Dr. Chris Carreira, C. Psych. (Portuguese Spoken)
I was born and raised in Essex County, and spent 4 of my first 5 years living with my family in Calgary, Alberta. I also lived in Michigan for 6 years while I was working on my Doctorate. Most of my family lives in Essex County, but I also have family in the United States, Portugal, and France. I speak Portuguese fluently, and am active in the Portuguese community of Essex County.
In Michigan, psychologists are licensed on a graduated licensing system, the same as the process for obtaining a drivers licence in Ontario. As a result, I have been working as a licensed psychologist, in Michigan and Ontario, since 2006. I first started as a Masters level clinician working for a case management company that specialized in treating individuals with severe psychopathology. For the first six years of my professional career, I provided treatment to people who suffered from severe psychological problems such as personality disorders, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. I feel very personally grateful that my first clients, and first years practicing as a psychologist, were very difficult because those experiences have shaped me into the therapist I’ve become today.
I also worked as a psychology instructor, at a college in Michigan, for 10 years where I taught Introductory Psychology to students who were becoming teachers, nurses, police officers, and to other students who were genuinely interested in learning about why people do the things they do.
Because I have a love of psychology and teaching, I presently provide supervision to psychologists in training. I supervise students at all levels of their studies, and particularly enjoy teaching them about diagnosis, how to master different kinds of therapies, and how to practice as ethical psychologists.
In my spare time, you will most likely find me getting exercise, reading psychology articles, reading books, riding my bicycle, or walking my dog. If you’ve ever been to my office, you know that I’m definitely a dog person. In fact, I am currently working towards getting my dog, Hope, certified as a St. John’s Ambulance therapy dog. Every once in a while, Hope joins me at the office and does a pretty good job of helping my clients to feel better.