Transcultural Psychotherapy

Service offered online, Mexico and Brazil

The cross-cultural psychologist helps individuals from different cultures and ethnic groups to develop emotional empowerment, the strengthening of socio-cultural and working relationships.
This period of existential transition requires care and attention to mental health, as immigrants feel very vulnerable to stress. Emotional support is positively related to emotional balance, psychic strength, and adequate coping and overcoming the difficulties of the immigration process.

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and that person learns to

CREATE life alternatives.


The displacement process

Traveling is not just changing cities or countries, but also risking unknown experiences. Working, studying or getting married in a city far from the family of origin, the immigrant can live enriching moments and also a lot of loneliness and uncertainty. It is common for professionals who work and travel, or students abroad to experience crises of depression and anxiety.

In many cases, migratory experiences can be a risk factor for psychic pathology. The cross-cultural psychologist supports immigrants to redirect psychological suffering, to find ways to respond to loneliness, insecurities and challenges. Psychological vulnerability is part of the migration process due to the amount of stress that immigrants experience. Difficulties in speaking and writing the language, distancing from family support, decreased economic capacity, not being recognized as an individual with an identity in the welcoming society, and having difficulty engaging in relationships of trust are examples of cultural and social barriers that immigrants face. In the beginning, everything is very difficult for immigrants, and it takes time to learn how to relate in the new society. The expectation that the immigrant had with the immigration process is very different from reality, and requires a great effort to adapt. The cross-cultural psychologist guides the process of acculturation, so that the immigrant is more successful on this journey and finds the emotional balance to adapt and live happily.

Living abroad

Marriage is an art that must be balanced by the couple every day, there are many adaptations, concessions and donations. Marriage to a partner of another nationality requires great flexibility, understanding and cultural adaptation. In addition, it is necessary to understand how each country’s laws regarding marriage, child custody, inheritance, divorce, etc. work. Couples with conflicts abroad can trigger quite severe depressions, especially for the Partner (a) who does not speak the language and has no economic independence in the country where he lives. Online therapeutic work can help Brazilians anywhere in the world, supporting and emotionally empowering them so that they can act and make the best decisions in their conflicts.

Sergio Cassio

Work abroad

Working abroad may require a greater than expected mastery of the language to be selected in qualified services, in addition, depending on the area of expertise, it can be very expensive and time-consuming to revalidate all licenses. It is a path of a lot of effort and, at times, excellently qualified professionals work marginalized because they are foreigners. There are moments of success and moments when the immigrant worker feels stagnated by the bureaucracies and demands of the welcoming country. Uncertainties and the desire to abandon a career abroad are combined with family conflicts, an imbalance of self-esteem and personal goals. Many feel lost and discouraged, the cross-cultural psychologist can guide and support clients in these difficult and crucial moments of life.

Study trip

Studying abroad is an experience that young people connect with a reality very different from the experiences with the family of origin. Homes, meals, hobbies, religions and friends are very different from their previous experiences and at the same time as this cultural and enriching contact, students can face conflicting social relationships and feel rejected.

Feelings of exclusion, social marginalization and discrimination can be factors of depression and loneliness. The work of the cross-cultural psychologist is important because it supports students who have a large load of schoolwork in a foreign language in which they take more time to read and write academically, together with family and economic pressures.

The cross-cultural psychologist has experience in helping emotional conflicts related to fear of failure and the desire of students to drop out of school because they feel mentally and emotionally drained. Obtaining certification in a foreign school is a very stressful process and the intercultural psychologist can guide and emotionally support the immigrant.

Sergio Cassio

Ana Paula Delvaux

Dentist, Porto Alegre, Brazil

It was a wonderful experience doing therapy with Dr. Padova. After dealing with many professionals I found Dra. Padova. With her, I easily managed to reveal my fears and that they were affecting my relationship with my husband and my daughters. It also gave me enough time to tell my problems, I felt safe to continue with my life and make important decisions. I am grateful for doing treatment with this great psychologist. She helped me change my life.

Sandra Peixoto

School Counseling, Porto Alegre, Brazil

I am an Educational Advisor at Colegio Farroupilha, Porto Alegre. I evaluate the need to refer students to psychological help with their families. Dr. Padova is an exceptional psychologist with extreme competence in treating difficult cases. She is extremely competent, ethical, and smart. She has an incredible ability to solve problems; the cases referred to him had positive results.

Filipe Antunes

International Agent, Irlanda

The psychological assistance provided by "Lu" for me and my family during a stressful period of my family reconciliation was really important. The treatment was important so that we could restore family harmony. She was very supportive of me during an important stage in my life. I have great affection for her because with her help I was able to understand and guide my life appropriately.

Lais Dias

Pediatrician, Porto Alegre, Brazil

I have a lot to thank Dra. Luciana for the person I am today, because when I began to consult with her, she was an insecure woman, with low self-esteem. With 4 years of therapy I changed my perception of life and today I am completely different. In a very professional way, I knew when and how to tackle problems, the right time to grieve the wounds that afflicted me. Even when I came to the consultation completely in silence or like a shield, trying to hide the pain I felt, there she was with the right words as if she was reading my soul. Unlike other types of therapy that she did that were monotonous, her sessions were dynamic, with different types of approaches that made me want to always go to the consultations and that she did not abandon the treatment. So it was until the day I was discharged, with my wounds healed by this exceptional psychologist.

Mary Jacques

School Counseling, Colegio Farroupilha, Brazil

I am a school counselor and she has been helping some of my students. Ms. Padova seeks to mediate the needs of the school, the child, and the family. Has the ability to integrate school expectations and help students and families; is always committed to professional ethics. She is kind and responsible, and students like to consult with her.

Luisa Antunes

Medical student, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Being Luciana's patient was wonderful. All the years that I shared with her were good. The techniques he used helped improve my relationship with my siblings, father, and mother. It was a time of many changes and in a very special way, it helped to overcome disagreements. Even today my family remembers what they did to get us back together. From activities that we developed together, to letters that we learned to write to my parents with content that we did not have the courage to reveal to them. It was good and different, today I know how important your help was to my family.

Orlando Bona

Advertising, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Luciana is a competent professional, who gives a lot of attention and is affectionate. She did a job with great results. Her knowledge and techniques led the family to achieve the proposed objectives, always valuing family, professional and personal relationships.

Giuliana Contaldo

Realtor, Porto Alegre, Brazil - Los Angeles

Luciana is an amazing therapist. I was her patient for about 3 years and she helped tremendously to overcome many obstacles. She is welcoming and direct at the same time. It's amazing the results she helped me achieve. Thank you Lu for being an exceptional person and professional.

Analy Soto

Singer, Lake Elsinore, CA USA

Hello, I am a professional singer of the best music of the times of ballads and boleros. I have awards in Ecuador and Venezuela entitled Latin Music Award and with music many radio stations. I met the great Life Coach and Hypnotherapist Luciana Padova who helped me face fears on stage. That was one of my obstacles to being able to give myself to the public. With your therapy, I overcome this fear and I can sing my music to my kind audience with confidence and with all my soul. Thanks, Luciana!

Javier Espinoza

Lake Elsinore, Music

Therapeutic hypnosis helped me reconcile with the nurturing within me and develop my self-confidence. I managed to direct my life by facing my fears and feeling older with myself.

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