work, to understand how the human body works, to know data about the population and the laws that affects the lives of people and organizations.
The purpose of all this is to be able to understand what is unique to the person or the organization.
A working relationship based on empathy is just as important as knowledge: each person or organization is a world, and everything is new each time a process starts.
Currently, my favorite word is resilience, because I believe we can always find a way to make life worth living.
A BÍBLIA DA CARREIRA (THE CAREER BIBLE)
Published in February 2021, “A Bíblia da Carreira” (The Career Bible) is a practical guide to transforming work, avoiding burnout, and succeeding.
In this book I invite you to reflect on your professional activity, the changes you wish to incorporate, and how to combine them with the current labor market.
In addition, to helping you look ahead at the various stages of your career and anticipate steps to take.
You will also find practical advice on what content to include in your profile and how to enhance your market footprint.
WHERE TO BUY?
I can work with you to improve your general well-being, achieve balance and work in an effective and intelligent manner.
MIGUEL FRANCO DE SOUSA
PORTUGUESE GOLF FEDERATION