Carol Gouveia Melo PhD Counselling & Psychotherapy

Psychologist/counsellor trained in person-centred psychotherapy for individual and couple therapy, coping with terminal illness or loss of a loved one, relaxation sessions for stress management. Covers Lisbon and Linha de Estori.

Carol Gouveia e Melo is a psychologist (Open University, UK 2001). At present, she works privately in psychotherapy, does voluntary work with patients with a terminal illness and their families, gives workshops on how to give emotional and spiritual support to dying patients and their families,  coordinates a post-graduate in Palliative Care and is in the final phase of her PhD in Health Sciences at the University of Kent, under the supervision of Dr David Oliver , Jenny Billings  and Prof Pierre Tap . 

Carol started working in 1986 at the British Embassy and then started to work with Dr David Ernst, a British General Surgeon living in Portugal, first as his secretary and then as administrator of his out-patient clinic. It was with this work, where she had a very close relationship with patients with cancer, that she decided to study psychology, and subsequently Person Centred Psychotherapy (ISPA 2000 to 2002).  She is a member of the Portuguese Society of Person Centred Psychotherapy, the Portuguese Board of Psychologists and British Psychological Society.

After graduating,  she did voluntary counseling with patients with AIDS at the Curry Cabral Hospital in Lisbon.

In 2004, she joined AMARA , where she assists terminally ill patients and their families and trains health care workers and volunteers.  As a trainer and psychologist in AMARA, she has had a large experience in group therapy and has trained more than 500 volunteers and health care workers in Portugal. 

From 2005 to 2008, she carried out a research Project for AMARA, funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, about the need for psycho-existential training for health care workers who work with dying patients.

In 2009 she set up a post-graduate in Continuing and Palliative Care at ISPA-Instituto Universitário. She teaches at ISPA and is regularly invited to talk at seminars and congresses.

Carol is the author of a book to help adults talk to children about death: -  “Live Life, a story of life and Death”, editado by Climepsi, an article published in the Journal of Palliative Care 5 and a manual on spiritual and emotional care of the dying.

She currently lives in Portugal with her husband, two boys and three dogs and enjoys painting in her free time.

Services rendered

End of Life Care

I have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Now what?

Someone I love has died and my life has fallen apart. 

How can I help a family member or a friend with a life threatening illness?

How  can I explain sickness and death to a child?

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Individual counseling and psychotherapy

Marriage Counselling

Structured sessions for personal development and finding meaning in life

Counselling for children: Play therapy


Stress management 


How to care for the dying with an exquisite quality of presence (6 day workshop)

Finding meaning in life (2 day workshop)

Tutoring: Individual guidance to students from high school to post-graduate level:

Learning English as a foreign language:

Lessons for youngsters in high school

Conversation lessons for all ages

How to write a good essay.

Designing a research project and writing up your report/assignment/thesis