A listing of therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists in Portugal interested in providing culturally sensitive cross-cultural care for today’s international expat community.

Alison Collis MSc. BSc. PG Dip. in TA, MBACP
Location: Lisbon, Portugal; London, England; and Worldwide
Phone: +351 926 062 690 (Portugal) +44 208 0891 366 (UK)
Email: alisoncollis@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.alisoncollis.com
Nationality: British
Languages Spoken: English and intermediate Portuguese
Religious Affiliation: None
Clinical Specialties: I specialise in resilience; identity and rootlessness in Third Culture Kids; I help expatriates and their families make successful overseas moves; and all the transitions involved in expatriation and repatriation. Alongside this, I work with clients to deal with stress, depression, anxiety, phobias, bereavement, lack of self-esteem, divorce, loneliness, relationship and parenting problems. I work with individuals, couples and families face-to-face in Lisbon and London or anywhere via skype or telephone. I hold both a Bachelors and Masters degree from De Montfort University, I am a qualified Transactional Analyst Psychotherapist, Coach and a Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists: 118342 and the Association for Coaching: ALC0816M.
Cross-Cultural Experience: My professional focus has been cross cultural work for the last 7 years, specialising with working with Adult Third Culture Kids, Expatriates and Global Nomads. I work with adults of all ages, living anywhere in the world. The thing they all have in common is that at some stage in their life, they have lived in a different country to the one they were born in – and this has created problems. Those who have moved for the first time as an adult tend to have different concerns to those who moved as a child. My clients choose me because I specialise in expatriate, cross cultural and third culture kid issues and I have personal experience of these issues myself. I have lived in England, Scotland and Portugal and worked throughout Europe and in the USA with people from many different cultures and backgrounds. I have clients in Europe, North Africa, North & South America, the Middle East and Australia.  I normally work in English and have experience of working via interpreters. I use some specific techniques to help Adult Third Culture Kids claim their unique sense of self, feel more complete and settled. Growing up between worlds as a Third Culture Kid creates many advantages in terms of cultural intelligence, multi-lingual capacity and tolerance of others but it can also have the downside of unresolved grief, difficulty in forming significant relationships and not really knowing where home is. I work with a mix of transactional analysis, strengths-based resilience, story telling techniques and art therapy to help build a stronger sense of identity and belonging in my clients. I encourage potential clients to make use of the Free Call option to explore if they would like to work with me.

Jennifer Patterson, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Phone: +351 935 738 749 or WhatsApp +1 206 617 9212
Email:  jenniferpattersonlmft@gmail.com
Website: www.jenniferpattersonlmft.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English and beginner Portuguese
Religious Affiliation: none/open to all
Clinical Specialties: I work with individuals (adolescents and adults) making their way through stressful situations, anxiety, loss, life changes, family issues, and experiences of past trauma and abuse. A lot of the work I do with people includes figuring out how to make taking care of yourself before everyone else okay and managing change. The letters after my name include LMFT (WA State licensed marriage and family therapist/LF60099926) and ATR-BC (board certified art therapist). I received a dual Master’s degree in psychology and art therapy from Antioch University Seattle. I work from a culturally aware, holistic approach, taking into account physical (somatic), psychological, environmental, and emotional health, and use an eclectic blend of techniques to achieve client goals, including systems theory, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), dialectical-behavioral (DBT), solution-focused, client-centered, mindfulness, and gestalt approaches. Art therapy may also be integrated into counseling as a nonverbal alternative or addition to the process.
Cross-Cultural Experience: Awareness of how culture fits into the ways in which we move through the world is something that is very important to me. I have lived in several regions across the United States and have traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Europe, and just had my first trip to Morocco. Culture is more than just speaking a different language and having a different belief system but also includes how our families of origin and families of choice function, and how we navigate the culture of social norms and expectations. As a systems theory based therapist, these concepts come up all the time when working with my clients, and can be very helpful as we seek to understand more about ourselves.


Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.
Location: Portugal (and worldwide: travels to client countries)*
* Grey Matters International is a “one stop shop” global psychological consulting firm that leverages powerful neuroscience technologies and methods for ex-pats and their families. We work in a ‘we come to you’ fashion and can help all your personal,relationship and family/children mental health needs quickly and effectively.
Phone: 1-877-606-6161  (if calling from outside USA: 1-918-949-1972)
Email: info@greymattersintl.com
Website: www.greymattersintl.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation: Open to All Religious/Spiritual Orientations
Clinical Specialties: Mood disorders, stress/burnout, relationship conflict, addiction, OCD, ADD/ADHD, brain injury, trauma, sleep concerns, high performance and career counseling
Cross-Cultural Experience: Worked with clients on 5 continents on their private mental health needs and have advised many multi-cultural “professionals, executives, leaders” on their culture change needs affecting many employees and their unique values