Meet Douglas Ribeiro

The Basics

Where are you from?

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Do you have any pets?

Yes. She is a rescue dog named Snow Flake! (She’s all white.)

How do you spend your spare time?

I love hiking and landscape photography.

Describe yourself in five words

Curious, insightful, peaceful, focused, and loving.

About Your Practice

Why did you become a therapist?

Why, that is a wonderful question. To be honest my understanding of the profession has matured over the years to the point my initial why has morphed and transformed over the years. The one constant however has been an unwavering desire to walk with those who are suffering. This, coupled with the belief that all of us have an innate goodness that strives for growth and healing has fueled me to continue and grow in this profession.

What do you think is important for a client to look for in a therapist?

I believe that clients should look for a clinician that is able to navigate both the science and art of therapy. By this, I mean that the therapeutic process is very organic and based on a interpersonal foundation that is not only scientific, but is also art. An effective therapist is also aware of the latest research in our field and is competent at applying and translating this knowledge into the lives of those they are working with.

How does your faith play itself out in your work as a therapist?

Therapy is an endeavor of hope and, consequently, a journey of faith. Faith in a better future, faith in healing, faith in a power greater than ourselves. I’ve found that my faith is critical in my interaction with clients because therapeutic healing is a journey of hope. Hope in what is not seen. Although the particular expression of my faith my not be directly apparent to my clients, I believe that it drives my interactions with them. Specifically, I see my clients as spiritual beings that are more than the sum of their physicality. Drawing from this belief, I encourage my clients to develop a view of themselves that is holistic and congruent with the person they have been, are, and will become.

Favorites

What is your favorite type of music and your favorite singer/band?

I enjoy music that is novel to my ears. I’m drawn to strings and have played the guitar since the age of 12. My favorite singer would be João Guilberto and my favorite band, Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Which TV show would you never miss?

Currently, The Man in the High Castle.

What's your favorite book or author?

J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” series have been my favorites for many years.

What is your favorite sport/physical activity?

Futbol, or as we call it here… soccer.

What's your favorite place to visit?

The ocean.

Just for Fun

What was your first job?

I was an attendant at a Brazilian McDonalds.

If you have friends coming over, what would you cook?

Churrasco, a traditional Brazilian way of grilling steak.

What is a pastime or ritual you enjoy?

I love going on meditative hikes through the woods.

Other than your current home, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Northeast Coast of Brazil.

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