My life started on the sunny beaches of Rio de Janeiro as a daughter of migrants from Ceara, the northeast of Brazil.
Brazil has some very colourful spiritual practices; with many blending indigenous, Christian, European and African elements. A real pick and mix of whatever takes your fancy, with the most incredible natural landscape that you can imagine.
At 15, dad gave me my first Tarot deck, the Mythic Tarot by Juliet Shaman-Burke & Liz Green. It was love at first sight and by 17 I was travelling through Brazil as a professional Tarot reader.
In 1999, at 23 I came to London to learn English. London, the city of rebels welcomed me as an old friend. Like my parents I became an immigrant too but unlike them I decided that there was no going back. I left my country, my family and friends, the comfort of my home and my old life behind. My bold step proved to be the right one. In 2008 I was granted the privilege of becoming a British Citizen and now I am a very proud Brazenglish.
For 12 years I worked in social care, dealing with real-life cases of loss, trauma, recovery and hope. Working with victims, survivors and offenders reinforced my view that no matter how far one can go in harming oneself or others, we all have some goodness left in our hearts that can prevail in the end. Everyone has the right to change, including me so at 35 I decided to go back to college. I felt empowered by the realization that it’s never too late to learn. Soon after my first graduation in 2014 I left my job to open my private practice and to expand my Tarot business but being a psychic in an academic environment had its challenges.
Sadly, there is still a huge stigma attached to psychics and holistic practitioners. I’ve been ridiculed on many occasions due to my affiliations with the Tarot and was often treated as a joke act when I did readings at private events. My frustration inspired me to investigate the parallels between therapy and spiritual practices in an academic setting so I embarked on a post graduation. My dissertation validated what I already knew: psychics and therapists facilitate the same process: self discovery, renewed sense of purpose, direction and identity. I started to integrate these findings in my practice, using a robust ethical framework which gave me respectability as a psychic as well as a psychotherapist.
As my reputation grew, invitations to travel abroad followed. I’ve worked in Japan, Dubai, Singapore, India and Hong Kong, giving private consultations, lectures and workshops. My 40s have brought me unexpected surprises. I’m proud of how far I’ve come and sensible enough to remain grounded. I am not a guru who will miraculously change people’s lives. What inspires me is the prospect of learning from another human being and of hopefully being able to contribute to someone’s process of self development.
When I’m not working, I can be found lazing about at home with my books, a warm cup of tea with my cat Ruby snoozing nearby. Until the next trip comes and it’s time to pack the suitcase and get ready for a new adventure…
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