Dr. Joel Alves Brás

Cédula number: 58096
Portuguese Literature
Languages: Portuguese / English


In my clinical practice, as a psychiatrist, I use my technical and scientific knowledge to understand the other person, in particular their difficulties and how these interfere with their different areas of functioning (personal, social, academic and work). In the therapeutic process, I try to identify each person's abilities - enhancing the most adaptive personality traits, but also helping to develop practical strategies for prioritizing and solving problems. Through empathetic, non-judgmental listening, I aim to create a therapeutic relationship that is safe and fosters changes that allow for the effective improvement of mental health. In this process, in situations that have a marked impact on daily life, I propose the most appropriate pharmacology to facilitate the whole treatment.

Academic Qualifications

  • Psychiatrist registered with the College of Psychiatry Specialty of the Portuguese Medical Association (Ordem dos Médicos)
  • Main qualifications of the training course:
  • Integrated Master's Degree in Medicine - [15/09/2008 - 02/08/2014];
  • Advanced Post-University Specialization in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapies [09/11/2019 - 07/04/2021];
  •  Advanced Post-University Specialization in Pain Management: Assessment and Intervention
    Psychological and Clinical [28/09/2019 - 29/05/2020];
  • Training Course in Eating Disorders: Understanding and
    Psychiatric and Psychological Intervention [20/11/2019 - 27/01/2020];
  • Postgraduate course in suicide and self-injurious behavior [06/04/2017 - 16/10/2017];
  • Postgraduate course in Chemical and Behavioral Additions [20/03/2017 - 14/06/2017];
  • Course in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychology [03/10/2022 - 19/12/2022];
  • Advanced Course in Psychological Intervention in Personality Disorders [10/10/2022 - 09-01-2023].

Professional Experience

  • Psychiatrist at the Coimbra Hospital and University Center (Inpatient, Emergency Service, Liaison Psychiatry, Outpatient General Psychiatry, Gerontopsychiatry, Chronic Pain and Psychosomatic Medicine)
  • Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra;
  • Training tutor for 6th year medical students;
  • Training tutor for interns in different specialties.

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